Downtown Cambridge holiday activities ready to begin Friday
CAMBRIDGE — The holiday season in downtown Cambridge will be full of activities and events, lots of holiday decorations and a few new promotions to encourage shopping small this year.
Black Friday, Nov. 25, will kick of f the Cambridge Main Street Downtown Shopping Spree promotion. For every $20 spent at participating retailers and restaurants, customers will be entered into a drawing to win a Downtown Cambridge Shopping Spree. The promotion ends on Second Saturday, Dec. 10,
when a winner will be chosen.
Participating businesses include Sunnyside Shop, Butterfly Boutique, Heart of Dorchester Antiques, Thomas’s Fine Jewelry, The Wine Bar, The High Spot, Stoked, Blackwater Bakery, Rock Lobstah, Knit Nook, Canvasback, Main Street Gallery, Craig’s Gift Shop, Liv Again / The Art Bar, RAR Brewing, Simmon’s Center Market, Downtown Frame of Mine, Jimmie & Sook’s, Furniture Flipping Females (FFF) and more.
Also on Black Friday, everyone is invited to help decorate downtown. Help is needed to decorate the bushel basket tree, shop windows, and lamp posts. To sign up email email@example.com or check out www.cambridgemainstreet.com/volunteers.
“Decorating vacant windows downtown shows us what is special about our community, what great talent we have right here among us,” said Cambridge Main Street Executive Director Katie Clendaniel. “It also reminds us of what we are working towards with lit windows decorated for the holidays instead of dark spaces.”
Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, is a nationwide campaign to shop the small businesses in our community, and downtown Cambridge is a great place to show appreciation and support the local economy, Clendaniel said.
The Downtown Shopping Spree promotion will be ongoing and every $20 spent earns another chance at the prize.
“Shopping small on Saturday, Nov. 26, is a way to remember our local small businesses during the holiday season,” Clendaniel said. “The holiday season is when many of them count on making up for the ups and downs of the year, and our support makes a big difference to them sticking around.
“They are also the businesses that invest in being a part of our downtown, invest in our communities, and are often our friends and neighbors,” she said. “Small Business Saturday is a great way to give back and show them that we like having them around.”
Saturday evening will be the Cambridge Christmas Tree lighting at the Dorchester County Circuit Courthouse on High Street. There will be musical performances, hot apple cider, and a visit from Santa Claus.
The following weekend is the Cambridge Christmas Parade and Bushel Basket Tree Lighting, Saturday, Dec. 3. At 4:30, the tree will be lit in Craig’s Drugstore parking lot, at the corner of Gay and Race streets, and the parade will begin shortly after.
Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 9, will be Doe & Stag Night downtown. On Wednesday, ladies will sample wines as they venture from shop to shop, entering their favorite items into a store gift registry. On Friday, the gentlemen will be able to take advantage of the registry as they shop for their ladies. Participating shops, galleries, and restaurants open late both nights.
Second Saturday, Dec. 10, will feature trunk shows, bushel basket displays, carriage rides, and the grand prize drawings for the Downtown Shopping Spree. Expect live music, a Holiday Song Karaoke Competition finals, and more surprises. Shops, galleries, and restaurants open until late.
Saturday, Dec. 17, will be Dad’s Day, a chance for him to take the family out to shop for mom, aunts, grandmothers, and more.
A new promotion throughout the season this year is Gift Wrapping for Cause, sponsored by the Whitten Group. Cambridge Main Street has partnered with local non-profits like the Dorchester YMCA, Baywater Animal Rescue, and the Lighthouse Foundation to provide gift wrapping in exchange for donations to the respective good cause.
The Lighthouse Foundation will provide gift wrapping from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Baywater Animal Rescue will provide gift wrapping from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Dorchester YMCA will provide gift wrapping from 12 p.m. until late on Saturday, Dec. 10. Cambridge Main Street also hopes to line up a group to wrap for Dad’s Day, Saturday, Dec. 17.
Check out Cambridge Main Street’s website, www. cambridgemainstreet.com, for more details and updates, especially about the Holiday Karaoke Competition.
Cambridge Main Street kicks off the Downtown Shopping Spree promotion Friday, Nov. 25, as customers can be entered in a drawing to win a Downtown Cambridge Shopping Spree.
The Cambridge Christmas Tree Committee got together Saturday, Nov. 12, and chose a 25-foot tree to adorn the bandstand at the Dorchester County Circuit Courthouse for the season. The lighting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
Shop Small banners and signs fill downtown Cambridge storefronts as local business owners prepare for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26.