It’s that time of year—Christmas carols are playing on the radio, candles are in the windows of homes, and your neighbors are putting out holiday decorations—the holiday spirit is all around and this is especially true on Nantucket Island. This past weekend was the annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll. Always falling on the first weekend of December, the Christmas Stroll brings visitors from many locations to the island for this special weekend. During this weekend, Nantucket Island comes alive with the Holiday Spirit. Visitors swell the cobblestone streets, retail stores are open and festively decorated, restaurants are booked, and there are plenty of special holiday events (craft shows, skating shows, theater, ghost walks) to get everyone into the holiday spirit.
One of the many Nantucket Christmas Stroll traditions is the many Christmas trees, which are downtown. Each year local Nantucket community groups, storekeepers, the Coast Guard and classrooms are responsible for the decorations of each tree. Armed with handmade decorations and trimmings, tree decorators flock to the streets to decorate before the Holiday Stroll weekend. This is especially a fun event for the younger students, who not only take pride in their artistic abilities and remarkable decorations, but also enjoy the brief break from school that decorating the tree allows. The theme of each tree is up to the imagination, but the themes always impress, delight, and surprise onlookers. As you can see from the pictures below many of the designs this year ranged from tropical (Great Job Mr. Girvin's class!) to messages of peace and from the traditional (or inspired by popular Christmas carols) to nature and the environment. The trees are lit at night adding a bit of warmth to the dark and chilly winter nights on Nantucket Island and stay up until after New Years.
Despite the cold and wet weather on Saturday December 3, holiday strollers enjoyed themselves all weekend. Those who were not on Straight Wharf waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive on the Coast Guard vessel, lined Main Street and waited for Santa’s arrival at the Pacific National Bank. People filled the rooms of the Preservation Trust building for the annual local artist craft show, made natural ornaments at the Maria Mitchell Association, swung into the Nantucket Cookie Company and decorated a cookie or two. Or the strollers just stopped by one of the nearby coffee shops for a hot chocolate and strolled along the Nantucket streets (a great time for sales!). The offices of Coffin and Sconset Real Estate at 40 Centre Street and Post Office Square, Sconset were decorated and open and happy to see some friendly and familiar faces stopping to say hello. As evening came, the community caroling on Main Street began. The Victorian carolers began in front of the Pacific National Bank and made their way throughout town. Onlookers were encouraged to participate, but many decided to leave the singing up to the professionals!
Visit the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce website: www.Nantucketchamber.org for more Holiday Stroll information. Thinking of strolling December 2010?? Please contact Coffin and Sconset Real Estate for Vacation Rentals and Sales. Our user friendly website: www.coffinrealestate,com or call: 508-228-1138.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Coffin & ‘Sconset Real Estate