Holly Higinbotham
One shopkeeper says she senses more enthusiasm and gaiety among shoppers, and a local innkeeper appreciates the way people don’t seem to be rushing through the holidays.
Christmas in Edgartown
Edgartown Board of Trade
Louisa Hufstader
The traditional lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse took place Friday evening on a windless, starry night. Christmas in Edgartown is absent the throngs of people this year, but downtown shops are open and the seaside town is decked out for the holiday.
Christmas in Edgartown


Downtown Edgartown was packed Saturday with Islanders, visitors and their pet companions dolled up in holiday garb for the 42nd annual Christmas in Edgartown festival. 

Mytoi — the Japanese-style garden on Chappaquiddick — will offer a peaceful, meditative space on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Evergreens adorned with twinkling lights, fragrant pine wreaths and festive shop window displays on Edgartown’s Main street are a sure sign of only one thing: Christmas in Edgartown has arrived. 

On Edgartown's North Water street, the Mad Martha's ice cream parlor is usually dormant in December when brisk winter weather dissuades Islanders from a frozen treat.


The Island — and region — tilted toward Edgartown over the weekend as thousands flocked to revel in the town's Yuletide festivities.

A walk down Main street in Edgartown this week revealed a holiday transformation in full swing. Next to town hall, the traditional lobster pot Christmas tree reveals a yellow and blue hue.