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. And two of Provincetown’s favorite entertainers are performing too: Thirsty Burlington in “Cher Live” and cabaret singer Sharon McKnight in “Gone But Not Forgotten”.

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. Watch the Popko family build the tree the weekend before at

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

Where: Lopes Square | Directions

Thanksgiving Day

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:

Red Inn

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


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


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

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

2018 Weekend Entertainment

We’ve left the 2018 entertainment schedule posted so you can see what to expect next year! We’ll update the schedule in Fall 2019, once the venues have announced their acts.

The three annual events that will likely return are the two-day Arts & Crafts Fair, the Gingerbread Decorating Contest and Drag Bingo!

Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair

What: The Provincetown Lion’s Club is sponsoring a juried Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair, featuring fine art and crafts from local artisans and food and treats!

When: Fri & Sat, 10 am – 5 pm

Where: Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St.

Gingerbread House Decorating Competition

What: Bring your creative skills and holiday spirit to compete for the grand prize in the annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition! Winning team will receive a holiday gift basket valued at over $100. Houses will be also entered to win a secondary contest at the Purple Feather (more big prizes!) and then will be used as centerpieces at the David Asher Senior Dinner. 

You (or your team) must register in advance to compete. The $20 registration fee will get you a Gingerbread House and supplies, but you can feel free to bring your supplies. 

When: Sat, 10 am – 3 pm

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

Cost: $20 entry fee per team (up to 4 people) | Buy Tickets

Note: An a la carte Drag Brunch will be available during the competition for a separate fee.  

Drag Bingo

What: Put on your best outfit and come join the fun for this annual drag bingo event. Proceeds benefit the Provincetown Business Guild.

When: Fri, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Where: Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial St.

Cost: TBA

Sharon McNight: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Who: Sharon McNight salutes the late legendary ladies of song in her new show, “Gone, But Not Forgotten”. Along with each signature song McKnight has chosen, she’ll include relevant interesting historical tidbits as well.  The audience is encouraged to play along before each song.  Spoiler alert: Some of the women include Betty, Sophie, Ethel, Judy, Patsy, Bette, Madeline and who knows who else will show up.   James “Jim Bob” Followell tickles the ivories.

When: Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm

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

Cost: $20.00 | Buy Tickets

Thirsty Burlington, Cher Live!

Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair

Who: Provincetown’s local Drag legend Thirsty Burlington will be performing “Cher Live” on Thanksgiving and New Year’s weekends at the Crown and Anchor!

When: Saturday at 8 pm

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

Cost: $28.50 | Buy Tickets