While Shelter Island sits near the end of the North Fork, don’t ever lump them together.
The displays here on the ‘Rock’ are as unique as its residents. While much of the North Fork is decorated with bright lights and color, Shelter Island décor is more natural, rustic and individualistic.
Here’s a look at 10 Shelter Island holiday displays you don’t want to miss.
The Chequit Inn
The Chequit Inn just held its second annual Christmas tree lighting and with their gigantic tree all lit up. It’s probably the flashiest display on the Island.
The Shelter Island Ferry
Two ferry lines service Shelter Island and the surrounding region. The North Ferry runs between Shelter Island and Greenport. Every December the ferries are decorated with giant wreaths to celebrate the season.
Shelter Island Heights Pharmacy
Every holiday season the wooden toy soldiers take up their customary watch outside the Shelter Island Heights Pharmacy.
Shelter Island Ace Hardware
Stop by the Shelter Island Ace Hardware store for a little taste of old time Americana. Christmas figurines smile in the window, while trees and wreaths complete the showcase outside.
Santa, his naughty and nice list and even a big bag of coal are all part of the Christmas display in the window of Jack’s Marine on Bridge Street.
Bridge Street Volunteer Park
The trees inside Bridge Street Volunteer Park are festooned with large Christmas tree balls this time of year.
The Apiary, which sells local honey, cords of wood and other homegrown goods, is covered for the season with fresh green garlands and handmade wreaths.
Havens House Barn
The Havens House Barn, located on the grounds of The Shelter Island Historical Society, is decorated every year with a big, beautiful wreath.
Saunders and Associates Real Estate
This lovely display of holly and other shrubs sits outside the offices of Saunders and Associates Real Estate on Grand Avenue.
This unusual Christmas tree stands outside the offices of Shelter Island’s South Ferry, which serves Shelter Island and Sag Harbor, and looks out over the Peconic River.