Bring In The Season With The Festival Of Wreaths

November 19, 2015

One of the best ways to celebrate the start of the holiday season is the annual Nantucket Festival of Wreaths. It's not only a chance to enjoy the creativity of Nantucket residents, but it's also for a good cause.

What Is The Festival of Wreaths?

One of Nantucket's favorite holiday events, the Festival of Wreaths, is not only a celebration of creativity but also raises money for the Nantucket Historical Association. This year's event will be held Nov. 25 and Nov. 27-29 (closed on Thanksgiving Day) at NHA's popular Whaling Museum. There will be a preview party on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

How Is Money Raised?

It all starts with the creativity of the festival's participants, who design distinctive wreaths that might be made from traditional greens to a wide variety of other, less conventional, materials. The wreaths are displayed in the Whaling Museum and are available to purchase through a silent auction format. There will be 80 wreaths on display.

When Can We Bid On Wreaths?

The wreaths will be on display Wednesday through Saturday (Nov. 25, 27-28) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 29 from 10 2 p.m. Admission is free and the festival is handicapped accessible. The silent auction will be ongoing for the entire festival, which allows you to return to your favorite wreaths as often as you like and increase your bid.

When Will I Know If I Won?

Winners will be announced on the final day of the festival, shortly after 2 p.m. You don't have to be present to win.

What Is The Nantucket Historical Association?

The NHA includes a research library that consists of special collections focusing on Nantucket's rich history. The collections include more than 5,000 volumes and 50,000 photographs, including ship's logs, family papers and scrapbooks. Extensive art and artifact collections relating to Nantucket History are preserved there.

What Is The Whaling Museum?

Housed in a building that was originally built in 1846 and used as a candle factory, the Whaling Museum was created in 1929 and then fully restored in 2005. It houses a large collection of whaling artifacts and memorabilia, including harpoons, longboats and scrimshaws. Its centerpiece is the complete skeleton of a 46-foot Sperm whale suspended from the ceiling.

Are There Other Events Happening Around This Time?

Also known as the Nantucket Noel, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration and Community Caroling event takes place the day after Thanksgiving. The community gathers at the top of Main Street to watch over 100 Christmas trees come alive with color and light.

If you're looking to store wreaths and other holiday items after Christmas, be sure to contact the Nantucket Storage Center. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a multitude of storage options.


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