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Scenes from the Nantucket Christmas Stroll

During the first weekend in December, the island of Nantucket celebrates the holiday season with shopping, costumed carolers, and special events during the annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll.

By Yankee Magazine

Nov 30 2018

Brant Point Lighthouse 2

Brant Point Lighthouse decorated for the holidays

Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
The island of Nantucket is best known as a popular summer destination, but during the first weekend in December, it comes alive again for its annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll. Featuring festive decorations and a calendar chock-full of special events, the town hums with visitors enjoying the island’s unique brand of historic holiday cheer. Here, join photographer Carl Tremblay on a photographic tour of this Nantucket Christmas tradition, shot for the 2010 Yankee Magazine feature: Come, Let’s Stroll.

Nantucket Christmas Stroll 2018: November 30 – December 2

Scenes from the Nantucket Christmas Stroll

Brant Point Lighthouse as seen from the ferry
Brant Point Lighthouse as seen from the ferry
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Brant Point Lighthouse decorated for the holidays
Brant Point Lighthouse decorated for the holidays
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Nantucket's cobblestone Main Street decked out for the holidays
Nantucket’s cobblestone Main Street decked out for the holidays
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Even an antique car gets into the spirit
Even an antique car gets into the spirit
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
A private residence in town is adorned in christmas greenery.
A private residence in town is adorned in christmas greenery.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
A door is decorated in seasonal greens and scallop shells.
A door is decorated in seasonal greens and scallop shells.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Off Easy Street, next to Old North Wharf, the Killen family's dory wears a festive air-an annual tradition since 1965.
Off Easy Street, next to Old North Wharf, the Killen family’s dory wears a festive air-an annual tradition since 1965.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
The Town Crier leads the stroll through town.
The Town Crier leads the stroll through town.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Carolers in period costume are a highlight of the Christmas Stroll Weekend.
Carolers in period costume are a highlight of the Christmas Stroll Weekend.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Santa and Mrs. Clause make their way along Main Street the old-fashioned way.
Santa and Mrs. Clause make their way along Main Street the old-fashioned way.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Santa waves to the spectators along the stroll route.
Santa waves to the spectators along the stroll route.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
A colorful red bow and candy canes decorate the holiday tree and bench in front of South Wharf Gallery on India Street.
A colorful red bow and candy canes decorate the holiday tree and bench in front of South Wharf Gallery on India Street.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
A glimpse of Santa on the ferry.
A glimpse of Santa on the ferry.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
The postal service gets into the spirit of the island.
The postal service gets into the spirit of the island.
Photo Credit : Carl Tremblay
Learn more at christmasstroll.comThis post was first published in 2010 and has been updated.

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