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Bradley Wharf on Bearskin Neck, and Dock Square, 3:45pm
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Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s Bradley Wharf on Bearskin Neck on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 3:45 p.m., following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along Bearskin Neck to Dock Square, led by Rockport cub scouts and the strolling Cape Ann Jazz Band. At Dock Square Santa will briefly ascend the platform 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 p.m. welcoming Santa and the public at the Tree with carols and a stirring rendition of "Christmas in Rockport". Well-known Choral Director Wendy Betts will lead the musical program, and Dot Stoffa, Rockport artist and lyricist for "Christmas in Rockport", will serve as emcee.

Singers are invited to join the Dock Square Carolers to welcome in the season. A rehearsal for the carolers will be held at the Rockport Art Association at 2:15 p.m. prior to the ceremony.

Chairperson Sarah Wilkinson will offer official greetings from the Town on behalf of the Board of Selectmen, and then will pull the switch to light this year's Rockport Christmas tree.

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out of bounds: 2014
Rockport Art Association
12 Main Street
Rockport
August 23, 2014 - September 23, 2014
Click for details on out of bounds: 2014 out of bounds: 2014. An exhibition of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts faculty and alumni work, curated by iartcolony. more  
TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Throughout Essex County
Essex County
September 19, 2014 - September 28, 2014
Click for details on TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water Experience Inspiration as you hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail this September when the Essex National Heritage Commission presents its premier partnership event, TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, September 19-21 and 26-28. more  
Cape Ann Symphony Presents A Night at the Opera
Manchester-Essex Regional High School Auditorium
8 pm
Manchester-by-the-Sea
September 27, 2014
Click for details on Cape Ann Symphony Presents A Night at the Opera What can be more inspiring than a night at the opera? Cape Ann Symphony presents a program of BIZET, MOZART, PUCCINI, ROSSINI, VERDI AND MORE. more  
Rapha Super Cross Gloucester
Stage Fort Park
Gloucester
September 27, 2014 - September 28, 2014
Click for details on Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Rapha Super Cross Gloucester - know by many as "the New England Worlds" - unfolds at one of the most beautiful race venues in the country: Gloucester's beautiful oceanside Stage Fort Park. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvery Park
Downtown Rockport
Rockport
September 27, 2014
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market The summer Rockport Farmers' Market is a new, open-air market located in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport. more  
Rockport Farmers Market
Harvey Park
Downtown Rockport
Rockport
October 4, 2014
Click for details on Rockport Farmers Market The summer Rockport Farmers' Market is a new, open-air market located in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport. more  
10th Annual Rockport HarvestFest
Downtown Rockport
10 am - 6 pm
Rockport
October 18, 2014
Click for details on 10th Annual Rockport HarvestFest The annual Rockport HarvestFest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. more  
Gloucester's Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
Downtown Gloucester
Gloucester
November 30, 2014
Click for details on Gloucester's Santa Parade & Tree Lighting Parade begins at 3pm at the State Fish Pier, running through Main Street and ending at the Boulevard for the Annual Tree Lighting at Kent Circle (at about 4:30pm). more  
Annual Ladies' Night in Gloucester
Downtown Gloucester
5-10 pm
Gloucester
December 4, 2014
A special evening of holiday shopping in downtown Gloucester for women shoppers, including refreshments and drawings for gift certificates in many stores. more  
Essex Holiday Festival
Various Sites in Essex
Essex
December 4, 2014 - December 6, 2014
Click for details on Essex Holiday Festival The first weekend of December is set aside in anticipation of this very special time of year…the giving and sharing of holiday spirit in Essex. more  
Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting
Bradley Wharf on Bearskin Neck
and Dock Square
3:45pm
Rockport
December 6, 2014
Click for details on Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting Santa arrives in Rockport Harbor on a lobster boat, followed by a parade along Bearskin Neck to Dock Square for the town Tree Lighting festivities. more  
CAPE ANN BIG BAND HOLIDAY SHOW
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
3 & 7 pm
Rockport
December 7, 2014
Click for details on CAPE ANN BIG BAND HOLIDAY SHOW Enjoy the holidays with Cape Ann’s own 17-piece big band performing old and new holiday favorites infused with a bit of jazz, swing, and rock n’ roll. more  
Seashells and Jingle Bells Inn & Home Kitchen Tour, 1-5 pm
Various locations throughout the town
Rockport
December 7, 2014
Click for details on Seashells and Jingle Bells Inn & Home Kitchen Tour, 1-5 pm This is the fourth year for this fresh, new event featuring a delectable mix of Rockport's finest accommodations and private homes. Visit the beautiful seaside homes and inns of Rockport, all decked out for the holidays. more  
13th Annual Christmas in Rockport Holiday Gallery Stroll
Downtown Rockport and Beyond
Noon to 4 pm
Rockport
December 13, 2014 - December 14, 2014
Click for details on 13th Annual Christmas in Rockport Holiday Gallery Stroll Featuring Rockport's finest artists and galleries. Don't miss this chance to meet Rockport's artists in their studios. Gallery Stroll maps available at information shed and participating galleries. Look for Art Gallery Stroll banners. more  
Seaside Village Open House Weekend
Downtown Rockport and Beyond
Rockport
December 13, 2014 - December 14, 2014
Click for details on Seaside Village Open House Weekend Featuring holiday fairs and shows, strolling musicians, and more. Find unique gift ideas and refreshments in the shops throughout downtown Rockport.
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A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
4:30 and 8 pm
Rockport
December 15, 2014
Click for details on A Christmas Celtic Sojourn Celebrate the holidays with Rockport Music! Brian O’Donovan’s acclaimed Celtic holiday show returns this year with a festive program featuring a stellar line-up of singers, musicians, and dancers steeped in Celtic tradition and traditional Irish cheer. more  
Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant
Dock Square and Main Street
5pm
Rockport
December 20, 2014
Click for details on Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant In the spirit of the holidays, the Rockport Pageant Committee is once again hosting the Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant, in partnership with the Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. more  
HOLIDAY COMMUNITY SING-ALONG
Shalin Liu Performance Center
7 pm
Rockport
December 20, 2014
Click for details on HOLIDAY COMMUNITY SING-ALONG Sing many of our favorite carols in Rockport Music’s third annual holiday community sing along hosted by Bill Hausman and featuring the Rockport High School Madrigals. more  
New Year's Rockport Eve
Downtown Rockport
Rockport
December 31, 2014
Click for details on New Year's Rockport Eve Celebrating the New Year with family, friends, and neighbors. Six hours of continuous entertainment in downtown Rockport. 6 pm - midnight. more  
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