Nantucket in November

Nantucket in November

Photo of Nantucket in November. ©2013 Nantucket Brand

Our Guide to Nantucket in November

It's hard to believe we're already one week into November. Although a week has gone by, we wanted to tell you a little bit about Nantucket in November by highlighting a few events and telling you what to expect.

Restaurants & Stores

The island certainly begins to get a bit quieter as we head further into the "off-season." Some restaurants and stores have closed for the season, but more are still open - often with shorter hours. For the latest restaurant hours, it's best to check the Inquirer & shop's restaurant guide. They occasionally include a paper-guide in the newspaper showing what is currently open. If you can't find it, just give the restaurant a call before showing up.

As mentioned, most downtown stores are open, at least until sometime around Christmas, and many stay open in some capacity all year-round. That includes our two retail stores: Nantucket Brand Clothing and The Emporium of Nantucket. Again, try calling before showing up - especially if you're planning to shop downtown on Nantucket in November.


The Nantucket Whaling Museum is still open, but only on weekends. Their Foggy Facts & Fictions exhibit, where one of our dresses is displayed, ends on November 10th. If you haven't been yet, make plans for this weekend! Unfortunately, most of the NHA's historic sites close before November.

Thanksgiving on Nantucket

Of course, November means Thanksgiving. Nantucket is a great place for this feasting holiday. The weather is cool and the trees are mostly barren giving the perfect fall look and feel for a real New England Thanksgiving. In fact, Vice President Joe Biden has celebrated 36 straight Thanksgiving holidays on Nantucket.

On Thanksgiving day, November 28th this year, the 12th annual Cold Turkey Plunge will take place at Children's Beach. If you're brave, take the plunge and dive in. The event benefits the Nantucket Atheneum. Register ahead of time and help them reach their goal of raising $75,000.

The day after Thanksgiving typically means the beginning of the Christmas season, and it's no different on Nantucket. Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Christmas Tree Lighting on Main Street. Trees line all of the downtown sidewalks and are decorated by various community groups, schoolchildren, businesses, and others ahead of time. Then around 5pm, all the trees are lit and the Christmas Carols begin.

This certainly isn't a comprehensive guide to Nantucket in November, but it's a great start. Let us know in the comments what else you'd suggest!

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