Holiday events



Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11
Aquinnah Artisans Holiday Fair
10 am to 4 pm, Aquinnah Town Hall
Shop for a wide variety of gift items created by Island artisans, and have fun at the craft table making ornaments and cards. Food will be available from Goldies Food Truck and Orange Peel Bakery. This fair has free admission and free parking, but remember to wear a mask. To learn more, email ​​, or call 508-693-5969.

Friday, Dec. 10, to Sunday, Dec. 12
Northeast Indigenous Artists Holiday Market
All day, virtual, Aquinnah Cultural Center and Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance
Discover original artwork created by indigenous artists. Everything for sale will be available virtually, so you can shop in a socially distant manner at any time. For more details and a link to the Facebook page where the art will be posted, visit

Tuesday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 18
Holiday Crafting Workshops
3:30 to 5 pm on Dec. 14; 12 to 3 pm on Dec. 18, Aquinnah Town Hall
Join Gabbi Camilleri at the Aquinnah Town Hall building to make clothespin dolls, felt acorn ornaments, painted rock fridge magnets, shell ornaments, cut paper cards, and more. All materials will be provided, and the workshops are open to all ages. To learn more, email the Aquinnah library,, or call 508-645-2314.

Thursday, Dec. 16
Holiday-Themed Book Group
3 to 4 pm, virtual, Aquinnah library
Be in the holiday spirit with a discussion of the book “Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days,” by Jeanette Winterson, a bestselling author. It contains a collection of stories and recipes inspired by the magic and tradition of the holiday season. For Zoom access, email, or call 508-645-2314.



Saturday, Dec. 11
Craft Kit for Adults: Glass Glitter Snowflakes
4 pm, virtual, Chilmark library
Adults of all ages are welcome to stop by the library to pick up a holiday craft bag, and then join everyone on Zoom to make snowflakes silvered with German glass glitter. To sign up, email, or call 508-645-3360.



Friday, Dec. 10, to Sunday, Dec. 12
40th annual Christmas in Edgartown
All day, various locations
Experience quintessential small-town holiday shopping, with decorated storefront windows, horse-drawn carriage rides, the lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse, an Elves Faire, a parade, nativity scenes, a dog show, and store specials. Many events help to raise funds for Island nonprofits. For the schedule, visit

Friday, Dec. 10, to Sunday, Dec. 12
Friday, Dec. 17, to Sunday, Dec. 19
Scavenger Hunt: Teddies Around Town
10 am to 2 pm, Point B Realty, Nevin Square
Have fun on a scavenger hunt to find teddy bears of all shapes and sizes in Edgartown storefront windows. A riddle sheet and a stamp are used to mark off each bear found, and every participant gets a prize. A suggested donation benefits the M.V. Boys & Girls Club. For details, see, or call 774-563-0550.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Drop-In Holiday Card and Gift Tag Making
12 to 4 pm, Edgartown library
Visit the children’s room during the library’s annual open house, and create a special holiday card or gift tag. This activity is also available as a craft kit that can be picked up. To find out more, email, or call 508-627-4221.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Teens Can Cook: Holiday Cookies
1 to 3 pm, Trustees’ FARM Institute
Join Chef Jenny Devivo in making spritz cookies, gingersnaps, and cookies with a little bit of everything. Anyone who is age 12 to 18 can take this class, and each person can bring home a box of their holiday treats. To register, visit, or call 508-627-7007.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Ballet Movie: “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”
3 to 4:45 pm, Edgartown library
Watch the Dutch National Ballet in a delightful film adaptation of “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky. It will be presented on the library’s big screen. Everyone is welcome. All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask at all times. For questions, email, or call 508-627-4221.

Sunday, Dec. 12
Seventh annual Teddy Bear Trot 5K
8:30 to 11 am, M.V. Boys & Girls Club
All ages and levels are welcome to sign up to walk or run a 5K course. It is sponsored by the Amity Island Running Club, Point B Realty, and the M.V. Boys & Girls Club. All proceeds go to the club’s Happy Healthy Kids program. For details, visit, or call 774-563-0550.

Saturday, Dec. 18
Santa Claus Visit and Holiday Craft Bag
10 am to 12 pm, Edgartown library
Come visit with Santa, who is stopping by the library’s garden space near the children’s room, weather permitting. Take a keepsake photo and bring home a holiday-themed craft kit. To learn more, email, or call 508-627-4221.

Saturday, Dec. 18
Farm Tots in the Kitchen: Holiday Cookies and Storytime
9:30 to 11:30 am, Trustees’ FARM Institute
Kids from ages 2.5 to 5 can enjoy making holiday cookies and decorating them. There will also be a holiday-themed farm story. Each child can take home six cookies to share with others. To register at least two days in advance, visit, or call 508-627-7007.

Sunday, Dec. 19
Holiday Music Celebration with Celtic Duo Stanley & Grimm
6 to 7 pm, virtual, Edgartown library
Fiddler Nikki Engstrom and singer/guitarist Sean Brennan will play lively interpretations of jigs, reels, and holiday songs that will bring good cheer. For Zoom access through the web or by phone, email, or call 508-627-4221.

Friday, Dec. 31
Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration Kit
10 am to 5 pm, Edgartown library
Stop by the library to pick up a bag filled with fun activities for kids to ring in the New Year. For details, email, or call 508-627-4221.


Oak Bluffs

Daily through Thursday, Dec. 16
Featherstone’s 19th annual Holiday Gift Show
12 to 4 pm, 30 Featherstone Lane
Arrange to visit a one-stop holiday destination with handmade gifts from Island artists, including paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, clothing, soaps, ornaments, cards, and calendars. It is open by appointment for up to 12 people every half-hour. To reserve one or more time slots, go to, or call 508-693-1850.

Weekends through Sunday, Dec. 26
Crossland’s Christmas Display
Ocean Park
See a magical display of holiday lights in Ocean Park every Friday to Sunday night, including a twinkling floating star, massive trees made of different colored lights, and the gazebo warmly lit under a nighttime sky. Every year, Crossland Landscape designs and builds this oceanside holiday show.

Daily through Friday, Dec. 31
Gatchell Holiday Lights
5 to 8 pm, County Road
For more than 40 years, the Gatchell family has decorated their house with a massive Christmas display, including reindeer, snowmen, and more than 20,000 sparkling lights. You are welcome to park your car and get out and walk around. You can also bring nonperishable food items or a monetary donation for the Island Food Pantry. Santa will stop by on Christmas Eve.

Wednesdays, Dec. 15, 22, 29
Thursday, Dec. 23
Holiday and Winter Crafts
Curbside pickup and in-person, Oak Bluffs library
Pick up a craft kit that contains all the items needed to create a fun holiday item. Dec. 15 is for a snowglobe, Dec. 22 is for a candy cane magnet, and Dec. 29 is for a polar bear puppet. There is also an in-person craft on Dec. 23 for ages 16-plus to make elves out of felt and pine cones. For details, email, or call 508-693-9433.

Sunday, Dec. 19
Rise Vineyard Performing Arts: “Season’s Greetings!”
11 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, M.V. Performing Arts Center
Enjoy an annual holiday dance show that includes jazz, ballet, tap, and contemporary. This festive production is from the entire company, and it benefits the Rise Above Access program. For details, visit, or call 508-693-2262.

Tuesday, Dec. 21
Play Reading of “A Christmas Carol”
7 to 8:30 pm, virtual, Oak Bluffs library
Gather with your family to enjoy a classic Charles Dickens story that is adapted by Doris Baizley. To join via Zoom with a computer or by phone, or to inquire about reading a part, email, or call 508-693-9433.

Thursday, Dec. 30
Vineyard Book Club: “A Vineyard Christmas” by Jean Stone
7 to 8 pm, virtual, Oak Bluffs library
Join on Zoom through the web or by phone to chat about this month’s book, which has a holiday theme. The story is about a woman who settles into a rented cottage on Chappaquiddick during the holidays, and finds a basket on her porch that contains a baby girl. For Zoom access, email, or call 508-693-9433.


Vineyard Haven

Daily through Friday, Dec. 24
15th annual Holiday Small Wonders Art Show
11 am to 5 pm, Louisa Gould Gallery
Enjoy finding new, affordable, small artworks in a variety of styles and mediums from about 17 Island artists. There are also holiday cards, gift cards, jewelry, and other gifts. To browse the selection online, visit, or stop by the gallery.

Sunday, Dec. 12
Gingerbread House Take-and-Make Craft Kit
10 am to 12 pm, Vineyard Haven library
Pick up a fun bag at the library that contains items for creating your very own gingerbread house. For questions, email, or call 774-836-4025.

Sunday, Dec. 12
’Tis the Season in Vineyard Haven: Shop 2 Share
10 am to 5 pm, Main St.
Shop at participating local businesses in Vineyard Haven, and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Island Food Pantry. To find out more, email

Sunday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 19
’Tis the Season in Vineyard Haven: Santa Visit and Grab Bag Giveaway
12 to 2 pm, Main St.
Come visit with Santa in a fire truck while shopping for the holiday season. He will give out prizes and coupons from local shops. To learn more, email

Thursday, Dec. 16
’Tis the Season in Vineyard Haven: Winter Wonderland
4 to 6 pm, Main Street
Enjoy a “snowy” town center that is filled with holiday decorations. Some of the participating shops are open until 7 pm. For details, email

Sunday, Dec. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 22
M.V. Family Chorus’ 20th annual Winter Concert
2 pm on Dec. 19, M.V. Museum; 5 pm on Dec. 22, virtual
Listen to a live concert of songs of peace, hope, and light from the M.V. Family Chorus, directed by Roberta Kirn of Be Well Sing. For anyone who wants to join the chorus, there are rehearsals through Dec. 12. The concert is in-person on Dec. 19, and shared via Zoom and Facebook on Dec. 22. To learn more, visit, or email

Sunday, Dec. 19
Bolshoi Ballet on Film: “The Nutcracker”
1 pm, M.V. Film Center
On Christmas Eve, Marie’s nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince, and they find themselves in an enchanted world. Join them on their journey as they encounter other toys that have come to life, as well as dancing snowflakes, all accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved musical score. For tickets, visit

Friday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Jan. 7
Chamber Music Concert for the Holidays
5 to 6 pm on Dec. 24, any time through Jan. 7, virtual, M.V. Chamber Music Society
A seasonal concert featuring Music Street, with pianist Diana Braun. Enjoy listening to Mendelsohn, Boulanger, Copland, Faure, and more. The concert premieres virtually on Dec. 24, at 5 pm, and it will be available through the M.V. Chamber Music Society’s website through Jan. 7. Visit


West Tisbury

Daily through Saturday, Jan. 1
MVY Radio Holiday Music Channel
All day, virtual
While decorating, baking, entertaining, or just relaxing at home, listen to a 24/7 stream of Christmas and seasonal songs from MVY Radio artists. The holiday channel is at For questions, email, or call 508-693-5000.

Daily through Friday, Dec. 24
Island Made Holidays
10 am to 5 pm, Heather Gardens
Find a large variety of gifts at an up-Island showcase of items from Vineyard artisans, including wreaths, flowering bulbs, plants, jams and jellies, sea salt, books, jewelry, ceramics, wood bowls and platters, knitwear, herbal body care, honey products, linens, decorative soaps, candles, and much more. For details, call 508-693-1467.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Christmas Faire
First Congregational Church of West Tisbury
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Come to an annual fair with a theme of “Island Christmas.” Beautiful wreaths, swags, and centerpieces are for sale, including decorations related to land and sea. This year there is also a silent auction. The bidding runs until Dec. 11 at 5 pm. Go to to donate items or to bid. To learn more, email, or call 508-693-2842.

Saturdays, Dec. 11, 18
Nutcracker Ballet and Books
10:15 to 10:45 am, virtual, West Tisbury library
Children of all ages are welcome to join Miss Shannon online to learn dances from “The Nutcracker.” The classes include singing, stretching, basic ballet technique, creative movement games, and a ballet-themed story. To receive the Zoom login, email

Saturday, Dec. 18
Vineyard Artisans Holiday Fair
10 am to 4 pm, Grange Hall
Pick up unique holiday gifts created by Island artists at the last Vineyard Artisans festival of the year. There is something for everyone, including sculpture, clothing, fine art, jewelry, ceramics, journals, cards, woodwork, baskets, and much more. To learn about the artisans, check​​

Sunday, Dec. 19
Holiday Festivities at the West Tisbury Library
12 to 3 pm
Celebrate the season with crafts, music, and holiday refreshments. There will be a family craft in the children’s room, a teen craft in the Young Adult Room, and holiday swag-making and crafts for adults in the Community Room. From 2 to 3 pm, join everyone on the library’s lawn for hot mulled cider, delicious treats, and live music by members of the Vineyard Classic Brass Band. There will be heaters outside. Masks are required indoors. For more information, email, or call 508-693-3366.