The shopping scene in Tisbury


The Tisbury Business Association continues its recent tradition this year with a number of holiday festivities geared towards shoppers — keeping shops open until as late as 8 pm in December.

The festivities kick off Thanksgiving weekend and continue through December 16. Participating shops will remain open until 7 pm on Thursdays, Dec. 2 and 9 offering holiday promotions and treats to shoppers. In addition, if you shop at participating locations in Tisbury through December 18, you can enter a raffle to win $500, $250, or $100 in cash prizes. For every purchase of $25 or more, you are entered to win.

The much-loved hayrides around town return on Thanksgiving weekend. Get picked up at the Tisbury Marketplace or Bunch of Grapes between 11 am and 2 pm.

On Thursday, Dec. 16, Friends and Family Night returns with a number of fun activities throughout town, shopping until 8 pm, live music, and more. The fun starts at 3 pm with the Island’s largest Christmas Tree on display at the Fourway Carriage House, located at 95 Franklin Street. Enjoy refreshments and tea. From 4 to 5:15 pm, take the children to a free story time at Bunch of Grapes bookstore. The Capawock shows “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 4:30 pm. Admission is a non-perishable food donation for the Island Food Pantry.

Other festive events include Santa’s visit at Bunch of Grapes from 4:30 to 5:15 pm, Christmas card-making at Educomp, Santa at the Mansion House at 5 pm, Bella’s Musical Puppet Show at 6 pm at 56/58 Main Street, and a Minnesingers performance from 6 to 7 pm throughout town.

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Gingerbread contest

For the second year in a row, Waterside Market hosts its Gingerbread House Competition. The winning adult, picked by public vote, receives a $300 gift card; runner-up gets a $100 gift card. The winning 12-and-under competitor gets a $100 gift certificate to the Toy Box.

Houses may be dropped off any time after November 22, and picked up after December 26. Houses not picked up by December 30 will be discarded. Entry forms are available at Waterside Market, located at 76 Main Street in Vineyard Haven. The winners will be announced the evening of December 23.