17 Dec 2019

Holiday Cheer with the NHA

Who They Are

The Nantucket Historical Association is a non-profit whose purpose is to preserve the rich and robust history of the island and to educate visitors and islanders alike on Nantucket’s historical significance. The NHA runs the beloved Whaling Museum on Broad Street as well as other historic sites around the island.

What They Do

The NHA operates the Whaling Museum on Broad Street which is one of our island must-dos! They also have preserved different historic sites around the island, many of which are open for tours. They also run many educational programs – for both children and adults. Check out their calendar here for a more detailed look at what the NHA has to offer. During the holiday season, they have many fun and festive events as well!


There is always something happening at the NHA, however, they do the holiday season like no one else. They kick off the holiday season with the Festival of Wreaths over Thanksgiving weekend. Local businesses, non-profits and others decorate wreathes that are put on display around the Whaling Museum. At the end of the weekend, they are auctioned off so you can take your favorite wreath home! While the Festival of Wreaths is one of our favorite events of the year, it is a warm-up for the main holiday event of the season, the Festival of Trees. Christmas trees fill the Whaling Museum and all are uniquely decorated! The Festival of Trees runs through the end of the month, so be sure to pay a visit to the Whaling Museum to check out all of the trees.

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