Provincetown First Light: New Year

New Year in Provincetown – First Light Celebration

Ring in the New Year at the tip of the Cape with Provincetown First Light.

  • When: Fri, 12/28/18 – Tues, 1/1/19

Provincetown comes alive one last time with New Year’s revelers before settling into the winter season.

Restaurants, shops, bars, clubs will all be open. Events include dancing, special social events, and performers. The ladies of Illusions, Miss Richfield, Thirsty Burlington, Well-Strung, and Suede performed last year. Stay tuned for the 2018 – 2019 line-up!

The town’s fireworks display will light up the Provincetown Harbor on Jan 1 at dusk!

If you’re looking to celebrate at one of Provincetown’s restaurants, check out our New Year Restaurant page.

Miss Richfield Provincetown New Year Show
Miss Richfield, Sat 12/30. Two shows

The 2018 – 2019 event schedule isn’t final, but we’ve left the 2017 – 2018 event schedule posted so you can see what to expect!

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2017 – 2018 Event Schedule



Who: Provincetown’s first ladies of high drag are back for holidays – Thanksgiving and New Year! Join the Girls of Illusions and some very special guest performers for high camp and style in their classic drag show!

When: Fri, 12/29;  8:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $28.50 | Buy Tickets


Bobby Wetherbee on Piano

Come enjoy Provincetown’s favorite piano man, Bobby Wetherbee on Piano!

When: Fri, 12/29; 9 pm – close

Where: Central House Piano Bar (Crown & Anchor), 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: No cover


First Light Drag Bingo

What: Put on your best New Year outfit and join the fun with the Mistress of Holiday Bingo, Tiki Bronstein. Proceeds benefit the Provincetown Business Guild.

When: Sat, 12/30; 3:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $20 – $25. | Buy Tickets


Well-Strung Quartet: Home for the Holidays

Who: Well-Strung – the critically acclaimed singing string quartet – plays a special holiday concert at Provincetown Town Hall.  Well-Strung and their producing partners, Mark Cortale and director Richard Jay-Alexander, have created a special holiday concert showcasing traditional and popular holiday song.

When: Saturday, 12/30 at 6:30 pm

Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 254 Commercial St |  Directions

Cost: $35, $50 & $75 | Buy Tickets


Miss Richfield 1981, Fall on Your Knees

Who: Miss Richfield 1981 believes that the very best way to celebrate the holidays is on your knees! So join Miss Richfield for holiday music, videos, games, and a very special sing along that will change how you feel about carols for the rest of your life!

When: Sat, 12/30: Two show times – 7 pm & 9 pm

Where: Sage Inn & Lounge, 336 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $30.00; VIP, $40.00 | Buy Tickets

Thirsty Burlington Live

Thirsty Burlington Live! One show only at the Paramount, at the Crown & Anchor. Tickets always sell out, so buy them now.

When: Fri, 12/30; 8:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $28.50 | Buy Tickets


Bobby Wetherbee on Piano

Come enjoy Provincetown’s favorite piano man, Bobby Wetherbee on Piano!

When: Sun, 12/30; 9 pm – close

Where: Central House Piano Bar (Crown & Anchor), 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: No cover

Well-Strung New Year Provincetown
Well-Strung New Year Show


Bobby Wetherbee on Piano

Come enjoy Provincetown’s favorite piano man, Bobby Wetherbee on Piano!

When: Sun, 12/31; 9 pm – close

Where: Central House Piano Bar (Crown & Anchor), 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: No cover


Dance Clubs

Countdown to 2018 Dance Party

When: Sun, 12/31; 9 pm – close

Where: Club Purgatory, Gifford House, 9 – 11 Carver St. | Directions

Cost: No cover


Resolution 2017 Dance Party, Paramount

Start out 2017 dancing! Ring in the New Year at Paramount with the hottest music and videos brought to you by VJ Tom Yaz and DJ Chris Racine.

When: Sun, 12/31; 9:30 pm – close

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: No Cover


A House New Year’s Eve Party

What: Music by DJ David LaSalle. $10 cover includes free Champagne Toast at midnight.

When: Sunday, 12/31, 10 pm – 2 am 

Where: A-House, 6 Masonic Place | Directions

Cost: $10, includes free Champagne Toast at midnight


New Year’s Eve Party at The Governor Bradford

What: Featuring Drag Karaoke with party favors and champagne toast at midnight.

When: Sun, 12/31; 9:30 pm – close

Where: Governor Bradford, 312 Commercial  St | Directions


Polar Bear Plunge


What: Take out that summer swimsuit and take the annual Polar Bear Plunge challenge on New Year’s Day 2018! This tradition is the 3rd annual event and is part of the Provincetown First Light celebrations for New Years Weekend 2017 – 2018. Registration proceed benefit the Center For Coastal Studies. For a look at last year’s plunge, check out the event Facebook Page and watch this Drone Video of the event by David Cox.

And if you don’t want to take the plunge, come on down and cheer on those brave plungers! This event, co-sponsored by the Harbor Lounge, Yolqueria and the 8 Dyer Hotel will feature a quick dip in the harbor followed by warm-up cocktails and chili at Harbor Lounge. There will be a DJ, music and a guest emcee, as well as coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

When: Mon, 1/1/18; 11 am – Noon

Where: Johnson’s Street Parking Lot, Provincetown Harbor | Directions

Registration Cost: $45. Registration fee includes t-shirt if registered by 12/15/17. Register Now


Champagne & Fireworks Viewing: Pilgrim Monument

What: Watch the New Year fireworks display from the highest location in Provincetown. The monument grounds overlook Provincetown Harbor, where the fireworks will be appear, so there’s no better view! The event includes champagne, wine, oysters and hors d’oeuvres.

When: Jan 1, 2018, 4 pm – 6 pm

Where: Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, 1 High Pole Hill Road | Directions

Cost: $50 per person | Buy Tickets or call 508-487-1310


First Light New Year Food Court

What: Planning to watch the New Year’s Day fireworks in Provincetown? Then come to the Crown & Anchor courtyard for the First Light Food Court. The food court will provide lively entertainment, delicious comfort foods, and many beverage choices from 4 – 6:30 pm. The Crown’s waterfront pool deck is the perfect place to watch the fireworks over the harbor! For those less hearty, you can always watch in the warmth from the windows in Wave bar.

When: Mon, Jan 1, 2018, 4 – 6:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions


First Light Provincetown Fireworks

Come see a New Year’s Eve fireworks display that will light up Provincetown Harbor! Fireworks will be launched from MacMillan Pier, but visible multiple locations.

When: Mon, 1/1 at dusk (Approximately 5:30 pm)

Where: Macmillan Pier (Center of Town) | Directions

Cost: Free

Looking for a warm place to watch the fireworks? 

  • Crown & Anchor: The Crown is hosting a food court from 4:30 – 6, and the Paramount and the Wave Bar have a great harbor view. There’s plenty of room and guaranteed to be warm!
  • Restaurants: If reservations are still available, the restaurants listed below will provide you a nice view, warmth and food! The Harbor Lounge also has a wonderful view.
  • Harbor Hotel Parking Lot: If you don’t mind a distant view, the Harbor Hotel parking lot provides a clear unobstructed view of the harbor. | Directions
  • Check out other suggestions about where to watch the fireworks.


Suede New Year’s Eve Concert Crown & Anchor

Who: Suede’s annual New Year’s Eve Concert for First Light Provincetown!

When: Mon, 1/1; 8 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $33.50 to $53.50

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