Live Nativity 2015, Main St., Rockport, Mass.
Motif #1, Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Ma.
The Christmas Dove, Dock Square, Rockport, Mass.

Christmas Pageant and Holiday Shopping in Rockport, Massachusetts

If it's the last Saturday before Christmas Eve in Rockport, Massachusetts, the crowds will start pouring in around late afternoon in anticipation of the annual Christmas Pageant at 5:00 p.m. on December 21st, 2019. A torch-lit procession of costumed Nativity re-enactors travel up Main St. to a large manger in front of the First Congregational Church. This annual custom is a beautiful solemn occasion with narration of the Christmas story over a loud speaker and singing of several Christmas hymns during the event, with the crowd joining in at the end. Go early that day and you'll have more time to enjoy the beautiful shops in this classic New England winter setting. With its large lit Christmas tree in the center of town, Rockport goes all out at Christmastime before (More)

Bearskin Neck in December, Rockport, Mass.
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Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant, Rockport, Mass.
West Main St., downtown Mystic, Ct.

Holiday Scenic Shopping Towns

Christmas, Hanukkah and Winter Solstice - enjoy festivities in these holiday loving Scenic Shopping towns. Tree lightings, parades, special shopping days, plays, theater, concerts and lots of hot chocolate encourage us to celebrate holy days and the new year. Here are just some of the beautiful New England towns that get decked out at this time of year and love to see you shop in their independent stores, boutiques and cafes.

Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, N.H.
Bank Square Books, Mystic, Ct.
Mystery On Main St. bookstore, Brattleboro, Vt.
Concord Bookshop, Concord, Massachusetts

Indie Book Stores

Are books on your holiday shopping list this year? Snuggle up this winter with recommended reads from the staff of these independent bookstores in Scenic Shopping towns. These indies are open year round and also have online stores. Check with the booksellers to confirm shipping dates. You can find new, used, rare and special interest books among these sellers.

Buckman Tavern near Visitors Center and Lexington Battle Green, Lexington, Ma.

Autumn Scenic Shopping Towns

Look forward to Fall foliage this Autumn. Here are some towns with Scenic Shopping and changing leaves to admire as New England shows off one of its prettiest seasons. Go apple picking, enjoy hot cider and pick a pumpkin near picturesque and historic towns. Peruse local arts and crafts, visit artists' galleries and stock up on warm weather apparel. Warm up in cozy coffee shops as the brisk weather sets in.