We recommend booking your Santa Spectacular tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Our prices vary depending on which day you visit. All online tickets must be purchased up to midnight before the day of visit.

The Santa Spectacular programme is a full day out of festive family fun and the child ticket price includes all the activities and shows plus a visit to Santa and being able to choose a gift from his Toy Shop, making a toy bear in the Create-a-Character workshop and biscuit decorating. Under 2’s can go free but paying under 2’s visit Santa, do the Create-a-Cuddle workshop and biscuit decorating.

Prices

For every Santa Spectacular child ticket purchase we will plant a tree. The tree will be planted in a tropical forest via TreeSisters who currently fund nine tree planting projects across the world. Trees grow quickly in tropical forests and you will have helped to make a positive impact on our world and planetary care.

Santa Spectacular

18, 19, 20 December 2019

21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019

Willows Activity Farm Members Top-up

Members do not need to book in advance and can pay on the day for their top up.

The child member top up is £17.00 (same as last year) and adult members will continue to come in free.

Members can also visit Willows and not do the extra activities (Santa, Create-a-Cuddle and biscuit decorating) for no child member top up rate.

FAQ’s

Do we need to book advance tickets for Santa Spectacular?

We recommend booking online so that you can guarantee the day you want to visit and receive an online discount for booking in advance (up to midnight before the date of visit).

Can you buy tickets on the day for Santa Spectacular?

There are on the day tickets available at admissions every day but these are not discounted.

What time do you open?

We open from 10.00am every day during Santa Spectacular. We open at 9.00am on the following dates
21st-24th December.

What is included in the Santa Spectacular ticket?

The Santa Spectacular ticket includes all of the activities on the Santa Spectacular programme, there is no extra charge for any of these activities. Please note that on certain dates some activities will run to timed sessions such as the skating on the synthetic ice rink. Please check the programme before your visit for all of our times.

Your Santa Spectacular ticket also gives admission to all the usual areas of the farm such as our Farmyard, the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground, Mr Tod’s Lair, Super Secret Squirrel Nutkin Test and Cotton-Tail Village.

Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail will appear in shows and Meet & Greets every day and on weekends and 23rd and 24th December Benjamin Bunny will also appear. We do recommend heading to the Meet and Greets early as on our busier days we cannot guarantee every child will be able to meet the character but we do our best within the 25 minute Meet and Greet slot.

The only activity which isn’t included in the Santa Spectacular ticket is our Meet Mischka VIP and Farm Sled Ride. This is a separate ticket and needs to be booked ahead as there are only two timeslots per day. More details can be found here.

Do Under 2’s need a ticket?

There is a charge for Under 2’s who want to meet Father Christmas and choose a toy from his Toy Shop, make a soft toy in the Create-a-Cuddle Workshop and do gingerbread decorating.

If your under 2 will not be taking part in those activities they are free of charge. Babes in arms can still go into the Grotto with older siblings but will not be able to choose a toy from the Toy Shop.

Do we receive a timeslot to meet Santa?

We do not run timeslots for meeting Santa. However, Santa does not leave Willows Activity Farm without meeting every child who has a Santa Spectacular ticket. Our Grotto is open from 10am daily and on certain dates we open our doors at 9am so you can be first in line.

We do recommend you take our elves advice on the day and if the line is long to see Santa then come back later on in the day when it isn’t as long. There are plenty of activities running all day to keep everyone entertained.

I’m a Willows member do I have to pay extra to visit during Santa Spectacular?

Willows members can continue to visit Willows and enjoy the activities as part of their Willows membership (except visiting Santa, Create-a-Cuddle and gingerbread decorating). However, if a child member wants to visit Santa and receive a toy from his Toy Shop, take part in the Create-a-Cuddle workshop and gingerbread decorating there is a £17 top up fee per child. Adult members do not need to pay additional fees.

Will Peter Rabbit and his friends feature at Santa Spectacular?

The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground, Mr Tod’s Lair, Super Secret Squirrel Nutkin Test and Cotton-tail Village are open every day of the year and included in your Santa Spectacular ticket.

Peter Rabbit will feature in a new seasonal singalong show every day and a Meet and Greet, both of which are included in the Santa Spectacular programme.

Do we have to pay for a photo with Santa?

Our professional photographer elves will be with Santa in his Grotto to take a photo of your child(ren) with Santa. These will be available to buy. We request that adults don’t take their own photos to ensure every child has lots of time to chat with Santa.

Do we have to pay to park our car?

The car parking facilities at Willows Activity Farm are free of charge.

Latest News

November 30, 2019
With just one week to go, we can’t wait to see you for our big event. We’re predicted to get some snow this week so we are thrilled that we’ll have a white Christmas in Essex! See you soon!

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October 9, 2019
VENDORS! We are ready to accept your applications. Click on the registration link above and follow the instructions.
We are also very happy to share that we have some new “elves” helping us this year in a variety of ways to help make this event the best ever. Thank you Cheryl, Nora, Courtney, Jane and Maeve for everything!

August 13, 2019
Planning has begun for this year’s Christmas in Essex celebration. Stay tuned for more details as they become available this fall!
GREAT NEWS! Knowing how busy Santa can be, we sent him a letter in JULY asking if he can come to our event in December. We just received a reply letter from him and he said YES!!!
Once again, our awesome friends at College for Every Student (CFES) will be helping to make the weekend a spectacular one!

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Late night Chelmsford Christmas shopping hours for all of the city’s shopping centres and major stores

We can’t avoid it any longer, Christmas shopping has well and truly started.

The good thing is that most of the shops are open late in the build-up to December 25 to give you extra time to find those perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Chelmsford City Council has released the Christmas late night retails hours for the city’s three shopping centres – Bond Street, High Chelmer and The Meadows – as well as the larger stores like M&S, Debenhams, Quadrant and John Lewis.

The longer opening hours also cover Boxing Day and the New Year period so you can make the most of those all-important sales.

Here are all of the key opening hours:

The High Chelmer Shopping Centre (Image: Henrique Maia 2015)

High Chelmer Shopping Centre

15a Exchange Way, Chelmsford CM1 1XB

Saturday, December 1 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Sunday, December 2 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 3 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Tuesday, December 4 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Wednesday, December 5 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Thursday, December 6 – 8.30am – 7pm

Friday, December 7 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Saturday, December 8 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Sunday, December 9 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 10 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Tuesday, December 11 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Wednesday, December 12 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Thursday, December 13 – 8.30am – 7pm

Friday, December 14 – 8.30am – 7pm

Saturday, December 15 – 8am – 7pm

Sunday, December 16 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 17 – 8am – 8pm

Tuesday, December 18 – 8am – 8pm

Wednesday, December 19 – 8am – 8pm

Thursday, December 20 – 8am – 8pm

Friday, December 21 – 8am – 8pm

Saturday, December 22 – 8am – 8pm

Sunday, December 23 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 24 – 8am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED

Wednesday, December 26 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 27 – 8.30am – 7pm

Friday, December 28 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Saturday, December 29 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Sunday, December 30 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 31 – 8.30am – 6.30pm

Tuesday, January 1 – 9am – 5pm

The front of the The Meadows Shopping Centre

Meadows Shopping Centre

42-47 High Street, Chelmsford CM2 6FD

Saturday, December 1 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 2 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 3 – 9am – 5.30pm

Tuesday, December 4 – 9am – 5.30pm

Wednesday, December 5 – 9am – 5.30pm

Thursday, December 6 – 9am – 8pm

Friday, December 7 – 9am – 5.30pm

Saturday, December 8 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 9 – 10.30am – 4.30pm,

Monday, December 10 – 9am – 5.30pm

Tuesday, December 11 – 9am – 5.30pm

Wednesday, December 12 – 9am – 5.30pm

Thursday, December 13 – 9am – 8pm

Friday, December 14 – 9am – 5.30pm

Saturday, December 15 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 16 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 17 – 9am – 8pm

Tuesday, December 18 – 9am – 8pm

Wednesday, December 19 – 9am – 8pm

Thursday, December 20 – 9am – 8pm

Friday, December 21- 9am – 8pm

Saturday, December 22 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 23 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 24 – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED

Wednesday, December 26 – 10am – 5pm

Thursday, December 27 – 9am – 5.30pm

Friday, December 28 – 9am – 5.30pm

Saturday, December 29 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 30 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 31 – 9am – 5.30pm

Tuesday, January 1 – 10am – 5pm

Bond Street bought an outdoor ice rink to Chelmsford last year

Bond Street

Bond Street, Chelmsford CM1 1GH

Saturday, December 1 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 2 – 10am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 3 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 4 – 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 5 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 6 – 9am – 6pm

Friday, December 7 – 9am – 6pm

Saturday, December 8 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 9 – 10am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 10 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 11 – 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 12 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 13 – 9am – 8pm

Friday, December 14 – 9am – 8pm

Saturday, December 15 – 9am – 7pm

Sunday, December 16 – 10am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 17 – 9am – 8pm

Tuesday, December 18 – 9am – 8pm

Wednesday, December 19 – 9am – 8pm

Thursday, December 20 – 9am – 8pm

Friday, December 21 – 9am – 8pm

Saturday, December 22 – 9am – 8pm

Sunday, December 23 – 10am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 24 – 9am – 4.30pm

Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED

Wednesday, December 26 – CLOSED

Thursday, December 27 – 9am – 6pm

Friday, December 28 – 9am – 6pm

Saturday, December 29 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 30 – 10am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 31 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, January 1 – Closed

Bosses are discussing whether an M&S store in Essex should close down

M&S

62 High Street, Chelmsford CM1 1DH

Saturday, December 1 – 8am – 6pm

Sunday, December 2 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 3 – 8am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 4 – 8am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 5 – 8am – 6pm

Thursday, December 6 – 8am – 8pm

Friday, December 7 – 8am – 6pm

Saturday, December 8 – 8am – 6pm

Sunday, December 9 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 10 – 8am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 11 – 8am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 12 – 8am – 6pm

Thursday, December 13 – 8am – 8pm

Friday, December 14 – 8am – 6pm

Saturday, December 15 – 8am – 6pm

Sunday, December 16 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 17 – 7am – 8pm

Tuesday, December 18 – 7am – 8pm

Wednesday, December 19 – 7am – 8pm

Thursday, December 20 – 7am – 8pm

Friday, December 21 – 7am – 8pm

Saturday, December 22 – 6am – 9pm

Sunday, December 23 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 24 – 6am – 5pm

Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED

Wednesday, December 26 – CLOSED

Thursday, December 27 – 8am – 7pm

Friday, December 28 – 8am – 6pm

Saturday, December 29 – 8am – 6pm

Sunday, December 30 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 31 – 8am – 6pm

Tuesday, January 1 – CLOSED

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Debenhams

27 High Street, Chelmsford CM1 1DA

Saturday, December 1 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 2 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 3 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 4 – 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 5 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 6 – 9am – 7pm

Friday, December 7 – 9am – 6pm

Saturday, December 8 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 9 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 10 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 11 – 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 12 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 13 – 9am – 8pm

Friday, December 14 – 9am – 7pm

Saturday, December 15 – 9am – 7pm

Sunday, December 16 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 17 – 9am – 8pm

Tuesday, December 18 – 9am – 8pm

Wednesday, December 19 – 9am – 8pm

Thursday, December 20 – 9am – 9pm

Friday, December 21 – 9am – 9pm

Saturday, December 22 – 9am – 8pm

Sunday, December 23 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 24 – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED

Wednesday, December 26 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 27 – 9am – 7pm

Friday, December 28 – 9am – 7pm

Saturday, December 29 – 9am – 7pm

Sunday, December 30 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 31 – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday, January 1 – 11am – 5pm

John Lewis has drawn shoppers from all over the county

John Lewis

50 Bond Street, Chelmsford CM1 1GD

Saturday, December 1 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 2 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 3 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 4 – 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 5 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 6 – 9am – 6pm

Friday, December 7 – 9am – 6pm

Saturday, December 8 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 9 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 10 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 11 – 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 12 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 13 – 9am – 8pm

Friday, December 14 – 9am – 8pm

Saturday, December 15 – 9am – 7pm

Sunday, December 16 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 17 – 9am – 8pm

Tuesday, December 18 – 9am – 8pm

Wednesday, December 19 – 9am – 8pm

Thursday, December 20 – 9am – 9pm

Friday, December 21 – 9am – 9pm

Saturday, December 22 – 9am – 8pm

Sunday, December 23 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 24 – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED

Wednesday, December 26 – CLOSED

Thursday, December 27 – 9am – 7pm

Friday, December 28 – 9am – 7pm

Saturday, December 29 – 9am – 7pm

Sunday, December 30 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 31 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, January 1 – CLOSED

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Quadrant department store in Chelmsford (Image: Quadrant)

Quadrant

220 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0LS

Saturday, December 1 – 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday, December 2 – 10am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 3 – 9am – 5.30pm

Tuesday, December 4 – 9am – 5.30pm

Wednesday, December 5 – 9am – 5.30pm

Thursday, December 6 – 9am – 7pm

Friday, December 7 – 9am – 5.30pm

Saturday, December 8 – 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday, December 9 – 10am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 10 – 9am – 5.30pm

Tuesday, December 11 – 9am – 5.30pm

Wednesday, December 12 – 9am – 5.30pm

Thursday, December 13 – 9am -7pm

Friday, December 14 – 9am – 5.30pm

Saturday, December 15 – 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday, December 16 – 9am – 5.30pm

Monday, December 17 – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday, December 18 – 9am – 6pm

Wednesday, December 19 – 9am – 6pm

Thursday, December 20 – 9am – 7pm

Friday, December 21 – 9am – 6pm

Saturday, December 22 – 9am – 6pm

Sunday, December 23 – 10am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 24 – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday, December 25 – CLOSED

Wednesday, December 26 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Thursday, December 27 – 9am – 5.30pm

Friday, December 28 – 9am – 5.30pm

Saturday, December 29 – 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday, December 30 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Monday, December 31 – 9am – 5.30pm

Tuesday, January 1 – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Christmas in Essex

We’d better get started on ours now.

5 Fabulous Family Christmas and Holiday Events on Cape Ann

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and this year’s lineup of local events perfect for the whole family is better than ever! Most events are free for families or children, and open to the entire community. There’s bound to be something to get your whole family in the festive holiday spirit happening on Cape Ann this season! Here’s a list of great upcoming happenings.

5. Gloucester Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Of course, one of everyone’s favorite long-standing traditions is this weekend’s Holiday Parade right here in Gloucester! The parade welcomes Santa, fresh from the North Pole, to Cape Ann for the holiday season. On Sunday, November 26th, the parade volunteers and participants will meet at 2:00 PM at the State Fish Pier, located on Parker Street. The parade begins at 3PM, and winds from the Fish Pier through downtown Gloucester and the boulevard – and past the fisherman statue – before ending at Kent Circle. This year’s parade is dedicated to Rudy Macchi, a longtime Santa for the parade. He was known for spreading the joy of Christmas to kids across Gloucester, Cape Ann, and the North Shore – and his memory will be celebrated this year.

After the parade reaches Kent Circle, the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins – usually around 4:15 PM. Not only will children have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap (pictures are welcome!), but there is free popcorn and cocoa provided by Lobsta Land and Ringo Tarr, and the community has the opportunity to sign holiday cards that will be sent to our troops serving overseas. Donations for postage are appreciated, but not required.

The ceremony will have festive Christmas music by the North Shore Bell Ringers, and celebrates our close ties to Shelburne, Nova Scotia – the city provides us with a Christmas tree each year to light!

4. Santa Comes to Rockport and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Only in New England can you see something as unique as Santa arriving by lobster boat, and it happens right here on Cape Ann every year! This year’s Santa Comes to Rockport event takes place Saturday, December 2nd from 1-5PM.

After Santa’s 1PM arrival into Rockport Harbor and docking at T-Wharf, he will climb into a Rockport Forest Fire truck – and parade along T-Wharf to Mount Pleasant Street, and then to the Old Firehouse – a parade led by Rockport’s cub scouts! At the Old Firehouse, children will be able to meet santa – and get their photos taken – until the tree lighting ceremony begins.

(photo courtesy of Kim Smith of Kim Smith Designs)

At the start of the ceremony at 4PM, Santa will greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities – taking place at Rockport’s christmas tree at Dock Square. The public is welcome to join the Dock Square Carolers while they carol – including a rendition of “Christmas in Rockport”. The participating carolers will first have a rehearsal at the Rockport Baptist Church at 2:30 PM.

During the ceremony, the Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen will offer official greetings from the Town – then pull the switch and light this year’s Rockport Christmas tree. Santa will once again jump aboard the fire truck – and begin his trip back to the North Pole!

3. Santa Arrives at Essex Town Landing

Boy does Santa have a busy schedule this holiday season! On Friday evening, December 1, he’ll be arriving at the Essex Town Landing, arriving on the Essex river by boat! This event takes place from 6-8PM. After he arrives, he’ll walk up to the shipyard with some of his friends. Children will be able to visit with Santa and review their holiday wish lists. There will be clam chowder, hot chocolate, and donut holes – as well as caroling by Sound Waves. The event thanks Woodman’s of Essex, Dunkin’ Donuts, the Essex Police Department, ­Essex ­Radio and TV, Manchester Essex ­Regional School District and Essex County Sheriffs Dept for their participation and support.

2. Middle Street Walk Gingerbread Contest

What better way to spend time as a family than crafting a gingerbread house and submitting it to a Gingerbread Contest? Well, this year you can – during Gloucester’s annual Middle Street Walk!

Both groups and individuals can create their gingerbread homes, mansions, or anything else they desire- entries can take any shape, form, or size – feel free to get creative! The contest is open to everyone in the community, and more than one entry is allowed to be submitted.

All the entries must be made entirely of gingerbread, and decorated with candy or any other edible embellishments – anything that appears on or connected to the house must be edible! Entrants are free to add non-edible figures and material, but they must not be connected to the home – think trees or figurines. Each entry must be submitted on a cardboard, wooden or plastic base (like a sheet of cardboard). There is no standard size or shape for the bases although it must be larger than the house.

You can enter the gingerbread contest by registering over the phone to either of the following contacts: Barbara Catalini of Cakes by Barbara at 978-281-0639 or Jan Bell at 978- 283-1107, or Gloria Parsons at 978-283-9292. You can also emaill .

Entries must be dropped off at Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester’s City Hall either Thursday, December 7th between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM or on Friday, December 8th before Noon. Make sure your contact information is on your house!

The contest’s judging portion will occur prior to the start of the Middle Street Walk at 10:00AM on Saturday, December 9th. If you enter, it’s important to note that entries need to be picked up no later than 2:30PM the day of the Middle Street Walk because of a special light show which will be happening in the auditorium. Entries which are not picked up by then will be moved to the first floor of City Hall.

Prize ribbons will be awarded in numerous categories as stated on the entry form. Points are given for the degree of difficulty and creativity, neatness, originality, uses of edible confections and decorations and workmanship. Points are deducted for the use of plastics, however, you may use a limited amount for structural support.

If you enter, it’s important to note that entries need to be picked up no later than 2:30PM the day of the Middle Street Walk because of a special light show which will be happening in the auditorium. Entries which are not picked up by then will be moved to the first floor of City Hall.

For more information on the Middle Street Walk and the Gingerbread Contest, please visit the website!

1. Buoy Painting and Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

One of the Christmas traditions Gloucester has been known for the last few years is the unique and festive Lobster Trap Tree. The tree is located on Main Street across from Art Haven, at the Gloucester Police and District Court entrance area. Over the past few years, the tree has grown from just a stack of traps to a wide base where the public can walk inside the tree and enjoy a fantastic inside look- complete with a dazzling light show. The lit tree is adorned with buoys as ornaments – created by local kids!

All children in the Gloucester community are invited to paint their own buoy that will be displayed as one of the lobster trap tree’s ornaments! The buoys will be painted at Cape Ann Art Haven’s new storefront at 180 Main St # B (at Brown’s Mall). Each school has a predetermined date to paint the buoys, with an extra weekday and weekend date for those who can’t make their school’s assigned date and time. Here are the following dates and times for buoy painting:

Wed 11/29 – 3:30 – 5 PM – EGS, Veterans

Thurs 11/30 – 3:30 – 5 PM – Plum Cove, Beeman

Fri – 12/1 – 3:30 – 5 PM – W Parish

Sat – 12/2 – 10 AM – 1 PM – Open to all

Mon 12/4 – 3:30 – 5 PM – Rockport

Wed 12/6 – 3:30 – 5 PM – O Maley, open to all

After all the buoys are painted and dried, it’s time for the annual Holiday Lobster Trap and Buoy Tree Lighting to kick off the annual lit tree tradition! This year, the lighting ceremony takes place Saturday, December 9th at 4:30 PM. The community is welcome to join Art Haven for caroling, hot cocoa and, of course, tree-lighting. Kids will be able to see santa and there is even a countdown as the Art Haven staff puts the star on top – and turns the lights on for the first time! After the lighting, there will be a party inside their studio with crafts, music and a winter wonderland backdrop – perfect for taking holiday photos.

(photo courtesy of Kim Smith of Kim Smith Designs)

After the Christmas season, Art Haven auctions off the buoys to raise money for their community programs! All proceeds from the event will help Art Haven continue to provide their art classes free of charge to low-income familes. This year’s Art Haven Buoy Auction & Family Fun Night takes place on January 26 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at Cruiseport Gloucester. There is free admittance for families whose children painted a buoy – those families will not need a ticket, as names will be checked at the door. For other families and individuals, tickets are $10 before the event and $15 at the door – and children are free.

For more information about the buoy painting, lighting ceremony, and the auction, check out Art Haven’s web page!

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