'Buy Local' is a popular rallying cry these days but here on the island it's more than just a passing fad. Since 1973 local merchants have been keeping their shops open late on the first Friday in December to celebrate the season. The first Stroll, was only three hours in duration but by all accounts it was a huge success. Over the years, the event has grown to become a nationally-renowned holiday event that includes something for everyone over 3 days. Festivities that include live entertainment on Main Street, craft shows, performances, special dinners at island restaurants, tours, and exhibitions. Local merchants just as they did back in 73' will be offering refreshments to shoppers throughout the event.
Below is just a small sampling of Stroll events. For more details visit www.nantucketchamber.org/stroll. Check back often for new and updated information.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 Events
10:00AM-3:00PM SHOP SANTA'S VILLAGE: Meander through our wondrous Christmas Market and celebrate the enchantment of the season. Indulge in the aromas of delectable food and beverages as you chat with friends and survey a variety of handcrafted gifts and merchandise sold by Chamber members and non-profit organizations. Foot of Main Street.
10:00AM-3:00PM “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD” STOREFRONT & TREE DECORATING CONTEST. Stroll through Town to admire the gaily decorated trees and storefronts. Place your vote for your favorite in our annual “People’s Choice Award.” Stop by the Chamber Information Table at the Shop Santa's Village marketplace for information on trees & stores in the decorating contest!
10:00AM-4:00PM MAIN STREET STAGE ENTERTAINMENT: Stop by the stage to enjoy eclectic performances by Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, The Boys and Girls Club, Susan J. Berman, NCMC Vocalist, The Accidentals & Naturals, Nantucket Ballet and more!
11:45AM TOWN CRIER RINGS IN CHRISTMAS STROLL! Gather at the Main Street stage to help our inimitable Town Crier ring in our 48th Stroll!
12:00PM-1:00PM SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN! Watch Santa's arrival via Coast Guard cutter, and join Santa’s parade as it travels up Main Street and across Centre Street to the NHA Whaling Museum (Santa will be traveling in a vintage fire truck this year!)
1:00PM-2:30PM SANTA MEET & GREET: Reconvene on Main Street where you can meet and take socially distanced photos with Santa. Don't forget your letters to the North Pole, which can be left in Santa's mailbox at the top of Main Street.
3:00PM UGLY SWEATER CONTEST: Join us at the top of Main Street with honorary judge, Santa Claus! You know you have one, so why not get a prize for wearing it? Sign up from 10:30am to 2:30pm at the Chamber's merchandise table at the Shop Santa's Village marketplace. Get ready to strut your stuff at 3pm!
4:30PM COMMUNITY CAROLING ON MAIN STREET: Join our world-renowned Victorian Carolers for a very special sing-along on the steps of Pacific National Bank on Main Street to close another amazing Christmas Stroll Saturday.