Special Events

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

Please note venue name changes:
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Large Gym was formerly called High School Gym
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Cafeteria was formerly called High School Cafeteria
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Auditorium was formerly called High School Auditorium
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Small Gym was formerly called Middle School Gym

Sand Castle Sculpture
Come transport yourself, family, and friends back to the beach, during the heyday of summer in Chatham, as you watch Greg Grady, a famed sand sculptor transform five tons of fine sand into a five foot high sand castle that celebrates this year’s First Night Chatham theme, “Sandcastles by the Sea”.

This sand castle sculpture will be located on the front right side of the Chatham Community Center. Greg will be working from midday December 26th throught December 29th to turn sand and water into a wonderful work of art – all in the dead of winter!

Once completed, the sand castle will remain on display for viewing and photographs through New Year’s Day; stop by any time during First Night 2015 to imagine yourself at the beach with the sun shining while you admire this work of art.
Chatham Community Center Lawn – all day  (Button-free)
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!
Community Center Gym at  1:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
Carnival Caper
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
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
Countdown Cod and Fireworks on the Oyster Pond
First Night Chatham’s Countdown Cod is scheduled to count down to the exact moment of 2015 from its perch on our crane high over the Oyster Pond park and then signal the set off of a wonderful fireworks display! Come early for the best viewing spot over Oyster Pond at Midnight.
Oyster Pond at  Midnight  (Button-free)
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
Early Fireworks
Special low level 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)
Photo: Susan Karchmer
Face Painting
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  12:00 to 4:00 PM
Photo: Michael Karchmer
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
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
Drop in to warm up at the Lower Level of the Community Center between 7:30 and 11:30. DJ PROTOZOA (Andrew Morris) will be spinning tracks from 8 -11. Complimentary New England Pizza and drinks. Wii, XBOX 360 and “Selfie” Photo Corner.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:30 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
Just For Middle School Teens
Chill with friends from 7:30 to 10:00 at the Chatham Elementary School Cafeteria. Ongoing games will include Wii, XBOX 360 and Poker Tournament. Complimentary New England Pizza and drinks. “Selfie” Photo Corner and Henna Tattoos!
Elementary School Cafeteria at  7:30 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
Miniature Golf
This year we have a full 9 holes available for play at the Middle School Samll Gym – 1 to 6 pm and a full 9 holes at the Elementary School 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
Elementary School Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Ryder Martin’s Fabulous Trains
A new location this year, at the Atwood House Museum! See a fabulous layout of Ryder Martin's model trains that will amaze and engage kids, Dads, and Moms who always wanted their own set. The Atwood House will on the free shuttle bus route during the afternoon.
Atwood House Museum at  1:00 to 5:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
Noise Parade
Join the raucous fray! Make noise any way you want. Police escort leads the parade and no will will be cited for too much noise. Great fun for kids and adults, who often wear silly hats and carry parade puppets. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center area to see the children's fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Chris Detraglia
Town Photo
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. The photo will be available at the local CVS store for purchase. A panorama gigapixel 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)

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