Thanksgiving in Provincetown

Thanksgiving in Provincetown

What better place to celebrate Thanksgiving than in the town where the pilgrims first landed in America. Looking out over the harbor today, it’s easy to see why anchored in the protected Provincetown Harbor.

Thanksgiving In Provincetown
Pilgrim Monument Lighting

Contrary to what some imagine, the town is still alive with most businesses, guest houses and restaurants open for much of the weekend. Thanksgiving weekend is also host to a number of events, including two annual events that kick off the December holiday season.

Here’s what you can expect.

Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

This annual event has grown to become a favorite holiday tradition on the Cape, with last year’s event drawing over 1,500 visitors. This year, the Monument is dedicating the lighting “ … for everyone who needs a little Light and Love. As a Beacon of Tolerance and Hope for over 100 years, we honor those throughout our world who do not enjoy the Acceptance and Peace we are Thankful for.

The lighting is on Wednesday, November 21. The celebration begins at 5 pm with the lighting occurring at approximately 6 pm. The celebration at the Monument continues through 7 pm.

Admission is free, and light refreshments and entertainment are provided. Parking at the Monument is limited, but there is free parking on Winslow St, in the nearby Grace Hall Parking Lot, and of course the Municipal Parking Lot by Macmillan Wharf. See our parking page for locations and directions.

Because the Monument is located on one of the highest elevations in Provincetown, you can view the lighting from most location. The Monument lights – more than 3,100 – shine nightly through early January.

Keep this annual tradition going by donating to the event.

When: Wednesday, 11/21; 5 – 7 pm; Lighting is at approximately 6pm

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

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

Lobster Pot Christmas Tree Provincetown MA
Lobster Pot Tree. Lighting Sat, Nov 25th

Lobster Pot Tree Lighting

What: Join the town for another lighting on Saturday, 11/25 at 5:30 pm for the annual Lobster Pot Tree Lighting. Be sure to get there early though to get a prime view. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served too!

The tree frame consists of over 100 lobster pots. The tree trimmings include approximately 120 bows, 3,400 LED lights, plastic lobsters and buoys.

This unique holiday tree was featured in the Smithsonian Magazine’s article Seven Places Reinventing the Christmas Tree! If you can’t make it the weekend of the lighting, the tree will be lit through January.

Thanks to the Popko Family for continuing this tradition! Check out the Popko’s Facebook page for the Provincetown Lobster Pot Tree. Watch the Popko family build the tree the weekend before at

When: Saturday, 11/24 at 5:30 pm.

Where: Lopes Square | Directions

Provincetown Art Association & Museum Turkey Trot

If you want to make room for your Thanksgiving dinner later in the day, start with a 5K fundraising ‘trot’ for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. The 3.1 mile route starts at the Sandcastle Resort Club and participants trot to PAAM and then back to the Sandcastle Resort Club. A $100 cash prize will be awarded for 1st place female and male participants.

When: Thu, 11/22/17. Registration starts at 7:30am; Race starts at 9 am.

Where: Begins at Sand Castle Resort Provincetown | Directions. The route goes from the Sandcastle Resort Club to the PAAM and back to the SRC. (Distance 3.1 miles)

Registration Cost: $25 pre-registration; $30 the day of the race. | Register Now


Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re visiting or want to forgo cooking dinner, several of Provincetown’s fine restaurants are open for Thanksgiving. At this time, these are the restaurants that have confirmed seatings:

The Pointe, 1 – 7:30 pm

Traditional dinner, 4 courses. $54.95;

82 Bradford St, Provincetown, MA 02657 | Directions
Website | 508-487-6767

Red Inn, 5:30 pm – close

15 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657 | Directions
Website | 508-487-7334

Mews, 2 – 7 pm

429 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657 | Directions
Website | 508-487-1500

Napis, 1 pm – close

7 Freeman St, Provincetown, MA 02657 | Directions
Website | 508-487-1145

Weekend Entertainment

In addition to the lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree, check out these entertainment options during the weekend.

Drag Bingo

What: Join Tiki Bronstein, the Mistress of Holiday Bingo, for this annual drag event. Put on your best outfit and come join the fun. Proceeds benefit the Provincetown Business Guild.

When: Fri, 11/23; 3:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.

Cost: TBA


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

When: Sat, 11/24; 8:30 pm

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

Cost: TBA

Jim Brosseau

Pianist and singer Jim Brosseau brings his talents to the Central House Piano Bar on Saturday, 11/24 beginning at 9 pm.

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

Thanksgiving in Provincetown