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    Posted December 24, 2013 by
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    Red Ticket Holiday! How Nantucket Island Celebrates, shopping local, family, and friends.


    Nantucketer's celebrate shopping local and the holidays with red tickets. Through the chamber of commerce merchants can buy tickets and partake in the shop local movement. Shoppers spending over $25 get tickets from November 1st- December 24th.

    Today, December 24th the whole town gathered collectively at 3p.m. for a lottery drawing. This gathering allowed friends and neighbors the opportunity to connect before the New Years. It additionally afforded five lucky winners to earn prizes.

    There were five prizes @$1000, and one grand prize of $5,000. This year $1,000 of the $10,000 awarded was donated back by Jeremy Nelson, who was the only double winner in the lottery's history. The $1,000 winners were 501C3 Access Nantucket, with a tickets from Swain’s Travel; $ 2,000 double winner Jeremy Nelson, who donated this second $1,000 tow two non for profit charities, with a ticket from Don Allen Ford, and Patrick Lewis, with a ticket from marine Home Center. The Grand prize winner was Victoria Ryder, with a ticket from Mitchell’s Book Store.

    More than 80 chamber businesses participated in the Red Ticket program this year, tickets distributed represents a total of over ten million in local sales.  This is a 10% increase from last year.

    Win or lose everyone walks a away a winner, as this is a memorable experience that keeps our local business alive and brings our island closer together. In addition it also allows those visiting the opportunity to enjoy a local tradition.

    But mostly it gives everyone who comes together. Who stand there in the cold, the opportunityto be excellent to each other,which is the true meaning of the holidays, love, service and friendship.

    Happy Holidays from Nantucket

    The voices in the video are: P.J Smith the Executive Director of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.  As well as Eric Goddard, the Nantucket Town Crier.


    Special thanks to: ReMain Nantucket for letting me get a bird’s eye view by shooting this from their 2nd floor office.

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