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Our Nantucket Calendar of Events is the most up-to-date listing of Nantucket special events, island festivals, Nantucket concerts, theater, entertainment, exhibits, lectures, art shows, antiques shows, and all Nantucket activities! The calendar is updated several times a week, year-round.

There are 69 events for Saturday 3rd of December 2016
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Christmas Carnival
Special sales, refreshments, fun and games today at Marine Home Center, 134 Orange Street.
8:00 AM
ACK Clean Team
Help clean up various parts of Nantucket. Meet at the parking lot at the Harbor Stop-n-Shop. www.ackcleanteam.org.
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Early-Bird Bird Walks
Join the MMA's Field Ornithologist, Ginger Andrews, on a boutique birding experience. You will head out to some of the best birding areas on the island. Transportation is provided from 4 Vestal St. This program is meant for adults but, children ages 8 and up are welcome to register with an adult guardian. $45 (members $35). 508-228-9198 or mariamitchell.org
8:00 AM
Smooth Hummocks Guided Walkabout
Graded relatively flat by glacial meltwater running out over the coastal plain to the ocean 75 miles away when the land mass that would become Nantucket was nothing more than a wide, low ridge of sand, gravel and glacial erratics (boulders), Smooth Hummocks is Nantucket's version of the Midwest's prairies, complete with rare wildflowers and grasses that thrive in sandy, nutrient-poor soil. Registration required: NantucketWalkabout.com
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Christmas Stroll Craft Show
More than 40 Nantucket craftspeople will sell a variety of wares from ornaments, textiles, pottery, floral arrangements, woven items, wooden items and much more! Preservation Institute, upstairs at 11 Centre St.
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Used Book Sale
Browse through hundreds of previously enjoyed books and media for all ages at great prices! Materials are organized by category to make browsing easy and fun. $2 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks. Atheneum Gallery, 1 India St.
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Stroll Scavenger Hunt
Learn more about Nantucket and have fun with a scavenger hunt, created by author Barbara Tibbetts. Pick up a Stroll Scavenger Hunt 20 Question brochure at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 0 Main St. Teams with the most correct answers will be in the running for a prize. $20/team. 508-228-3643. A Nantucket Chamber of Commerce event
9:30 AM
Rafael Osona Auction
Get into the ACTION at Rafael Osona's Auction. Bid on cool stuff to "Furnish Your Castle" or Adorn Yourself with South Sea Pearls! Bidding starts promptly at 9:30am. Bid on Nantucket and Fine Art, Modern & Antique Furnishings, South Sea Pearl Jewelry, Hand Woven Tribal & Modern Carpets, Nantucket Baskets, Sterling, Americana, Folk Art, Maritime and so much more. The American Legion Hall, 21 Washington Street. Visit our Website for More Details: RafaelOsonaAuctions.com
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
St. Paul's Christmas Market
Fantastic gifts, antiques, handmade items, holiday greens, homemade baked goods, Christmas decorations, and more. Sit down for a hot lunch featuring soup, chili, hot dogs, quiche, salad, and homemade desserts from 11 am to 2 pm. Warm up and get off your feet with a hot beverage and a homemade goodie during the Take-a-Break Tea from 2 to 3:30 pm. All at St. Paul's Church, 16 Fair Street.
10:00 AM
Christmas Stroll Weekend
Nantucket is particularly enchanting during the holiday season when New England's finest traditions come alive for the Annual Christmas Stroll weekend, which is part of Nantucket Noel a month-long celebration organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. Christmas Stroll weekend is a community holiday celebration attracting visitors from around the world. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on the island via a Coast Guard vessel and ride up Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by the Town Crier. Carolers in Victorian costumes, bell ringers, student choirs, and other musicians perform on the Main Street stage as well as stroll through town performing; all the while visitors can enjoy Nantucket's unique shops and restaurants.
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Christmas Stroll Market
Hot food, handcrafted gifts, merchandise in an open air market at the foot of Main Street. Sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce.
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hospital Thrift Shop Open for Donations
The Thrift Shop is open to accept donations at 17 India Street.
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Annual Basket Festival & Sale
This once a year extravaganza presented by the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, features the work of local weavers and museum members. It is your only chance to see the work of so many contemporary artists for sale in one place. The event includes: free admission to the museum, weaving demonstrations and refreshments. 49 Union Street, a 5 minute walk from Main Street.
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Art Show Benefit Auction
?Originals by more than 30 artists auctioned to benefit Marla Ceely Lamb Fund and Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket. Bidding closes Saturday, December 3 at 4 pm. Quidley & Co., 26 Main Street.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Stroll Treats at Sweet Inspirations
Stroll Treats at Nantucket's chocolatier, Zero India Street.
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Stroll at Murray's
There's something for everyone on your list at Murray's Toggery Shop, a destination store for four generations at the top of Main Street. Extended hours for Stroll. 62 Main Street.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Rainbow Fleet Raffle
Stop by and purchase a raffle ticket to win a Set of The Toy Boat's handmade Rainbow Fleet. Tickets $1 ea. OR 12 for $10. All Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund, Winners will be notified. Tickets at The Toy Boat, 41 Straight Wharf
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Marbel-ous Marble Contest
Stop by and guess how many marbles are in the jar and win wonderful marble surprises. Located at 41 Straight Wharf, 508-228-4552
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Rainbow Fleet Wreath Raffle
Stop by and purchase a raffle ticket to win a Set of The Toy Boat's handmade Rainbow Fleet on a Wreath. Tickets $1 ea. OR 12 for $10. All Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund, Winners will be notified. Tickets at The Toy Boat, 41 Straight Wharf
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Kids Stroll Raffle
Kids can pick up their free raffle ticket for our Stroll Raffle. One ticket per child & you must be present to win. Drawing at 3:45 pm Stroll Saturday. Many prizes. Held at The Toy Boat, 41 Straight Wharf.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Annual Festival of Trees
An island tradition features community-crafted trees designed by local merchants, nonprofit organizations, artists and children. The Whaling Museum is transformed into a festive winter wonderland for the month of December. Open Fridays-Sundays in the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad St.
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Wreath Making Class
Join Liz Morcone de Souza as she guides you through the creation of your own custom decorated double-face balsam wreath. Cost $55, pre-registration is required. liz@bartlettsfarm.com
10:00 AM
Fifty Shades of Fabulous: The Story of Nantucket
Led by the 3 time runner-up in the Nantucket History Quiz Bowl on this 3/4 mile, 90 minute stroll tells the story of the most important small town in American History. $20. $15 Teens & 65+. $5 Kids (7-12) Cash Only. Meet at corner of Federal & India sts, by the Atheneum fence. Arrive 10 minutes early. 508-332-0953
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Stroll Weekend Stocking Stuffer Social
Surprise sales every hour on the hour for Stroll: a different discount percentage on most items. Plus, today, shop and select a special gift or two. Participating in the red ticket drawing. Susan Lister Locke Gallery, 28 Easy Street, 508-228-2132.
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Marketplace
Treat yourself to some compassionate chocolates and candies. Downtown Stop-n-Shop.
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Kodomo Pop Up Shop
Playful & stylish clothing, shoes, & accessories for babies, kids, & tweens in the sunroom of the White Elephant, 50 Easton Street.
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Stroll Sale & Celebration
Join jewelry designers Jessica Hicks, Clay Twombly, and Jennifer Greenwood for cookies, hot cider, and special Christmas Stroll discounts all day. Lite bites and holiday cheer from 4 to 8 pm. 2 Union Street, just a few steps off Main Street behind Ralph Lauren.
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Stand Up and Learn Free Kids' Comedy Workshop
Workshops will take place in the Dreamland Studio Theater, 17 South Water Street, followed by a children's performance at 5 pm on Saturday, December 3, put on by the workshop participants. Class limited to 15 children. Register at info@nantucketcomedyfestival.org
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Ugly Sweaters Contest
Register to participate in the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce Christmas Stroll Ugly Sweater contest by stopping by the Chamber table at Zero Main Street. Judging at the Main Street Stage at 3 pm.
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Barnaby Story Time, Signing, & Sneak Peek
The young and young at heart can get a sneak peek of Barnaby's Place, a new cafe inside Nantucket Bookworks. Get a healthy holiday treat, meet Barnaby from 11-noon, and enjoy a story time and book signing with author Wendy Rouillard. Nantucket Bookworks, 25 Broad Street.
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Book Signing by Leslie Linsley
Meet the author of Nantucket Cottages and Gardens at this book signing at Marine Home Center. Enjoy refreshments and Christmas fun and games in the Home & Garden Center. 134 Orange Street.
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Live Entertainment for Stroll
Performances by local musicians and actors. Sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce.
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Stroll Brunch at Queequeg's
A comfy in-town retreat serving brunch for Stroll weekend. 508-325-0992.
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Annual Christmas Stroll Fun & Raffle
Stop by G.S. Hill Gallery and The Nantucket Pearl Company at 40 Straight Wharf to celebrate the holidays with refreshments and their annual raffle drawing. Drawing held at 4 pm.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Book Signing with creators and artist of A Walk around Nantucket
Meet the creators and illustrator of this island coloring book at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Stroll Brunch at Town
Enjoy international flavors for brunch for Stroll weekend. 508-325-8696
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Annual Holiday Sale & Refreshments
Cookies, warm glogg, and 50% to 75% off Holiday Sale at Freedman's of Nantucket, 14 Centre St.
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Author Talk: John Carafoli
In his new book,"Great Italian American Food in New England: History, Traditions & Memories," John Carafoli explores the Italian enclaves in New England and the evolution of Italian-American cuisine through profiles of the people, places, and communities and interviews with local chefs, pizzeria owners, butchers,and specialty shops purveyors. Part historical record, part travelogue, part cookbook this is fascinating glimpse into the regions rich Italian heritage. Carafoli is an international food stylist, consultant, and prolific food writer. Book signing to follow. Nantucket Atheneum, Great Hall, 1 India Street
11:45 AM
Town Crier Rings In Stroll
Nantucket's Town Crier officially rings in the annual Christmas Stroll on Main Street. Follow him to Straight Wharf to greet Santa. Sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Book Signing with Robert Cocuzzo
Meet the author of "Tracking the Wild Coomba" at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Tasting: Fine Wines at Christmastime
Whether you need a gift for a conservative boss or your bubbly best friend, come taste these delicious and affordable wines that make holiday gift giving easy. Be the most interesting person in the room when you arrive with a festively wrapped bottle of fine wine that is also a gift of good taste. Epernay Wine & Spirits, 1 North Beach Street. epernaywines.com
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Live Music & Cocktails at The Nantucket Hotel
Live music & light afternoon menu at the Nantucket Hotel, 77 Easton Street. Reservations: 508-228-4730 or e-mail Michael Blaksteen, Director of Food & Beverage at fb@thenantuckethotel.com or visit breezebarandcafe.com
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Stroll Front Porch - Live Music, LIte Bites, & Cocktails
Enjoy the festivities during Stroll! Join us on our Front Porch during Stroll with live acoustic guitar and fiddle music by Sean Lee and Bobby McGuire, light bites, and cocktails. Cozy blankets provided. 508-228-4730 or fb@thenantuckethotel.com. The Nantucket Hotel, 77 Easton Street.
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Live Entertainment for Stroll
Performances by local musicians, dancers, and actors. Sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce.
1:00 PM
Drop In - Jewelry Making Class: Kumihimo
Learn to make a beautiful braided bracelet from our guest instructor. $125, includes all materials. Pre-registration required: 508-901-5032. Held at Akimbo Beads and Things, 119 Pleasant Street.
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Book Signing with Nancy Thayer
Meet the author of "A Very Nantucket Christmas" and "The Island House" at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
1:00 PM
Nanpuppets ExStroll-a-ganza
A 15-minute puppet show in The Dreamland Theater, 17 South Water St. Tickets $5. Repeated at 1:30, 2, and 2:30 pm.
1:30 PM
Nanpuppets ExStroll-a-ganza
A 15-minute puppet show in The Dreamland Theater, 17 South Water St. Tickets $5.
2:00 PM
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket Presents - A Christmas Story: The Musical
Wrapping up the season, the time-honored A Christmas Story: the Musical dances onto the stage. You will not have to wait until Christmas Eve and the 24-hour moviethon on TBS. Join us as we follow Ralphie Parker tap, belt and dream, in pursuit of his ultimate present. Held at Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street. Tickets at 508-228-4305 or theatreworkshop.com
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Book Signing with Sarah Leah Chase
Meet the author of "New England Open House Cookbook" at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cookie Decorating
Decorate cookies for the holiday with your family in the Nantucket Cookie Company at Easy Street Cantina, corner of Easy & Broad sts. 508-228-5418.
2:00 PM
Nanpuppets ExStroll-a-ganza
A 15-minute puppet show in The Dreamland Theater, 17 South Water St. Tickets $5.
2:00 PM
Great Writers on Nantucket
Hear how Melville, Hemingway, Steinbeck and others were inspired by this magical island on this 2/3 mile, 90 minute stroll. $20 Adults, $15 Seniors (65+) and Teens & $5 Kids (7-12). Cash Only. Meet at corner of Federal & India sts, by Atheneum fence. Arrive 10 minutes early. No reservations required. 508-332-0953
2:30 PM
Nanpuppets ExStroll-a-ganza
A 15-minute puppet show in The Dreamland Theater, 17 South Water St. Tickets $5.
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Free Concert: Bob Lehman Trio
Island favorite musicians Bob Lehman (vocals), Diane Lehman (piano) and Erik Wendelken (bass) offer an afternoon Stroll concert. The group has been playing together for more than 10 years and features song from the 50s, 60s, 70s. Their style is fun, energetic and singing along is encouraged. The Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India Street, Free Admission.
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Book Signing with Rob Benchley & Jim Patrick
Meet the authors of "Scallop Season" at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gin-gle Bells with Greenhook Ginsmiths
What better way to spruce up your holiday party than with a sampling of Gin - the true spirit of Christmas. Meet Matty Durgin of Greenhook Ginsmiths as he showcases their small batch distilled American Dry and Old Tom Gins made through vacuum distillation. Merry Gin and a Tonic New Year Epernay Wine & Spirits, 1 North Beach Street. epernaywines.com
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Book Signing with Elin Hilderbrand
Meet the author of "Winter Storms" and "Here's to Us" at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.
4:30 PM
Lance Mountain Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.
5:00 PM
The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
The Original Nantucket Ghost walk begun in 1998, Nantucket's first & oldest Ghost Walk features 5 of the island's most famous haunted locations. Led by the original guide, it is one mile long and lasts 80 minutes. No reservations necessary, $20. Adults, $15 Seniors (65+) & Teens and $5 Kids (7-12). Cash Only. Meet at corner of Federal & Indiasts by Atheneum fence 10 min. early. 508-332-0953
5:00 PM
Stand Up and Learn Kids' Comedy Performance
Watch the students of Stand Up & Learn perform in The Dreamland Theatre, 17 South Water Street. Performance is free, but registration required: nantucketdreamland.org
6:00 PM
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket Presents - A Christmas Story: The Musical
Wrapping up the season, the time-honored A Christmas Story: the Musical dances onto the stage. You will not have to wait until Christmas Eve and the 24-hour moviethon on TBS. Join us as we follow Ralphie Parker tap, belt and dream, in pursuit of his ultimate present. Held at Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street. Tickets at 508-228-4305 or theatreworkshop.com
7:00 PM
Mad River Distillers Fireside Stroll Dinner at Atlas
Join Mimi Buttenheim of Mad River for a remarkable 4-course dinner by Chef Brandt Gould paired with spirits and knowledge. 130 Pleasant Street. Advance reservations are required for this special evening: 508-825-5495.
7:00 PM
The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
The Original Nantucket Ghost walk begun in 1998, Nantucket's first & oldest Ghost Walk features 5 of the island's most famous haunted locations. Led by the original guide, it is one mile long and lasts 80 minutes. No reservations necessary, $20. Adults, $15 Seniors (65+) & Teens and $5 Kids (7-12). Cash Only. Meet at corner of Federal & Indiasts by Atheneum fence at 6:50 pm. 508-332-0953
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Open Night
Join our professional astronomers for an impressive tour of the starry sky and for telescopic viewing of the Moon, planets, nebulae, galaxies & more. Held at the Loines Observatory at 59 Milk Street Ext., weather permitting. $10 (members free).
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Stand Up Comedy
Laugh your ACK off at professional stand up comedy show (for ages 18 and over) featuring Boston funny man Jackie Flynn and Boston's "Queen of Comedy" Christine Hurley. Tickets $20 at NantucketDreamland.org
7:30 PM
"The Santaland Diaries"
For mature elves only... "The Santaland Diaries" is based on humorist David Sedaris' well-known memoir. It hurls the audience into the sidesplitting journey based of Sedaris' own experience when his underwhelming job search leads him to the cheerful Macy's Department Store in Manhattan working as a Christmas elf named Crumpet. White Heron Theatre, 5 N. Water Street. Tickets at 508-228-2156 or whiteherontheatre.org
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Live Music
Sean Lee Band performs live in the Brant Point Grill Bar, 50 Easton Street.
10:00 PM
Miss Fairchild at Atlas
Miss Fairchild Show Band performs after the Mad River Distillers dinner. 130 Pleasant Street. 508-825-5495.
Sunrise: 06:53:33 AM
Sunset: 04:07:58 PM
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2016 Annual Events

April 29-May 1, Daffodil Festival

May 18-22, Wine Festival

June, Nantucket Preservation Month

June 17-19, Book Festival

June 18-23, Dance Festival

June 22-27, Film Festival

July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks

July 4 - Independence Day Downtown Celebration

July 13-16, Comedy Festival

August 13, Boston Pops

Oct. 8, Cranberry Festival

Dec. 2-4, Stroll Weekend

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