This weekend Edgartown rolls out the holiday carpet for Christmas in Edgartown. Drop off letters for Santa around town, take a picture with your dog at the Black Dog (prizes for best look-a-like), stroll through Donoroma’s winter wonderland, hug huge Teddy Bears at the Teddy Bear Suite at the Harbor View Hotel, or take a sleigh ride (sort of) over the tundra of Chappy with the Trustees.

It’s four days of holiday events from Thursday through Sunday, with a gift bag of possibilities for everyone, near and far. For the first time this year Hy-Line Cruises will offer special ferry trips between Hyannis and Edgartown from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10.

The big moments include the lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse on Friday night. Music starts at 5 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel (the perfect vantage point), with the switch being thrown at 6 p.m. The Minnesingers perform at the Old Whaling Church at 8 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday at 4 p.m.

There will be horse and wagon rides all weekend long to get around town in style. The rides roam from the Mini Park on Main street out to the Harbor View and back.

The Vineyard Gazette hosts an open house on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m., the Gazette is also greeting visitors and wrapping presents in limited edition Gazette paper.

On Saturday, the parade begins at 11 a.m. down Main street, with floats of all shapes and sizes, and Santa arriving too. There will be a ‘Stuff-a-Bus’ parked on Main street throughout the day collecting donations of toys for the Red Stocking Fund.

The Covington Restaurant gets in on the live action with Felix Neck in the house and their animal menagerie taking over the summer restaurant space from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Across the street at the Port Hunter, the Plum Hill Elves Faire rocks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Edgartown Cinemas hosts a free showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol at 12:30 p.m. and the MVY chowder contest holds court at the Kelley House from noon to 2 p.m.

And if you need to escape the crowds, head out to Chappy for the Mytoi Illumination from 4 to 6 p.m. to stroll through the Japanese garden, illuminated for the season.

The fun continues on Sunday with breakfast with Santa at the Wharf from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and an old fashioned carol sing at the Federated Church at 2 p.m.

But this is just a small sampling of the weekend events. Check out a complete list of Christmas in Edgartown activities.