IT’S HOLLY FOLLY TIME!

It’s that time of year again! Well, no, not turkey time. That’s practically in the past already. We’re talking Santa hats, knit knickers, plenty of red spandex and fake fluffy beards…well, it must be time for Holly Folly Weekend!

Holly Folly is right around the corner. There’s so much to do that weekend, here are our top 5 picks of how to spend it right. Of course, this is just my opinion and you pretty much can’t go wrong with the general light-hearted merry-making that weekend. Just come…and bring your antlers!

THE BOSTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS

Well, obviously we have to start with them, since we ourselves are hosting a little shindig here at the Brass Key for them. The party starts at 9pm at Shipwreck Lounge. Tasty cocktails and talented tenors? Sounds pitch perfect to me. Oh, and of course, the main event is the BGMC’s annual performance on Saturday night at Ptown Town Hall.

JINGLE BELL RUN

Who says exercise can’t be fun?! Bust out your gold spandex and fluffy mittens (yes, the bathing suit is a requirement) and support the Ptown Business Guild in this fun-run followed promptly by a champagne brunch.

SHOP, HOP, & STROLL

Too many good things happening on Commercial Street on Saturday to name them all but suffice to say you should bring your wallet and see where the day takes you!

BAYSIDE BETSY’S PAJAMA DRAG BRUNCH

Brunch, brunch, I wish every day was brunch day! This is a well-loved annual tradition for Holly Folly Weekend and not to be missed! You’ll have to be patient though, as it’s first come first served.

GREGG’S COOKIE PARTY AT THE PORCHSIDE BAR

Yes, it’s Sunday but that just means there are still several more hours until we have to get back to reality so better take advantage! Finish the weekend with something to satisfy the sweet tooth. This is another fun holiday tradition, hosted by The Gifford House Inn.

A New Day

That’s the trick with Halloween. Just like that, it’s November. It sneaks up on you, doesn’t it? We did something new for Halloween this year, transforming the guesthouse into a Haunted Hotel, thanks to the magical skills of David Flower Productions. I like to think we put on a pretty good party. By my measures, we did. This morning, I woke up to a trail of glitter, feathers, fake fur, and impractical shoes leading to my front door. Always the sign of a good time had by all. The day after clean-up is never at the top of my list, so instead of tackling that chore, I’ll just jump right ahead to whatever is next on my calendar. What is next? Well, time to trade in the “no-strings-attached + free candy + excuse to wear goofy/crazy/sexy costumes” holiday for “everyone’s favorite end-of-the-year familial minefield” (a.k.a. Thanksgiving and Christmas). I don’t mean to be too snarky here, I really love both of these holidays too…just not as much as Halloween.

November and December are not obvious choices for a visit to Provincetown. But perhaps they should be. Tomorrow, it will be close to 70 degrees (so they say). Downright balmy by New England standards and perfect for a fall stroll on the beach. The off-season sales will be starting soon on Commercial Street, perfect for tackling the Christmas shopping list. Plenty still going on in town, between PAAM, the Provincetown Theater, and the many year-round restaurants (hello, Squealing Pig!). And, Bay State Ferry just announced they are extending the Fast Ferry service from Boston to Provincetown through Thanksgiving. Yay!

If you’re looking to book an off-season getaway before the year’s out, here are some fall/winter dates that are worth a visit:

Thanksgiving (November 22-26)

Plenty of good, old fashioned, Ptown traditions to take part in like the Lighting of Pilgrim Monument, the annual Pilgrim 5k Trot to benefit PAAM, Arts & Crafts Fairs, and the Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tbrasree.

Holly Folly Weekend (Dec 1-3)

A weekend full of festivals, parties, shopping and cultural events to kick start the Christmas season.

Christmas (Dec 23-25)

Make merry and celebrate with us!

New Years (Dec 28-Jan 1)

One of Ptown’s best parties of the year, New Year’s Eve is not to be missed. We know how to beat Cape Cod’s chilly weather!