Holiday Festivities Galore this Weekend!

Looking for some Christmas spirit? Look no farther than Cape Ann.

In Gloucester, the Retail Division is sponsoring the Second Annual Gloucester Shop & Dine. When you make a purchase at any of the participating shops on December 1, 2, and 3 you win the chance to draw a discount dining certificate for 10%, 20%, or 30% off your next meal at a participating Gloucester restaurant. The merchants of Gloucester invite your to celebrate the Holidays and shop local this season! Enjoy unique shops and galleries, fine restaurants, beautiful lights and decorations, friendly and familiar service, and extended holiday hours.

Participating Shops:

Black Swan


Deborah Coull Salon

Fields & Brown

Gloucester Music

Harbor Goods

House of the Raven

Joy of Socks

Larsen’s Shoes

Liquor Locker

Mail Boxes Etc.

Palazola’s Sporting Goods


Stone Leaf

Village Silversmith

W.E. Blanchard Jeweler

Participating Restaurants

Amelia’s Subs & Seafoods

Cameron’s Restaurant

Cape Ann Coffee

George’s Coffee Shop

La Trattoria & Pizzeria of the West End


Schooner’s of Gloucester

White Rainbow Restaurant

In Rockport, Santa will arrive by Lobster Boat at Tuna Wharf at 3:45pm on Saturday afternoon, followed by a Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square at 4pm. Sunday will bring the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful historic inns in Rockport as they open their doors to visitors from 1pm to 5pm.

Emerson Inn by the Sea, 1 Cathedral Ave.

Michele & Bruce Coates, Innkeepers

Grand views, grand rooms, Grand Cafe

Yankee Clipper Inn, 127 Granite Street

Cathy & Randy Marks, Innkeepers

A spectacular oceanfront inn

Beech Tree B&B, 55 Broadway

Judy & Russ Liddle, Innkeepers

Lovingly restored and graciously appointed

Sally Webster Inn, 34 Mt. Pleasant Street

Kathy & John Fitzgerald, Innkeepers

Where the hearth is always warm

Yuletide Inn, 51 Mt. Pleasant Street

Marie Fletcher, Innkeeper

Exhibit and narration of period Christmas trees

Seven South Street Inn, 7 South Street

Debbie & Nick Benn, Innkeepers

Elegant four-course breakfast dining

Manchester’s Christmas by the Sea festivities will start on Saturday with a Pancake Breakfast at The Landing at 7 Central 8am-10am, followed by Open Houses all day long throughout Town. Santa will arrive by boat at Masconomo Park at 1pm, followed by the Jingle Bell Walk. After the walk, visit with Santa at the Community Center until 3pm. Open Houses throughout Town will be held again on Sunday in addition to a Petting Zoo from 11am to 2pm at Crosby’s Market.

The North Shore Music Theatre will continue to mesmerize audiences with the 16th Annual production of “A Christmas Carol” through December 24. Don’t miss this holiday tradition!

A complete schedule of events throughout the month of December can be found at