Christmas in Nantucket starts on the day after...


November 13, 1994|By Kim Wesley

Christmas in Nantucket starts on the day after Thanksgiving

A Nantucket Noel will take you back to the finest traditions of New England's holiday season.

The monthlong celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving, with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. At dusk, everyone gathers to watch as more than 200 trees lining the streets of historic Nantucket Town become illuminated with color. Caroling follows, filling the air with the sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas. Nantucket Noel continues through New Year's Eve.

On Dec. 3, you can join the Annual Christmas Stroll. Or enjoy the festivities going on throughout the month -- theatrical performances, concerts, choral performances, holiday exhibitions, craft shows and a gingerbread-house competition with Nantucket's finest chefs.

The Island of Nantucket is 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts and can be reached by airplane or ferry. For information, call the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce at (508) 228-1700. Pieces of the Titanic, which sank in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people, are on display for the first time at the National Maritime Museum in London. But the exhibit is stirring up debate. Some cultural historians and curators say it's preserving history. Others say the exhibit allows R.M.S. Titanic Inc. to profit from an international tragedy. R.M.S. Titanic Inc. is a New York company formed in 1987 to recover the pieces of the wreckage. More than 150 artifacts, including letters, a steward's jacket, passengers' personal items and parts of the ship itself are on view at the museum through April 2. For information call (011) (44 81) 858-4422.

Air safety over Hawaii

The Federal Aviation Administration hopes new safety regulations on Hawaiian air tours will cut down on flight accidents. Now, single-engine planes carry flotation devices, pilots operate according to a carefully prepared flight plan that accounts for the plane's weight and performance, and no flights jTC can dip below 1,500 feet from the ground or water, except during takeoff and landing. The new rules come in response to crashes within the past three years in which 24 passengers were killed. The Hawaiian air-tour industry carries about 400,000 sightseers over the islands and near the volcanoes each year.

Immersed in language

Costa Rica is home for the holidays to students who want to learn Spanish. Total Immersion includes airport pickup, private room in a family's house with two meals and language instruction daily, and laundry service. A four-week program costs $962. Minimum stay is two weeks. Call Central American Institute for International Affairs (ICAI): (714) 527-2918.

Tea and chocolate

Teatime is rich at the Mark Hotel, 77th Street and Madison Avenue, New York. Its all-you-can-eat chocolate menu is served from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 31. Cost is $18.50 per person, $6.50 for children. (212) 744-4300.

Top of Toronto

Toronto's CN Tower has the world's highest revolving restaurant, Top of Toronto, as well as the highest bar, Horizons (elevation: 1,136 feet). Available for corporate receptions, it occupies half of the Indoor Observation deck. (416) 360-8500.

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