This weekend in a quaint little town on martha’s vineyard, the island celebrates christmas together. The 3-day event draws people from each island town and village, as well as countless visitors from off-island who come to share in the festivities known aschristmas in edgartown. IN Its 32nd year, christmas in edgartown has long ago become a holiday tradition. THE Celebration kicks off friday, december 13, with the lighting of the edgartown lighthouse. THE Fun continues all day and into the evening on saturday with events for all ages and interests, including a late-morning parade, walking tours, face painting, holiday concerts, sing-a-longs, the ever-popular great chowder contest, sleigh rides on chappaquiddick, and the village tree lighting. CHECK Out our calendar page for details! SUNDAY Begins the last day of the weekend-long celebration with breakfast with santa, a community event co-sponsored by the martha’s vineyard chamber of commerce and the wharf restaurant to raise money for the jim lambert memorial scholarship fund for island students. The day continues with a scavenger hunt, an artisan showcase, nature-themed ornament making, a holiday children’s book reading, and special showings of christmas movies. CHECK Out our calendar page for details! THROUGHOUT The weekend, edgartown shops and merchants welcome you with holiday cheer, specials, treats, and open houses – all with a charm the vineyard is known for. There is truly no better place for holiday shopping than martha’s vineyard. Our independent shops and local small businesses offer unique, artisanal, and quality gifts, goods, and products. Additionally, just a short drive from edgartown you’ll find thevineyard artisans festival at the grange hall in west tisbury – well worth the excursion to find one-of-a-kind handcrafts! CHECK Out our calendar page for more details! IF You’ve never experienced christmas in edgartown, let this year be the year you discover its magic. In fact, the only thing prettier than the vineyard in summer are all our quaint villages decked out in holiday twinkle lights! BE Sure to check out our last minute lodging page for accommodations, and use our handy calendar page to see a list of all the events happening this weekend to ensure you don’t miss a thing. SEE You on the vineyard!
It’s common for people to think that martha’s vineyard is a summer-only destination, but that’s simply not the case. While hundreds of thousands of people do land here between june and august, the other months of the year carry their own bragging rights, and continue to attract visitors for some very special reasons. That’s why we say the “off season” of martha’s vineyard is actually on. Off-season temperatures make a first-time winter getaway a great reason to visit.
on average, martha’s vineyard is 8 – 12 degrees warmer than the greater boston area during winter, which makes romantic weekends even cozier and takes the chill out of adventurous, outdoors jaunts. Plus, it means martha’s vineyard is the perfect place for holiday shopping and for celebrating the new year.
martha’s vineyard is home to some of the most beautiful inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels in the country, most of which offer reduced rates and specials for winter months. This means you can experience some of the best hotels on the island for a fraction of the cost. Consider taking a romantic getaway at one of the island’s inns with cozy fireplaces. Family-friendly packages are also available at numerous vineyard hotels. Visit the stay here and last minute lodging pages on the chamber’s website for lots of terrific options!
stroll the streets and enjoy the beautiful holiday window displays of the many shops bursting with specialty items not found elsewhere. Join us for the always-festivechristmas in edgartown, a weekend-long event that includes the lighting of the edgartown lighthouse, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a delicious chowder contest. Celebrate hanukkah with other families at the menorah lighting in vineyard haven. Discover the holiday charm of each vineyard town, all with their own one-of-a-kind shops.
say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 in style – and on the island. The Harbor view hotel offers a new year’s eve package that includes overnight accommodations, a dance party, and midnight fireworks over the harbor. Looking for something a little more low-key? There are plenty of wonderful restaurants and hotels worthy of this special night.
the island also offers plenty of outdoor activities and family-friendly fun for you and your loved ones – and little ones! The vineyard is home to numerous nature preserves, all with their own hiking trails and scenic views. And any given weekend, you are sure to find family-friendly activities, like the oak bluffs tree lighting and caroling party, the teen hip hop dance workshop, and visit with santa – just to name a few.
there’s so much to do on martha’s vineyard during the winter months that you’ll quickly realize why we call our “off season” on.
not sure where to begin planning your trip? Be sure to visit our stay here page and our calendar of events so you don’t miss a thing.
See you on the island!
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