The day after Thanksgiving also marks the start of the holiday season, a magical time on the island. Nantucket Noël kicks off with the much-anticipated Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling ceremony. Locals and visitors alike gather on Main Street and anxiously wait for the Town Crier to start the traditional countdown. All of a sudden, 100 Christmas trees magically illuminate the central cobblestone thoroughfare, bathing islanders in a blaze of colored lights. Traditional holiday carols resonate through the streets, led by talented local a cappella groups. The event kicks off a busy holiday season full of festivities and activities, giving visitors and locals alike reasons to come back over and over again before the year wraps up.