The Ultimate Activities Guide for December 4 – 10, 2015
1. Community Foundation Grant Giving Breakfast
Friday, December 4, 8 A.M., The Nantucket Hotel
Hungry for some inspiration? The Nantucket Community Foundation’s annual grant giving breakfast celebrates the remarkable work being done by a number of nonprofits in our community. After receiving their grant from the Community Foundation, each nonprofit shares their plans for the year to come and ways for you to get involved.
This annual event features the work of our talented local weavers and museum members, and is a sure fire bet for finding a special and unique gift! Event entrance includes free admission to the museum, weaving demonstrations, and holiday refreshments.
3. Stroll Craft Shows
Friday, December 4 – Saturday, December 5
Looking for the perfect present for a friend or loved one? Look no further. Stroll weekend has big craft shows at the Preservation Trust (Friday & Saturday at 11 Centre Street), St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Isle (Saturday 9 – 2 at 3 Federal Street), and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Saturday 9:30 – 2:30 at 20 Fair Street).
4. Annye’s Whole Foods’ Stroll Social
Friday, December 4 – Saturday, December 5, 4 – 6 P.M., Annye’s Whole Foods
Join Annye’s Whole Foods for a special Stroll social, complete with cider and cookies for the kids and wine and cheese for the adults! Enjoy 10% off selected products and 20% off wine cases – the perfect deal as you stock up for holiday entertaining.
5. Cool Yule Party & Exhibition Reception
Friday, December 4, 5:30 – 7:30 P.M., Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
The Artists Association of Nantucket is keeping it “cool” for Stroll weekend with their annual Cool Yule Party, sponsored by Annye’s Whole Foods and Todd Burns Building & Restoration, Inc. Stop by the Gallery on Washington Street for great art and delicious treats!
6. Épernay’s Stroll Tastings
Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6, Épernay Wine & Spirits
From holiday gift wines to Tuscan tastings, popping bubbly to spiking hot cocoa, Épernay Wine & Spirits is rolling out the Christmas red carpet and packing Stroll weekend full with fun & festive tastings galore! So whether you’re shopping for that perfect gift for your boss or just looking to pick up a few libations for your holiday celebrations, Épernay has you covered. For the full listing of tastings and times…of which there are MANY…click here.
7. N.TUC Noel
Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6, Isobel & Cleo 2nd Floor
After a successful pop-up this past August, the ladies of N.TUC Marché are back with a special Noel edition pop-up just in time for the holidays! Rope bracelets, vintage print pouches and journals, baseball tees, holiday ornaments, wreaths and flower crowns by Soirée Floral and much, much more. So while you’re strolling down Centre Street, be sure to pop in and pop up!
8. Atheneum Stroll Book Sale
Saturday, December 5, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M., The Atheneum
Escape the cold on Saturday as you’re Stroll-ing around town and swing by the Atheneum’s annual used book sale. At just $2 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks and media, how can you not?
9. Nantucket Winter Run
Saturday, December 5, 10 A.M., Miacomet Road at Surfside Road
Looking to squeeze some exercise in between all the festivities this weekend? Sign up for the Nantucket Winter Run, a 5 mile run/walk that will end at the Nantucket Health Club (where post race refreshments will await your return!) This is a kid friendly event with a kid’s ½ mile Fun Run starting at 10:05 A.M. For more information, click here.
10. Storefront Decorating Contest: People’s Choice Award
Thursday, December 3, 6 P.M., The Whaling Museum
Have you spotted your favorite decorated tree lining the cobblestone streets? Admired in awe the creative store windows? Now’s your chance to cast your vote for your top pick! Stop by the Chamber Information Table at 0 Main Street to pick up a ballot and get voting.
Have you been dying to see what’s been going on at 22 Federal? Now you can! The new Culinary Center (and Corner Table Café) will be hosting an open house, so swing by for some tasty treats, demonstrations and tours, and to learn about upcoming classes and events in this spectacular new community space. Click here for more information.
12. European Christmas Market
Saturday, December 5, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M., Stop & Shop Parking Lot
Join a number of Nantucket’s nonprofits and organizations for a European-style market at the foot of Main Street. Food, games, goods & more!
13. Mitchell’s Book Corner Stroll Book Signings
Saturday, December 5, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M., Mitchell’s Book Corner
All your favorite Nantucket authors will be holding court at Mitchell’s Book Corner for a special Stroll weekend book signing extravaganza! Check out this stacked line-up: Wendy Rouillard 10 – 11 A.M., Julia Miner 11 – 12 P.M., Nathaniel Philbrick 12 – 1 P.M., Sherry Lefevre 1 – 2 P.M., Nancy Thayer 2 – 3 P.M., and Elin Hilderbrand 4 – 5 P.M.
14. Santa Comes to Town
Saturday, December 5, 1 P.M., Downtown
Have you been good all year? Well, it’s time to cash in when good ol’ St. Nick arrives on Nantucket courtesy of a Coast Guard cutter. After parading up Main Street with Mrs. Claus, Santa will be at the Jared Coffin House at 29 Broad Street to hear what you want for Christmas.
15. Nantucket Raw Bar & Winter Whites Tasting
Saturday, December 5, 2 – 4 P.M., Table No. 1
Join Table No. 1 and the “Saving Shellfish Stroll Team” for a special Stroll wine tasting and oyster sampling! What’s more, 10% of all wine purchased at Table No. 1 during Stroll weekend will go to the Town’s Natural Resources Department in supporting the Brant Point Shellfish Hatchery renovations and initiatives. Drink wine. Eat oysters. Help the community. We’re sold.
16. The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 5, 3 P.M., The Dreamland Theatre
The talented students of Nantucket Ballet will transport audiences to the land of sugar plum fairies in this family-friendly interpretation of a beloved holiday classic. You only have two chances to catch this production, so buy your tickets here and don’t miss out! (Second performance Sunday, December 13).
17. The Nantucket Hotel Gives bACK
Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6, The Nantucket Hotel Breeze Restaurant
This Stroll weekend, The Nantucket Hotel’s Breeze Restaurant is giving bACK to the local community…and serving up delicious dishes and drinks at the same time! Celebrate around the cozy fire pits on Saturday while enjoying music from Sean Lee and 20% of proceeds from 3 – 5:30 P.M. will go to benefit the Nantucket Atheneum. But that’s not all! You can also close out your Stroll weekend at Breeze with a special live music dinner on Sunday evening from 5:30 – 9:30 P.M. where 20% of proceeds will go to the Nantucket Food Pantry and Nantucket Rental Assistance organizations. Make your reservations now by calling 508-228-4730.
18. Breakfast of Champy-ions
Sunday, December 6, 11 A.M. – 1 P.M., Proprietors Bar & Table
Boston-based entertainment and lifestyle TV personality Jenny Johnson will introduce Nantucket to her all new sparkling wine, Champy, at this special Stroll brunch! With Chef Michael LaScola serving up delectable dishes – as well as local Nantucket oysters and Nantucket bay scallops on hand and ready to be eaten – we know there will be plenty of delicious food to pair with what we know will be your new favorite sparkling wine. For reservations, call 508-228-7477.
19. Bubble Bash
Sunday, December 6, 7 P.M., The Pearl
An annual Stroll weekend highlight, the Chef’s Bubble Bash event is not to be missed! Hosted every year at The Pearl, this year Chef Seth Raynor will be joined by Chef Sam Mason of Odd Fellows Ice Cream, Chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow, Chef Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Chef Louis DiBiccari of Tavern Road, and more! Get your tickets here, throw on your sparkling best and we’ll see you there!
20. Petticoat Row Holiday Shop Crawl
Thursday, December 10, 5 – 8:30 P.M., Great Harbor Yacht Club
Join the inspiring women of Petticoat Row (and 20 fabulous female-owned Nantucket shops and businesses) for their second annual Holiday Shop Crawl, and enjoy food, drinks, live music, and auction, Nantucket Photo Booth and more! A suggested $15 donation at the door will go to the Nantucket Food Pantry and the Robin Harvey Scholarship Fund.