Gloucester Gets Into the Holiday Spirit!

The beaches are closed, the leaves have fallen, and the turkeys are ready to be stuffed. Which can only mean one thing – it’s time for Gloucester to get into the holiday spirit!

XMas Tree

(image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

The local festivities begin this Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual Shop Local Black Friday extravaganza. Who needs to wait in line for hours at big chain stores when Main Street beckons with deals right along the waterfront? The fun starts early on Friday, November 28th with special discounts at 6:00 a.m. and continues on Sunday, November 30th with an early season Downtown Christmas Parade at 3:00 p.m. followed by a traditional Tree Lighting at 4:00 p.m.

Just two weeks later, the Middle Street Walk event and related events add more spirit to the season. The joy starts with the annual Gingerbread House Display, hosted this year at City Hall on Saturday, December 13th.  Entries must be delivered to City Hall and registered no later than noon on Friday, December 12th.

Ginger Santa (image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester)

Later on the afternoon of 13th, holiday ‘strollers’ will gather for the Annual Middle Street Walk, which features open houses, concerts, special programs and traditional decorations throughout the afternoon. But first, stop by the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on Church Street for pictures with Santa. Then be sure to visit the newly renovated Cape Ann Museum, Trinity Church, Unitarian Universalist Church, Sargent House Museum, and more for celebratory season arts, music and dance programming. Two fun tips— (1) keep your eyes open for ‘Characters from the Past” as they stroll Middle Street and (2) swing by The Saunders House at the Sawyer Free Library from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to the SeARTs Holiday Wearable Art & Home Décor Show and Sale!

If this is not enough celebrating for you, one of our unique Gloucester traditions caps the day on December 13th as the Lobster Trap Tree Lighting ceremony takes place at 5:00 p.m. Not only is this ‘tree’ the best decorated attraction of its kind in New England thanks to the amazing work of children from Cape Ann Art Haven, it is said to be the tallest!

Happy holidays to Gloucester – may the season be filled with joy!


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