Nantucket for the Holidays

From the first of November until New Year's Day, Nantucket lights up with fun, revelry, and good cheer.

As temperatures plummet and the countdown until the holiday season begins, Nantucket prepares for a festive season. Islanders blend the old with the new this year, mixing tradition with creativity. In addition to the eagerly anticipated Christmas Stroll and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Festivals of Wreaths and Trees, the island has a special surprise in store this year: the first community-wide Nantucket New Year’s celebration. Islanders invite you to be a part of their holiday season, from the first of November, until the last horn blows on New Year’s Day.

Nantucket for the Holidays

Annual Red Ticket Program 

( November 1 – December 24 ) Get a start on the holiday season by supporting local businesses when you collect as many red tickets as you can before Christmas at participating island shops. You could win up to $10,000 in prizes. Participating merchants will distribute one red ticket for every $25 spent in their shops. Double your chances to win on Saturday, December 8 – double red ticket day, when participating merchants distribute two red tickets for every $25 spent. The Chamber of Commerce drawing will be held December 24 at 3 p.m. at the top of Main Street. Don’t be late…you must be present to win!

Nantucket for the Holidays

19th Annual  Festival of Wreaths

( November 20 – 21 & 23 – 25 )  The Nantucket Historical Association’s annual Festival of Wreaths is a highlight of the island’s holiday season. The wreaths, decorated by Nantucket and Cape Cod community organizations and businesses, residents, and schoolchildren, will be showcased in the Peter Foulger Gallery during Thanksgiving week. Marjan Shirzad, the director of visitor experiences at NHA, says the wreath-makers’ handiwork can be quite literal, while others can be very artistic, noting one contribution last year was made entirely of Crayola crayons. When asked how far in advance people start conceptualizing their wreath, Shirzad chuckles and says, “We like to think they think about it all year!”

Nantucket for the Holidays

A preview party showcasing the wreaths will be held on Tuesday, November 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the wreaths will continue to be displayed on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A silent auction will be held while the wreaths remain displayed. The proceeds benefit the NHA. Bids close at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the event is free.

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Hillary Wenzel is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life

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