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December 2021

Holiday Shopping Night in Rockport

December 17, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Rockport, Main Street, Bearskin Neck, Dock Square ...
Rockport,MA01966United States

Shopping Night: Friday, December 17 This will be the third of three special Shopping Nights (Dec 3, 10, and 17) spanning the Christmas in Rockport season. Downtown businesses will be open until 8:00 PM. This week's shopping event has an "ugly sweater" theme, when we're asking everyone to come out and channel their inner Clark Griswald. We will have a roving mystery judge picking out those who are wearing the most expressive and entertaining holiday season sweaters, and giving away…

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Along Bearskin Neck

December 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dock Square & Bearskin Neck, 21 Dock Square
Rockport,MA01966
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Bring your children and grandchildren to downtown Rockport for free rides in a festively decorated open carriage pulled along by a team of Belgian draft horses. Ride along along Bearskin Neck and see all the shops and galleries with their beautiful holiday season window displays.  The rides will depart from Dock Square at approximately 15 minute intervals on Saturday, December 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  The draft horses and the beautifully crafted farm wagon that they draw are lovingly…

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Quintessential Brass

December 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Rockport, Main Street, Bearskin Neck, Dock Square ...
Rockport,MA01966United States
Free

Quintessential Brass will be performing a variety of holiday music from traditional Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, holiday classical tunes and jazzy settings of holiday pop favorites. Stroll with the QB Quartet from gallery to gallery and shop to shop throughout downtown Rockport, as they perform traditional carols, holiday classics, and jazzy Christmas favorites. Quintessential Brass has performed at countless churches, schools, concert halls, bandstands and gazebos across New England. Members of the group have, individually, performed with groups such as…

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A Christmas Carol Sing-Along with the North Shore Christian Men’s Choir

December 18, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Rockport Baptist Church, 4 High Street
Rockport,MA01966
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Free

The First Baptist Church invites the community to a free Christmas carol community sing-along with the North Shore Christian Men's Choir . A time of socialization and refreshments will follow, prior to the 76th Annual Christmas Pageant. The concert will take place in the church sanctuary located at 4 High Street, beginning at 2:30 PM.  All are welcome.

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CÒIG

December 18, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport,MA01966United States
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A Nova Scotia foursome that has taken the Celtic world by storm, Còig makes its Rockport debut fresh off the heels of its acclaimed new record Rove. With twin fiddles, bouzouki/banjo/mandolin and piano, Còig delves into an array of traditional styles including propulsive Cape Breton jigs, swirling reels and haunting Maritimes ballads. Tickets are $29 or $24 depending on the seat. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to http://rockportmusic.org/coig

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CAPE ANN BIG BAND

December 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport,MA01966United States
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Enjoy the holidays with Cape Ann’s own 17-piece big band performing holiday favorites, old and new, infused with a bit of jazz, swing, and rock n’ roll. Sunday, December 19 at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $36, $29, or $19 depending on the seat. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to rockportmusic.org/cape-ann-big-band

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Rockport’s 76th Annual Live Christmas Pageant

December 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Dock Square & Main Street Rockport,MA01966

Due to the forecast of inclement weather for Saturday evening, the Live Christmas Pageant has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 19, beginning at 5 PM. In the spirit of the holidays, the Rockport Art Association and Museum once again presents the Annual Live Christmas Pageant, a torch-lit live re-enactment of the Nativity. The pageant will be held Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 5 PM (rain date Sunday, December 19th at 5 PM). Each year hundreds of spectators gather to watch…

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Rockport New Year’s Eve ~ CANCELED

December 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - January 1, 2022 @ 12:00 am
downtown Rockport, MA
$10 – $20
RNYE Motif No 1

The organizers of Rockport New Year's Eve issued the following statement on December 21: COVID case counts are rising rapidly in Rockport and across Massachusetts and are expected to go even higher. The Rockport New Year’s Eve Board of Directors is gravely concerned about the safety of a large indoor event at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, RNYE is regretfully canceling Rockport New Year’s Eve 2021. RNYE will offer refunds to all who have bought buttons. However…

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January 2022

Met Opera: Cinderella

January 1 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm
The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street
Rockport,MA01966United States
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$32

The Met’s holiday presentation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute is joined by Cinderella, a shortened, English-language version of Laurent Pelly’s charming 2018 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon, which will also run at holiday time. Cinderella features a new translation by acclaimed librettist Kelley Rourke. Isabel Leonard sings the title role, joined by Emily D’Angelo as Prince Charming, Jessica Pratt as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe and Laurent Naouri as Cinderella’s feuding guardians. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

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Guided Winter Birding Walk at Halibut Point

January 16 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Halibut Point State Park, Gott Avenue
Rockport,MA01966
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Free

A two-hour walk with local birding guide Peter Van Demark, about 1.5 miles, over easy to moderate gravel roads and trails in search of seasonal specialties. Boots advisable. Restrooms are available.

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