It’s that time of the year again – the trees lining Main Street are lit and decorated to the nines, stores are bringing their ‘A’ game for holiday window decor, and ferry reservations are getting hard to come by. This festive weekend is like the winter version of July 4th, and symbolizes one last hurrah before many businesses close their doors until Spring. Much love to our Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce for keeping this tradition alive, and for making the annual Christmas Stroll a huge success year after year! For 2017, we’ve got an extra special HOT list giving you the inside scoop for one of our favorite weekends of the year… Here is the Christmas Stroll Top 20!
1. HOT STROLL RENTAL
14 Easy Street
If you’re still questioning whether or not to make the trip out for stroll this year, we’ve got the hottest penthouses to sway you in the right direction! This downtown location boasts two gorgeous residences, each with three en suite bedrooms, (three couples want to come bACK?!) as well as the most iconic view of Old North Wharf there is, AND comes with its own parking spot! Right near all the stroll action, this property is available for Stroll weekend and is the perfect spot for you and yours to enjoy the last big weekend before coming bACK next spring! 14 Easy Street rents nightly at $1400 with a two night minimum. Check them out below and book by emailing denise
2. HOT HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
HAPPY PLACE MARKET
bACK at it again with our Happy Place holiday market featuring a dozen amazing vendors, but this time we are cranking it up a notch! There will be a limo bus so you don’t have to worry about travel to and from town that drops you off right where all the action is. DJs LayZBoy and Braun Dapper will be setting the good vibes with a festive playlist on Saturday while you shop goods from a dozen vendors, and sip on some rose courtesy of Whispering Angel. Need a GLOW OUT? We got the Beauty Mystic in house to give you a little makeup tutorial and brightener to keep you looking fresh all weekend long and we’ll have Tarot Card readings offered with Danica Connors from noon to 3PM! To top it all off, we’ll have the CAPTURE THIS! photo booth bus parked out front so you can take a photo to remember all the fun! Join us on Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3pm at Happy Place (2 Chins Way, behind Island Kitchen)! PS… want to sign up for your tarot card reading with Danica? Click below!
3. HOT STROLL SKINCARE
Our go-to for healthy skincare, Follain, is opening bACK up for Stroll, and is offering FREE Tata Harper mini-facials on Saturday and Sunday! Check out Follain’s new co-branded products, candles, and holiday gift sets for everyone on your list! Open 10AM-6PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, this should absolutely be a must on your shopping agenda! NOTE: These facials will fill up quickly – sign up using the links below to reserve your spot!
4. HOT(LINE) BLING
THE VAULT REOPENS
Join The Vault gals Katherine Jetter and Calista West for a special Stroll Opening Party on Friday 12.1 from 4-6PM and let these ladies help you find the perfect gift! Just in time for the holidays, these two have flown in all kinds of special new sparkly baubles that will make the perfect gift for your special someone, get them bejeweled at The Vault and cross some items off your list! From small sparkly stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank to the big daddy bling, these gals have it all! Open daily this week and all through the weekend from 10AM to 6PM!
For the guys on your shopping list, don’t miss the reopening of Perch over on Straight Wharf! Joining their already amazing inventory is Grey Salt – a modern men’s clothing boutique featuring cool, contemporary, great-fitting brands. Perch will be hosting an array of cozy cashmere, holiday pieces, gifts, and other fun styles – open all weekend from 9AM to 7PM, be sure to stop by and take home something for the men and women in your life! NOTE: There will also be lots of peppermint hot chocolate to keep you warm while you shop, and holiday giveaways!
6. HOT SAINT NICK FUN
SANTA ARRIVES ON SATURDAY
If you’re traveling with little ones for Christmas Stroll, be sure to park your strollers on Main Street for Saint Nick’s arrival at noon! Santa will be rolling up via the Coast Guard Vessel, and parading his way up Main Street to see all of his favorite island kids in front of the fireplace at the Pacific National Bank! Have your list ready, and spend your time waiting in line having a holiday chat with the famous talking Christmas tree!
You know that when something has been running for 35 years it is something to note! This year, join the Friends of Nantucket Public Schools for their annual Holiday House Tour, and see FIVE beautiful downtown homes decorated for the holidays! After the event, stroll over to the Nantucket Culinary Center on Federal Street for their After the Tour party, complete with libations from Cisco Brewers, festive hors d’oeuvres, holiday music and a photo booth! Event takes place from 4:30-9:30PM, purchase tickets here.
8. HOT HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL OF TREES
This holiday tradition kicks off on the Friday of Christmas Stroll weekend, and is one that truly transforms the Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum. Various members from the local community come together to decorate trees, which are then displayed throughout the Whaling Museum for the whole month of December. If you’re looking for something to get you in the holiday spirit, this is it! It is nearly impossible to travel through those halls without a smile on your face – the exhibit runs from 10AM to 8PM on Friday, and from 10AM to 5PM Saturday and Sunday, tickets are available at the door!
Celebrating their first year being open for Christmas Stroll, 28 Centre Pointe will be offering exclusive in store discounts and gifts with purchase, making it a must on your stroll shopping agenda! From one of a kind hand cut Nantucket ornaments to their stroll shirts in both men’s and women’s sizes to nautical fur pom hats, their selection is sure to impress! This is the last chance to visit the store in person before they transition to online only until the spring! 28 Centre Pointe will be serving up sips and treats all weekend long from 10AM to 5PM! Not on island? Shop online below!
10. HOT HOLIDAY SHOW
NUTCRACKER COMES BACK TO ACK WITH NANTUCKET BALLET
Get into the holiday spirit with The Nutcracker Suite presented by the Nantucket Ballet at the Dreamland Theater! Share the magic and beauty of this beloved holiday classic with your loved ones right here on your favorite little island! Join Clara as she encounters dancing snowflakes, candies, and life sized dolls. Whether this is the first Nutcracker or your 50th it is sure to captivate. Let the music of Tchaikovsky paired with dancers of all ages transport your family into the magical land of the sweets. There will be two shows on Saturday at 12PM and 3PM so get your tickets now by clicking below!
11. HOT OPEN HOUSE ON FRIDAY
with Windwalker William Raveis
The only time of year that looks better on Nantucket than sweet summertime is the Nantucket Noel, so why not have an open house showcasing the holidays on ACK? Stroll Weekend, head over to 52 Westchester for some hot cider, swedish meatballs, and even a good old fashioned marshmallow roast around the property’s firepit! This recently renovated property is just a short stroll from town (less than 15 minutes!), and in close proximity to the Westmoor Club, Something Natural, Jetties, and The Galley, just to name a few. Come on over on Friday from 3-5PM and see what the buzz is about!
12. HOT OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY!
WITH GREAT POINT PROPERTIES
Hooray! There’s another chance this weekend to take in the holiday charm at one of the island’s HOT properties! There’s a reason why most renters love to be close to town, and 30 York Street fits the bill. A short walk to town, and a quick bike ride to your favorite mid-island spots – this property has got it all, including a spacious outdoor living space! This house has historic charm with all the modern updates, and is being sold furnished! Stop by 30 York Street on Saturday from 9AM to 11AM and visit with listing broker Alexa Coleman for some holiday cheer, refreshments, and a tour of this charming listing! NOTE: The house comes with two parking spots on Boyer’s Alley, but please park on York Street for the tour!
13. HOT FILM + FOOD SERIES
100 MILE MAKERS
Complete your stroll weekend with a food and film series surrounding local culture. On Saturday, join 100 Mile Makers, Nantucket Land Council, and the Nantucket Shellfish Association for an afternoon oyster tasting/cocktail party and film screening at The Starlight, all in support of local food, sustainable seafood and water quality. This unique event gives viewers the chance to watch a film and experience coastal culture and sustainability firsthand! Two tickets are available for the event: Tasting & Movie for $75, or Movie only for $25. Click below tickets!
14. HOT NEW STROLL’ER
STRAIGHT WHARF OPENS THEIR DOORS
If 86 SWR was a truly sad day for you, this will be some of the best news you hear all year! Straight Wharf will officially be opening bACK up for their first stroll ever! Join the crew starting 12PM on Thursday, and enjoy one of your favorite HOT spots all weekend long! Food will be served from 12PM to 10PM Thursday through Sunday, with a Maker’s Market thrown in the mix during the weekend! Check out the transformed dining from from 12 to 4pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to snatch up goods from local artisans and check some items off your Christmas list. Make your way back to the wharf on Friday night for the 1st official Dining Room Dance Party with DJ LayZBoy, who will be back again for the Ugly Sweater themed Hip Hop Sunday!
15. HOT STROLL RETURNER
THE CLUB CAR OPEN FOR STROLL!
Another ‘new’ to stroll spot this year is your favorite piano bar! That’s right, The Club Car will be open and ready to serve up the tapas and shared plates that you’ve been savoring all season long! Thursday night opens up their stroll festivities with dinner from 5:30-10pm and the infamous piano player kicking off at 9:30! Friday and Saturday features lunch from 11:30-2:30 and dinner 5:30-11, with tunes wafting from the piano at 9:30 both nights. To end the weekend right, Club Car is serving up food on Sunday from 11:30am until it runs out, and there will be a lot of celebrating from 2-6pm!
16. HOT WAY TO STAY & PLAY
WHITE ELEPHANT OPEN FOR LAST WEEKEND OF 2017!
Start your holidays off right with a relaxing stay at the White Elephant, just a short walk from all of the downtown stroll festivities! They’ve got spa needs covered so you can truly relax, and then head over to the Brant Point Grill for their special stroll menu, complete with music from Sean Lee on Friday and Saturday nights from 8-10:30PM. NOTE: Sunday is their last brunch and dinner of the season, and they are offering 50% off all food for DINNER to end the season with a bang!
17. HOT BAND
The Chicken Box is going COUNTRY this STROLL with Boston’s Best Country Band DALTON & THE SHERIFFS on ACK for a two night show! Cover is $10 and the show starts at 10PM so get ready for a serious “Country Roads” singalong with this awesome band!
18. WHAT’S HOT WITH THE BREW CREW
CISCO STROLLIN’ IN HOT
As always, Cisco Brewers is one of the top things on our list for things to do this Christmas Stroll. (Did you catch them in Men’s Health this week?!) For Stroll 2017, they’ve got a full weekend of festivities planned, complete with stroll swag, holiday beverages, and the christmas cheer you could hope for! The shuttles will be running all weekend long to get you there and bACK safely, hot drinks will be waiting for you inside the door, and food trucks will be on hand to keep your stomachs from rumbling. Save the photo above for the low-down on each day of Cisco Strollin!
19. THAT HOT STROLL SWAG
This year we’ve got some extra hot Stroll Swag coming your way. Don’t get caught without something to bring home to rep one of your favorite weekends on island. Be sure to get these limited edition finds before making your way back to that ferry! From Straight Wharf’s red long sleeve edition of your favorite summer tee… To A Salty Soul’s “Salty Stroll” baseball tee to our Happy Place exclusive Holiday Edition sweatshirt with the santa hat and holly along your favorite island… these are a few of our favorite things!
And don’t forget that infamous Stroll Scarf available at the Boat Basin!
20. THOSE HOT RECAPS
THE STROLL DINING DISH!
ATLAS – This mid island spot will be jammin’ this weekend, with Foggy Roots playing on Saturday night!
FRESH ~ is bACK and they are bringing the heat this stroll! Hours are 10AM to 8PM daily, and they are offering up chili, make-your-own grilled cheeses, tomato soup, house made hot chocolate and cider, and to quote mantucket himself, “TONS of holiday liquor”.
GREYDON HOUSE ~ This cozy spot will be open all weekend long with a Prix Fixe stroll menu with a heavy focus on locally sourced ingredients that is something to write home about. New for the holidays, guests are able to book the hotels House Car complete with driver, bottle of wine and picnic hamper curated by the chef himself.
HANDLEBAR ~ Our favorite coffee shop is open all weekend (and year long!) and relaunching their winter drinks just in time for stroll, and will have new shirts and mugs so you can get your ACK loving family something to sip their morning brews!
ISLAND KITCHEN ~ If you’re looking for a place to indulge outside of the downtown craziness, Island Kitchen is the go-to. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner all weekend, plus you can stop by the Happy Place market on your way to/from your meals!
LEMON PRESS ~ Get your day started the healthiest way we know how! From their superfood lattes to vegan soups and organic sandwiches to gluten free sweet treats, these gals have got you covered! Hours are 7AM to 4PM daily, 8AM to 2:30PM Sunday.
LOLA 41 ~ Hours are 11:30AM straight through on Friday and Saturday with some excellent lunch specials (bento box anyone?) and don’t forget about Sushi Sunday on Sunday night.
NAUTILUS ~ If you’re looking for a handcrafted cocktail like no other, visit this island favorite for stroll weekend. Open Wednesday – Sunday for dinner starting at 5:30, and lunch Thursday – Sunday at 11:30.
STATION 21 ~ This is the final weekend to get in your favorites at this cozy spot! Open straight through the weekend with lunch from 11:30-3 and a pizza special to get you through until the dinner menu starts at 5:30.
TREE BAR ~ You read that right! This outdoor favorite is opening up for stroll weekend! Starting Thursday night, this hot spot will be open for food and drinks all weekend long! Serving dinner Thursday – Sunday, and Lunch Friday – Sunday.
VENTUNO ~ Not only is this spot open all weekend long, but they are serving LUNCH Friday, Saturday AND Sunday before closing its doors until the 2018 season!
THE STROLL SHOPPING MUSTS
BLUE BEETLE – Hours are 9:30AM to 5:30PM every day, with almost all clothing and outerwear on sale from 25-75% off!
BODEGA – Hours are 10AM to 5PM every day, with a mini holiday market in store with ornaments, gifts, local art and more! BONUS: $100 or more and receive a free ornament!
CURRENT VINTAGE – Hours are 10AM to 9PM on Friday, 10AM to 7PM on Saturday, and 10AM to 6PM on Sunday, with a “Stroll Cheer” tasting on Friday and Saturday from 2 to 6! 20% off select wines and beer, and 25-75% off clothing and accessories!
EYE OF THE NEEDLE ~ bACK open for the final weekend of her 2017 season and this time it is all about the RED! Karen has big sales in the bACK and all your new favorite holiday favorites up front!
JOEY WOLFFER – NEW TO STROLL! This Old South Wharf fav is open from 10AM to 6PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and this treasure chest filled with gifts for every lady on your list!
THE LOVELY – Open all weekend long, this shop is pACKed with the perfect stocking stuffers, holiday outfits, and wardrobe staples! Our favorite? the new fingerless cashmere gloves embroidered with holiday sentiments like LET’S STROLL!
MILLY AND GRACE – Hours are 10AM to 5PM all weekend, with a 30-50% off clothing sale, and countless ornaments, trimmings, and candles to get your house holiday ready!
MURRAY’S TOGGERY SHOP – Hours are 10AM to 6PM on Friday, 10AM to 7PM on Saturday, and 10AM to 4PM on Sunday, with a couple trunk shows in the mix! The perfect spot to step into those UGG slippers you’ve been eyeing!
NANTUCKET LOOMS – Grab your gift, and wrap it too! This island favorite is known for their handwoven knits and superb gift-wrapping that comes along with them! Open all weekend long.
NANTUCKET WINE & SPIRITS – If you’re looking for holiday spirits, this is the spot! Open all weekend with a wide variety of wines, beers, and spirits! They also carry gift cards and they also have a cool BOX WINE gift, the perfect four pACK for the vino lover in your life!
REMY – Head over to Remy’s sweet shop on Old South Wharf to warm up this weekend! Saturday from 1PM to 5PM they’ll be serving up chowder and oysters for a little snack while you shop! $5 gets you a cup of chowder and 3 oysters – what a steal!
SKINNY DIP ~ Talk about a fat sale at the Skinny Dip with up to 70% off on in store products! Hours are Friday 11AM to 6PM , Saturday 10AM to 6PM and Sunday 11AM to 4PM.