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 events: The Lobster Pot Tree and the Pilgrim 5K Trot on Thanksgiving Day. There’s also entertainment during the weekend.

Here’s what you can expect.


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, 11/28 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, 11/28/20 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, 11/26/20. Registration starts at 7:30am; Race starts at 9 am.

Where: Begins at Sand Castle Resort Provincetown | Directions

Registration Cost: TBA | 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