The holiday season has started in earnest here on Martha’s Vineyard with the excitement building like a wave off Squibby that’s due to crest next weekend at Christmas in Edgartown, December 10-12.
Until then we’ve got lots of fun to make these shortened days pass all too quickly (though as I remember, nothing can speed them along for those awaiting a visit from Santa.)
Oak Bluffs greeted the season with the lighting of its holiday evergreen which now presides in all its festive glory over Post Office Square. You can stop by to admire it as you head over to Offshore Ale on Tuesday night to hear Jeremy Berlin and Eric Anderson on-stage starting at 6:30 pm. Take a midweek break–come enjoy some great jazz and the welcoming atmosphere.
On Wednesday, December 8 the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Auxiliary Tree of Lights celebrates its 27th year and the 2010 Holiday Season. Stop in at the lobby to join in the fun and a first look at the beautiful sight that will great you throughout the holidays when you are aboard the ferry and homeward bound.
Having arrived at the weekend, it’s all about Christmas in Edgartown where the town holds its own festival of light with the Lighting of the Lighthouse. Grab a cup of chocolate to warm your hands while enjoying seasonal music by the Vintage Voices that’ll warm the heart…all happening at the Harbor View Hotels from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Add to your fun by travelling to or from this event in style: hop into the hayrides offered between the mini-park on Main Street and the Harbor View between 5:30 and 7 pm. Free and all are welcome.
Following the lighting of the Lighthouse, the Minnesingers sing out at the annual holiday concert at the Whaling Church. This in turn is followed by MV Preservation Trust’s Holiday Soiree at the beautifully decorated Dr. Fisher House. Earlier the same day, Inn Tours and hospitality at the Edgartown National Bank get everyone in the mood for the festive weekend ahead.
On Saturday Santa arrives at the much anticipated parade (don’t miss MVOL’s own mermaids making a holiday shore call) with the balance of the day filled with hospitality at inns, churches, galleries and restaurants, cookies to be tasted and gingerbread houses to be constructed. At noon it’s time for the annual Chowder Contest followed by books signings a scrimshaw demonstration and so much more. At 5 pm Edgartown’s own Christmas tree is set ablaze with light accompanied by the sound of holiday carols. Sunday settles down starting off at Breakfast with Santa, a Winter Walk at Felix Neck and Urban Nutcracker: Anatomy of a Ballet, a full-length documentary that premiered at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 2009. Now at the Capawock in Vineyard Haven.