NHA Celebrates the 26th Annual Festival of Trees

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is excited to celebrate the 26th annual Festival of Trees, held December 6 through December 31, 2019, at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

The NHA is also thrilled to welcome Lauren and Neil Marttila as the 2019 Festival of Trees chairs and to thank them for their dedication to make this year’s festival a success.

“It is an honor to chair the 2019 Festival of Trees, which is such a wonderful community tradition,” says Neil Marttila, co-chair for this year’s event with his wife, Lauren. “It always feels like the official start to the holiday season, and it is a joy to see the festive spirit of the island celebrated through the beautifully designed trees. We look forward to touring the halls of the Whaling Museum each year.”

The Festival of Trees is the NHA’s highly anticipated holiday tradition that kicks off the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce’s Stroll weekend and transforms the Whaling Museum into a festive winter wonderland for the entire month of December. This event features nearly 100 community-crafted trees designed by local merchants, nonprofit organizations, artists, and children.

The Preview Party will be held on Thursday, December 5, from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., providing attendees with the first opportunity to view this year’s tree designs. All leadership ticket holders at the Angel level and above are given VIP entry at 5:30 P.M.

The NHA is extremely grateful for the involvement and support of the many individuals and organizations that contribute to the success of this holiday tradition. With special thanks to island artist Meredith Hanson for painting the creative watercolor featured on this year’s commemorative ornament for leadership ticket holders.

The 26th 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 Lydon Sons & Daughters / Nantucket Copper Window Boxes; James Robinson; Nantucket Bank, a division of Rockland Trust Bank; Nantucket Golf Club Foundation; The Nantucket Hotel & Resort; and Novation Media.

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

Additional sponsors are: Arrowhead Nursery; Bartlett’s Farm; Calista West Private Jeweler; Chris Powers Landscaping; The Dobbert Companies; Emeritus Development; Handy & Dallaire Events; Hatch’s Package Store; The Islander Package Store; Kenneth C. Howard Electric Inc.;  Lauren Marttila Photography; Nantucket Housefitters; Nantucket Networks; Nantucket Painting Co.; Nantucket Tents; Roastd General Store; Sarah F. Alger, PC; Schwartz Hannum PC.; Stover Engineering & Construction; and The Tile Room.


Event Information:

Festival of Trees Preview Party
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
Thursday, December 5, 2019
6 P.M.–8 P.M.

Tickets at www.nha.org/tickets

Festival Hours

Friday, December 6, 2019
10 A.M.–8 P.M. (extended hours)

Daily, December 7–31, 2019
11 A.M.–4 P.M.
(closed Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019)

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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