Holiday events




Holiday Book Sale
Tuesday to Saturday until January
Chilmark Library
Discover great finds at the Friends of the Chilmark Library holiday sale. There are thousands of books and DVDs available at bargain prices during regular library hours. Until Dec. 16: $1.00 for hardcovers and DVDs; $0.25 for paperbacks. Dec. 19 – 23: Half price. Dec. 27: Everything is free., 508-645-3360.

Salt Rock Chocolate Co. Holiday Pop-up
Wednesdays and Saturdays until Dec. 20, 11 am – 2 pm
Pandora’s Box
Shop for fresh, handmade chocolates for the holidays, including milk and dark assortments, nut clusters, covered toffee, dipped confections, and truffles. Visit

Chilmark Holiday Flea Market
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 am – 4 pm
Chilmark Community Center
Enjoy a hot lunch, homemade items, holiday gifts, local Island vendors, collectibles, fresh greens, centerpieces, baked goods, and a treasure table. For updates, visit 508-645-3100.

Winter Solstice Sunset Hike
Thursday, Dec. 21, 3 – 5 pm
Trustees’ Menemsha Hills
Join everyone on the shortest day of the year to hike to the beach, watch the sun set, read a few poems about the winter solstice, and discuss the season ahead. The walk is about 3 miles over rocky and uneven ground. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts. Ages 12+. Register at 508-693-7662.



42nd Annual Christmas in Edgartown
Thursday, Dec. 7, to Sunday, Dec. 10
Experience quintessential small-town holiday shopping, with decorated storefront windows, an art and crafts festival, horse-drawn carriage rides, the lighting of the Edgartown lighthouse, a parade, a dog show, store specials, and much more. For the schedule, visit

Dickensian Christmas Village Display
Wednesday through Sunday until Dec. 22, 10 am – 4 pm
Carnegie Heritage Center
Enjoy seeing a holiday village display beautifully crafted in a Dickensian style, complete with festive shops, homes with windows all aglow, villagers out and about for the holiday season, snow-covered evergreen trees, and much more. Visit 508-627-4440.

Holiday Craft Series
Fridays, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 1 – 2 pm
Edgartown Library
Have fun learning to make your own ornaments, decorations, and baked goods this holiday season. All supplies are provided and you can take home your creations. Dec. 8: Glass Ornament Painting; Dec. 15: Gift Wrapping; Dec. 22: Cookie Decorating. Register on the calendar at For questions, call 508-627-4221.

Illuminate Mytoi
Saturday, Dec. 9, 4 – 6:30 pm
Dike Road, Chappaquiddick
Experience the magic of the season in a self-guided walk through a beautiful, luminary-lit garden, which is maintained by the Trustees of Reservations. Along the way, you can write a message expressing a holiday wish or a hope for the coming year, then tie it to the winding bridge to share it with others. Hot cocoa will be served. Register at

Annual Holiday Cocktail Party
Friday, Dec. 8, 6 – 8 pm
Carnegie Heritage Center
Celebrate the season with fine cocktails, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and special access to the newly installed Dickensian Christmas village. For tickets, visit or call 508-627-4440.

Minnesingers Annual Holiday Benefit Concert
Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9
Old Whaling Church
Attend a holiday concert to benefit the M.V. Regional High School choral group and the Vineyard Preservation Trust. The Friday performance is at 8 pm, and a family show is on Saturday at 4 pm. There will be open seating when the doors open one-half hour early, with a reception to follow. For tickets, visit or call 508-627-4440.

Teddy Bear Suite
Friday, Dec. 8, to Sunday, Dec. 10
Faraway Hotel
Enjoy seeing festive teddy bears of all shapes and sizes in a magical setting. All the money raised goes to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club’s Healthy Happy Kids afterschool food program. Friday, 12 – 8 pm; Saturday, 12 – 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm. Visit 508-627-4567.

Holiday Cookies with Sweet Annabelle’s
Saturday, Dec. 9, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Trustees’ Farm Institute
Decorate holiday sugar cookies in a hands-on class with Ann DeWitt, including snowmen, trees, wreaths, and even festive cows. Ingredients are provided, and each participant can take home piping supplies and a half-dozen cookies. Ages 12+. Register at or call 508-627-7007.

Plum Hill School’s Annual Elves Faire
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am – 2 pm
Federated Church
Decorate gingerbread houses, make beeswax candles, and shop for holiday craft kits, children’s books, handmade toys, and other gifts. Also enjoy a warm lunch at the Elves’ Café. All proceeds benefit the Plum Hill School in West Tisbury., 508-696-7701.

Handmade from the Heart
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am – 3 pm
Daniel Fisher House
Discover unique gifts created by Island artisans at an annual fundraiser for Hospice & Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard. Items may include jewelry, knitwear, pottery, paintings, photographs, baked goods, and ornaments. Proceeds will go directly to the care of patients and their families. Visit 508-693-0189.

Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am – 3 pm
Carnegie Heritage Center
Twelve elves of the Christmas season are playfully hiding on shelves among the exhibits in the Carnegie. Follow the clues that are provided to find all of the holiday elves and to win a prize. Visit 508-627-4440.

‘There is no Room in the Inn’ Crèche Displays
Saturday, Dec. 9. and Sunday, Dec. 10
Federated Church
View over 40 miniature nativity scenes from around the world that range in style from crystal figures to whimsical characters. Children can take home an activity page that can be colored and cut out to make a nativity scene. There will also be a silent auction in the lobby by Habitat for Humanity for items donated to them. Saturday, 12 – 4 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 2 pm. Visit 508-627-4421.

Foreign Film Night: ‘A Christmas Carol’
Thursday, Dec. 21, 6 – 8 pm
Edgartown Library
Watch a 1999 film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story, starring Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge. An old miser in 1840’s London learns about kindness and compassion when the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future visit him on Christmas Eve. No registration required., 508-627-4221.


Oak Bluffs

Featherstone’s 21st Annual Holiday Gift Show
Daily through Sunday, Dec. 17, 12 – 4 pm
A one-stop holiday destination with handmade gifts from Island artists, including paintings, photographs, pottery, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, soaps, dog goods, ornaments, cards, calendars, and stocking stuffers. Visit 508-693-1850.

Gatchell Holiday Lights
Daily through Sunday, Dec. 31, 5 – 8 pm
County Road
For about 45 years, the Gatchell family has decorated their house with a massive Christmas light display, complete with 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.

Play Reading: ‘A Christmas Carol’
Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10
Oak Bluffs Library
Gather around with your family and friends to hear the library staff give a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol.” Saturday, 7 8 pm, and Sunday, 2 3 pm., 508-693-9433.

RISE Annual Holiday Dance Show: ‘Season’s Greetings!’
Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 am and 4 pm
MVRHS Performing Arts Center
Enjoy a festive production from the entire company of RISE Vineyard Performing Arts. The styles include ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and acrobatics. Tickets can be purchased at the door before each performance. For details, visit or call 508-693-2262.

West Tisbury Congregational Church Handbell Choir Performance
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Oak Bluffs Library
Listen to the festive, resonant sounds of bells from a local choir that will play a selection of holiday music. Plus learn about the techniques and history of the handbell as a percussion instrument. For questions, email or call 508-693-9433.

Gingerbread House Decorating Competition
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 – 4 pm
Oak Bluffs Library
Gather a team of 4-5 family members or friends and sign up for a contest on designing a gingerbread house. All ages from 8 to 108 are welcome. Each team has 60 minutes to use the same food supplies: a house kit, cookies, pretzels, candy, and frosting. To register, email or call 508-693-9433.

Holiday Open House
Monday, Dec. 25, 12 – 4 pm
Island Alpaca
Bring your family and holiday guests for a unique experience at an alpaca farm. Enjoy hot cider, discover fun items and locally grown garments in a gift shop, and visit with friendly alpaca and their babies. Visit 508-693-5554.


Vineyard Haven

World Market Holiday Shop
Daily through Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 am – 6 pm
Capawock Theatre
Enjoy a holiday pop-up shop in a historic theater that has been transformed into a winter wonderland. It features crafts from around the world, including Africa, Haiti, India, Palestine, and Peru. The market supports Island empowerment projects that make a difference globally. Visit

Adult Crafts: Gingerbread Houses
Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 – 3 pm
Vineyard Haven Library
Be creative with icing and candy to decorate sweet and colorful gingerbread houses for the holiday season. All supplies are provided while they last., 508-696-4211.

Monday Night at the Movies: ‘Miracle on 34th Street’
Dec. 11, 6 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse
Watch a 1947 classic holiday film starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn. A kind old man hired by a divorced New York City mother to play Santa at Macy’s department store makes the claim that he is the genuine Santa Claus. 1 hour, 36 minutes. $5 at the door, cash only. Visit 508-696-6300.

Kids’ Crafts: Gingerbread Houses
Thursday, Dec. 14, 3:30 – 5 pm
Vineyard Haven Library
Children can come to the library to create their very own gingerbread house for the holiday season. No registration is needed, but materials are limited., 508-696-4211 x118.

M.V. Family Chorus’ 22nd Annual Winter Concert and Community Sing
Sunday, Dec. 17, 4 pm
Hebrew Center
Listen to songs of peace, hope, and light from the Martha’s Vineyard Family Chorus, directed by Roberta Kirn of Be Well Sing. Everyone can also share their holiday spirit by participating in a community sing. Visit For questions, email

Monday Night at the Movies: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’
Dec. 18, 6 pm
Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse
Watch a 1946 classic holiday film that was directed and co-written by Frank Capra. It stars James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore. An angel helps a desperate businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 2 hours, 10 minutes. $5 at the door, cash only. Visit 508-696-6300.

Online Spice Club: Crystalized Ginger
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 – 7 pm
Vineyard Haven Library
Spread aromatic joy with your cooking this holiday season by joining the monthly Spice Club. For December, the spotlight is on crystalized ginger. Receive a sample packet of the spice, try it in a recipe of your choice, then gather with everyone via Zoom to share your experience. Email or call 508-696-4211 x116.

Kids’ Crafts: Crystal Snowflake
Thursday, Dec. 21, 3:30 – 5 pm
Vineyard Haven Library
Children can make a beautiful beaded snowflake, which can be used as an ornament. No registration is needed, but materials are limited., 508-696-4211 x118.


West Tisbury

MVYRadio Holiday Music Channel
Daily through Dec. 31, all day, online
While decorating, baking, entertaining, or just relaxing at home, listen to a 24/7 stream of classic Christmas music and off-beat seasonal songs from MVYRadio artists. The holiday channel is at 508-693-5000.

Island Made Holiday Shop
Daily through Dec. 24, 10 am – 5 pm
Gayle Gardens
Shop for a wide variety of items from more than 20 Island makers, including wreaths and plants by Gayle Gardens, Island-inspired photography, woodcrafts, textiles, jewelry, homemade jam, pottery, and so much more at this State Road location.

Christmas Faire
Saturday, Dec. 9, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
First Congregational Church of West Tisbury
Come to an annual fair with beautiful wreaths, swags, centerpieces, vintage jewelry, and other items available to purchase. There is also a silent auction until Dec. 9 at 6 pm. Go to to donate items or to bid. 508-693-2842.

Vineyard Artisans Festival
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 am – 4 pm
Grange Hall
Pick up unique holiday gifts created by Island artists, including fine art, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, journals, cards, woodwork, baskets, and much more. There is free parking and free admission, plus local food. For the list of artisans, visit​​

Make Your Own Sensory Snow
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 – 3 pm
West Tisbury Library
Create indoor snow to mold, shape, and play with, using just a few simple ingredients. No sign-up required. Recommended for ages 2+., 508-693-3366.

Beachcomber Holiday Craft
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 – 4 pm
Trustees’ Long Point Wildlife Refuge
Before attending, take a beach walk on an Island shore and collect shells and other treasures along the way. Then bring them to Long Point on Dec. 16 to use them for making beautiful holiday ornaments, jewelry, magnets, and other keepsakes. Craft supplies are included, but you can bring your own as well. Hot cocoa will be served. Register at 508-693-7662.

Annual Holiday Party
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 – 3 pm
West Tisbury Library
Celebrate the season with others in the community and enjoy delicious refreshments, listen to live ukulele music, and make holiday greeting cards and swag. Bring a dish or a treat to share with everyone. All ages are welcome., 508-693-3366.

Interactive Movie: ‘Elf’
Friday, Dec. 22, 1 – 3 pm
West Tisbury Library
Wear pajamas or holiday costumes and join everyone for a family-friendly interactive movie, “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Bob Newhart. A goody bag and a script will be provided for those who want to participate., 508-693-3366.

Christmas Pageant
Sunday, Dec. 24, 5 – 6 pm
Agricultural Hall
Take part in an annual tradition when the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury presents a nativity pageant performed by Island children. Plus everyone can join in singing “Silent Night” by candlelight. An offering will be collected to benefit Vineyard families and children in need., 508-693-2842.