Holiday Events on the Cape!

Check out the upcoming Holiday events on the Cape this year:

11/18 – 12/30, 13th Annual Glassblower’s Christmas, Sandwich Glass Museum – Hand-blown glass ornaments designed by Cape Cod artists will be beautifully displayed on a forest of Christmas trees during this exhibit. It’s free to come browse and shop for that perfect ornament. Touring the Glass Museum is a separate admission. More info can be found here. 

12/30 – 1/1, First Light Provincetown – First Light Provincetown is the final big festival of the holiday season! It’s a 3-day-long event featuring holiday parties, events, and performances. The biggest event of the celebration is the fireworks celebration from MacMillan Pier at dusk on January 1 – best views are on the beach by the pier, or you can watch from nearby bars, clubs and restaurants that have decks and indoor seating. Other events include the Lite Bright Bike Ride on New Year’s Eve and the annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day! Full schedule is here. 

12/31, 1PM – 9PM, First Night Chatham, Town Wide – A family-friendly, alcohol free, town-wide celebration of the arts with over 70 performances and events. Activities will start with the Town Photo at the Chatham Lighthouse at Noon, with indoor performances from 1 to 9 pm. From 6-7 pm will be the Noise Parade and Veterans Field Fireworks, and then more activities until finishing at 9 pm. Get the full schedule of events and performers, as well as a list of button locations here. 

1/1, 11AM, 2023 Provincetown Polar Bear Plunge, Johnson Street town landing – Registration is open for the 2023 Polar Bear Plunge! On New Years Day at Noon we will plunge into the chilly waters of the Provincetown Harbor at the Johnson Street parking lot. This year, you can form and register as teams! Teams consist of a minimum of three individuals who share a fundraising goal. Register as a Team and Pledge a fundraising goal. Teams for First, Second, and Third Fundraisers will be announced. Click here for more information and here to register. 

1/1, 10AM, Winter Magic Antiques Show, Cultural Center of Cape Cod – This full-scale antiques show will feature known and esteemed dealers from all over the region, with a wide variety of antiques. All proceeds benefit the Cultural Center. $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Tickets are available here. 

1/1, 6AM – 5PM, First Day Hikes Cape Cod – A new tradition is back for its second year! This program encourages people to get outdoors with free guided walks and activities to explore Cape Cod’s parks, trails, and natural resources on January 1st. 10 conservation/environmental organizations and 11 free events are involved. Event registration can be found on individual websites where required – find the list here. 

1/1, 10AM, Harwich Elementary Polar Plunge, Red River Beach – Join the community to kick the winter blues with a quick positive mood-enhancing dip in the ocean! Gather your friends and family together and let’s make new memories in 2023! Coffee and hot cocoa served to help warm you up. Donations will be split to benefit the Harwich PTO and a local non-profit (TBA). 

1/7, 5PM, Epiphany Evensong – Join Gloriæ Dei Cantores and members of the Gaudete Baroque Ensemble for a special Epiphany Choral Evensong at the Church for the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor, Orleans, featuring J. S. Bach’s cantata, Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36. The service will be both in-person and livestreamed. No tickets are required. For more information, call 508-240-2400.
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