NHA Celebrates the 21st Annual Festival of Wreaths

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is excited to celebrate the 21st annual Festival of Wreaths, held November 27– December 1, 2019, in the Whaling Museum, McCausland Gallery, at 15 Broad Street.

The Festival of Wreaths is the NHA’s kick off celebration to the holiday season. This community tradition features an array of wreaths beautifully crafted by local businesses, nonprofits, schools, organizations, and individuals that are on display during the week of Thanksgiving. Visitors may bid on their favorite wreaths in a silent auction to benefit the NHA’s year-round outreach efforts. From traditionally decorated greens to unconventional materials, all of the Festival of Wreaths entries capture the creativity of Nantucketers.

Donald J. Dallaire and David M. Handy are returning at 2018-19 Festival of Wreaths Chairs. “It is that time of year again to kick off one of Nantucket’s wonderful holiday traditions by supporting the Nantucket Historical Association at this year’s Festival of Wreaths. We couldn’t be more excited to see what the creative community of Nantucket will come up with this season!” says Handy and Dallaire.  “Every year tops the last, as more and more members of the community take the time to create these fabulous wreaths and join together to toast to the holidays.”

The silent auction is free to the community and takes place throughout the duration of the festival, providing all attendees the opportunity to visit and revisit their favorite wreaths to increase their bids and their chances of winning.

The 21st annual Festival of Wreaths is made possible by the financial generosity of several local businesses, with Marine Home Center as the lead sponsor. Additional sponsors are: Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank; James Lydon Sons & Daughters / Nantucket Copper Window Box Company; Nantucket Bank, a division of Rockland Trust Bank; James Robinson; The Nantucket Hotel & Resort; and Novation Media.

Sponsors include: The Anderson Company; Atlantic East Nantucket Real Estate; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Botticelli & Pohl; Centre Pointe; Cheney Brothers Building & Remodeling; CMC Construction, LLA.;  Congdon & Coleman Insurance; Hy-Line Cruises; Eleish Van Breems;  The Inquirer and Mirror; Johnstons of Elgin; Jordan Real Estate; Marc Yacone Electrical; Nantucket Pharmacy; The Steamship Authority; and William Raveis Nantucket.

Additional sponsors are: Arrowhead Nursery ; Bartlett’s Farm; Powers Landscaping; The Dobbert Companies; Emeritus Development; Handy & Dallaire Events; Hatch’s Package Store;  Housefitters Nantucket; The Islander Package Store; Lauren Marttila Photography; Nantucket Networks; Nantucket Painting Co.; Nantucket Tents; Roastd; Sarah F. Alger, PC; Schwartz Hannum PC.; and Stover Engineering & Construction.

Event Information:

Festival of Wreaths Preview Party & Silent Auction Kickoff

Whaling Museum, McCausland Gallery, 15 Broad Street
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
$75 per person

21st Annual Festival of Wreaths & Silent Auction

Whaling Museum, McCausland Gallery, 15 Broad Street
FREE to the community

Wednesday, November 27 and Saturday, November 30: 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Friday, November 29: 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. (extended hours during the downtown tree lighting)
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28)
Sunday, December 1: 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

(Winning bids announced at 2:30 P.M. – bidders do not need to be present to win)



The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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