The first Family and Friends Night will be on Main Street in downtown Gloucester tonight, Dec. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Stores will be open late, with many offering discounts, refreshments or a special offering of their choice.
Three groups of carolers will stroll Main Street: the Cape Ann Bible Church with a mix of children and adults, from 6 to 7 p.m.; Carol’s Carolers Group, from 7 to 8 p.m.; and The Neighborhood Carolers from 8 to 9 p.m. “Anyone who would like to join in song please feel free, the carolers would love it,” said Chris Orlando, an organizer. “Santa will visit many of the stores and restaurants so be on your best behavior.”
Shoppers and others can join Santa in front of Kids Unlimited at 9 p.m. when he will draw the winning ticket to the $1,500 Shopping Spree. There are nine restaurants on Main and Rogers streets that are offering a free dessert or appetizer, or something else of their choice. Diners can ask the restaurant of their choice what they are offering for Family and Friends Night.
Cape Ann Farmers Market will host its first “Fare for the Holidays” event, featuring an indoor farmers market for holiday shopping, today, Dec. 20, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, at the corner of Middle and Church streets. The market features local produce, meat and poultry, crafts, baked goods, cheese, pickles, preserves, herbal products, candles, smoked fish, Trupiano sausage, honey, soup, hand-blown glass, guacamole, pasta, salsa, dog treats and more. Gifts for giving, food for the feast, and even recycled chairs for the extra guest will be on sale from local vendors. The church will be offering cups of mac and cheese, chop suey, hot cider and coffee, as well as holding raffles to help support this historic downtown icon.