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

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 16th, 2017. 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 (More)

Bearskin Neck in December, Rockport, Mass.
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Ice Sculpture, First Night 2012, Boston, Ma.

Winter Festivals

Several New England winter festivals can keep you busy through the cold weather months. Sleigh rides, ice sculptures, winter farmers' markets are some of the activities happening in Scenic Shopping towns and areas.

Outdoor Ice Skating

Ice skating outdoors is a fun, invigorating activity for young and old alike. It is great exercise and brings a new appreciation for hot chocolate when you leave the ice. Snow on the trees adds to the beauty of these outdoor scenes, and most rinks are inexpensive or free. Many offer skate rentals too. These Scenic Shopping locales offer outdoor ice skating when the weather gets cold. Check these links to websites or call before heading out!

Frog Pond Ice Skating Rink, Boston Common, Boston, Ma.
North Conway Village with view of Cranmore Mountain Resort, Main St., White Mtn. Hwy., North Conway, N.H.

Downhill & Cross Country Skiing

Here are just a few of the Scenic Shopping towns that have nearby downhill skiing, cross country skiing or both.

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

Indie Book Stores

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.