Edgartown is getting ready to welcome the big man and his antlered entourage this weekend with our annual Christmas in Edgartown celebration. Time to shop and stroll and enjoy the lights, all in anticipation of that most exciting moment of seeing Santa highlight the parade, most likely in our antique fire truck. He really does like his red, that guy.

Events will run all weekend long, beginning Friday with the Donaroma’s annual lighting event, this year with an Island to Island theme, with donations benefitting those devastated by the Philippines cyclone. Next up, the lights go on at the Edgartown Lighthouse, accompanied at the Harbor View by Christmas caroling, a visit from Frosty, holiday movies, and refreshments. Other events throughout the weekend include horse-drawn carriage rides, craft fairs, many opportunities to meet with Santa and share your holiday wishes, nativities, wreath-making seminars, and more. For a full schedule of Christmas in Edgartown events, visit edgartownboardoftrade.com.

Join Felix Neck for their Nature Ornaments and Crafts
event Sunday, December 15, 1–3 pm.
 Stop by and make nature ornaments and crafts to decorate your home for the holidays or to give as gifts.

Also, don’t forget to visit the Teddy Bear Suite at the Harbor View Friday, December 13, from 4 to 8 pm, and have your picture taken with the giant teddy bear and all his buddies. The event is always a hit with the little ones, and proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club, passing the love on to more Vineyard kids.

Be sure to look up at the sky Friday and Saturday night, and you just might think you spy a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. Nope — it’s the Geminids meteor shower, which will peak on December 13 and 14. Tell the kids whatever you want, though — I certainly won’t let the cat out of the bag. Thanks to Pamela Spencer for this tip. She suggests checking out www.earthsky.org for more info.

Local author Lara O’Brien will host a launch event for her upcoming publication, Chesca and the Spirit of Grace, at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts (Point Way Inn, 104 Main Street) on December 14 from noon to 2 pm. Lara was born in Dublin, Ireland, and grew up in the wild and wondrous hill of Howth, the very setting of her book. Chesca and the Spirit of Grace, set in Ireland, is a magical tale of love and land and having the courage to believe in your dreams. There will be hot chocolate and treats for the family. Live Irish music will be provided by a local Charter School student Violet Sedgewick.

The M.V. Dems will meet on Saturday, December 14, 9–10:30 am, at the Howes House in West Tisbury. Discussion will address key issues for 2014 candidates for congress, governor, state senator, and state representative, as well as the politicians’ stances and accountability.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Cindy Andrews, who celebrates December 12; to Tommy Smith, December 13; Jennifer Freeman, December 14; Lauren Florio, December 15; and to Susie Buck, December 18. Hope you all have a great time.