Holiday Plans in Provincetown

December starts with a bang (thank you, Holly Folly), simmers down and then kicks it up again for New Years weekend.  It’s the last big party before everyone either heads south or goes into hibernation until May. Here are a few of the other signature events that you won’t want to miss:


With all the drag shows going on this weekend, you have to hit up at least one. Billie Jean and Tisch DeWilliams are lighting up the Crown & Anchor for a special holiday performance on Friday Night.

Ptown Art House and Mark Cortale is hosting a concert at Provincetown Town Hall featuring WellStrung, a string quartet with a modern twist. The group plays universally recognized classical pieces while singing pop music hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and other pop stars for a uniquely engaging experience.


We’ll be open and kicking all weekend long at Shipwreck Lounge but if you can only come one night, this should be it. Our “IN WITH A BANG” party kicks off at 5pm. Drinks, music, and good company go all night until 2am.


The POLAR BEAR PLUNGE takes place early afternoon at high tide at the Johnson Street Lot.  I will do this someday before I die.  Maybe this year will be the year. Hot chocolate is included in the registration fee and proceeds go to the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. You can’t have New Years without fireworks, and this year, the First Light Fireworks will be on January 1st at dusk.

The other parties, performances, brunches, etc. are too numerous to mention but the Provincetown Business Guild has the entire itinerary, you can check it out here.


Christmas Shopping in Provincetown

The Christmas season is a great excuse to shop, isn’t it? One of my favorite haunts on Commercial Street is The Canteen and this season, I have one more reason to love it: The Canteen Holiday Market. It is a month-long pop-up shop featuring local artisans and vendors, inspired by the evening holiday markets found in many European cities this time of year. The market kicks off on Holly Folly weekend but continues throughout December and into the beginning of January. Listed below are a few of the vendors I’ll be hitting up for some holiday shopping. I’m also curious to check out their eco-friendly ice skating rink.

Seaside Designs

Sea-inspired paper goods including greetings cards and gift wrap.  Truro-based designer Rebecca Townsend’s style features clean illustrations and fun colors.

2 of 2 goods

One of this Provincetown maker’s handmade miniature houses made of birch, mirrors of translucent acrylic makes an elegant addition to a bookshelf or coffee table.

twigs and bones

Handmade leather goods such as bags and wallets from Florence, an artisan currently apprenticing with well-known owner of ‘Workshop’ here in Provincetown, Victor Powell.

Shoal Hope Ciderworks

This local Provincetown cider made its debut this past summer and is already a hit with locals.

Elixir Confections

This small-batch, family-owned business out of Sandwich, MA crafts sweet treats like the Maple+Maple Cinnamon Sugar Bar, Hot Chocolate on a Stick, and Holiday Advent Bars (a chocolate bar with 24 snap apart cubes embossed with a different holiday image).

This is just a taste of the kinds of distinctive treasures to be found on Commercial Street and beyond. Just the right place to find just the right gift. No time to wait! Shop on!