The Nantucket Christmas Stroll weekend is this weekend, November 30rd to December 2nd, and if you are planning to visit with kids there are plenty of great things you can do. Here are some tips to have the best weekend possible:
Many of the popular restaurants on Nantucket book up for the weekend, but last year, we went to Brotherhood of Thieves, which was able to accommodate our walk-in with a short wait. If you plan to do this, definitely arrive early. For our second night, we just did takeout which was much easier than dealing with the crowds!
Visit the Christmas Market
Last year, they started a Christmas market at the corner of Easy Street and Main. It’s on again this year on December 1 from 10-3. Bring cash – most of the booths only take cash.
The Nantucket Whaling Museum offers the Festival of Trees throughout December, and it’s definitely worth checking out – with or without kids. My kids actually loved viewing all of trees, and I had fun photographing many of them.
See Santa and Mrs. Claus
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive via Coast Guard ship at 12:30pm on the 1st, and I recommend arriving at Straight Wharf early to make sure you get a good spot. Then, hurry up to the Jared Coffin House, where you can take photos with the couple. Although you’ll pay a local charity for a photo, I recommend taking your own photo. Ours was never mailed to us.
After seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus, check out the Magical Talking Tree outside the Pacific Bank at the top of Main Street from 1-3pm on Saturday. My kids loved it, and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to figure out where the voice was coming from.
Finally, have fun! The Nantucket Christmas Stroll weekend is one of the best holiday events I’ve attended.
Disclosure: In 2011, we were hosted by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce for the Nantucket Noel/Christmas Stroll weekend.