The Local’s Guide to Enjoying Nantucket in the Winter

Whether you hop aboard the Hy-Line or a Cape Air flight, plan to see the serene winter setting of Nantucket. Pack your winter coat and discover the best of Nantucket in the winter this year, when the beaches are empty, and the sights are straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

Everything You Need to Know About Nantucket in the Winter

Find out why Nantucket in the winter is (secretly) our favorite time of the year.

What to Do

Nantucket Noel

Nantucket Notel 2021 begins on November 26 with a celebratory tree lighting on Main Street. Dozens of illuminated trees line the downtown streets starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Christmas Stroll

Christmas Stroll Weekend is December 3-5, 2021. Check out the Christmas marketplace, live entertainment, and craft shows. The tradition started in 1973 to prevent islanders from escaping to Cape Cod to do their holiday shopping. 

Festival of Trees

The Nantucket Historical Association transforms the Whaling Museum into a glittering winter wonderland during the Stroll weekend, showcasing over 80 Christmas trees.

Where to Eat

Check Open Restaurants Nantucket, maintained by the Town of Nantucket, for up-to-date hours of operation. Via Mare at Greydon House is open for dinner and drinks on Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30 – 9:30 PM. Our fire-side bar is the perfect spot to watch the snowfall.

Where to Shop

Whether you’re Christmas shopping or treating yourself, Nantucket is the place to be. The island only features shops that are Nantucket-natives, which means you’ll be bringing home an authentic one-of-a-kind gift. Visit Nantucket Looms for handwoven throws artesian candles. Or wander into Mitchell’s Book Corner to find the perfect hardback to curl up with under the blankets. 

Get Cozy at Greydon House

It’s no secret that Greydon House is the place to stay on the island. Reserve the Federal Suite and enjoy a private, residential-style entrance, a spacious sitting area, a comfortable queen-size bed, and the option to add adjoining rooms to create a two or three-bedroom suite.  

Are you spending Christmas in Nantucket? Book our long-stay package and enjoy the best the season has to offer.