Pre-Holiday Season on Nantucket

With Thanksgiving approaching, the festive spirit of the holiday season is upon us, ushering in a new atmosphere on Nantucket. The first signs of winter are starting to show around the cobblestone-paved Main Street, and fall decorations adorn the beautiful shingle style homes and residences on the island. As locals and visitors start planning for Thanksgiving, Hotel Pippa is getting ready to kick off the holiday season and welcome guests to retreat in its cozy quarters as the brisk fall air gets cooler and cooler.
Steps away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nantucket, Hotel Pippa offers a comfortable reprieve to travelers and locals looking to make the most of the last autumn weekends and enjoy the many activities keeping Nantucket residents and visitors busy during the off-season. They can join family scalloping season, giving them a glimpse of the seasonal harvests that make Nantucket unique and special. At low tide, they can join locals raking and catching this local delicacy.
For those planning to be on island for Thanksgiving, they can join the annual Turkey Plunge, another seasonal tradition that is not to be missed. Hundreds of residents gather and sprint into the freezing cold ocean on Thanksgiving, a unique moment in the morning of the special holiday aimed at raising money for the Weezie Library for Children.
Back at Hotel Pippa, the front desk team can assist with reservations in anticipation of the Thanksgiving weekend. Countless restaurants on island offer Thanksgiving dinner but reservations are recommended. Menus blend local produce, freshly fished seafood and high-quality meat with traditional Thanksgiving dishes, promising a memorable dinner in a cozy environment.
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.
Hotel Pippa still has availability for Thanksgiving so don’t wait and book your stay with us soon!