Supporting the Arts on First Night

Special Events

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

Bubble Wrap Stomp
Photo: John Markus
 
Bubble Wrap Stomp
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
Community Center Aerobics Room at  1:00 to 3:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Carnival Caper
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register, show off your costume, and race for fun!
A costumed road race, from the Chatham Squire to the Lighthouse and back, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register outside the Squire starting at 2 pm ($10); Costume judging at 2:30 pm; the race starts at 3 pm (a bit under 2 miles round-trip). Tee shirts and beef stew served at the Squire after the race! Spectators line Main Street to cheer on the runners, walkers, and anyone else parading down the road in costume.
Outside the Squire at  2:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Children's Art Studio
 
Children's Art Studio
Children's craft projects - all child friendly and designed with great creativity.
This event is always very popular, so find your way here as soon as possible. Children craft fascinating stuff, each in their own way. Projects are all child friendly and designed with great creativity.
Elementary School Cafeteria at  2:00 to 5:00 PM
 
Face Painting
Photo: Susan Karchmer
 
Face Painting
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face?
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face? Our painters are the best and the line moves really fast.
Monomoy Middle School Cafeteria at  12:30 to 4:00 PM
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
 
Early Fireworks at Veterans Field
Spectacular fireworks at Veterans Field after the Noise Parade, as a special treat for the young First Nighters.
Spectacular fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young First Nighters. The show is at Veterans Field and viewing is from the parking lot and fields behind the Chatham Community Center.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
 
Midnight Fireworks at Oyster Pond
Photo: Jane Murray
 
Midnight Fireworks at Oyster Pond
Join the fun in counting down to the exact moment when 2019 begins with a burst of spectacular fireworks.
First Night Chatham counts down to the exact moment 2019 starts with a wonderful display of midnight fireworks! There are no bad seats for viewing the spectacular display over Oyster Pond – in fact, there are no seats at all, unless you watch from your car, or from your front porch. Join the crowd for a rousing finale to First Night that's way more fun than being in Times Square!
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (Button-free)
 
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Photo: Michael Karchmer
 
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Buttons are required to hop aboard a horses-drawn buggy for a ride around town and wave to friends.
Buttons are required to hop aboard a horses-drawn buggy with some other folks to enjoy an old fashioned perspective as you drive around town and wave to friends and strangers. Children love it, and we love seeing them enjoy the town!
Main St at Town Hall at  1:45 to 4:45 PM
 
Just For High School Teens: Canon Hill Band
 
Just For High School Teens: Canon Hill Band
The Canon Hill Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks.
The Canon Hill Band will perform this year at the Teen Center. Drop in to warm up, see friends, and enjoy free pizza and drinks, and listen to recent local high school graduates Ben Hayden on drums, guitarist/vocalists Logan Tichnor, and Noah Pelty with Gabe Duff on bass. They can frequently be seen busking on Main Streets of Chatham and Harwich in the summer, and they are the youngest band ever to be selected to play the Harwichport 'Music Stroll'. As an added attraction, the group “Lefty Grove” will perform as an introductory band.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:00 to 11:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Just For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
 
Just For Middle School Teens: Laser Tag
Play laser tag, chill with friends, plus free pizza and drinks.
Hang out with friends from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Community Center. Returning this year: Laser Tag. Plus games, and free pizza and drinks.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  7:00 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Miniature Golf
Photo: John Markus
 
Miniature Golf
This year we have a full 9 holes of mini-golf at two separate locations. Who does not love mini golf in December!
This year we have a full 9 holes available for play at the Middle School Small Gym – 1 to 6 pm and a full 9 holes at the Community Center Gym – 1 to 6 pm. Who does not love mini golf, especially in December!
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
 
New Year's Eve Make Believe
 
New Year's Eve Make Believe
Princesses Cinderella and a photobooth and a life-size Candyland game are the centerpieces of a room full of fun and games.
Play a life-size game of Candy Land, and meet a real Princess Cinderella (from 2:30 to 5:30). Take your picture with her in the photo booth.

Play life-sized Candyland - you are the game piece as you move along the giant board following the rules of Candyland. Be the first to the castle as you pass through the Peppermint Forest, meet Queen Frostine and her ice cream sea, and try to avoid The Villain of Candy Land, Lord Licorice. Candy prizes for all courtesy of Chatham Candy Manor.
St. Christopher's Parish Hall at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
 
Noise Parade
Photo: Ron Snider
 
Noise Parade
Make noise any way you want, wear silly hats, flash some lights. Walk to see the early fireworks!
Join the raucous fray! Make noise any way you want.

A police escort leads the parade and no one will be cited for too much noise. Great fun for kids and adults, who often wear silly hats. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center to see the early fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
 
Pony Rides
 
Pony Rides
A pony ride around the small baseball diamond for kids up to 80 lbs. Button required.
Saddle up the kids for First Night Chatham Goes Country. For children up to 80 lbs., take a pony ride around the small baseball diamond behind the Community Center. CJ's Ranch in Barnstable is bringing in the ponies and staff with decades of experience, and all the pony saddles have “seat belts”. No buckin' broncos here – just a tame accompanied ride around the diamond. Bring your cameras. This activity requires a First Night button. Approach from the Community Center side and our volunteers will steer you to the ponies.
Veterans Field at  1:00 to 3:00 PM
 
Rock 'n' Roll Racing
 
Rock 'n' Roll Racing
Two great family activities: Rock'n'Roll Racing, a mini-Nascar race track, and 9-hole mini-golf.
Rock'n'Roll Racing is a mini-Nascar race track where you drive a car from the side with a steering wheel and throttle. And 9-hole mini-golf is also here in the Middle School Gym.
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
 
Town Photo
Photo: Spencer Kennard
 
Town Photo
Come with family & friends. Buy the photo or see it online. A whole-town event!
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. Start First Night with a wave at the camera and a smile on your face. The photo will be available at the Chatham CVS store for purchase. A panorama deep-zoom photo will also be posted on the First Night Chatham website. Have fun zooming in to see if you blinked, check out who was there, and just enjoy actually seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)