Time To Start Thinking About Your New Year’s Eve Plans

As 2017 winds to a close, most minds are focused on their preparations for the Christmas season but in many Cape Cod towns plans are already well under way for 2018 and local New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Area officials and community organizations have been working for months on one of the biggest nights on the Cape’s winter social calendar with festivities set to include food, drinks, entertainment, and a wide range of activities to close out 2017 with a bang.

First Night Chatham

Chatham’s First Night Celebration is one of the Cape’s most popular events, focusing on family friendly fun. The theme for this year’s event will be “Oh Those 60s!” with activities focused on the 1960’s. Performers set to take the stage include local favorite Suede, The Crab Grass Bluegrass Band, Four Guys in Tuxes, and Beach Dawgs, a Beach Boys tribute band.

A variety of food is also offered at First Night venues during the day and into the evening. Food vendors include food trucks, local restaurants who set up in the school cafeterias, and churches that offer meals or snacks within their premises.

Buttons are already available for $20 for adults and $5 for children at a number of local business as well as at FirstNightChatham.com.

First Night Sandwich

In just its 6th year, this event has been recognized as the #1 New Year’s Eve celebration in Massachusetts by the website “Only in Your State.” This year, First Night Sandwich will be held December 31stfrom 4 to 9 pm.This New Year’s Eve non-alcoholic family festival of the arts and multicultural activities, musical presentations, and live performances is located in venues both inside and outside in and around Sandwich Village.

A Reveler’s Parade is held at 8 pm. There will be ice sculptures, lighted giants in the village and along Route 6A, children’s crafts, an enchanting fairy garden, jazz, blues, food vendors, storytelling, a Resolution Wall, Grand Finale Countdown with lighthouse, cannon fire, giant sparklers, and fireworks. The finale will be held at Town Hall, following the parade.

First Light Provincetown

While Chatham and Sandwich go for a decidedly family vibe with their New Year’s festivities, P-Town’s 5-day First Light Celebration has a number of activities for the adults. Drag Bingo, theater, cabaret, comedy, jazz, live music, dance parties, film and galleries.
Special events at public spaces and private venues across town offer an array of options for locals and the thousands of visitors that First Light draws in.

New Year’s Day fireworks on the beach, the popular Polar Bear Plunge, Lite Brite Bike Ride, and ice skating round out this years planned festivities.

Nantucket SnowBall

The Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Ball at the Nantucket Hotel offers magical winter wonderland-themed festivities from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Complete with hors d’oeuvres, an elaborate dessert buffet, including make-your-own S’mores around glowing fire pits, and a champagne toast at midnight. The annual 21+ celebration includes music and dancing this year featuring the Perry Rossi Orchestra.

Private Parties

Numerous restaurants, night clubs, and hotels will be hosting events to ring in the New Year as well. Parting till the wee hours can be an exhausting feat, but fortunately the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, the Seacrest in Falmouth, and the Bayside Resort in Yarmouth are among the hotels planning celebrations which are open to the public, and if you book in time will provide on convenient place to crash as well. Hot spots like Embargo, the Irish Village, Seaside on Main, the Falmouth Raw Bar are among the dozens of places to celebrate the arrival of 2018 on Cape Cod, with many providing specialty drinks, music, dancing, and a midnight toast.

By CapeCod.com Staff

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