A very festive holiday lineup!
Island festival offers lights, cocoa and holiday spirit
Christmas in Edgartown – December 11-13
The Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse will shine brightly again this holiday season, illuminated by six strands of 225 holiday lights. Katy Fuller, marketing and events manager at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, says the 45-foot lighthouse, which has overlooked Edgartown Harbor since 1939, will be lit up Friday, December 11, at 6 p.m., and will remain illuminated through New Year’s Day.
The illumination event is part of the annual Christmas in Edgartown festival. Additional festivities scheduled for the three-day festival (December 11-13) include a chowder contest, a parade, photos with Santa, holiday sales offered at local shops and other holiday-themed activities.
Fuller says the festival, which is organized by the Edgartown Board of Trade, was begun as a way to generate a last burst of revenue for businesses in the town, many of which close their doors for the winter. “It’s their last hurrah for the year,” she says.
Back at the lighthouse, Fuller says crowds for the illumination event have grown over the years. “As the years have passed, the lighting has grown in prominence to really represent the Christmas season,” she says. “Islanders really love their lighthouses.”
At the event, carolers will be singing on the porch of the Harbor View Hotel, 131 North Water Street, and hot chocolate will be served. The lighting can also be seen from other spots along North Water Street—and from Lighthouse Beach. The event is free and open to the public, but the lighthouse itself will be closed.
For more information, visit mvmuseum.org, or call 508-627-4441.
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