If you are spending the holidays on Cape Cod, you are sure to find plenty of New Year’s Eve events whether you are looking for family-friendly events or a night on the town to celebrate the turn of the year.
2022 New Year’s Eve Events:
First Night – Chatham First Night Chatham is the largest family-friendly and alcohol free celebration on Cape Cod to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This town-wide celebration of the arts offers over 70 performances and events, something for everyone!
December 31st, 2022 will be First Night Chatham’s 32nd New Year’s Eve celebration. The past two years have been somewhat limited due to Covid restrictions, but this year the celebration will be getting back to normal and including more indoor activities.
In Chatham New Year’s Eve events will start with the traditional Town Photo at the Chatham Lighthouse at noon and end with the Noise Parade and Veterans Field Fireworks finishing at 9 PM.
First Light Provincetown– Provincetown is known for its smashing parties, and plans New Year’s Eve 2022 will uphold this reputation! This Cape Cod New Year’s celebration spanning multiple days, begins on December 28 and running until New Year’s Day.
The many New Year’s Eve events, scheduled throughout the town, include live music, a craft fair, multiple performances, dance parties and an incredible fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.
Provincetown First Light celebrations continue into January 1st with Cape Cod’s most colorfully flamboyant Polar Bear Plunge into Provincetown Harbor at high noon. This annual event raises money for the Center for Coastal Studies. The fun continues into the afternoon with the last day of the Holiday Market and the Hair of the Dog Disco. Check the Chamber of Commerce website for a full listing of New Year’s Eve events.
Cotuit Center for the Arts– Ring in the new year with laughter at Cotuit Center for the Arts on New Year’s Eve. A night of stand-up comedy with Boston comedians Steve Bjork and Chris D. There will be a 7pm and a 9pm show hosted by Ruberti.
The Loft – Annual New Years Bash The Loft in Yarmouth is again hosting their Annual New Year’s Bash featuring the Grab Brothers starting at 9 PM. The celebration begins with a scrumptious 4 course meal and ending with a midnight toast. The package includes hats and noise-blowers to ring in the New Year!
Grand Cru Wine Bar & Grill– The Bart Weisman Jazz Group will be playing New Year’s Eve from 7-10 at the Grand Cru, at great place to have dinner and start off your New Year’s Eve while listening to smooth jazz.
NYE on Martha’s Vineyard:
New Year’s Eve (Early) Celebration
Film & Bubbly at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center — Special New Year’s Eve (early) celebration — a film and a glass of champagne to start your evening off as we ring in 2023. Join us at the Film Center lobby for live music provided by pianist John Hannon and a complimentary glass of bubbly beginning at 3:15pm. With love in the air, LOVE ACTUALLY screens at 4:00pm.
Donaroma’s Annual Holiday Nursery Light Show
Your last chance to enjoy the Holiday Light Show! Just park your car, tune into 87.9 FM and enjoy our complimentary festive light show at Donaroma Nursery from the comfort and warmth of your vehicle! The light show runs 5-9pm through January 1st.
New Years Day Open House – Island Alpaca Farm
The Alpaca Company is open New Year’s Day, always a favorite for the whole family and your out-of-town holiday .
The year-round farm is home to 40 friendly, fluffy alpaca. You can get up close with the friendly fluffy alpaca and meet the two newest babies in our special viewing area.
Enjoy some tasty treats and hot cider while watching our alpaca or take in their alpaca video presentation.
NYE on Nantucket:
New Years Eve Gala– Celebrate the end of 2022 and the start of 2023 at the Nantucket Hotel. Enjoy some great food and multiple toasts throughout the evening, while enjoying the music by DJ Billy Voss.
The hotel offers a fancy cocktail reception, an elegant dinner, live entertainment, a dance party, with a late-night bites buffet. The evening ends the customary toast and a great view of the anchor drop. Part of the ticket sales from this New Year’s Eve event will benefit Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals.
Anchor Drop– Join us outside The Nantucket Hotel for our complimentary New Year’s Eve “Anchor Drop.” We’ll be counting down to 2020 by dropping an anchor off the top of the Hotel. Offered at 5:00 p.m. (for families) and Midnight (for all others). Complimentary Hot Chocolate will be served.
Plymouth New Years Eve:
GPub – The family-friendly New Years Eve Party begins in the Arcade from 5-7pm. The traditional NYE dinner and a show with Ken Monteiro from 7-9pm, will be followed with a dance party in the Pub with music by Wut It Iz starting at 9pm.
Casino at Uva’s- Los Vegas comes to Cape Cod at Uva’s this New Years! Join in the fun, with $1000 of “funny money”, you can hit the roulette table or test your luck at the craps table while you enjoy the DJ beats with dinner. Prizes given away and toast at midnight. Get your tickets early, as this is sure to be a sell-out!
Mike’d Up Comedy at Hotel 1620– Laugh your way into 2023 with one of Boston’s favorite comedians, Kelly MacFarland
Doors open at 6pm for dinner. The hilarious comedy show begins at 8:30 followed by dancing at 10 and a champagne toast at midnight.
Glow party at the New World Tavern– Come dance in the New Year with our NYE Glow Party! DJ T&T will be spinning all the best tunes to keep you dancing all night long! The tavern will be decked out with Blacklights, Glow Sticks, and Disco Lights so wear your best glowing outfit to ring in 2023.
New Years Day Events:
FOYCOA’s 12th Annual Polar Plunge- Join the annual Polar Plunge at noon on Smugglers Beach in South Yarmouth to start off 2023!Cocoa and cookies provided for all those brave enough to take a dip in Nantucket Sound!
Monument Beach Polar Plunge- This annual dip by the members of Monument Beach Polar Club and its supporters benefit the Bourne Food Pantry. Anyone can join for the $25 registration fee but all participants must wear foot protection. After the dip all the brave plungers will be offered #ACuppaChowda!
Freeze the Day Polar Plunge – the Mashpee Rec Department is hosting their first annual polar plunge to raise funds for the Mashpee Kiwanis Club. On New Year’s Day the brave plungers will meet at 10am at the Naukabout Brewery for a refreshing plunge in Mashpee-Wakeby Pond! Hot Cocoa will be provided.
First Day Hikes – The Barnstable Land Trust is again offering a whole host of First Day Hikes at various location around the Cape. These walks, talk and hikes are a perfect way to start the New Year off on the right foot, but starting healthy habits and learning more about our unique environment.
There are several sunrise walks starting at 6:45am, but plenty of other choices throughout the day to accommodate the late risers. All of the events are free and open to the public but pre-registration is required for some. Check out the First Day Hikes webpage for a complete listing and to pre-register.
New Year’s Day Party – Begin 2023 with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Day Party at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center at 3pm. The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra along with guest artists, vocalist Kristen Watson and tenor Matthew Anderson, join together for a mix of beautiful music in the tradition of the annual Vienna New Year’s Day concert, including waltzes and polkas, Broadway classics, and contemporary hits. Tickets for this special performance will undoubtedly sell out quickly. So get yours before it’s too late!
So however you choose to close out 2022 or ring in 2023, enjoy the New Year’s Eve events on Cape Cod safely. Check out Winter Fun on Cape Cod