There is nothing quite like the holiday season on Nantucket, from the cobblestone streets and holiday decor to the community decorated Christmas trees that line Main Street. At Great Point Properties, we enjoy getting involved in the spirit of the season. From the holiday events to enjoying time with Family and Friends the beauty of the island and closeness of the community shine during the holiday season. We have compiled our favorite holiday events in addition to helpful hints to navigating Nantucket during the season.
Thanksgiving on Nantucket is a perfect gathering place for families to come together for the holiday. From the Turkey Plunge at Children’s Beach to the Holiday Tree lighting on Main Street, the weekend is full of events for the whole family.
In preparation for the day reserve your Turkey at Annye’s Whole Foods, offering 12 – 30-pound organic turkeys from Vermont. For more details on how to reserve Click Here.
For your Thanksgiving day side dishes check out the Nantucket Culinary Center, where Chef Greg offers classic holiday dishes as a perfect pairing for your turkey dinner.
Deck the halls and decorate with holiday trimmings from Moors End Farm. Pick out the perfect tree and accent pieces to create the perfect holiday atmosphere.
Laura Fletcher, Great Point Properties Agent:
“While Moors End Farm is a great place to visit in the summer for produce, local eggs, and fresh flowers, I particularly love when they transform into a winter wonderland.
A hand-painted sign greets you at the entrance, and an open farm stand adorned in vintage lights is home to handmade garland, bows, and wreaths. Just beyond is a big assortment of every shape, kind and size of the tree. The staff couldn’t be more helpful in making a fresh cut on the trunk and getting it on, or in your car.
If you’re looking for a nostalgic experience while supporting a local business, an afternoon at Moors End Farm provides a setting for what’s sure to be an annual holiday tradition.”
Festival of Wreaths, November 21st – November 25th: Tickets on sale on now for the preview party on November 20th 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, click here to purchase.
Annual Turkey Plunge at Children’s Beach on Friday, November 23rd at 10 am
Great Point Properties & Lemon Press Holiday House Tour with breakfast bites and healthy juices, 32 India Street from 9 am – 11 am, get your fix before or after the Turkey Plunge
Holiday Pop Up Shop to benefit the Sailing Stork Fund at Nantucket Cottage Hospital November 29th 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
Nantucket Tree Lighting, November 23, 2018, the countdown begins at 5:00 pm., over 150 balsam trees lining cobblestoned Main Street and surrounding byways magically illuminate following a dramatic countdown led by our Town Crier. It is a special event that is not to be missed.
Alexa Coleman, Great Point Properties Agent enjoys the annual event.
“My favorite event of the Holiday season is the tree lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving. The event is such an exciting kick-off to the Holiday Season. It is nice to come together as a community and stand on Main Street and see Town bustling again. The energy is frenetic with loudspeakers, carolers singing and the countdown to the lighting of the tree in unison, it kind of reminds me of Whoville in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. It is a really special and romantic tradition.”
Festival of Trees, November 30th – December 31st: Tickets on sale now for the preview party on November 29th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, click here to purchase.
John Kerry at the Nantucket Dreamland Saturday, November 24th at 5:00 pm – Join John Kerry, Former Senator, Secretary of State and Presidential Candidate in conversation with CNN Political Contributor, David Gregory. Purchase Tickets Here
The Vienna Boys Choir at the Nantucket Dreamland Friday, November 3oth at 5:30 pm.
Free Public Holiday House Tour at 28 & 32 India Street Friday, November 30th 5 pm – 7 pm.
The White Heron Theatre presents A Christmas Carol November 22nd – December 8th – purchase tickets here
Theatre Workshop Nantucket presents Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical – November 15th – December 9th – purchase tickets here
Christmas Stroll Weekend – November 30th – December 2nd – for a full list of events click here
New Years Eve at The Nantucket Hotel – Gala Nautical Dinner & Dance Party for New Years Eve. For more details and to purchase tickets click here
Cru will be re-opening for Christmas Stroll Weekend, November 29th, for reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ventuno is open Thursday – Sunday until December 2nd, for reservations click here or call (508) 228-4242.
Dune will be re-opening November 23rd for the holiday season for reservations click here or call (508) 228-5550
Nautilus will be re-opening November 15th for the holiday season for Stroll reservations call 508.228.0301
Lola 41 is taking reservations for the holiday season call to make your reservation, (508) 325-4001
Town Monday – Saturday and accepting stroll reservations call to book your table, 508-325-8696
Queequegs is open Monday – Saturday and accepting stroll reservations call to reserve a table, 508-325-0992
The Seagrille is open Monday – Saturday serving Lunch & Dinner for reservations please call 508-325-5700
Le Languedoc is open Saturday – Sunday serving dinner, for reservations please call 508-228-2552
After House Wine Bar is open Thursday – Monday, they do not accept reservations.
Pi Pizza is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Monday, they do not accept reservations it is first come first serve.
Company of the Cauldron will be open Tuesday – Sunday, for reservations, call 508-228-4016
Brant Point Grill open Thursday – Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday Brunch.
Carl Lindvall, Great Point Properties Agent, offered his take on Stroll Weekend and some of his favorite spots to enjoy dinner and cocktails.
“The cozier the better. I love having dinner at places that feel more storybook such as Le Languedoc at the downstairs bar, Oran Mor Bistro, or American Seasons. For cocktails, Nautilus and Club Car will both serve up a festive environment and amazing cocktails. My favorite stop during Stroll has to be Ventuno. The outdoor patio (with heat lamps) has a large crowd the entire day that is dressed up and having fun. If it is really cold, or you want a change of pace, you can walk inside to see Johnny B at the inside bar where you can smell the hot apple cider and sing carols with the other patrons. Such a fun weekend!”
With high demand and limited availability make sure to make your Stroll and Holiday dinner reservations in advance. Many of the restaurants reopen for the festive holiday weekends, a reason to enjoy your favorite spot before they close for the season.