Christmas in Rockport

Holiday Shopping Night

November 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Christmas in Rockport

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.

Alexander’s Pottery – serving refreshments, offering gift wrap, sales on select jewelry items
The Art Nook – serving refreshments and offer 10% off framed prints.
B. Johnson Ltd. Gallery – Holiday Gifts and original watercolors. Enjoy refreshments. Located aside of Art Association.
Bean & Leaf Cafe
Bearskin Neck Leathers
Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop
Bruce Turner Gallery
Cape Ann Artisans – for every $20 you spend you get a ticket to enter into a basket and each basket will be drawn for a gift certificate to one of the artisans. You also get a ticket when you walk in the door, just for showing up!
Carol Lee’s Cottage
Cedar Chest Rockport
Christmas Dove Rockport
Coast & Country Boutique
Earth’s Treasures & The Starboard Collective
Fallon Art Scapes – Planning on picking a number out of a hat at 8:00 pm to win a free 8”x8” framed reproduction of an original painting.
Good Dog Gallery – *20% off most everything! *Treats for people and the dogs they love *Meet Scooby Doo! He will be collecting donations for Cape Ann Animal Aid
Happy Whale /House of Glass
J Russell Goldsmiths
John Tarr Store
Katie’s Gift Shop
La Provence
Lula’s Pantry
My Place by the Sea
Nauti Pearl Rockport
One Ocean One Love Shop – open Noon-7 PM, 20% Off swim, sandals, and sunglasses + Free tote with purchases over $35 (Wine Samples & light snacks for shoppers over 21)
One of a kind – Offering wine, cheese, hot cider and cupcakes. 15% discount on all purchases above $10
Original Beach Dog
Red Tractor Trading Company – holiday discounts available
Rockport Art Association & Museum
Rockport Candle Company – Refreshments and free mini-tin candle with $75+ purchase.
Roy Moore’s Fish Shack
Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company
The Fudgery
Sand Castles
Scott Tubby Fine Art – serving refreshments
Sea Again
Seaside Boutique and Beads – offering chai tea and other goodies, simple jewelry projects, and discount
Shore Thing Rockport
The Square Circle Gallery
The Art of David Arsenault
The Last Resort – serving refreshments
The Paper Mermaid – Open until 9PM, Offering 20% off and refreshments
The Pewter Shop – Free handmade pewter ornament with every $40 purchase
Tuck’s Candy & Gifts
Tuck’s Candy Factory – Rockport
Shalin Liu-Center – offering wine and holiday cookies to customers. Rockport Music gift certificates and merchandise will be available for sale.



Santa’s Arrival, Photos with Santa and Tree Lighting

December 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 1, 2018 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.


Enjoying scenic overlook on Thatcher Road walkway to Good Harbor Beach

Beautiful build by Gloucester DPW to Good Harbor Beach is seeing steady use. The new pedestrian bridge spanning the marsh little river makes it easy to linger over a sweeping November vista to Good Harbor Beach and back.


Prior posts on Good Morning Gloucester about the marsh walkway under construction. 

October 6, 2018 snazzy new guardrails

September 12, 2018   construction begins

Building the Bar

Cape Ann Home


Whether it’s family & friends or a gathering of the masses, hosting is a huge part of the holidays. Drinks play a crucial role in this, alcoholic or non. Putting a drink in the hands of your guests, even water, makes people feel more welcome. Having a bar area to serve them makes it easier for you as a host.

Fortunately for us, we are in the age of Pinterest and hand crafted cocktails are coming up in big style.  From beer, wine, and manhattans to sparkling cider, ice tea, or water everybody wants something delicious to drink

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Holiday Windows

Have you seen Main Street?!  Downtown Gloucester is looking absolutely gorgeous!  I can not wait to take a walk and photograph all of the beautiful holiday window displays.  I am so appreciative to the businesses who went above and beyond to decorate their storefronts to spread holiday cheer.

Here is just one of the many amazing displays.  Get downtown, do some shopping, and feel the holiday joy!

Get ready to VOTE for your favorite decorations during the “Downtown Gloucester Holiday Window Contest”! We have 72 participants… you read that right, 72 participants in the contest in 5 categories!

The voting starts this Friday, Black Friday, November 23 and continues through December 20th! So starting Friday, get downtown and check out all of the great decorations and Shop Locally! Forget the Malls!

Downtown Gloucester is where it is at this holiday season!

Go to the following Facebook page to view all of the contestants and the categories and to VOTE: DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER HOLIDAY WINDOW CONTEST.




Dogtown Books Grand Re-Opening Celebration & Sale #GloucesterMA

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Dogtown Books Grand Re-opening Celebration & Sale on Saturday December 1, 2018, 10am-6pm, 132 Main Street Gloucester, MA. Meet and welcome new owners Lucas and Caroline, and celebrate original owner Bob

Dogtown Books Grand Re-Opening Celebration & Sale #GloucesterMA

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How to get Out with the Old in With the New right!

Dogtown Books Grand Re-opening Celebration & Sale on Saturday December 1, 2018, 10am-6pm, 132 Main Street Gloucester, MA. Meet and welcome new owners Lucas and Caroline, and celebrate original owner Bob

Have you tried the Jazz Brunch at Feather & Wedge?


Join Feather & Wedge for their jazz brunch this Sunday with music by jazz guitarist Peter Fedele. Peter is well known for his unique style that combines traditional jazz, with bebop, rock and funk. Reservations highly recommended. 978.999.5917

Sunday, Dec 2, 2018

10:30 – 2:30 PM

Peter Fedele Jazz Brunch Feather & Wedge

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01915

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2019 Lannon Deal Coupons

2019 Lannon Deal Coupons


Once again, we will be giving our customers the opportunity to purchase tickets for a sail onboard the Lannon at a discounted price. In 2019, our ticket prices will be going up for the first time in ten years, so be sure to take advantage of this special.

Lannon Deal Coupons are $28 each, and you can purchase up to 5 per transaction. The Coupon entitles you to join us for any of our two-hour (non-feature) sails during our 2019 season (see restrictions below). The regular price for a sail is $45, so you are saving $17 per person! That’s a great deal. 

These are the ONLY ADVANCED DISCOUNT TICKETS being sold for the 2019 season. 

Click HERE to buy yours now.

Within 48 hours after completing your purchase, you will receive an email at the address you provide during check-out with your coupon codes. It’s very easy!

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We look forward to sailing with you in 2019. Happy Holidays.

Here is the fine print:

  • Coupons include the $1.50 booking fee, so there will be no additional fees due at check-in when using a Deal Coupon.
  • Each coupon is for the 2019 season. If for some reason you are unable to join us from May–October of next year, your coupon will be good for future seasons for the value you paid for it ($28).
  • Deal Coupons are good for a two-hour, non-feature sail. This means that you are not able to use the coupon for sails with music, dessert/wine, fireworks, etc. We also are not able to apply the $45 and have you pay the difference. 
  • Reservations are required, and sails are subject to availability and weather.
  • This is a limited time offer and we reserve the right to withdraw it at any time.


Hello Friends, If I have been slow to respond to emails, comments, facebook messages, photo requests, I sincerely apologize. It is because I am in the home stretch of getting all my clients decorated for the holidays and their gardens ready for winter. Beginning this coming Monday, knock wood, I can turn all my attention to films, friends, photos, programs, and book projects. See you soon 🙂


A few more snapshots from November’s full Frost Moon rising over Niles Pond 

If you click on the photo to embiggen, you can see craters in the moon’s surface, especially on the left side .

Beautiful birch tree at Niles Pond

November Frost Moon over Niles Pond

This Weekend in the Arts 11/30-12/3/18

Juried Cape Ann Artisans Holiday Show/Sale In Rockport

Find that perfect hand-crafted gift item, locally made right here on Cape Ann

November 30th, 4 – 9pm
December 1st, 10am – 5pm

The Cape Ann Artisans (CAA) invite the community to meet them Under One Roof at the Rockport Art Association (12 Main Street) 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.

Shop for jewelry, clothing, pottery, mosaics, and more, crafted by noted juried artisans Cynthia Curtis, Anni Melancon, Marcie Rae, Beth Williams, Pam Stratton, Jackie Ganim-DelFalco, Camilla MacFayden, Ruth Worrall, Sara Wright, and Patricia Welch.


Give yourself the gift of Calming Creativity this Holiday Season

At Rivers and Roads, 57 Eastern Ave, Essex

Saturday, December 1st


A great opportunity to try artisan led crafts, and browse for unique giftsin the shop at Rivers & Roads Store open 10am – 4pm with projects open 11am – 3pm.

Printmaking in the cottage:

Join Essex Art Collective members Alison Taylor, Jen Groeber and Kristen Wilson in the Cottage for printmaking. Tea Towels and Holiday cards will be your unique creation as they teach you how to do woodblock, monotype and nature printing.

Holiday Decor in the lower barn

Using many elements of nature with Leslie Burns and Kristin Larson

Making Keepsake Accordion Books

In the “hayloft” with Artist Barb Parker

Children’s Craft

With Colonial Craftsperson Robin Lawrenz, also in the “Hayloft”


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