Provincetown may be the literal end of the Massachusetts earth, and a pretty cold place in winter, but the locals there are warming up to the holiday season with several events. There are lodging discounts and such to be had as well, check out www.provincetowntourismoffice.org for more information.
First up is the annual lighting of Pilgrim Monument Nov. 23 from 5-7 p.m., a yearly tradition that kicks off P-Town's holiday season. Check it out at www.pilgrim-monument.org/lighting.html On Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m., local artist Julian Popko and his family light up a two-story high tree made of more than 100 lobster pots in Lopes Square, a tradition now in its eighth year.
A Casino Night fundraiser for the Provincetown Business Guild is scheduled for Nov. 25 from 8 p.m. to midnight, see www.ptown.org/home.asp for more info. A Holly Folly Weekend, said to be the world's only gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender holiday festival and now in its 15th year, will run Dec. 2-4 along Commercial Street, with sing-alongs, performances and parties. Check out www.ptown.org/hollyfolly.asp for information.
A yearly tradition in P-town, the Land's End Holiday Gala and Tree Trimming, happens Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m., marking the opening of the Holly Folly Weekend. Included are music, cocktails, snacks and a silent auction benefiting Baobab Home in Tanzania, an organization that provides services and support to those affected by HIV and poverty. It is hosted at Land's End Inn, and for information visit www.landsendinn.com
"'Tis the Season for Giving Drag Show" at the Crown and Anchor, an annual event that unites Provincetown's best drag queens to perform and raise money for the Aids Support Group of Cape Cod, runs Dec. 2, from 9 p.m. to midnight, with tickets at $10 each; check out www.onlyatthecrown.com/events. The Boston Gay Men's Chorus performs at town hall Dec. 3 at 8:30 p.m., with tickets running $27 each.
Provincetown Theater celebrates the town's theatrical history with weekly performances of "The Snowman in the Dunes," a classic children's musical. Check www.provincetowntheater.org for times and cost. The performances run Dec. 3-17, on the weekends. The Provincetown Art Association and Museum's holiday concert, featuring Bart Weisman and the Klezmer Swing Group, is Dec. 17 at 2 p.m., free with museum admission. Visit www.paam.org for info.
New Year's Eve weekend is huge in P-town, with comedy performances, drag shows, concerts and more, with clubs, bars, restaurants and inns holding a variety of events. Check out www.ptown.org for specific listings and times. And the unofficial wrap-up of the holiday season is "Re-Rooter's Day," on Jan. 7, which is said to personify P-town's quirky character. The event started in 1983 with local artist Jay Critchley, and since then, revelers gather yearly at the East End flats at sunset, chant nonsensical poems and burn a Christmas tree in the harbor to, it is said, shed the excesses of the holiday season and start the new year.
So it sounds like another reason to party, P-town style. Nothing wrong with that.