It’s the most wonderful time of the year here on Martha’s Vineyard. All throughout Edgartown, shops and storefronts are putting out their bows and wreaths, and soon the whole town will be glowing with lights. The festivities kick off Friday evening with the illumination of the Edgartown lighthouse, then continue all weekend with a Christmas parade, Donaroma’s pageant of trees, carols, concerts, and visits from Santa. You can pop into almost any business for a holiday open house, or a sale to spur your holiday shopping.
Behold the delight on a child’s face when they spy Santa Claus. Watch couples stroll hand in hand under the lights. Let a cup of hot chocolate warm frosted fingers. Eat. Drink. Be Merry.
Here is a complete list of event times and locations:
Friday, December 13
Open House at Brian Byrne Realty from 10 am to 4 pm. Mr. Byrne and his staff invite the public to their office lounge. Free wifi, real estate technology. Byrne’s Dairy hot chocolate, egg-nog, and chitchat. 508-560-1213.
Open House at The Anchors from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Chili Bar with assorted toppings, guacamole and chips. Donations accepted. Be one of the first 65 to arrive and get a free 2014 desktop calendar. 508-627-4368.
Open House at The Hob Knob from 2 to 4 pm. 508-627-9510. hobknob.com.
Teddy Bear Gathering at the Harbor View Hotel from 4 to 8 pm. Teddy bears of all shapes and sizes. More than $7,500 donated last year to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club. 774-563-0550.
Holiday Massage at the Harbor View Hotel from 4 to 6 pm. Jennifer Klein of Yoga Barn will give complimentary 10 minute massages. Donations benefit Island Food Pantry. 508-627-7000. harbor-view.com.
M.V. Preservation Trust Open House at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Toast the holidays with refreshments. $20 for adults, $5 for kids. 508-627-4440.
Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse at the Harborview Hotel from 5 to 7 pm. Countdown at 6 pm. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday goodies, and music on the hotel porch, and help count down the final seconds until the Lighthouse is lit for the Christmas season. Free. 508-627-4441 x110.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides on Main Street from 5 to 7 pm. Travel between the Mini-Park on Main Street and the Harbor View Hotel.
Visit With Santa at the Harbor View Hotel from 5 to 6:30 pm. $5 fee to benefit Rising Tide for Autism.
Sauce Sampling at Chesca’s from 5 to 7 pm. Sample or purchase Thai Chili Glaze, Dark Chocolate Sauce, Truffles, Maple Mustard & Balsamic Vinaigrette. Also for sale, donuts with Chocolate Dipping Sauce, $2. 508-627-1234.
Annual Party at Donaroma’s Nursery from 5 to 7 pm. Pageant of Trees, light displays, a labyrinth, snacks and beverages served. Donations benefit the Philippines Cyclone Relief. 508-627-3036.
Late Night Shopping at Backwater Trading Company from 6 to 9 pm. Second annual event. Adults can shop, have a beverage and relax during the stressful holidays. 508-627-7730.
Wine and Cheese Party at Edgartown National Bank from 6 to 8 pm. Food, fun and adult beverages. 508-627-1100.
Minnesingers Annual Holiday Concert at the Old Whaling Church at 8 pm. Featuring MVRHS singers. $10. 508-627-4440. Benefits MVRHS Minnesingers and Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.
Saturday, December 14
Christmas Brunch at Lucky Hank’s from 8 am to 2:30 pm. 508-939-4082.
Open House at Claudia’s from 10 am to 3 pm. Shop, snack, and meet local artists. 508-627-8306.
Hands on Seminar at Donaroma’s from 10 am to 4 pm. Material fee $25-$40. Call for details. 508-627-8366.
Jewelry Jingle at the M.V. Museum from 10 am to 1 pm. Shop for holiday gifts. In preparation, the museum is accepting donations of unwanted jewelry through December 7. 508-627-4441.
Open House at Murdick’s Fudge from 10 am to 3 pm. Samples and holiday treats for sale. 508-627-8047.
Craft Fair at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House from 10 am to 3 pm, “Handmade from the Heart.” Purchases benefit Hospice of M.V.
Open House at St. Andrew’s from 10 am to 2 pm. Open house and charity awareness. Fill out a greeting card to a veteran. Benefits Rising Tide for Autism, Wounded Veterans, and Island Committee on Hunger.
Christmas Crèches & Angels at the Old Whaling Church from 10 am to 2 pm. Decorate crèche figures and assemble a nativity jigsaw puzzle. Sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Donations benefit Monday Night Community Suppers.
Face Painting at Edgartown Books from 10 am to 1 pm. Face Painting by Elfy, on the porch. Benefits Animal Shelter of MV.
Open House at Brian Byrne Realty from 10 am to 4 pm. See December 13.
Arts and Crafts Fair at the Edgartown School from 10 am to 4 pm. The 21st annual Christmas in Edgartown Arts and Crafts Fair showcasing the work of more than 40 Island artists. Gifts, food, raffles. Benefits the Edgartown School 8th Grade. 508-627-4319.
Elves Fair at the Plum School from 10 am to 4 pm. Craft making, food, and more. Benefits the Plum Hill School Program.
Arts and Crafts Fair at the Kelley House from 10 am to 4 pm. Third Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. Features local Vineyard artists.
Stone Crazy Pizza at the Vineyard Square Inn from 11 am to 3 pm. Come purchase brick oven pizzas.
Craft at Portfolio Real Estate of M.V. from 11 am to 1 pm. Decorate gingerbread cottages. Benefits Habitat for Humanity M.V.
Christmas Parade on Main Street at 11 am. Featuring Santa, local businesses, firetrucks, and more. 508-939-0199.
Sleigh Ride around Cape Poge at 11 am. Winter wonderland lighthouse tour. Keep warm under a blanket, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Members: Adult $20, Child $12. Nonmembers: Adult $25; Child $12. 508-627-3599.
Book Signings at Edgartown Books from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. 508-627-8463.
Teddy Bear Gathering at the Harbor View Hotel from 12 to 6 pm. Teddy bears of all shapes and sizes. More than $7,500 donated last year to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club. 774-563-0550.
Chowder Contest at MiniPark from 12 to 2 pm. 29th Annual Great Chowder Contest, off Main Street. $8 entry fee benefits the Red Stocking Fund.
Visit with Santa at the Kelley House from 12 to 2 pm. Take a picture with Santa. $5 suggested donation benefits Rising Tide for Autism.
Live Nativity at the Old Whaling Church at 12 pm. Sponsored by the Faith Community Church.