🕯️Weekend Update: 12/1-12/3 - Events on Martha's Vineyard
first friday, winter wonderland, polar express, aquinnah holiday fair, cookie decorating, dance parties
Holiday season is in full swing! After Light up Oak Bluffs last weekend, this weekend we shift to Vineyard Haven’s First Friday and Winter Wonderland before next weekend’s Christmas in Edgartown. A month long of celebrations, we’re so lucky!
Holiday Shopping? Don’t forget our 🎁 MVacay Holiday Gift Guide: Martha's Vineyard Inspired Gifts 2023 (I don’t get any commission from anything on that post, just genuinely love supporting small and local).
What To Do This Weekend
🎄 Aquinnah Artisans Holiday Fair at Aquinnah Town Hall, This Saturday and Sunday only 10a-4p
Celebrate the holiday spirit! Enjoy the Children's Art Show and a craft table while shopping for artisan-made goods including pottery, ceramics, native crafts, dolls and ornaments, wampum jewelry cashmere and wool headwear, bottled Aquinnah clay, scallop shell lights, embroidered linens, small paintings and so much more. Food vendors will be Orange Peel Bakery and Jeff and Vika Duarte.
🎄 Island Made Holidays at Gayle Gardens, 10a-5p (daily until 11/27)
Showcasing favorite Vineyard artisans' goods: wreaths, holiday plants, local sea salt, jams and jellies, beaded and quahog shell jewelry, Island books, ceramics, wooden gifts, knitted items and more.
🎄 Featherstone's Annual Holiday Gift Show, 12p-4p (daily until 12/17)
Featuring many different island artisans, Featherstone is excited to host another year of the Holiday Gift Show! Come support your local artist community and shop
🎄World Market Holiday Shop at Capawock Theatre, 10a-6p (Sun too)
Holiday pop-up market featuring crafts from Haiti, India, Africa, Middle East and Guatemala.
🎄 Dickens Christmas Village at The Carnegie, Wednesdays-Mondays 10a-4p
Hundreds of pieces with lighted and moving displays installed by avid collectors.
🎄First Friday Vineyard Haven at MV Museum, 5-8p
Mark your calendars for the last First Friday of the year on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Martha's Vineyard Museum! Our holiday spirit is in full swing, and we're getting ready with cozy fire pits—perfect for warming up, chatting with friends, and soaking in the festive spirit. And yes, marshmallows will be in the mix!
🍽️Community Suppers at Grace Church, 5p
On Fridays begin Friday, Dec. 1 and continue through March. Curbside pickup is available between 5 and 5:30 p.m.. Telephone 508-693-0332 with your reservation between Tuesdays and the end of day on Thursdays.
🎤 Trivia Night at Black Dog Cafe, 6-8p
🎾 Dinks & Drinks at Airport Fitness, 6-7:30p
🍽️Film Screening: Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce at The Strand, 7p
A film about Beyoncé’s intention, hard work, involvement in every aspect of the production, her creative mind and purpose to create her legacy, and master her craft. Various times through December available
🎬TBD Improv at Grange Hall, 7p
🎄 Live Music + Dance Party at S+S Kitchenette, 5:30-8:30
A night of snacks, refreshments and music featuring Willy Mason, Rosie Guerin and DJ Pretty Ninja
🎵Partner Swing Dance Lesson at PathwayARTS, 7:30-8:30 / DJ Dern after
🎄Salt Rock Chocolates Pop-Up at Pandora’s Box, 11a-2p (Wednesdays and Saturdays through 12/20)
🎄Kenworthy and Beauty Counter Pop Up at Ruel Gallery, 11a-2p
🎬Almost, Maine at Grange Hall, 2p
Presented by The Drama Club of the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School
🎄Holiday Wreath Celebration at Polly Hill, 3:30p / info
Celebrate the winter holidays at the Polly Hill Arboretum! Join the Island community in decorating the holiday wreath on our barn. Bring the kids for a holiday craft. Once the sun sets, we will light up the wreath to bring everyone some winter cheer. We hope to see you there! This is a free event and will be held at the Polly Hill Arboretum’s Far Barn.
🍽️Cookie Decorating Workshop at S+S Kitchenette, 3:30-5:30p
🎵 Live Music: Sean McMahon and Friends, Rick Padilla and Friends -- Unplugged at PathwayARTS, 7-9p
Playing with Sean McMahon is Ted McInnes, Isaac Taylor, Siren if you can find her a baby sitter!
Playing with R&R Rick is Jonah on Keys…so far…
🎵Island Community Chorus Holiday Concert at Old Whaling Church, 7:30p
Get into the holiday spirit with "Sing We Joyous!" a concert by the Island Community Chorus, with director William Peek. The repertoire ranges from America to Europe and to Africa. It will include familiar Handel and Bach music, a Christmas spiritual song, a jazzy Hanukkah piece, and much more. A free reception will follow the performance. For details, visit islandcommunitychorus.com. Also Sunday at 3p.
🎄Family Friendly Interactive Polar Express at MV Film Center, 11a / info
Come kick off the holiday season with an interactive screening of The Polar Express! Viewers will receive prompts and props to interact with the film.
This program is generously supported by Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library and the Martha's Vineyard Film Society. This event is free, but please reserve your free tickets now to ensure you have admission! Doors open for admissions 30 minutes prior to screening.
🎄Winter Wonderland in Vineyard Haven, 12-2p
Stroll down “snowy” Main Street from 12-2p. Enjoy hayrides, music, elves and a scavenger hunt
MV Land Bank Guided Walk at Trade Winds Field Preserve, 1p
Join the Land Bank staff on a guided walk at Trade Winds Field Preserve. The property is a classic sandplain grassland habitat, whose survival in this location was just a matter of good fortune: the land was used for decades as a grass-strip airport and the regular mowing and rolling that accompanied that use prevented the land’s succession into woodland. Ongoing rescue efforts for the sandplain species — purple tiger beetle, sandplain blue-eyed grass, purple needlegrass, bearberry, wild indigo and sickle-leaf golden aster — are underway. The restoration effort is a dynamic process. The walk will be given rain or shine and will last approximately 2 hours
🎬Film Screening: Belushi at MV Film Center, 4p
A 2020 documentary followed by a Q & A with Judy Belushi Pisano.
Director R.J. Cutler takes a revealing look at the brilliant life of comedic legend John Belushi. Known for his iconic characters and sketches on both stage and screen, few people knew his personal side, until now. Never-before-seen photos, letters and home-movies give intimate access to the world-famous superstar.
🎵Offering of Music and Light at Chilmark Community Church, 5-7p
Island artists and musicians present free Offering of Music and Light to brighten the darker days. Musicians include: Adele Dreyer, piano; Missus Biskis, trio with guitars; Sean McMahon, singer/songwriter; Molly Conole and Mark Lovewell; sea shanties; Loon Lane Players, banjo and guitars; and other guests. Music, Candle Lighting, Refreshments. Free; all are welcome!
🍽️ Food News of Note
We will add any closings to this section as we are made aware of them!
MoGlo Food Truck Pop-Ups: Sundays, 4-6:30p
Salvatore’s Eat Out Box: $45 three-course takeout special from 5-6:30 Thursdays
Square Rigger: $20 Pasta Night on Sundays, $10 Burgers on Mondays, 2/$10 Tacos on Thursdays
Town: Islander Sushi Night Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 15% off
Barn Bowl + Bistro: $9 Burgers on Tuesdays
Offshore Ale: Mondays 2-for-1 Entrees dine in only between 5-9p
Outermost Inn: Open Thurs, Fri + Sat Lunch and Sun Brunch until 2
📅 Save The Date
🎄December 7 - Annual Santa Fun Run with Amity Island Running Club
🎄December 7 - Vineyard Haven Holiday Shopping Stroll
🎄December 7-10 - Christmas in Edgartown
12/8 - Holiday Cocktail Party at The Carnegie Heritage Center
12/8 - Toys for Tots at The Black Dog
12/8 - JK Designs Sip and Shop at Juniper
12/8 - Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse
12/8 - Illuminate Mytoi
12/8 + 12/9 - Minnesingers’ Concerts at Old Whaling Church
12/8 + 12/9 - Old Sculpin Gallery Deck The Walls
12/9 - Christmas Faire at First Congregational Church of West Tisbury
12/9 - Buddy the Elf Breakfast Spaghetti Eating Competition
12/9 - The S'Mores, The Merrier at Candy Cane Lane
12/9 - Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt at The Carnegie Heritage Center
12/9 - Edgartown Village Market Holiday Faire
12/9 - Plum Hill School Annual Elves Fair
12/9 - Vincent House Open House
12/9 - Hospice Handmade from the Heart
12/9 - Morning Glory Farm Open House 12-3p
🎄December 10 - Winter Wonderland in Vineyard Haven
🎄December 13 - Holiday Bazaar at PA Club
🎄December 14 - Vineyard Haven Holiday Shopping Stroll
🎄December 17 - Winter Wonderland in Vineyard Haven + Santa
🎄December 16 - West Tisbury Farmer’s Market at Ag Hall
🎄December 21 - Vineyard Haven Holiday Shopping Stroll
For Save the Dates for December and Beyond, check out the full list in our App.