BEST IN SNOW

Written By: Robert Cocuzzo

Vaillancourt Folk Art has the perfect Nantucket stocking stuffer.

In many ways, Nantucket is an island of collectibles. From scrimshaw to lightship baskets, there’s no shortage of precious little pieces to remind you of the Grey Lady. Come the holiday season, arguably the most sought-after island collectible is the Vaillancourt Nantucket Santa. Since 2007, Judi Vaillancourt has been hand-designing this island-inspired chalkware series to debut at Stroll. Over the last decade, they have become prized possessions among collectors on the island, across the country and as far away as Australia and Japan.

“My mom and dad started the business back in 1984,” says Luke M. Vaillancourt, “and today we’re one of the last companies that still produces Christmas products in America.” After her first Nantucket Santa sold out, Judi continued layering island items—lightship baskets, seashells, and other Nantucket iconography—into each Santa in the series.

In honor of 2020—a year that no one will soon forget—Judi set out to break the mold—quite literally. Collaborating with long-time sculptor and Vaillancourt mold-maker Eduardo Rodriguez, Judi created an entirely new Nantucket Santa design. Riding a blue whale, this year’s dazzling Nantucket Santa is adorned with enchanting details such still produces Christmas products in America.” After her first Nantucket Santa sold out, Judi continued layering island items—lightship baskets, as the Brant Point lighthouse, a festive wreath, and a Lightship basket. So when making your list for the island-lovers in your life, Vaillancourt’s Nantucket Santa is sure to deliver the Stroll spirit wherever they may be.

Order your Vaillancourt Santa at NantucketSanta.com.

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