Magical Holiday Events to Enjoy in Nantucket

nantucket holiday events

nantucket tree 1Even though it’s winter, there’s no reason why Nantucket can’t be a great vacation destination. Our quaint little town comes alive with during the holiday season when it comes to the spirit and traditions of the holidays. Listed below are some lovely Nantucket holiday events that make Nantucket the perfect place to spend time this December.

7 Magical Nantucket Holiday Events:

Nantucket Christmas Stroll Weekend

Dec. 2-4 2022

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  • Location: Straight Wharf, 1 Steamboat Wharf, Nantucket, Ma
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Shops may be open later)
  • Cost: Free

The 2022 Christmas Stroll on Nantucket is back to bring Christmas cheer again. December 2-4, 2022 is the date for the 48th annual Christmas Stroll. This beloved Nantucket holiday event  occurs after Thanksgiving and is a week of holiday shopping. Start planning your trip now!

Local business owners initiated this event in 1973 to prevent islanders from traveling to Cape Cod for holiday shopping. You don’t want to miss this Nantucket holiday event!

Everyone enjoys the festive atmosphere along Main Street during this fun-filled event. Carolers sing on the streets, there is a 20-foot tree at the top of Main Street, craft shows, performances, and special dinner offers at local restaurants.

Santa will arrive on his nautical “sleigh” at noon on Saturday. There will be holiday activities, such as carolers in Victorian garb, the Magical Talking Tree, craft shows, and a European-style Christmas Marketplace.

Join in Nantucket’s holiday spirit while receiving some great discounts and enjoying food and drink at restaurants and bars.

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Nantucket Festival of Trees

Dec. 2 – 31, 2022

Nantucket Tree Lightings and Holiday Festivals

  • Location: Whaling Museum, 13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA
  • Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Cost: Free for NHA Members and Island Residents

The Nantucket Historical Association’s annual Festival of Trees kicks off the Christmas season. The preview party will take place on December 2, 2021.

A preview party will take place at the Whaling Museum, and the display will remain up throughout December. The Nantucket Stroll weekend begins with this Nantucket holiday event.

Nantucket Festival of Trees presents community-designed trees created by local artists, groups, kids, local merchants, and nonprofit organizations.

Yuletide Fair

December 3, 2022

Nantucket Tree Lightings and Holiday Festivals

  • Location: Sherburne Hall, 11 Centre St,Nantucket, MA
  • Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Cost: Free

Since 1922, the Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Yuletide Fair has heralded the holiday season. The Yuletide Fair is a beloved community event featuring unique handcrafted holiday items, heirloom-quality gifts, a holiday bake shop, and holiday craft activities for children. We hope to see you there.

This beloved Nantucket holiday event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our local businesses and community members. Note new location this year at Sherburne Hall.



A Nantucket Christmas Carol

Dec. 1-3, 2022


  • Location: White Heron Theatre Co, 5 N Water St, Nantucket, MA
  • Time: Starts at 7:30pm
  • Cost: varies

The spirit of the island meets the spirits of the holidays! The whale oil trade has made Ebenezer Scrooge a wealthy man, but islanders know him better for his hard heart and miserly ways. The apparition of his partner, Jacob Marley, and the three spirits of Christmas visit to remind him that “mankind is his business.”

This clever weaving of the beloved tale with Nantucket history creates a wholly original experience for the whole family. A Nantucket Christmas Carol is moving to a biennial schedule, so this is your last chance to see this island tradition until 2024!

Free Holiday Concert featuring w/Susan & Ray

Dec. 4, 2022


  • Location:Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India St, Nantucket, MA
  • Time: 6 PM
  • Cost:  Free

Celebrate the season with Susan & Ray! Local husband and wife duo Susan J. Berman and Ray K. Saunders bring their signature sound to holiday music for a concert including traditional, modern and original songs. Susan & Ray take the stage with guitars, vocals and a palpable chemistry that crafts their unique sound.  As partners in music and in life they play an eclectic mix of musical styles from Broadway to bluegrass along with originals. They draw from an extensive playlist and years of performing together to bring audiences a diverse and unique musical experience.

Scrooge, The Magical Holiday Musical

Through Dec. 10, 2022

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  • Location: Theatre Workshop, Bennett Hall, 62 Centre St, Nantucket, MA
  • Time: Starts at 7 pm
  • Cost: varies

n 1970, renowned writer/composer/lyricist Leslie Bricusse adapted the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol into the hit screen musical Scrooge! In this timeless adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption in the course of  Christmas Eve night. He is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, as well from the ghosts of his past, present, and future. Bring the whole family this coming holiday season!

Scrooge is 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission


Brunch with Santa

Dec. 18, 2022

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  • Location: The Nantucket Hotel & Resort,  77 Easton St, Nantucket, MA
  • Time: 11am – 2pm
  • Cost: reservation needed
Start a new holiday tradition the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy delicious brunch favorites and visits with Santa himself during this wonderful Nantucket holiday event.  Entertainment provided by Jacob Butler.



Relax, Unwind and Unplug in Nantucket

The holidays can be difficult when you can’t be with family or close to the end of a difficult year. Even though the holiday season is full of fun and merriment, it can also lead to stress and exhaustion! A winter weekend getaway to Nantucket is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle. Getaway for a romantic weekend, reconnect with friends, or go on a mid-week getaway to recharge. You can find peace and privacy in the cozy and elegant inns. Visit the local shops for bargains, wander the empty beaches, or unplug and read your favorite book. Enjoy some well-deserved time away with Nantucket holiday events!

We wish you a happy holiday season!   Browse our website for more information about Holiday Events on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard or Plymouth.




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