Island of Nantucket

Nantucket Events

Nantucket Events

Annual Halloween Parade - October 31, 2017
The annual Halloween parade up Main Street and down Centre takes place in the early evening, on Halloween day. Costumes and candy galore are the hallmark of this event as parents and children alike play dress up, and local businesses distribute masses of candy.


Festival of Wreaths Preview Party - November 22, 2017
This community event features an array of wreaths beautifully crafted by local businesses, non-profits, schools, and organizations that are displayed during the week of Thanksgiving. The preview party provides attendees with the first opportunity to view this year's designs and bid on their favorites.


Thanksgiving - annual Turkey Plunge - November 23, 2017
This annual Atheneum fundraiser features hundreds of spectators and swimmers who brave the cold waters at Children’s Beach on Thanksgiving morning to benefit the Weezie Library for Children.


Annual Tree Lighting & Community Caroling - November 24, 2017
The community gathers at the top of Main Street to watch over 100 Christmas trees come alive with color and light and to enjoy some yuletide caroling.


43rd Annual Christmas Stroll - December 1-3, 2017
New England's finest traditions come alive for the Annual Christmas Stroll Weekend. The Stroll is a community holiday celebration attracting visitors from around the world. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to the island via a Coast Guard vessel and ride up Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by the Town Crier. Carolers in Victorian costumes, bell ringers, student choirs and other musicians perform on the Main Street stage as well as stroll through town performing.


NHA Festival of Trees Preview Party - December 1, 2017
The Festival of Trees is the NHA's highly anticipated holiday tradition that begins during Nantucket's Stroll weekend and transforms the Whaling Museum into a festive winter wonderland for the entire month of December. This event features community-crafted trees designed by local merchants, nonprofit organizations, artists and children.


Holiday Red Ticket Drawing - December 24, 2017


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