You can celebrate First Night Cape Cod in many ways this weekend. Three different Cape communities ring in the new year in very different ways.
Sandwich First Night is known for its reveler’s parade and its lighted giants. The giants are large light sculptures that are set up in town during the holiday season. In Chatham, there are two different fireworks displays. There’s an early one for the kids and another one at midnight that accompanies the dropping of the Countdown Cod. In Provincetown, the celebrating goes on for days and concludes with the only fireworks display on New Year’s Day. The Sandwich and Chatham festivities are traditional non-alcoholic First Night events and the Provincetown one is not.
First Night Sandwich
First Night Sandwich celebrates its fifth year in 2017. The festivities begin at 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 31, 2016. This family-friendly event is a non-alcoholic celebration of the arts. Some of the performances include Mamadou, a five piece African band playing at town hall, The Green Briar Nature Center puppets at 1st Church, and Woodhall/Jackson Folk Music at C.W.’s. You’ll also find the Cape Cod Guitar Ensemble at Sandwich Glass Museum, Vernon Parris Steel Drums at the library, and the Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band at the Masonic Lodge.
There will also be ice sculptures, a children’s ice skating rink, lighted giants in the village and along Route 6A, children’s crafts, a fairy garden, and a Resolution Wall. The Reveler’s Parade starts at 8:00 pm. Lineup begins at 7:00 pm at Wing School. The parade route winds through town and ends up at First Church and Shawme Pond. The night concludes with the fireworks display over the pond. The finale features the lighting of the giant sea creature sculptures, a cannon firing and a fireworks display on Shawme Pond.
First Night Sandwich buttons can be purchased at locations all over town. The buttons grant you admission to all of the night’s events. The cost is $10.00 each for adults and $6.00 each for children, ages 3 to 12 years old. Buttons can also be purchased at Sandwich Town Hall on Saturday beginning at 3:00 pm. See More.
First Night Chatham
First Night Chatham is celebrating their twenty-sixth year on December 31, 2016. The fun begins at noon and continues till dusk when the fireworks go off at Veterans Field. The event celebrates the arts and culture of the region and takes place at locations all over town. Early highlights of the festivities include an annual town photo that is taken at the Chatham Lighthouse, a bubble wrap stomp, and a Carnival Caper costumed road race. There’s also a concert with the Cape Cod Jazz Quartet at the Orpheum Theater, miniature golf at the Community Center Gym, Bradley James at the Congregational Church, Keltic Kids at St. Christopher’s Chapel. You’ll also find Cirque du Jour at the Middle School Large Gym, Chinese Folk Dancers at the Middle School Auditorium, Ryder Martin’s Fabulous Trains at Atwood House Museum, and Horse Drawn Wagon Rides at Town Hall. Later in the day, there is a Noise Parade, early evening, low-level fireworks at Veteran’s field for children that can’t wait till midnight, and finally the Countdown Cod and fireworks on Oyster Pond at midnight.
First Night Chatham Buttons are available for $20.00 each. Children’s buttons are available for $5.00 each for children between the ages of 3 to 11 years old. See More.
First Light Provincetown
First Light in Provincetown is a five-day celebration that includes a polar bear plunge, a winter farmers market, dances, brunches, ice skating, a Sound of Music Sing-Along and fireworks on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights of the events for each day of the festival.
- Thursday, December 29, 2016 Lunch and dinner at many local restaurants, live entertainment at Tin Pan Alley, Cabaret at Provincetown Theater, and Karaoke at Club Purgatory
- Friday, December 30, 2016 Friday, you’ll find events like holiday breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners at local restaurants, Family Pizza Night at the library, and Edenville in concert at the Sage Inn. Also, there’s a Sound of Music Sing-a-Long with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Town Hall, Cabaret at Provincetown Theater, live music at Tin Pan Alley and Crown & Anchor. There will also be holiday dances, and a Holiday Market at the Canteen with Hanukkah food and festivities, vendors, artisans and more.
- Saturday, December 31, 2016 (early) Saturday, you’ll find holiday breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners at local restaurants, and the Provincetown Farmers Market at Town Hall. The Holiday Market at Canteen will feature local vendors, artisans, performers, grilled sausages, hot soups, soft pretzels and more. Later you might enjoy New Year’s Drag Bingo at the Crown & Anchor, Wicked Wonderland at the Art House, or a Light Bright Bike Ride at Town Hall (decorated bicycles in a parade competing for prizes). There will also be special New Year’s Eve Dinners at Tin Pan Alley, Jimmy’s Hideaway, Mac’s Fish House, Central House, and Spindler’s.
- Saturday, December 31, 2016 – PTown New Year’s Eve Dances There will be jubilant dances and celebrations all over town. Strangers and Saints throws a party with dance music, cocktails, light snacks, party favors, a champagne toast and a brunch buffet at midnight. Jim Brousseau plays piano at Tin Pan Alley. VJ Tom Yaz plays the best videos; Bobby Weatherbee plays piano and DJ Chris Racine plays the latest dance hits at the Crown & Anchor. DJ Beth O plays at Sage Inn. DJ Dave plays at Club Purgatory. And finally there’s a New Year’s Eve Party with DJ David LaSalle, Thirsty Burlington, hats, noisemakers and a champagne toast for a $10.00 cover charge at A-House.
- Sunday, January 1, 2017 New Year’s Day you can enjoy holiday breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners at local restaurants or the Provincetown Farmers Market at Town Hall. The Holiday Market at Canteen continues with local vendors, artisans, performers, grilled sausages, hot soups, soft pretzels and more. There will also be a Family Picnic Lunch at the library, a film screening of “All We Had” at Water’s Edge Cinema, and an Art opening at Rosewind Gallery at Sage Inn. Later you can watch the Polar Bear Plunge with cocktails, chili, hot chocolate and coffee at the beach at Johnson Street, or take in the Wicked Winter Wonderland at Provincetown Art House. As the day comes to a close, you’ll find Fireworks Cocktail Parties at Crown & Anchor and Spindler’s. The day comes to a grand finale moment with Provincetown’s First Light Fireworks at MacMillian Pier at dusk (approximately between 5:00 and 6:00 pm)
- Sunday, January 1, 2017 (after the fireworks) The party continues in PTown after the fireworks with cocktails, buffets and dinner at local restaurants and bars, and the Rat Pack Gala at Provincetown Theater. There’s also the John Thomas & Paul Bisaccia Piano Concert at UU Meeting House, Zoe Lewis on piano at Tin Pan Alley, and dancing at A-House. Finally, there’s Suede’s Annual New Year’s Concert at Crown & Anchor.
- Monday, January 2, 2017 Monday the festivities continue with more breakfasts, brunches, and lunches at local restaurants, The Holiday Market continues for one last day at Canteen with local vendors, artisans, performers, grilled sausages, hot soups, soft pretzels and more. The final event of the festival is the Tin Pan Alley Closing Party with live entertainment.