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Nantucket’s Festival of Trees – Select days, December 4-31

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Photo by Charles Sternaimolo

Searching for some inspiration for your holiday decorating? Do you enjoy looking at trees, ornaments, wreaths and lights? Lastly . . . want to get away? In December, the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) kicks off its 22nd annual Festival of Trees, a month-long celebration of the season and the island featuring 100 one-of-a-kind Christmas trees.

Held at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, the unique display is open to the public during museum hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, beginning December 4-6, and running through December 31. On Christmas Day, the museum is closed.

Stacey Stuart, the NHA’s special events manager, says the festival is held in conjunction with the island’s annual Stroll Weekend and many in the community are involved. For starters, Nantucket residents donate and decorate each tree. “What makes the festival special is the creativity,” says Stuart. “Everything from cement blocks to books has been used in the past to create trees.” Additional designs have featured buoys, postcards and more.

The concept for the festival was first raised in 1994 as the NHA was celebrating its 100th anniversary. Kimberly Corkran, then the president of the NHA’s board of trustees, wanted to host a series of events to commemorate the centennial. Her mother, Lucile, had seen a tree festival in Maryland, and Corkran thought it could work well on Nantucket. The rest is holiday history. Today, the annual event features 100 trees and more than 5,000 visitors attended in 2014. “This has now become one of the most highly anticipated events of the holiday season,” Stuart says. “Tickets sell out weeks before the event.”

The whaling museum is located at 13 Broad Street. Admission is free for members and children under 6. For non-members, general admission is $20, $18 for students and seniors, and $5 for year-round island residents and children ages 6 to 17. For more information, visit, or call 508-228-1894.

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