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 brings the town together for two annual lightings: The Pilgrim Monument and the Lobster Pot Tree. There’s also the Pilgrim 5K Trot Thanksgiving Day, and entertainment during the weekend.

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. The lighting is on Wednesday, November 27. 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 locations. The Monument lights – more than 3,100 – shine nightly through early January.

Keep this annual tradition going by donating to the event.

When: Wednesday, 11/27/19; 5 – 7 pm; Lighting is at approximately 6pm

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

Cost: Free!

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

Lobster Pot Tree Lighting

What: Join the town for its second lighting of the week on Saturday, 11/30 at 5:30 pm – 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.

When: Saturday, 11/30/19 at 5:30 pm

Where: Lopes Square | Directions

Thanksgiving Day

Pilgrim 5K Trot

What: Make room for your Thanksgiving dinner later in the day by starting with a 5K fundraising ‘trot’ benefiting Helping our Women (HOW). 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, 11/28/19. Registration starts at 7:30am; Race starts at 9 am.

Where: Begins at Sand Castle Resort Provincetown | Directions

Registration Cost: $30 | Register online until Friday 11/15. Register day of race too!

Provincetown Pilgrim 5K Trot

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:


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


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

The Pointe

82 Bradford St, Provincetown, MA 02657 | Directions

Red Inn

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

Strangers & Saints

404 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 02657 | Directions

Website | 508-487-1449

Tin Pan Alley

269 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 02657 | Directions

Website | 508-487-1648

Weekend Entertainment

Drag Bingo with Tiki Bronstein

What: Put on your best outfit and come join the fun for this annual drag bingo event. Join Tiki Bronstein as she keeps the games going and keeps the crowd in stitches! This event sells out so get your tickets early. Proceeds benefit the PBG, the organization that brings you Carnival, Holly Folly and so much more!

When: Fri, 11/29; 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.

Cost: $25.00 | Buy Tickets

Golden Girls Holiday Musical Adventure: Thank Yule for Being a Friend

What: The Provincetown debut of the Golden Girls musical drag parody from the Golden Gays NYC.  Live singing, dancing, schmacting!

Before traveling to spend the Holidays with their families, Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose participate in a golden gift exchange full of hilarious surprises.  But just as they get to the airport a winter storm blows in, leaving them trapped! In an unexpected Charles Dickens twist of events, the three grannies must visit their past, present, and future to save Christmas (and find Sophia)…just in time for turkey lurkey.  Lucky audience members may even have a chance to make their stage debut with the bosom buddies and become the next #TokenSophia!

When: Fri, 11/29 at 7 pm

Where: Pilgrim House Provincetown, 336 Commercial St. | Directions

Cost: $25 – $35 VIP | Buy Tickets

Illusions: Thanksgiving Drag Leftovers

What: Lakia Mondale, Roxy Pops & Ania Bangkoks present a post-Thanksgiving Drag Revue in this special One Night Only production! Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a drag unless you want it to be!!!!

When: Saturday, 11/30 at 8 pm

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

Cost: $29 | Buy Tickets