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Start the New Year with First Light
Provincetown's First Light is an annual New Year's celebration with events running from December 28th through January 1st. The celebration brings the community together with parties, fireworks, meals, and other festivities as we transition into 2020. Restaurants, shops, bars, and clubs are all open to accommodate visitors and locals alike.
The festivities get started with a holiday market and drag bingo on Saturday. The holiday market, (which opens on November 30th and runs through December 29th) has 24 rotating local vendors who are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Drag Bingo, a Provincetown favorite, runs on Saturday the 28th from 2 - 4 p.m. and will include a cabaret show and dance parties at Provincetown’s clubs and bars.
Sunday the 29th will feature the First Light Reception and Fireworks at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, starting at 4 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 5:30 from MacMillan Pier and will be visible from throughout the Town. Afterwards, the string quartet “Well Strung” will perform Home for the Holidays, a one night concert at Town Hall that brings a pop twist to all your favorite classic holiday tunes. The parties continue across Town throughout the evening.
Monday the 30th brings more drag bingo at 2 p.m. In the evening, entertainment options will feature renowned performers such as Tony Award-winner Rachel Bay Jones of “Dear Evan Hansen”, and Suede, vocal phenom and former opener for Joan Rivers, to help celebrate the New Year. Rachel will also perform the following night.

On New Year’s Eve Day, join the Town for the annual Light Bright Bike Ride at 4:30 p.m. Just a short, one mile ride, this community parade is your opportunity to participate in the celebrations by decorating your bike with lights and other flare. Meet at the Provincetown Library at 3 p.m. to decorate with the community and hang around after the parade for your chance to win prizes. Before the New Year’s Eve parties, enjoy a delicious meal at your favorite Provincetown restaurants as many offer a special prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner.
New Year’s Day gets started with the Polar Bear Plunge, the perfect way to confront 2020 with courage and determination. Gather in the Johnson’s Street parking lot, don that swimsuit, and charge into the harbor with other community members. If you are lacking the desire to shock your system, come gather to cheer on the brave plungers! After the dip, or instead of, gather with family and friends for brunch, a New Year’s Day tradition in Provincetown.
About Provincetown
Provincetown, Massachusetts is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries, and charming shops. A top LGBTQ destination, this open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one of the oldest continuous art colonies in the country. The diverse population of artists, sailors, fisherman, authors, and more, makes Provincetown unique. From Carnival in August to Women’s Week in October and First Light at year’s end, Provincetown is thriving 365 days of the year.
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