Walk Through A Forest At The Festival Of Trees

December 3, 2015


Fill your holiday season with beauty and whimsy this year by attending the Nantucket Historical Association’s Festival of Trees. Directly following the seasonal Festival of Wreaths, the Nantucket Whaling Museum is turned into a holiday forest, with 80 Christmas trees on display for locals and tourists alike. This huge kickoff to the holiday season is sponsored by the Heritage Association as well as local merchants and businesses.

The trees are created and decorated by local artists, businesses, community members, non-profit organizations, and children. The sky's the limit when it comes to these artistic creations. Some trees are created using vignettes, some ornamental, and others bring a unique twist to the classic evergreen tree. The only requirement is capturing the spirit of the holiday season in their displays.

Past displays have included underwater and retro themes. Some trees use Santa Claus as their inspiration while others focus on a winter wonderland theme. While many artists use the classic evergreen tree for their display, others have tried more unique media such as paper, gardening tools, and even an entire tree made out of beer bottles.

Locals and tourists alike see the festival as a great way to support and promote artistic and creative endeavors of the community. In addition to the spectacle, Dec. 15 from 5-8 p.m. the festival turns into “A Night of Holiday Magic.” This family event gives you the opportunity to enjoy the display as well as holiday carols sung by Nantucket High Scholl Accidentals singing group. In addition to the music, the tree designers are on hand to help with crafts and ornament creation throughout the evening. The night is completed with holiday treats, performances, and dances for children of all ages. “A Night of Holiday Magic” is free for children and only $5 for their accompanying adult.

The Festival of Trees is open Fridays through Sundays, starting Dec. 4 and running through the end of the month. The display is free to Nantucket Historical Association Members and children under 6. Year round Nantucket residents and youth aged 6-17 only pay $5. Students pay the reduced rate of $18 and general admission is $20. Come out this year and support your local artists and community at a holiday wonderland event for the whole family.

If you’re a holiday decorator who is looking for a place to store your decorations after the holiday season contact Nantucket Storage Center today to find a space that works best for you.

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