Christmas in Rockport 2018

The events for Nov 26 - Dec 2

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November 30: Downtown Rockport, 4-8 pm. Enjoy a festive Friday shopping evening with many shops and galleries staying open for extended hours and offering exclusive promotions and giveaways.  Stroll throughout Rockport’s historic downtown to the sounds of carols and songs of the season, and get into the holiday spirit.  A hundred lighted Christmas trees will guide you to beautifully decorated shops and galleries along Main Street, Mt. Pleasant Street, Dock Square and Bearskin Neck.

November 30 and December 1Find that perfect hand-crafted gift item, locally made right here on Cape Ann. The Cape Ann Artisans (CAA) invite the community to meet them Under One Roof at the Rockport Art Association on November 30 and December 1 for their 5th annual holiday show timed to coincide with Rockport’s “Holiday Shopping Night” festivities and Santa’s arrival in Rockport.  November 30 from 4-9 PM and December 1 from 10 AM – 5 PM.

December 1:

The Advent Fair at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church features holiday gift items, hand-crafted ornaments, African jewelry, delicious soup luncheon and decorated Holiday Greens and runs from 9am-1pm.

The Christmas Bazaar at the First Congregational Church features a wide range of Christmas decorations and ornaments, including fresh hand-crafted wreaths, greenery arrangements, baked items, and unique gifts runs from 8am-3pm.

Santa’s arrival and lighting of the Christmas tree  – Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor at 1:00 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Broadway to Spiran Hall (at the corner of Broadway and School Street) led by Rockport cub scouts. This year Santa will be able to linger a while to visit and have photos taken with the children at Spiran Hall until the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins. Then Santa will head over to Dock Square to greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the North Pole.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will get underway at 4 PM welcoming Santa and the public to Dock Square with carols and a stirring rendition of “Christmas in Rockport” performed by the Dock Square Carolers.

The Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen will offer official greetings from the Town and will conclude the ceremony by pulling the switch to light this year’s Rockport Christmas tree.

December 2:

A 12 noon the DECA the Halls Holiday Home Tour starts. Visit the beautiful seaside homes and Inns of Rockport, decked out for the holidays. Organized by Rockport High School’s DECA Program and The Inns of Rockport.  Enjoy seasonal food samplings and wonderful company. In the process, help support Rockport High School’s DECA program which consists of 90 students. Tickets: $25. Tour starts at Rockport Inn & Suites Visit Seashells & Jingle Bells for more information.

From 3-5 pm Open House at the Sewell-Scripture House (Sandy Bay Historical Society) at 40 King Street. Enjoy Carol singing to an old-fashioned pump organ and an electric train for the children.

At 3 PM and 8 PM 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 at the Shalin Lui Performance Center. Visit for details.