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Lighting up the tip of the Cape


The Illumination of the Pilgrim Monument -Wednesday, November 25

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Photo Courtesy of Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum

Celebrating a lengthy Outer Cape tradition, the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown will be illuminated with more than 3,000 lights this holiday season. The annual “Illumination” is held Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the monument will remain lit through Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

John McDonagh, executive director of the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, says many Cape Codders view the illumination as the start of the holiday season. “It has become a beloved tradition for many families over the years,” McDonagh says. “It’s a wonderful tradition of the community gathering together to observe the monument’s mission and to herald the holiday season.”

The theme for this year’s festivities is “Provincetown’s Schoolchildren—Past and Present.” McDonagh says the museum’s trustees chose this theme to honor the town’s students over the years and all that they have accomplished. A student group will sing America the Beautiful prior to the monument lighting. Adding to the fun, baked goods and cider will be available for attendees, free of charge.

Completed in 1910 to honor the Pilgrims’ arrival in Provincetown, the monument stands 252 feet tall atop High Pole Hill. Measured from the harbor, the monument towers 353 feet above the water and can be viewed from miles away. The monument has been lit every holiday season since 1910, except for the World War II years, 1941 to 1945.

Given the monument’s size, McDonagh says testing the 19 strands of holiday lights used to light it is an endeavor in and of itself—and commences in October. Though colored lights were used in the past, today all of the lights are white. For more information, visit, or call 508-487-1310.

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