Holiday Dreams

Nantucket for the Holidays

The brand new Dreamland Theater will feature three lightshows: one mid afternoon, another early evening, and a final show to ring in 2013. “It’s a nice alternative to offer when the weather is cold outside and there is still fun to be had in the holiday season,” says Virna Gonzalez of ReMain Nantucket. “We’re looking forward to seeing everybody and extending the holiday season through the New Year. It’s a wonderful time to be on Nantucket.” The 35-minute long presentations, held in the main theater, which seats 318 people, feature captivating visuals and graphics set to Top 40s pop music. And of course there will be fog! This event is for all ages. No alcohol will be served. Admission is $5 per person. Dreamland Theater will be offering online ticketing for the event. Gonzalez encourages reserving your tickets online at

Island Auld Lang Syne

Nantucket for the Holidays

Do your best Nick Carraway or Daisy Buchanan impression  at the recently renovated Nantucket Hotel and Resort (formerly Point Breeze). Visitor Services will be hosting a Great Gatsby-themed ball in the hotel and resort’s grand ballroom on Monday, New Year’s Eve, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. The Perry Rossi Orchestra will provide the evening’s music and entertainment. Tickets cost $85 per person in advance and $95 at the door. Admission includes a champagne toast, light bites, and a dessert buffet. Contact the hotel or Nantucket Visitor Services for more information.

Nantucket New Year’s 

Nantucket for the Holidays

( December 29 – January 1 )  Ring in the New Year on island time! The Chamber of Commerce’s month-long Nantucket Noel celebration culminates in the island’s first ever New Year’s celebration, sponsored by Nantucket Visitor Services, ReMain Nantucket, and the Chamber. “We want to start the new year with a really nice ring,” says Kate Hamilton Pardee, executive director of Nantucket Visitor Services, who spearheaded the celebration. The highlight of this four-day-long event, beginning Saturday, December 29, is New Year’s Eve, which includes laser light shows at the Dreamland Theater and a Great Gatsby-themed gala ball at the recently renovated Nantucket Hotel and Resort. Don’t miss the island’s first New Year’s celebration. Log onto the event’s Facebook page “Nantucket New Years” for more information or go to

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Hillary Wenzel is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life

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