22 Nov 2019

LRE’s Guide to an Island Thanksgiving

Island Thanksgiving


The Turkey Plunge

Thursday November 28th | 10am | Children’s Beach

Start your island Thanksgiving off with an icy dip in the harbor! Head down to Children’s Beach for the 18th annual Turkey Plunge to benefit the Children’s library at the Atheneum. If you would prefer to stay dry, head down anyway to cheer on the crazy turkey plungers! This event has raised over $100,000 for the Weezie Library for Children through both plungers and business sponsors. Visit the library site here to sign up.

Time for Some Turkey

Thursday November 28th

While a large part of Thanksgiving is about how much food you can consume at one time, not everyone is psyched about cooking the meal. No cooks in your family? No worries! There are plenty of island establishments that will do it for you. Want to sit down for a full Thanksgiving dinner?

  • Fairgrounds Restaurant is hosting their annual family fun dinner from 12pm to 7pm. You can call 508-228-4095 for reservations and take out orders.
  • The Nantucket Hotel is pulling out all the stops in the grand ballroom for a family style feast from 12pm to 5pm. Click here to make a reservation.

If take-out is more your speed, there are a bunch of options from full dinners to just sides. Nantucket Culinary Center, Annye’s Whole Foods, PPX Events, Bartlett’s Farm, and Lemon Press all have a variety of options to complete your island Thanksgiving feast! Check out the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce for a full list of where you can eat on Turkey Day!

A Nantucket Christmas Carol

Begins Thursday November 28th | 7:30pm | White Heron Theater

Once you’ve digested all of your Thanksgiving Feast, head down to White Heron Theater for opening night of their holiday season production, A Nantucket Christmas Carol. A Nantucket spin on holiday classic by Charles Dickens, come check out what Nantucket whaling captain, Ebenezer Scrooge, is up to this holiday season. The show opens on Thanksgiving night and runs through December 14th. Click here for tickets.


Black Friday Shopping

Friday November 29th | All Day | Downtown Nantucket

While we don’t have a mall to all flock to at the crack of dawn on Black Friday, we do have great stores to get some holiday shopping done! Stroll through downtown Nantucket and shop local! Collect Red Tickets at participating businesses. One red ticket for every $25 spent. The red ticket drawing will take place on Christmas Eve at 3pm, so start collecting those tickets!

Festival of Wreaths

Friday November 29th – Sunday December 1st | 10am to 4pm | The Whaling Museum

Get ready for some holiday cheer! The holidays are kicked off with the NHA’s Festival of Wreaths at the Whaling Museum. Wreaths are crafted by our island community – non profits, local businesses, schools and other island organizations. There is a silent auction for the wreaths so you can take home your favorite. The proceeds from the auction go to benefit the NHA’s year-round outreach programs.

Holiday Home Tour

Friday November 29th | 11am to 4pm | Historic Homes

The NHA pulls out all the stops for these historic island homes at Christmas time. The Hadwen House (96 Main Street), Greater Light (8 Howard Street) and the Thomas Macy House (99 Main Street) are decked out in their holiday finest. Stop in for a tour at any of these throughout the weekend!

Main Street Tree Lighting & Carol Sing

Friday November 29th | 5pm | Downtown Nantucket

Nantucket is full of holiday cheer on the day after Thanksgiving! Over 150 Christmas trees line Main Street and the surrounding areas and are all magically lit at 5pm after a countdown by the Town Crier. The trees are decorated by local businesses, schools, non-profits and other island organizations. Following the lighting of the trees, Nantucket High School’s acapella group will lead the crowd in a carol sing of traditional carols getting everyone into that holiday spirit! Keep your eyes peeled for the Lee Real Estate tree!


Nantucket Artisans Collective Thanksgiving Craft Show

Saturday November 30th | 10am to 5pm | Upstairs at Preservation Hall, 11 Centre Street

Get some Christmas shopping done early and stop by the Artisan Craft Show at 11 Centre Street to check out the goods – jewelry, pottery, textiles, fine art, confections and more! Get something for the Nantucket lover in your life and support Sustainable Nantucket while you’re at it. We all know an island Thanksgiving weekend wouldn’t be complete without a little shopping!

First Annual Nantucket Oyster Fest

Saturday November 30th | 5pm to 7pm | Great Harbor Yacht Club

Whether Grey Lady oysters are your favorite, or you lean more towards the Fifth Bends, join the Nantucket Land Council and the Nantucket Shellfish Association for a the first ever Nantucket Oyster Fest at Great Harbor Yacht Club. Nantucket oyster farmers will be there to teach you about what they do and you can sample their oysters. Tickets are $60 a ticket and includes 1 drink, 4 raw bars, and different oyster dishes! Click here for tickets.

Wreath & Candle Ring Workshop

Saturday November 30th | 12pm t0 2pm | Bartlett’s Farm

Bring some of Nantucket’s holiday cheer home with you. Stop by Bartlett’s Farm to make your own holiday wreath or decorative candle ring to decorate your house this holiday season. The workshop is family friendly, so bring everyone along with you! Wreaths are $60 and candle rings are $10.


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