The NHA announces its plans for a reimagined Festival of Wreaths and Festival of Trees


UPDATED October 5, 2020. 

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is reimagining its plans for two of its beloved holiday festivals this season, with both being slightly adjusted to adhere to safety protocols and allow for more viewing time for visitors.

The 22nd annual Festival of Wreaths will kick-off the NHA’s holiday offerings, featuring an array of wreaths beautifully crafted by the community. Visitors may bid on their favorite wreaths in an auction to benefit the NHA’s year-round outreach efforts. Opening a week early on Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 21. This will allow for two weeks of viewing time compared to only five days in previous years. Wreaths will be on view in the McCausland Gallery at the Whaling Museum, but all bidding will be held online for safe and touch-free bidding with easy to access QR codes next to each wreath.

The 27th annual Festival of Trees, which transforms the Whaling Museum into a festive winter wonderland, will also open earlier on Friday, November 27, and will run through the end of December to allow for more viewing time and for visitors to enjoy during the extended Stroll week. Both Festivals will not be holding Preview Parties due to safety regulations.

Both of these Festival offerings will be FREE to the year-round community thanks to the generous support of the Festival of Wreaths and Festival of Trees lead sponsor, Marine Home Center.

The NHA is extremely grateful for the involvement and support of the many individuals and organizations that contribute to the success of these holiday traditions, including Lauren and Neil Marttila, 2020 chairs of the Festival of Wreaths and Festival of Trees.

“It is an honor to chair the 2020 Festival of Trees and Festival of Wreaths, which are extremely special island traditions,” says Neil Marttila, co-chair for this year’s events with his wife, Lauren Marttila. “It is a joy to see the creativity of our island come to life through the wreaths and trees – and we are especially thrilled the Nantucket Historical Association can continue these traditions this year – we all need a little extra joy in 2020.”

For more information about each holiday offering and other programs and events at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit or call (508) 228-1894.



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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