NHA Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Trees

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Trees, held November 30 through December 31, 2018, at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

The Festival of Trees is an NHA holiday tradition that begins during Nantucket Stroll weekend and transforms the Whaling Museum into a festive winter wonderland for the entire month of December. This event features community-crafted trees designed by local merchants, nonprofit organizations, artists, and children.

The NHA has named Kim Corkran as the 2018 Honorary Chair of the Festival of Trees. This signature holiday tradition began in 1994 under the leadership of Corkran, then NHA president, at the suggestion of her mother, Lucile Corkran.

“I would like to thank the NHA for carrying on the tradition of the Festival of Trees that my mom started during the NHA’s centennial year. I have always felt that it was ‘magical,’ and I am flattered to be the honorary chair for the 25th anniversary of this wonderful event,” says Kim Corkran.

The Festival of Trees Preview Party is the highlight event of Nantucket’s holiday season. This fund-raising party will be held on Thursday, November 29, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., providing attendees with the first opportunity to view this year’s tree designs.

“It is a great honor to chair the 2018 Festival of Trees and celebrate the work of the talented tree designers and the many dedicated chairs that have presided over the last 25 years,” says Beth English, co-chair for this year’s event with her husband, Mark Donato. “What a delight it is to see the halls of the Whaling Museum decorated with such spirit and our historical legacy of creativity alive today. We look forward to the Preview Party as a time to gather with old friends and new to celebrate this wonderful tradition.”

The 25th anniversary of the Festival of Trees 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 Robinson; James Lydon Sons & Daughters / Nantucket Copper Window Box; Killen Real Estate; The Nantucket Hotel & Resort; Novation Media; Botticelli & Pohl; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Centre Pointe; Cape Air / Nantucket Airlines; Cheney Brothers Building & Remodeling; Congdon & Coleman Insurance; Don Allen Auto Center; Hy-Line Cruises; The Inquirer and Mirror; Johnstons of Elgin; Jordan Real Estate; MB Graphic Design and Printing Studio; Nantucket Bank, a division of Blue Hills Bank; Nantucket Clothing Company; Nantucket Pharmacy; The Steamship Authority; ACK 4170; Atlantic East Nantucket Real Estate; Bartlett’s Farm; CMC Construction, LLC; David M. Handy Events; Emeritus Development; Hatch’s Package Store; The Islander Package Store; Marc Yacone Electrical; Nantucket Housefitters; Nantucket Tents; Sarah F. Alger, PC; and Schwartz Hannum PC.

25th Annual Festival of Trees
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

Friday, November 30, 2018
10 A.M.–8 P.M. (extended hours)

Daily, December 1–31, 2018
10 A.M.–5 P.M.
(closed Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2018)

FREE for current NHA members & children under 6
$5 for all Nantucket year-round residents (adults & youth 6-17)
$18 for Students/Seniors (65+)
$20 General Admission


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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