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Provincetown in December

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

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 6 to December 8. It’s an exciting celebration featuring the Holly Folly Shop Hop and Stroll, where shoppers are eligible to win fantastic prize baskets for shopping with participating stores. There’s the holiday market, Jingle Bell Run and Champagne Brunch (a Santa run in bathing suits), dance parties, sing-alongs, and drag bingo, to name just a few events. The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing A Super Gay Christmas at Provincetown Town Hall on Saturday, December 7. Two hundred members of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus sing traditional favorites and modern classics.

During Holly Folly, the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP) presents its annual “Souper Saturday” on December 7 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 13 and December 14 at 7:00 p.m. 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 27 to January 1. 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 held on the beach on Sunday, December 29. It’s a festive time in one of the most festive places in the world. Welcome 2020 in Provincetown.