• Nantucket Noel Dec. 1- Jan. 2, 2017

  • Now in its 44th year, Christmas Stroll Weekend will take place from December 1st through 3rd. Santa Claus arrives on Saturday via Coast Guard vessel and is escorted up Straight Wharf by the Town Crier to his nautical "sleigh"--a vintage whaling boat! Santa parades up Main Street and across Centre Street to the historic Jared Coffin House where he'll meet with eagerly awaiting children. Children of all ages are entertained by the Magical Talking Tree at the top of Main Street, while carolers in period costume, student choirs and more create an unforgettable backdrop.  Holiday craft shows, exhibitions and performances – including the ever-popular Christmas House tour on Friday evening – add to the festivities. Also, don't miss the 24th Annual Festival of Trees running throughout December at the Whaling Museum.

    If you could  conjure the quintessential Yuletide experience.....cobblestone streets lined with glittering fir trees, strolling carolers in Victorian garb, the scent of wood smoke wafting through a bustling, European-style marketplace, Santa Claus greeting wide-eyed children beside a glowing hearth.... this picture-perfect backdrop is what makes Nantucket's annual Christmas Stroll Weekend a truly enchanting experience.

     Affectionately dubbed Nantucket Noel, holiday festivities begin the day after Thanksgiving with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Caroling. Locals and visitors alike gather at the top of Main Street at dusk to watch over 100 Christmas trees magically come alive in a blaze of colored light. Joyous caroling fills the air, led by Nantucket High School's youth choir, the  Accidentals & Naturals.  School children, youth groups and non-profit organizations join with island businesses to decorate the trees in time for Christmas Stroll the following weekend.

    When you arrive on island, please visit the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce at Zero Main Street, second floor (above Cape Cod Five Bank) for a copy of the 2017 Official Stroll Program available in late November. A merchandise and information table will also be set up outside our building on Stroll Saturday from 9-3 PM. 

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  • Chamber Sponsored Stroll Events Program

    9AM-3PM STROLL SCAVENGER HUNT.  Pick up your Stroll Scavenger Hunt 20-question brochure at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 0 Main Street.  Created by Look Book of Nantucket author Barbara Tibbetts, this is a fun way to learn more about the island.  Teams with the most correct answers will be in the running for a Stroll & Look Book prize package.  Cost to participate: $10/team. 

    10AM-3PM NANTUCKET’S OWN CHRISTMAS MARKET! Europeans celebrate the Yuletide season with an Advent market that fills the Town Square. This is where the romance of Christmas comes alive in grand tradition-the aroma of hot food wafts through the cold air as shoppers pause to enjoy some refreshment, perhaps take part in a game or two, and survey crafted gifts and merchandise. Our community non-profit organizations bring the age old tradition to life in our own version of the Christmas Marketplace. Foot of Main Street.

    10AM-1:30PM “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD” STOREFRONT & TREE DECORATING CONTEST. Stroll through Town to admire the gaily decorated trees and storefronts. Then, place your vote for your favorite in our annual “People’s Choice Award”. Stop by the Chamber Information Table at Zero Main Street between 10AM-1:30PM for information on participating stores and to pick up a ballot!

    11-11:45AM MAIN STREET STAGE ENTERTAINMENT. Stop by the stage to enjoy special eclectic performances.

    11:45AM TOWN CRIER RINGS IN CHRISTMAS STROLL! Gather at the Main Street stage to help the Town Crier ring in our 43rd Stroll and then follow him down to Straight Wharf to welcome Santa!

    12:15PM SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES! Gather at Straight Wharf to see Santa arrive via Coast Guard cutter, and follow a very special parade. Santa’s parade travels up Main Street and across Centre Street to the Jared Coffin House. He visits with children from 1-2:45 P.M. Doors close promptly at 3 :00

    1PM-3PM MAGICAL TALKING TREE. Children, young and old, have long been mystified by our famous Talking Tree. Be sure to visit our talking tree, beautifully decorated for Stroll by local designer ´╗┐David M. Handy´╗┐, and see if your wish for the holiday season will be granted!

    1PM-3PM ENTERTAINMENT AT THE JARED COFFIN HOUSE. The Nantucket Chamber of Commerce will host special entertainment at this venue during Santa’s visit, 29 Broad St. Whether waiting in line to see Santa or shopping on Centre and Broad Streets, 

    1PM-4:45PM MAIN STREET STAGE ENTERTAINMENT. Sensational acts abound on the Main Street stage this year…you’ll want to see them all! Enjoy great entertainment all afternoon: Victorian Carolers, PJ Moody, Accidentals & Naturals, and more.

    4:45-5:15PM COMMUNITY SING-ALONG WITH THE VICTORIAN CAROLERS. Join our world- renowned Victorian Carolers for a very special sing-along on the steps of Pacific National Bank at the top of Main Street. Sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. 



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