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Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving & Takeout

Our Thanksgiving Feature is on Cape Cod Star, your site for lifestyle features on Cape Cod

Our Cape Cod Thanksgiving story has moved and it is updated all the time, while this one is three years old. For those of you looking for a last-minute restaurant for dinner, we can only advise you to call every restaurant on the list to see if they can find an early or late table or get you on a waiting list. If that doesn’t work, you might want to check out your local supermarket to see if they have take-out dinners available for Thursday.

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated family events of the year and sometimes the most stressful. To make your holiday celebrations a little easier, these Cape Cod restaurants are open to serve you and your family delicious holiday dinners without all the work.

Our guide covers the full range of offerings, from the simple to the extravagant, from P-town to Sandwich. We organize our listings by region like this: Outer Cape – Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham; Lower Cape – Orleans, Chatham, Brewster, Harwich; Mid Cape – Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable; Upper Cape: Mashpee, Sandwich Falmouth, Bourne.

We’ll be updating this story with reservation information, photos, and a few recommendations from our in-house chef that cooked Thanksgiving for hundreds of happy families for over 30 years. If you know of an outstanding place for Thanksgiving (besides Grandma’s house), please let us know. Just leave a comment below or drop us a line.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Outer Cape

The Pointe Restaurant in Provincetown

The Pointe is celebrating Thanksgiving with a four-course dinner that includes soup, salad, entree and dessert for $54.95 per person. You’ll get your choice of Turkey, Grilled Salmon or Seared Tofu for your entree. They will be serving from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. The dinner comes with all the fixings like Chestnut & Date Stuffing, and Green Beans Almondine. There might not be tables available, but you can find out on their site. See More.

Red Inn in Provincetown:

The Red Inn in Provincetown has been welcoming guest to the Cape since 1915. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a fabulous 4-course prix fixe dinner for $90.00 per person. The dinner features soup, salad, entree, and dessert. Highlights include Lobster Corn Chowder, Pan Roasted Local Cod, Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding, Roasted Turkey with French Bread Stuffing and Ginger-Cranberry Relish, Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding, Smoked Long Island Duck, Lamb Chops, Local Codd, and Pepper Crusted Filet. See More.

The Whitman House Restaurant & Bass Tavern in Truro

The Whitman House is not serving Thanksgiving Dinner this year. They will be back in 2018. See More.

P. B. Boulangerie in Wellfleet

P. B. is offering a slightly different menu for Thanksgiving. The Wellfleet restaurant-bistro has a Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Dinner with three courses for $75.00. The menu features items like a Fall Artisanal Salad, a Homemade Pate, Foie Gras and Black Truffle Ravioli, Escargots De Bourgogne, Wasabi Pea Encrusted Yellowfin Tuna, Wellfleet Coconut Curry Clams, Monsieur Marin 12 oz Black Angus Ribeye with Steak Frites and of course a Turkey Dinner with Sweet Potato Gratin, Apricot and Sausage Stuffing and Braised Greens. For the dessert course, they are serving an apple pie with homemade Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream. The dinner is also available for takeout. You can order a dinner for 7-9 people for $240.00 that includes a whole roasted organic turkey, four side dishes, fresh baked bread and dessert. See more.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Lower Cape

Chillingsworth in Brewster:

Chillingsworth is offering a wide range of items for Thanksgiving. You’ll find a traditional turkey dinner, tenderloin, fish, lobster and vegetarian dinners with complimentary pates, charcuterie, and cheeses. There are two seatings for the dinner; one at 2:00 pm and another at 6:00 pm. There is a children’s menu available also. Regular pricing is in effect for this dinner. See more.

L’Alouette in Harwich Port

L’Alouette is the spot to find Thanksgiving dinner with a French flair on Cape Cod. The restaurant is fully booked for this year. See more.

Bramble Inn Now the Spinnaker in Brewster:

The Bramble Inn has been sold. It is now the Spinnaker. The restaurant is closed until the day after Thanksgiving.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Mid Cape

Old Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouth Port

The Old Yarmouth Inn offers a wide range of delightful choices for Thanksgiving from a traditional turkey feast to Filet Mignon with Bacon. Prices range from $39.00 to $49.00 per person. Unfortunately, the restaurant is fully booked for the holiday and is not accepting any more reservations. You can get on their waiting list if you would like. See more.

Yarmouth House in Yarmouth

Yarmouth House has been serving the families of Cape Cod since 1978 and for Thanksgiving, they are offering five different holiday dinners that come complete with soup or salad, smashed potatoes, butternut squash, creamed peas with onions and dessert. You can choose from a Roast Tom Turkey with Apple Sage Dressing, a Baked Virginia Ham, Roast Leg of Lamb, a Holiday Sampler Dinner with turkey, ham, and lamb or a Haddock Picatta. All the dinners are priced at $23.00 to $29.00 each. See more.

Hearth & Kettle in Yarmouth & Hyannis:

Hearth and Kettle restaurants are known for their All-American holiday dinners. For Thanksgiving, they are offering one of the best bargains on the Cape. Their Roast Turkey Dinner that comes in at $25.99, includes turkey, cranberry sage dressing, cranberry sauce, corn chowder or salad, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, peas with onions, bread, and dessert. You can also choose Prime Rib, Ham or Broiled Scrod for a slightly higher price, up to $29.99. See more.

Villaggio Ristorante in Cotuit:

Villaggio serves holiday dinners throughout the year and for Thanksgiving, they are offering three seatings: one at noon, another at 2:00, and a final seating at 4:00 pm. For Thanksgiving, you can choose from turkey, prime rib or their regular menu. Owner and Chef Jay Bartolomei’s regular menu features items like Asparagus Wraps, Crispy Pork Belly Bites, a classic Rustic Bruschetta, Roasted Beet Salad, Chicken Francese, Saltimbocca, Pancetta Scallops, Lobster Ravioli, Rib Eyes, and Filet Mignons. Reservations are taken by phone only. Call 508-548-5000. See More.

Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Upper Cape

Sea Crest in Falmouth:

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth has the most extravagant buffet on Cape Cod for Thanksgiving. The hotel lays out a huge buffet for the holiday that features hot and cold stations, carving stations and a dessert station. Highlights from the buffet include Cider Glazed Turkey and Virginia Ham that is carved to order, Cornbread Dressing, Petite Sirloins, Salmon, Butternut Squash, Shrimp Cocktail, Fall Greens, Salads, Cheeses, Clam Chowder, Pecan Pie and Cranberry Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Chantilly. The price is $49.00 per person and $23.00 each for children 12 years of age and under. See more.

Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth

The Coonamessett has been welcoming guests on the Cape since 1926. For Thanksgiving, they offer a wide selection of traditional dishes from Turkey to Prime Rib to Pan Roasted Cod or a Roasted Vegetable Lasagna. They also offer a prix fixe Turkey Dinner for $44.00 that comes with Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Herb Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Soup, Salad and Dessert. See More.

Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich:

The Dan’l Webster has been hosting celebrations on Cape Cod for centuries. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixings for $41.95. The holiday feast includes soup, salad, bread, turkey with all the fixings, Mashed Potatoes, Maple Glazed Butternut Squash, Peas & Mushrooms, and desserts like Maple Pecan Pie and Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream. Salmon can be ordered instead of turkey and a filet is available for $12.00 more. See More.


Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Pick Up & Take Out Thanksgiving Dinners


Nauset Farms in Orleans

Nauset Farms is a bakery, a butcher, a market, a deli, a wine shop, and more. For Thanksgiving, you can have them bake your turkey or pick up a fully prepared dinner with all the trimmings. You can get a deconstructed turkey for $20.00, a Plainville Fresh Turkey for $3.69 per pound, Farm Cranberry Sauce for $7.99 per pint, or try some Eastham Turnip Mash at market price. They also offer dinner packages for 4-8 people for $129.99 or one for 10-14 for $199.99. See More.

Hearth & Kettle @ the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis

H & K is offering dinners from $23.99 to $29.99 each. Call the restaurant for information on takeout. See our description above or see more here.

Whole Foods in Hyannis

Whole Foods is one of our favorite foodie spots on the Cape and for Thanksgiving, they are offering a holiday turkey dinner for four people for the low price of $69.99. The meal includes a 10-pound Roasted Turkey, Herb Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Organic Turkey Gravy, Green Beans with Crispy Garlic and Parsley, and Organic Cranberry-Orange Relish. There are other items available like a 6 pound roasted turkey for $39.99, side dishes like herb stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, lentil-mushroom stuffing, cheesy rutabaga-potato vegan mash, roasted mustard-glazed whole cauliflower, maple roasted Brussels Sprouts, butterflake dinner rolls, organic vegan cranberry-orange suace, appetizers, and desserts. See More.

Thanksgiving Tips from a Retired Chef

My partner, Val Gerischer worked as a chef in restaurants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for over thirty years. Most of those years, he was in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day and offers these quick tips for dining out on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Reserve your table for early in the day so that you get the freshest turkey and avoid the crowds that tend to pack in around mid to late afternoon.
  • If you are a real fan of turkey and dressing and hate crowds, just reserve your table for the day after Thanksgiving. You’ll pay a lot less for the same dinner, avoid the noise and fuss of a busy restaurant.
  • Save a little of your holiday dinner so that you can have one of those yummy day-after-Thanksgiving sandwiches with turkey, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise.
  • Finally, if you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home, please don’t get too creative or too fussy with your menu. This is one of those holidays that people want classic American turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce like Grandma used to make. Stick with the basics on this day and go foodie-gourmand crazy next week.
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My Cape Cod Story

“If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air . . . ’’

By six years old I was a goner. I was head over heels in love with Cape Cod, and my love affair has never gone away. Back when I was a fresh-faced little kid, the trek to the Cape from New Jersey took a whole lot longer than it does today. In the wee hours of the morning, my father would stealthily carry me and my brother’s (nearly) sleeping forms into our spiffy green station wagon. As we edged into the early morning darkness, my dad naively hoped we’d sleep until the sun came up over the Sagamore Bridge. No such luck. Before we ever hit Boston, he’d hear a chorus of “are we there yet’s” and “I’m hungry’s.” My mother doled out the snacks to hold us over, but there was no way to hold back our excitement. My parents were doomed.

Utopia was a small group of weathered shingle cottages, complete with shuffleboard and concrete pool, nestled in a copse of towering pines. There was no air conditioning, but we slept like hibernating bear cubs in open window bedrooms, cooled by scented nights. I can still picture the Nancy Drew mysteries and games of Old Maid on the beach, and the iconic footprints carved in the Barefoot Trader’s cement walkway. My mouth still waters for the signature popovers served piping hot at the old Chase House. Friday nights, it was tradition to wander the main street of Hyannis past an endless booty of gift and candy shops. Not one to ever bask in the sun now, my lightly sunburned, sandy childhood skin is imprinted in my memory. Decked out in a gaudily printed swim tube and bathing cap (yes, I did), I paddled contently in the Cape’s salty Atlantic waters; the same waters that churned up reams of multi-hued taffy. To this day, I can still see my father’s surprised face as he tasted his first (and last) spoonful of Indian pudding. Far from the creamy concoction he envisioned, the sturdy cornmeal dessert was an epic fail. Luckily, my brother and I opted for ice cream.

My Cape Cod story only becomes richer and more colorful with time. There was and still is something immensely magical about the dollhouse-like homes draped with rambling roses, framed with picket fences. From luscious homemade ice cream to my first taste of lobster, the elegance of Chatham to the coastal magic of Provincetown, I couldn’t get enough. I still can’t.

Through the years, my tastes changed as my household did. From being one of four to having three of my own little Cape Cod visitors, the island has always meant ‘family’ to me. It just changed hands. From the kid who ran barefoot through pine needles with an ice pop, I was suddenly the grownup riding herd on beach passes, wet towels, and pails of hermit crabs. Yuck. I kept blankets stacked and ready for Wellfleet drive-in nights, shovels for sandcastles and change for games of mini-golf. But few things still can compare to the prehistoric awe of watching an enormous whale breech deep waters or seeing your kids scale the sand dunes of Provincetown like clones of Lawrence of Arabia.

That’s when it happened. My adult eyes had begun to appreciate the real beauty of the place, the reason it has always been an addiction for me. I saw beyond the trinkets to the periwinkle blue hydrangeas that somehow never grew in MY yard that way. I stood in awe at the stark calm of beaches that stretched wide with mudflats where the tides went out as far as the eye could see. The take-your-breath-away wonder of this seaside oasis had settled in for good, and the now matured-me felt like I was truly home. As years went by, the spirit of this graphic designer/writer became intoxicated by the creativity that drenched every part of the island. It seemed every pinecone, foaming wave, cranberry field and bobbing sailboat come vibrantly alive. My transformed self was slowly drawn to a different Cape, an authentic, priceless one. Away from the oceanside tee-shirt shops and clam shacks to the tree lined 6A, where Brewster and Barnstable live in quiet beauty. Who knew that sea captains’ houses, lolling fishing boats, and lush, charming roads would later be my jam?

I haven’t seen ‘my’ Cape in awhile now. My husband and ad agency partner died a year ago, and I haven’t yet scaled the emotional bridge to return where two made memories only one will now. But, make no mistake, this boomer beach girl will return very soon. No one loves a succulent lobster roll more than a Cape Cod-addicted wash ashore.

My story isn’t finished.


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Cape Cod New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Our Cape Cod New Year’s Eve Guide is new today, December 31, 2016. We’ve listed celebrations of all kinds this year. There are non-alcoholic First Night events, champagne dinners, dances and all-inclusive dining/lodging/party packages from Sandwich to Provincetown. Here’s our list of places to do the big countdown, dance the night away or just to have a quiet romantic dinner.






Our guide covers the full range of offerings, from the simple to the extravagant, from P-town to Sandwich. We organize our listings by region like this:

  • Outer Cape – Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham
  • Lower Cape – Orleans, Chatham, Brewster, Harwich
  • Mid Cape – Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Hyannis
  • Upper Cape: Mashpee, Sandwich, Falmouth, Bourne

Featured Cape Cod New Year’s Eve Celebration

Quicks Hole Tavern in Woods Hole

Quicks Hole Tavern is offering one of our favorite dinners to kick off the new year. Their four-course dinner comes in at an amazingly low price of $55.00 per person and is being served on Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31, 2016. Dinner on both nights starts at 5:00 pm. It is one exceptionally enticing dinner that features a Quahog Chowder or Lobster Bisque, a Carmelized Pear Salad, Oysters Two Ways (one on the half shell with a strawberry and basil mignonette and another lightly broiled with fresh herbs, leeks, butter and garlic panko crumbs), and a Seafood Bouillabaisse with scallops, little neck clams, salmon, fennel, roasted tomatoes and leeks rouille, a Grilled Flat Iron Steak with pink peppercorn bearnaise. For dessert, they are offering a Lemon & Yuzu Creme Brulee or Baked Pears with Sauternes Custard and Gingerbread Cookies. You can also get the five-course dinner for $65.00. For more information and reservations, call 508-495-0048. See More.


Upper Cape Cod New Year’s Eve: Dinners, Dances, Concerts, & More


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 5 piece African band playing at town hall, The Green Briar Nature Center puppets at 1st Church, Woodhall/Jackson Folk Music at C.W.’s, 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 ends 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.

British Beer Company

The British Beer Company and the Seaside Inn in Falmouth have joined together to offer you a great package for New Year’s Eve. You can book a room for one night with late checkout at the Seaside, a three-course dinner and a champagne toast at the BBC at Midnight for $99.00 per person. The band Glasstown will be there to entertain you for the night also from 10:00 pm to closing. If you don’t need to book a room, you can still enjoy the dinner, band, and champagne for $49.00 per person. Call the pub for more information! 508-540-9600. See More.

Sea Crest

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth is throwing a party that includes a dinner buffet, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight for $130.00 per person. The dance party features disco tribute band The Motor Booty Affair. The buffet is open from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Highlights from the buffet include Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, a Charcuterie Board, Hummus, Individual Seafood Ceviche, Tuna Sashimi Boats, Lobster Bisque, Crispy Long Island Duck Confit, Prosciutto Wrapped Free Range Chicken, Spicy Coconut Shrimp, Tarragon Grilled East Coast Swordfish, Thyme-Shallot Rubbed Petite Filet Mignon, and a Chef’s Grand Dessert Display. Tickets are available, but the hotel packages are sold out. Call 508-356-2111 for reservations. Buy Tickets.

Pilot House Restaurant

The Pilot House in Sandwich will be serving their regular menu a la carte and some festive holiday specials. There will be live music featuring Heather Twiss and the After Hours Band, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Call 508 888-8889 for reservations. See More.


Mid Cape Cod New Year’s Eve: Dinners, Dances & More


Barnstable Restaurant & Tavern

Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern: Barnstable will be open at 4:00 pm on New Year’s Eve. They will be serving their regular menu and their three-course special menu. For reservations, call 508-362-2355. They will be open until 10:00 pm. See More.

Cape Codder

The Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis is offering a dinner, dancing and lodging package for New Year’s Eve for $239.00 per person. The night begins with an Hors d’oeuvres reception at 8:30. The Dinner and Dessert Buffet includes items like a Nut Crusted Baked Brie with Port Fig Jam, Antipasto, Scallops wrapped in Bacon, Bruschetta, Caesar Salad, Mushroom Ravioli, Seared Salmon with Fresh Dill Butter, Stuffed Haddock with Lobster Sauce, Roast Beef with Bordelaise and Horseradish, Carved Ham, Cakes, Tortes and more. Dinner begins at 9:30. After dinner, you can dance to the sounds of Classic Rock n Roll with the Moonlighters. The package includes a champagne toast at midnight. After a full night of celebrating, you can stroll over to your room at the resort. You can also book the dinner alone for $109.00 per person. See More. Call 855-861-4370 for reservations.

Red Pheasant

The Red Pheasant in Dennis will be open and will be serving two seatings, an early one from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and a later seating that starts at 8:00 pm. Both dinners feature their four-course prix fixe menu. The second seating will feature live music by Robert Chandler with Blues Alley and Daddy-O. Join the Pheasant for dinner and dancing in Dennis. Prices are not shown on the site for the dinners. Call 508-385-2133 for reservations. See More.


Lower Cape Cod New Year’s Eve: Dinners, Dances & More


Brewster Fish House

The Brewster Fish House is celebrating the New Year with a special three-course gourmet dinner. Highlights from the menu include a Kampachi Tartare with Belgian Ossetra Caviar Amuse Bouche, a Nantucket Bay Scallop with Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Gnocchi, and Persimmon, and a Wild Scottish Venison Loin with Jerusalem Artichoke, Black Trumpet Mushroom, and Seckel Pear. For dessert, there’s a Dark Chocolate Tart or a Guava-Passionfruit Compote with Pineapple, Surry Farm Honey, Hazelnut and Brown Butter Ice Cream. The dinner is available for $95.00 per person. For reservations, call 508-896-7867. See More. See More.

Bramble Inn

The Bramble Inn in Brewster is offering a three-course dinner on New Year’s Eve for $110.00 per person. The first course includes your choice of appetizers like a Baked Brie Enfant with petite puff pastry encased brie mouse, warm plum soup and baguette slices for dipping and a Caesar Bouquet with Romaine wrapped with a Euro Cucumber Belt, Ruth’s Caesar Dressing, Imported Marinated White Anchovies, Pecorino Romano Cheese and Brioche Crumbles. Entree choices include a Slow Roasted Long Island Duckling with Grilled Brandied Peach, Hoisin Peach Lacquer, Cranberry-Peach Chutney, Brown & Wild Rice Pilaf and Braised Red Cabbage and a Chatham Cod with Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Champagne Beurre Blanc, Hackleback Caviar, Diced Egg and Bermuda Onion. See the full Bramble Inn New Years Eve Menu and find out more about the inn here.

Ocean Edge

The Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Dinner with seatings at 6:00 and 8:00 pm. The four-course dinner is priced at $50.00 per person and features items like Lobster Ravioli, a Wild Mushroom Tart, a Slow Grilled NY Sirloin with Foie Gras Butter, Roasted Garlic Puree, Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Red Onion Jam, a Seafood Paella with Saffron Risotto, Jumbo Shrimp, Cape Mussels and Littleneck Clams in a Chorizo Broth. For dessert, there’s a 38 Second Chocolate Cake with Gelato, Cookie Crumble, and Champagne Zabaglione. Call 508-896-9000 for reservations. 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, a Carnival Caper costumed road race, 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, 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 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.


Outer Cape Cod New Year’s Eve: Dinners, Dances & 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 Holiday Breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners at local restaurants, Family Pizza Night at the library, Edenville in concert at the Sage Inn, The 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, holiday dances, and a Holiday Market at the Canteen with Hanukkah food and festivities, vendors, artisans and more
  • Saturday, December 31, 2016 early: Holiday Breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners at local restaurants, Provincetown Farmers Market at Town Hall, The Holiday Market at Canteen with local vendors, artisans, performers, grilled sausages, hot soups, soft pretzels and more, New Year’s Drag Bingo at the Crown & Anchor, Wicked Wonderland at the Art House, a Light Bright Bike Ride at Town Hall (decorated bicycles in a parade competing for prizes), 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 special 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 Holiday Breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners at local restaurants, Provincetown Farmers Market at Town Hall, The Holiday Market at Canteen with local vendors, artisans, performers, grilled sausages, hot soups, soft pretzels and more, Family Picnic Lunch at the library, a film screening of “All We Had” at Water’s Edge Cinema, Art opening at Rosewind Gallery at Sage Inn, a Polar Bear Plunge with cocktails, chili, hot chocolate and coffee at the beach at Johnson Street, Wicked Winter Wonderland at Provincetown Art House, Fireworks Cocktail Parties at Crown & Anchor and Spindler’s, and 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 Cocktails, buffets and dinner at local restaurants and bars, Rat Pack Gala at Provincetown Theater, John Thomas & Paul Bisaccia Piano Concert at UU Meeting House, Zoe Lewis on piano at Tin Pan Alley, dancing at A-House and Suede’s Annual New Year’s Concert at Crown & Anchor.
  • Monday, January 2, 2017 Holiday Breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners at local restaurants, The Holiday Market 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.

For more information on the events, see the Provincetown Business Guild Site.


Other Cape Cod New Year’s Eve Celebrations and Dinners


  • Hearth Happiness – Hearth and Kettle: See More.
  • Dinner with Daniel – Daniel Webster: See More.
  • Champagne Cussing – Mooncussers: See More.
  • Champagne by the Bay – Bayside Resort: See More.

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