It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thursday, December 12th through Sunday, December 15th, the town of Edgartown, located “down Island” on Martha’s Vineyard, is hosting their 38th Annual Christmas in Edgartown.
Voted Best of the Vineyard for the fifth year in a row, Christmas in Edgartown is a 4-day festival you don’t want to miss! Every year through the various events, Christmas in Edgartown helps raise over $50,000 for Island-wide charities and nonprofits. It’s really a community-driven event that is filled with holiday cheer for all - and the money raised helps everyone in the community have a merrier holiday season.
Over 100 Edgartown and Island businesses participate in the weekend festivities, events are listed on the Christmas in Edgartown website - come be a part of the holiday magic! What’s great is that HyLine is running a High Speed Ferry direct to Edgartown from Hyannis for Christmas In Edgartown, so make sure to check out that schedule and enjoy the fun and merriment. The Steamship Authority will be running their regular service from Woods Hole, so that’s another option. Maybe you’ll see Santa and some reindeer on the ferry this year?
Don’t Miss These Signature Christmas in Edgartown Events!
Late Night Lights on Main Street: Let evening shop lights entice you in during Christmas in Edgartown Late Night Lights on Main. To kick-off Christmas in Edgartown, stores will be open until 8 pm on Thursday for you to focus on holiday shopping before the busy weekend of festivities begin. Come early, stay late, and hop between parties, sales, discounts with a drink or appetizer in between.
Kick off Christmas in Edgartown with Rockland Trust! A traditional kick off to Christmas in Edgartown, the Rockland Trust Party is not to be missed. Come join us for delicious bites, wine, cheese, music and giveaways. Please call 508-627-7038 with your questions.
Martha's Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite: Join Point B Realty in celebrating their ninth enchanting year. The Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser is a magical holiday tradition where family memories are made, and the money raised goes to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club. Each year, our family of bears, dressed in holiday splendor, bring the magic of the season to all those who visit. Suggested donation of $5 benefits the Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. Please call 508-627-4567, ext 807 with questions.
Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse: Don’t miss this time-honored tradition! Edgartown’s version of a tree lighting is full of seaside village charm. The magical event is brought to you by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Viewing festivities will be hosted by the Harbor View Hotel.
Donaroma’s Joy to the World! After the summer sun and brilliant shades of autumn have passed, we celebrate the holidays with our Evening of Enchantment, a stroll through our magically decorated Donaroma’s Nursery and Garden Store. This year we have the pleasure to celebrate “Joy to the World” with our beautiful community. Come join us for a few wondrous hours for the whole family to enjoy and capture the spirit of the season. Donations benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club.
Holiday Cocktail Party at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House: Enjoy fine libations and passed hors d’oeuvres at the historic Dr. Daniel Fisher House. Ticket price $75 per person (21+) Tickets purchased after December 1st may be picked up at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House. Please contact the Vineyard Trust for details: 508-627-4440.
27th Annual Christmas in Edgartown Art and Crafts Festival: This year's annual Holiday Art and Crafts Festival will again be showcasing the work of over 40 Island artists and craftspeople. Free parking on site. Come take care of all your holiday shopping. Food is available and parking is free. Benefiting Edgartown School 8th grade class trip to Washington DC. For questions about the event or how to be a vendor, please call Fran at 508-560-6721.
Plum Hill School Annual Elves Faire: Crafts, Decorate a Gingerbread House, Silent Auction, Holiday Gifts, Delicious Hot Food and Drink. Proceeds benefit the Plum Hill School. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Christmas in Edgartown Parade: Not quite the 4th of July, but it is a strong runner-up! Join the fun to see floats, animals, music, dancers, kids, fire engines, and of course Santa. The parade will take place on Main Street between Peases’ Point Way and Water Street.
The 35th Annual Great Chowder Contest: The Great Chowder Contest crowns the best clam chowder and the best seafood chowder made on Martha's Vineyard. Under the tent on Winter Street in Edgartown, more than a dozen professionals, restaurants and individuals vie for the title of best clam or best seafood chowder. Admission is $10 per person which entitles you to a sample of each of these delicious chowders. All benefits from ticket sales go to The Red Stocking Fund. Online ticket sales here.
MVRHS Minnesingers Concerts at the Old Whaling Church: $15 per adult, $10 seniors & students. Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult but must have a physical Free Ticket for admittance. Tickets available for purchase after Thanksgiving at The Carnegie (Edgartown), Alley's General Store (West Tisbury), Leslie’s Pharmacy (Vineyard Haven), Our Market (Oak Bluffs) or at the door. Please call 508-627-4440 with your questions.
Teddy Bear Trot Holiday 5K Run & Walk: The Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, in conjunction with Point B Realty, is happy to be sponsoring the 5th Annual Teddy Bear Trot 5K and Fun Run, part of the Martha's Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite, as well as the Christmas in Edgartown festivities. Awards will be given for age groups, as well as festive dress. Participants of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate and dress as festively as possible. Dogs and strollers are welcome! To register today, click here. Entrance fee is $25 for pre-registration, and $30 race day. Kids' fun run registration is $10. All proceeds go to the Club’s Happy Healthy Kids program, an after-school program which provides free food to hundreds of Island children each week and is the focus of the Martha's Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite fundraiser. This year, the Teddy Bear Suite has a fundraising goal of $45,000, which will underwrite the Health Happy Kids program. Join us for this cornerstone event of Christmas in Edgartown weekend! For information, visit https://mvteddybearsuite.com/.
Photos: Joshua Robinson-White, Vineyard Lights
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