Canteen Holiday Market
The Canteen Holiday Market has turned into a Provincetown winter staple over the past few years.
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.
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.
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.