I’ve been wanting to visit Nantucket for the Christmas Stroll weekend for several years now, but this year we finally had the opportunity to visit. On the Friday of the stroll, we boarded the Hy-Line Cruises fast ferry out of Hyannis, and were in Nantucket just a short hour later.
We were picked up at the ferry terminal by the wonderful general manager of Harborview Place, and settled in to our unit. This was one of the nicest places I’ve stayed at (full review coming soon), and we just loved it.
After unpacking, we headed up to the beautiful decorated Main Street (pictured here), and my kids just loved posing in front of each of the trees that were decorated by all of the local businesses. Then, we had dinner at Brotherhood of Thieves, a local kid-friendly restaurant and bar that was quite popular over the entire weekend.
The next morning, we woke up nice and early to check out the local shops, and then waited by the ferry terminal for Santa’s arrival with Mrs. Claus via Coast Guard ship. They were led to the Jared Coffin House via horse-drawn carriage as all of the families followed them. We hopped in line for our photo with Santa – it was a long wait but absolutely worth it. After seeing Santa, we walked by the the “Talking Tree” – a fun tree that actually interacts with the kids. Since we were all tired, we decided to do take out and eat it in our large kitchen!
The next morning, we visited the Nantucket Whaling Museum’s Festival of Trees, stopped for lunch at Easy Street (right near the Hy-Line ferry terminal), and then packed up to leave. As we boarded the ferry, my kids begged to return next year – and I hope we do!
You can learn more about the Nantucket Stroll at the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce website.
Disclosure: Our stay in Nantucket was sponsored by Harborview Place and the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.