Say So Long to 2015 and Hello to 2016

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There’s simply no better place to spend New Year’s Eve than Cape Cod. It’s got all the merriment and revelry you’ll find in a big city plus the natural beauty and hometown spirit that you’ll carry with you throughout the year. First Night activities abound on Cape Cod. One of the most popular gets under way on New Year’s Eve day in the town of Chatham. First Night Chatham is marking its 25th year with a Silver Jubilee¬†Celebration.

It all starts with a town photo at noon at the Chatham Lighthouse. Grab your silly hat and horn and join the Chatham Noise Parade down Main Street at 6 p.m. The professional musicians take over from there. There will be 70 performances throughout the day. You can catch the Eagles tribute band Another Tequila Sunrise at the Monomoy Middle School or the Cape Cod Symphony Brass Quintet at the Congregational Church. The night culminates with a huge fireworks celebration at Oyster Pond at midnight. www.firstnightchatham.com.

The town of Sandwich is ringing in the New Year with a larger than life celebration highlighted by Michael Magyar’s Giants, massive twinkling figures set up all over town. You can take part in the Reveler’s parade which will roll down Main Street at 8 p.m. The parade will be followed by the lighting of Magyar’s featured Giant at the Gristmill at an eye popping pyrotechnics display. www.firstnightsandwich.com.

Provincetown is celebrating with a big balloon drop at midnight at the Porchside Bar, a Resolution Dance Party at the historic Crown and Anchor and a huge fireworks celebration planned for January 2nd at 5:30 p.m. www.ptownchamber.com.

Of course Falmouth won’t be outdone. Captain Kidd Restaurant in Woods Hole is ending 2015 in style with its Taste of America event, which features a six course meal with edibles from across the U.S.A.¬†www.falmouthchamber.com

For those hearty folks who wish to meet the New Year bright and early, there are Polar Plunges planned across the Cape. Once you warm up from that arctic blast, settle down and enjoy the New Year’s Day concert with the Cape Cod Symphony at 3pm in Hyannis.¬†www.capesymphony.org. The orchestra will be joined by the great Marni Nixon, the real singing voice of Natalie Wood in West Side Story, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.