Canteen Holiday Market
Each year in late November when it starts getting dark across the Cape early—and chilly even earlier—the Canteen transforms for the holidays into a festive wonderland complete with an outdoor holiday village, twinkling lights, snug blankets, and steaming mugs of hot drinks and hearty, hot foods to warm your bones and fill you with holiday cheer.
Inspired by traditional Christmas markets popular across Europe, the Canteen’s holiday festivities run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to New Years. The market and winter lodge offer locals and visitors alike a place to gather, warm up, eat, shop locally and have fun in the best bohemian tradition of Provincetown.
During the day, an outdoor holiday market pops up along the beach behind the Canteen where dozens of local vendors hawk locally made goods like handmade soaps and hand-painted ornaments to one-of-a-kind leather bags and wood carvings. Surrounded by holiday music and cheer, revelers can sit around the fire pit while noshing on grilled sausages and baked goods and sipping on hot wine or cider. Each weekend features different activities and appearances ranging from wandering troubadours and impromptu theater performances to Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations.
At night, the Canteen transforms into a ski-chalet-inspired winter lodge with three heated, holiday-themed dining rooms serving classic European winter dishes like homemade pretzels, schnitzel, potato pancakes and Swedish meatballs. The bar features hot drinks, winter cocktails, and a list of winter ales and ciders.
The festivities start the day after Thanksgiving, run weekends throughout December, and culminate in early January with a champagne toast during the town’s annual New Year’s fireworks, which explode over the bay just beyond the Canteen’s backyard.