Nantucket’s 47th annual Christmas Stroll, held December 6-8, will transform downtown Nantucket into a winter wonderland. The three-day holiday celebration is a jolly block party, and visitors will feel like they’re stepping into a scene from Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Every corner of Nantucket’s historic downtown is lined with extravagant shop windows and twinkling lights. Walking distance from the events, the White Elephant is offering a special weekend package with rates starting at $2,230 for two nights.
Created to lure shoppers from the mainland before shuttering for the season, Christmas Stroll remains the quintessential New England experience. Main Street is lined with hundreds of lit fir trees, Victorian-dressed carolers wander through the cobblestone streets and the Town Crier will lead visitors to the wharf to meet Santa, who arrives via a Coast Guard vessel. The Festival of Trees, hosted at the historic Whaling Museum, is a weekend highlight with 80 brilliantly decorated trees designed by local artists that will be on display through the end of the month. The Nantucket Historical Association also offers tours through three pre-civil war private homes that are beautifully decorated in trimmings for the holiday season. Festive attire is highly encouraged throughout the weekend.
The White Elephant’s weekend Stroll package includes two passes to the Festival of Trees and Holiday House tour, two festive scarves, in-room mistletoe, local mulled spiced wine from Cisco Brewers, and daily breakfast for two. Booking code: STROLL. Call 1.800.445.6574 or visit www.whitelephantnantucket.com. Cape Air continues to offer flights between Boston to Nantucket year-round and JetBlue reinstates its seasonal nonstop service from New York specially for Christmas Stroll weekend.