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Provincetown in December

Local, unique shops for one-of-a-kind gifts

You can find information about specific events by visiting the events calendar page.

December in Provincetown means it’s time for an exciting annual shopping experience. There are many independently owned shops with special, one-of-a-kind items that make perfect gifts. And there’s also the annual month-long Holiday Market at The Canteen, located at 255 Commercial St., open every weekend from Thanksgiving weekend to New Year’s weekend. Here shoppers discover the wares of over 25 local vendors, featuring items like jewelry, holiday decorations, leather goods, and even something for your pooch! There will be food and music, a bonfire or two, and maybe a visit from Santa.

December Events

We kick off the holiday month with Holly Folly, Which runs all weekend from December 1 to 3, 2023. It’s an exciting celebration featuring the Three Dollar Bill Shop Hop and the Holly Folly Gallery Stroll, where shoppers can bring home truly unique gifts as offered up by our retailers or made by Provincetown artists and creators. There’s the Canteen Holiday MarketJingle Bell Run and Brunch, dance parties like the Nutcraker’s Ball, sing-alongs, and drag bingo, to name just a few events.

Provincetown Town Hall will feature two one-night only performances on Friday night December 1st when the Holly Folly Follies returns to Town and on Saturday night, December 2nd when the Provincetown Business Guild will debut Hung With Care, a brand new holiday-themed burlesque spectacular.

During Holly Folly, the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP) presents its annual “Souper Saturday” on December 2 at Tin Pan Alley, 269 Commercial St. Sample hearty soups from over two dozen local restaurants for just $5 and support an excellent cause. The Soup Kitchen is central to the residents of Provincetown and will serve over 15,000 hot delicious meals, bringing our winter community together while providing warmth, comfort, and good food.

The Outer Cape Chorale returns to enchant us all on December  8th and 9th at Provincetown Town Hall. Established in 2002, this chorale continues to amaze audiences with the melodious sound of 120 talented Cape Codders. The concert is free, but donations are accepted.

New Year’s Eve

Last but certainly not least, we usher in the New Year Provincetown style. First Light happens from December 30, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Come and watch or ride in the Lite Brite Bike Ride, catch a show, join the Polar Bear Plunge (January 1 at 11 a.m.), and eat at one of our gourmet restaurants. Fireworks will be scheduled to be held on the pier. It’s a festive time in one of the most festive places in the world. Welcome 2024 in Provincetown.