The biggest thing happening in Provincetown during the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 is “First Light.” On Commercial Street and throughout the town, there will be all sorts of events happening throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. First and foremost, the town will provide transportation to citizens and visitors alike through “Operation Safe Ride,” which will give free rides to safe places beginning at 10 p.m. on December 31 and ending at 4 a.m. on January 1.
Commercial Street institutions, such as the Kohl Coffee Company, Bayside Betsy’s, and the Squealing Pig, will all hold special brunches, breakfasts, and social gatherings throughout the day. The Kohl Coffee Company gets things started at 7:30 a.m.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the Provincetown farmer’s market will kick off its annual New Year’s Eve event inside the Town Hall at 260 Commercial St. Just a few doors away, Canteen Holiday will present shows by street dancers beginning at 11 a.m. Visitors can mingle with Provincetown locals and enjoy Canteen Holiday’s holiday fixings and keep warm.
Starting at 1:15 p.m., visitors can get a taste of Provincetown’s unique flavor at the famous “Drag Bingo,” featuring the equally famous Guthrie Brooks. Even if you don’t win, you can exit the bingo and take in a terrific haunted maze called the Wicked Winter Wonderland, which lets groups of children and adults in every 15 minutes from 3 p.m. to
There are also movie showings, singalongs, and general merrymaking at different venues up and down the street. You can enjoy cocktails, have dinner, and even attend a wine tasting. Provincetown’s own Bobby Wetherbee will be showcasing his piano chops starting at 10 p.m. at Crown & Anchor at 247 Commercial St. There is no cover charge for this event!
In addition, if you plan to stay for the weekend, a lot of hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts offer New Year’s specials to help make your stay more affordable. Admiral’s Landing may not have specific New Year’s specials, but they offer a variety of packages if you choose to stay for the week or even three days. They’re right around the corner from Commercial Street.
Many of the clubs and bars in downtown Provincetown will be having New Year’s Eve parties. Most of these require no cover charge, either, so you can count down to 2017 without having to spend a lot. If you stick around until the following day, there will be a waterside fireworks display.