Christmas in Edgartown


There is nothing quite like the holiday season! There is a little bit more magic everywhere you look. In Edgartown this could not be more true. The Christmas magic is everywhere, from the decorations, to the events, nothing is short of holiday cheer.

We don’t want you to miss out on any of the events this weekend so we have listed our Top 10 Can’t-Miss Events for Christmas in Edgartown.

We even included some Insider Tips for you!


Christmas in Edgartown

December 11-13th, 2015

5th Annual Teddy Bear Suite

Join us in Captain’s Cottage #61

Dec 11th – Dec 13th

Teddy Bear Suite is open: Friday, Dec. 11th | 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday, Dec. 12th | 12 am – 6 pm, Sunday, Dec. 13th | 10 am – 4 pm

Enjoying its 5th enchanting year, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite fundraiser is a magical tradition where family memories are made. The money raised goes to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club and its after school programs – vital services used by hundreds of Island children and their families.

Insider Tip: Try to take a picture with every teddy bear!


Annual Lighting of the Lighthouse

December 11 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Don’t miss the Annual Lighting of the Lighthouse! Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday goodies, music on the hotel porch and more. Enjoy the holiday cheer as everyone counts down to the much anticipated lighting of the light Lighthouse. Please call Betsey Mayhew at 508-627-4441 x 112 for more information. Sponsored by MV Museum & Harbor View Hotel

4 – 5pm Bell Choir on Front Porch (West Tisbury Congregational Church)

4pm – 6pm Children’s Arts & Crafts

4:30pm – 5:30pm Photos with Santa (benefits Rising Tide Equestrian Center)

5:30pm – 7pm Holiday Music by the Joanne Cassidy Band

6pm Lighting of the Lighthouse

Insider Tip: Join us for dinner in Henry’s where we have added additional seating for dinner!



Horse and Wagon Rides

December 11th – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy free horse and wagon rides from the Mini Park on Main Street to the Harbor View Hotel. Please call 772-713-5433 with your questions.

Insider Tip: A great way to park and have fun transportation to and from the Harbor View.


Christmas in Edgartown Parade

December 12th – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Don’t miss Edgartown’s Main Street Parade – the season’s most festive parade! We will have Santa, Frosty, music and more! Please call Jeff at 508-524-7737 with questions.

Insider Tip: Keep your eye out for the Harbor View Hotel’s float!


The Annual Great Chowder Contest

December 12th – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The 31st Annual mvyradio Great Chowder Contest is the centerpiece of the Annual Christmas in Edgartown celebration. It will be held on Saturday, December 12th from noon until 2pm. More than a dozen amateur and professional chefs will compete for the bragging rights of  making the Best Quahog Chowder or the Best Seafood Chowder. This year, a more spacious tent will be up at the Kelley House – entrance to the event will be on Dock Street. Admission is $8 and all tickets sales benefit the Red Stocking Fund of Martha’s Vineyard. Listen to 88.7 FM WMVY or for details. Please call Greg with your questions at 508-280-3068.

Insider Tip: Secure your tickets early at


Photos with Santa

December 12th – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Santa! I know him! Follow Santa to the Kelley House Lobby for a photo by the fireplace after the parade! Please call 508-627-7900 with any questions. Donations accepted for Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Insider Tip: Bring your camera and snag a picture with Santa while you tell him your list!




Kelley House Galley Open House

December 12th – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy Holiday treats and wine while viewing the works of local photographers at the Kelley House Gallery. Located in the hotel lobby. Please call 508-627-7000 with questions.

Insider Tip: Unwind and warm up while viewing the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard seen through the lens of local photographers.


Minnesingers Concert at the Old Whaling Church December 11th – 8:00 pm, December 12th- 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm

The MV Preservation Trust presents the Island’s premier high school choral group, the MVRHS Minnesingers, to perform a concert of seasonal favorites at the magnificent Old Whaling Church. Please call Janet at 508-627-4440 with questions. Tickets $15.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Seniors & Students, and 12 & Younger are Free! 

Insider Tip: We heard a rumor from Rudolph that someone in a big red suit will be at the Saturday 4:00 show!


Local Arts & Crafts Fair December 11th – 13th

Friday, Dec. 11th | 5 pm-8pm, Saturday, Dec. 12th | 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday, Dec. 13th | 9 am – 1 pm

Take care of your holiday shopping while supporting local artisans and enjoying a pint from the Newes Pub. Visit the Chappy Room of the Kelley House to enjoy local gifts and handmade items. Please call 401-486-6923 with questions. Please note various hours Friday through Sunday:

Insider Tip: Enjoy a pint at the Newes while you shop for local, handmade Christmas gifts!


Harbor View Sunday Brunch Buffet December 13th – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Enjoy the delicious creations of Chef Caleb Lara’s Sunday Brunch Buffet at Lighthouse Grill while overlooking the beautiful Edgartown Lighthouse and harbor. Adults $38.00, Kids $18.00. Please call 508-627-3761 with your questions.

Insider Tip: Enjoy our locally sourced Katama Bay oysters!


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Be sure to come in and enjoy the holiday décor at the Harbor View Hotel, thanks to Lisa Pyden Designs.