Christmas Shopping in Downtown Newburyport MA

As the holiday season picks up speed, the yearly shopping frenzy continues to surpass itself with record breaking sales. While malls still thrive during the season a number of gift buyers are taking a more local approach, and shopping at retail meccas that dot cities across the North Shore such as historic district of downtown Newburyport.
Shopping within a community not only supports local business, but along State Street and Market Street it is an experience that brings out the festive fervor. This area’s numerous stores and restaurants make it ideal for shopping for gifts, going out to eat with family or simply doing some sightseeing.
“It started off slow (maybe because of the early Thanksgiving), but it has definitely picked up,” said local business owner Debra Green, speaking of the busy season. Her store, Greetings by Design on Winter Street, specializes in personalized cards, printed invitations, customized stationery and small gifts. She offered insight into the appeal of shopping locally, saying Newburyport offers “more unique items, support for the community and local artists, and (Christmas) feels more festive… and less artificial than a mall.”
From the tree in Market Square to the illuminated Tannery Marketplace, light displays and garland clad lamp posts flicker on as soon as the sun goes down. Newburyport offers the same atmosphere one would find in downtown Portsmouth or Newbury Street in Boston, with a variety of stores and restaurants lining its sidewalks allowing shoppers to easily visit a number of places in one trip. This brings up another benefit of shopping in a local commercial district, that on top of the holiday spirit already blanketing the town in place of snow, each small business brings forth it’s own personal touch. Debra Green stated that community stores and shops “have better knowledge of customers…and are more connected with the locals.”
Sometimes shopping in a small city can lead to the impression of only making quaint, gimmicky purchases like T-shirts with bad puns or local souvenirs. Newburyport easily shakes off this notion once you walk down one of its busy streets. In the span of three stores a shopper might run into an Indian clothing boutique, a painting and photography store and a jewelry store with selections from craftsmen the next town over. There is an exceptional mix of large brand names as well as lesser-known logos. It is possible for someone buying Christmas gifts to find locally made art (Chameleon), gifts for children (Dragon’s Nest), and the latest woman’s fashion accessories (The Ruby Slipper) in a single afternoon.
In this sense Newburyport offers all the variety of a mall or shopping plaza, without the feeling of pandemonium that often engulfs them during the holidays. Walking from store to store along State Street and the Tannery Marketplace is not a burden, but the sort of experience that will give shoppers their own holiday rush.

Written by Noah Kruschwitz

Nostalgia in Gingerbread-Salisbury

Enjoy the spirit of the season with the Rebuilt Salisbury Beach in Gingerbread. Over 300 pounds of Gingerbread recreate Salisbury Beach, MA in days past. The display is enormous, detailed, illuminated and sure to bring back many fond memories. No picture was available to us but visit Boston.com for an array of photographs or visit the Seaglass Restaurant now through Dec. 31st. There is no admission for viewing the magnificent display.

Santa’s Workshop in Newburyport MA

Bring the kids down to Inn Street in Downtown Newburyport where they can meet Santa, share their wish list, and get their very own photo taken with Mr. C! Then enjoy strolling around the beautiful downtown area – a great way to spend a weekend day with the family during the holiday season.

Saturdays in December 1, 8, 15, 22
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Sunday’s in December 2, 9, 16, 23
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Contact Angela Gagnon at the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, 978-462-6680 .

Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting and Stroll

Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting and Stroll is a new family, friendly event that will Newburyport Great Pumpkin Lightingtake place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 6 – 9 PM in Market Square. Families are encouraged and invited to bring a carved pumpkin that will be lit and placed on the stairs of Market Square for all to enjoy! Each family will receive a votive candle that will be lit all at once at dusk – approximately 6:15 PM.

After the lighting, attendees are encouraged to stroll the downtown and Tannery to “ooh and ahh” at all the pumpkins designed by local businesses! At the end of the evening families are asked to take their pumpkins home for safe keeping.

Activities include music, refreshments, and much more to be announced!

This event is brought to you by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and our retail members!

Yankee Homecoming Thurs., Aug. 2nd

TAI CHI- WATERFRONT PARK 8AM

FUEL TRAINING – WATERFRONT PARK – WITH JEN PILZ, JULIE BOKAT AND JEANNE CARTER – 9AM-10AM
COME AND TRY TWO CLASSES FOR 30 MINUTES EACH! FUEL TRAINING WILL BE OFFERING BARRE AND TABATA AS PART OF THIS YEAR’S YANKEE HOMECOMING. COME TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE UNIQUE CLASSES AS THEY WORK ON FLEXIBILITY, POSTURE, AND STRENGTHENING YOUR CORE! THESE CLASSES WILL BE HELD FROM 9AM-10AM! PERFECT FOR ANY SKILL LEVEL!

YANKEE HOMECOMING HERITAGE TOURS-10AM-4PM

DOWNTOWN ENTERTAINMENT-MARKET SQUARE- 10AM-5PM

FOOD COURT IN MARKET SQUARE-10AM-10PM

ARMED FORCES DAY VETERAN’S LUNCHEON, RECOGNIZING THE KOREAN WAR, AT ELK’S CLUB LOW ST- 1PM-4PM

OLDE FASHIONED SIDEWALK SALES: TANNERY,DOWNTOWN ,PORT PLAZA 10AM-7PM

WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES- BEATLE JUICE-7:30-9PM

For the full weeks schedule of events visit www.yakeehomecoming.com.