Christmas decorations light up Cape Ann


Over 150 shops, restaurants, galleries and museums across Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport are decked out in Christmas lights and window decorations as part of the second annual Cape Ann Winter celebration LightsDisplay. Every night from now until January 2, these local institutions will be lit up with the holiday spirit.

Illuminated wreaths, nostalgic window displays, fully trimmed trees, and a plethora of wreaths and greenery are on offer for visitors who wish to drive or stroll for a dose of holiday cheer. Linger for a moment outside 1623 Studios in Gloucester and you might even see Santa rushing into the studio.

Discover Gloucester, the organization behind the event, has created a custom Google map that highlights the locations of all attendees; a printable brochure is also available. Participating businesses are grouped into five general areas: Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex Town Centre, Gloucester Town Center and Waterfront, Magnolia and Rockport Town Center and Bearskin Neck.

“We are thrilled with the energy and enthusiasm of our many partners to support this centuries-old tradition of using light to celebrate the magic of the season. The simple act of illuminating our businesses and special places with lights helps us all find and share joy in these unusual times,” says Elizabeth Carey, Executive Director of Discover Gloucester.

Highlights of the event include lights hanging from the top of the Adventure and Ardelle schooners on the Gloucester waterfront; the iconic and imposing lobster tree on Gloucester’s High Street; and the inviting comfort of illuminated shops along Rockport’s historic and scenic Bearskin Neck.

For more details, visit Discover Gloucester online at


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