Christmas in Edgartown means shopping galore


One of the most anticipated weekend Island events is arriving soon, Christmas in Edgartown. This annual event is a well-attended, fun, festive weekend filled with events, discount shopping opportunities, and holiday cheer. Here, learn about what the shops have in store for the celebration.

With many events to attend, there are plenty of opportunities to do some major holiday shopping. Friday’s sale highlights include 35 percent off all Christmas items during Tracker Home Décor’s Open House from 12 noon to 5 pm. While there, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. This might also be a great time to peruse the store’s various display rooms filled with furniture, bedding, Hunter Douglas Window Treatments, fabric samples, and a unique selection of catchall items including jewelry.

Libby Ellis, award-winning designer and book author, will sign her holiday book, “A Very Veggie Christmas – Share the Veggie Love!” at the Harbor View Hotel from 4 to 6 pm. Switching hats, Ms. Ellis will also host a trunk show with Rebeccah J. on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm at the Vineyard Square Hotel. Ms. Ellis will feature her custom designed scarves and tea towel calendars, while Rebeccah J. will have her full array of handmade leather accessories.

Saturday seems to be the day for shopping for good causes. First there is the annual Jewelry Jingle, which features jewelry for sale donated by Islanders, at the M.V. Museum. Another opportunity that you may prosper from is the Handmade from the Heart, which benefits Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. It will be held at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House from 10 am to 3 pm and it offers distinctive, handmade gifts along with a Hospice-tality Café.

The Plum Hill Preschool Program is the beneficiary of the 21st annual Elves Fair, which presents an array of fantastic holiday crafts at St. Andrew’s Parish, from 10 am to 4 pm. J. McLaughlin, a classic American clothing and accessories store, is donating 15 percent of all purchases to the Island Food Pantry. It will pay to be there early: when the sale starts at 12 noon, they will hand out $25 gift certificates to the first 15 customers entering the store.

Saturday also brings us the holiday spirited Boneyard Surf Shop, which will have an hourly Christmas drawing, from 11 am to 5 pm, for items from Hurley and Quicksilver. Then there is local jeweler Brenda Benware’s trunk show at Claudia Jewelry from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Stop by Edgartown Books to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and author Norman Bridwell from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. If you buy a book to donate to the Red Stocking Fund, you will receive 25 percent off that purchase. Other artist opportunities are Joe Palermo at Wheel Happy and Ray Ellis at North Water Gallery, both from 1 to 3 pm.

Local artisans can be found around town in many places. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm in the Chappy Room of the Kelly House, the Local Arts & Crafts Bazaar will feature holiday gifts and goodies in many styles. Saturday also brings the highly anticipated 20th annual Holiday Art & Craft Show and raffle at the Edgartown School Gym, from 10 am to 4 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop the large selections of art, jewelry, food, candy, photography, candles, fiber, and more.

Throughout the weekend, many stores will have continuous sales. Vineyard Vines is offering 20 percent off your purchase and they will take care of your gift-wrapping. Further, they encourage you to bring the kids, as they will have treats, coloring books, and a guessing game worth a $250 gift certificate to the closest guesser.

20 Main is full of holiday cheer. They will be hosting A Cashmere Christmas Trunk Show featuring Cortland Park and Claudia Nicole all weekend and on Saturday only a deJardim trunk show will feature deJardim’s line of fashion apparel, nightwear, and undergarments. As if that isn’t enough encouragement to stop in, the $300 in-store raffle will be, especially when you can shop their clothing lines of Lacoste, Hadley Pollet, Stephen Bonanno, and more.

Summer Shades offers big savings on sunglasses, and Sheila Allen Styles offers a free gift with purchase along with the opportunity to see their new collection of Italian leather handbags, plus stocking stuffers starting at $5.

There is Pink Madness at In the Pink with the deepest discounts of the year, along with a gift with purchase and gift giveaways all weekend.

If you are looking to invest in some new or antique furniture and fireplace equipment then run, don’t walk, to Past & Presents (both stores) as they are offering 35 percent off those items. Island Outfitters is filled with great gifts for the whole family with a 10 to 70 percent off storewide sale along with a buy one get one free option on Reefs. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity. If you feel Life is Good, then stop by Shirt Tales for their Life is Good Yard Sale, which offers a limited quantity of $5 and $10 shirts along with a 50 percent off sale storewide.

Keep in mind that there are many more shopping opportunities in Edgartown this weekend, including at Donaroma’s Nursery. Whether you are there on Friday night from 5 to 7 pm for their Star of Wonder Open House or plan on attending their hands-on Wreath and Boxwood Tree Workshop on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, you should take some extra time to peruse their vast selection of holiday decorations for sale or perhaps pick out your Christmas tree, wreathes, or poinsettias.

For a full listing of all Christmas in Edgartown events, visit their website at


There are still many other shopping events and opportunities happening in other Island towns. An example is at Timeless Treasures on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. They are hosting an annual Holiday Soirée tonight, Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 pm. Enjoy cocktails, canapés, and a storewide discount.

Further, from now through Christmas Eve, they offer a daily 20 percent storewide discount to all Islanders.