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Nunan’s Holiday Events and Floral Classes – Tradition for Family & Friends

By Steve Flynn Sr., Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Steve Flynn Sr. has worked in the greenhouse business since he was in his teens and has owned Nunan’s for over thirty years. Nunan’s is a family oriented and run business with three generation actively involved in the business. Steve enjoys the ever changing seasons of the greenhouse industry, and has built the business to be for both retail and wholesale customers .
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Make sure to mark your calendar for the many wonderful Nunan’s holiday events and floral classes during November and December. Nunan Florist & Greenhouses is one of the largest retailers of outdoor winter décor, such as greens, roping, wreaths, and Christmas trees. We also grow over 20,000 poinsettias annually, all grown in our 20 growing houses on site. This coming holiday season is bound to be a busy one over at Nunan Florist & Greenhouses. Come visit us in Georgetown for your holiday décor, both inside and out. Your certain to find everything you need and you can also visit Nunan’s at our West Newbury location, formerly Knapp’s.

We have been busy organizing fun, holiday events and floral classes to help our customers celebrate the holiday season. Call your girlfriends and kick off the season with Ladies Night on November 15th 6-8 pm. Mark your calendar for the Nunan’s Holiday Open House, November 25th, 10 am – 4 pm, an event that is always fun for the entire family. Delicious Kane’s Donuts and other refreshments will be served, and Santa will be visiting! Come capture a keepsake family photo. Let the children visit with Santa and munch on a delicious donut, then venture outside to browse our endless bunches of Christmas greens and our sea of Christmas trees.

Let Nunan’s help you decorate your home by registering for one of our decorative workshops, such as learning how to design a unique centerpiece in our Thanksgiving Centerpiece class, or master the art of bow-making for your fall cornstalks and holiday wreaths. You can also sign the kids up for children’s classes, such as designing a beautiful fairy garden or our children’s centerpiece class. Below is the full list of holiday events and floral classes. Call or email soon to reserve your spot in one of these popular workshops, 978-352-8172 or info@nunans.com

  • Holiday Ladies Night – Nov 15th 6-8 pm
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop – Nov 17th 10-11 am
  • Holiday Bow Making Workshop – Nov 18th 1-2 pm
  • Holiday Open House – Nov 25th 10 am – 4 pm
  • Boxwood Tree Workshop – Dec 6th 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Fairy Gardens for Children Workshop – Dec 8th 11 am – 12 pm
  • Holiday Centerpieces for Adults Workshop – Dec 15th 1 – 2 pm
  • Holiday Centerpieces for Kids Workshop – Dec 22nd 11 am – 12 pm

Last, but certainly not least, Nunan Florist & Greenhouses boasts a team of talented floral designers who are eager and ready to help you create a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your dinner table or to bring as a hostess gift. Bring your ideas to our girls in the florist shop and watch them create the perfect centerpiece to celebrate the holidays.

Newburyport Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Kicks off Holiday Season

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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The annual Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting scheduled for November 25th, offers all the holiday cheer that’s to be expected of a downtown yuletide celebration – but there’s a twist. In this most nautical of cities, Santa arrives by boat. Honoring the Clipper City’s heritage as the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, Santa makes his first local appearance waving from a Coast Guard boat on the Merrimack River before docking at the boardwalk for a joyful procession through the downtown area to the traditional tree lighting in Market Square.

Kids and families gather on the boardwalk to await the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 3:30 pm. Santa then leads the way from the boardwalk to Market Square for the tree lighting at 4 pm. The event features a spirited round of caroling from residents capped with Santa hats as they usher in the holiday season.

Traditionally held on the Sunday afternoon immediately after Thanksgiving, the Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting is the much-anticipated kickoff of the area’s official holiday season. The nearby town of Salisbury typically hosts its own Christmas tree lighting later on the same day.

Over the next few weeks Santa will pop up at a host of public events in the area, including Amesbury’s annual holiday parade, a series of tours by firetruck (in Byfield, Newburyport, and Salisbury), a very popular Jingle Bell Walk through Ipswich, and a wide variety of storytimes and parties at local libraries and recreational farms.

In early December in Newburyport, Santa takes up residence at his “workshop” in downtown’s Inn Street, offering visits and photos with the kids on Saturdays and Sundays through mid-month. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for the specific days and times.

The Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting is presented by the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Newburyport Rotary Club.

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Sea Festival of Trees

By Joe, Joe

Sea Festival of Trees 2014

Sea Festival of Trees

Grand Tree Lighting Spectacular

A Family-Friendly Holiday Tradition

Sea Festival of Trees, Salisbury, MassachusettsThe annual Sea Festival of Trees lights up the seacoast to kick off the holiday season – Saturday, November 17, through Sunday, December 2! Held at the spacious Blue Ocean Event Center located directly on the ocean at Salisbury Beach, this annual holiday fundraiser offers two floors of family holiday fun.

For just $7 per person (children under 2 are free), visitors walk through a maze of beautifully decorated 4 foot to 10 foot-high artificial trees decorated with a breathtaking array of holiday colors and more than 75,000 twinkling lights. Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets  and enter to win the themed trees of their choosing.

Close to 150 spectacular themed trees – many with holiday décor or gifts valued at up to $1,000 or more – are donated by regional businesses, civic organizations, elected officials, student groups, work colleagues, and individuals, who showcase their decorating talents for the benefit nonprofit organizations. Donations benefit the Salisbury Beach Partnership’s fund to bring back the historic carousel.

While the trees form the centerpiece of Sea Festival of Trees, that’s not all this event has to offer. Also included in price of admission:

Giant Gingerbread Beach Castle Display 
New England’s largest whimsical confectionary creation, designed and hand-built by Amesbury resident Jim Shalkoski, will be on display in Blue Ocean Event Center lobby. The 8-foot by 8-foot sugary structure is constructed of edible gingerbread, candy, frosting and other colorful holiday sweets.

Seaside Ice Skating Rink
Blue Ocean Event Center’s indoor synthetic skating rink, Seaside Ice, offers free public skating with Festival admission. Skate to holiday music with breathtaking views of the ocean on the newly expanded 1,800 square foot artificial ice rink. Skates rentals are available for children and adults. No hats, gloves and jackets required!

Holiday Stage Entertainment
Regional musicians, dance troupes, choirs and artists will perform on stage in Blue Ocean Music Hall at various times throughout the Festival.

North Pole Gift & Candy Shoppe
The Festival’s North Pole Shoppe will be filled with delectable holiday candies, stuffed animals, festive ornaments – including the 2018 commemorative Sea Festival of Trees ornament – and holiday gifts for purchase.

Special Events

Giant Gingerbread House Unveiling
Baker Jim Shalkoski unveils and lights his creation. Holiday caroling, house-drawn hay rides, hot chocolate and cookies.

Grand Tree Lighting Spectacular
Exclusive VIP opening event to hundreds of holiday trees, including desserts, live entertainment and dancing.

Santa’s Arrival by Fire Truck
Special thanks to the Salisbury Fire Department, Santa will visit children and families at the Sea Festival of Trees. Naughty or Nice One-on-One times vary.

Holiday Strolling Characters
Frosty the Snowman and the Jolly Green Grinch prance amongst the trees to say hello and post for pictures.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Decorate a take-home gingerbread house with holiday candies, gum drops, royal icing and more. Includes instruction on how to make mini marshmallow snowmen, tootsie roll log piles, etc. Price per person includes a pre-constructed gingerbread house and base. Space is limited; seating is at tables of 8.

Holiday Shopping Night at By the Sea Gifts
Support Local and Shop Small at this VIP Event with complimentary wine and cheese. 10% off storewide, raffle items and a showcase of local artisans. Jewelry, home décor, candles, frames, scarves and more affordable holiday gifts.

Polar Express Pajama Party
Make one of your favorite children’s books come to life with a reading of the Polar Express, followed by a pizza party and scavenger hunt through the Sea Festival of Trees, where you’ll meet elves, the train conductor and Santa!

Ways to Participate

Be a Sponsor | Donate a Tree | Volunteer

Hours & Admission

$7 per person. Children 2 and under are free. 

For festival hours and a full schedule of events, visit www.seafestivaloftrees.com or call the Sea Festival of Trees hotline at 978-462-2512.

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Seaside Ice

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Seaside Ice

Seaside Ice

Skate Indoors – No Hats or Gloves Required

Seaside Ice at Blue Ocean Event Center

Seaside Ice

Seaside Ice offers a winter family activity that’s fun, affordable, and active! Visit the indoor rink at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury for winter wonderland skating – just $5 per person, including skate rental.

Glide around the indoor artificial ice rink as you skate to festive music, surrounded by sparkling snowflakes, mirror balls, and breathtaking views of the ocean. No hats, gloves, or jackets required.

Here are all the details:From Saturday November 17th through Sunday, December 2nd Seaside Ice is open daily in conjunction with the Sea Festival of Trees. During this time skating is included in the $7 admission fee. There is a cost of $5 to rent skates during the festival.

Seaside closes for private events on December 3rd and re-opens on New Years Day. During January and February Seaside Ice is open weekends and opens additional days and times during school vacation week. For January and February the cost for admission is $5 whether you bring your own skates or rent. Fun for the entire family!

Call or email the Blue Ocean Event Center with questions, 978-462-5800 or email info@blueoceaneventcenter.com 

PARTIES & PRIVATE RENTALS
The 1,500 square foot rink is available for birthday parties, private rentals, and events. For information, fees, and menus, contact our Event Sales Team at 978-462-5992 or email info@blueoceaneventcenter.com.

 

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Invitation Nights Draw Crowds for Local Holiday Shopping

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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Newburyport-area residents and visitors seeking the ultimate holiday shopping experience tend to bypass the malls in favor of Invitation Nights – a series of shop-local events in which downtown retailers stay open late and spread the holiday cheer by offering discounts and light refreshments. The 2018 Invitation Nights are scheduled for: December 7th, 14th and 21st. Invitation Nights draw spirited crowds as shoppers enjoy all the merchant hospitality, live entertainment, and shopping and dining the downtown area has to offer.

Beautiful and festive holiday decorations line the streets of downtown from Merrimac Place and Horton’s Yard to the Tannery, including the main thoroughfares of State and Pleasant Streets. You’re likely to see plenty of tired holiday-shopping enthusiasts taking a break in Market Square, resting on the benches ringing the city’s giant Christmas tree.

The Custom House Maritime Museum frequently hosts an Invitation Night Open House, celebrating the Clipper City’s rich maritime heritage with museum gift shop specials, live musical performances, and “warm and historic holiday cheer.”

Parents who don’t want to miss out on the wine and hors d’oeuvres at their favorite stores have a unique and cost-effective option for childcare during these Invitation Nights. For the past few years, Newburyport Youth Services has seized the opportunity to entertain the kiddos while mom and dad do the family’s holiday shopping. Children in grades 1 through 5 are invited to City Hall Auditorium on Pleasant Street for the screening of a special holiday movie, popcorn and drinks included. For more information, call Newburyport Youth Services at 978-465-4434.

Newburyport Invitation Nights are presented by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for the specific days and times.

In Amesbury, Invitation Nights are typically scheduled for Thursday evenings in December, when downtown merchants greet patrons with refreshments, snacks, and special pricing on some of their merchandise. These events are hosted by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation.

Find Hidden Gems at the Newburyport Art Association Holiday Gift Show & Sale

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

NAA Holiday Gift Show & Sale

For many years now, the Newburyport Art Association (NAA) has been hosting its annual Holiday Gift Show & Sale to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase original artwork as holiday gifts and support NAA artist members. The 2018 Holiday Gift Show & Sale will run from November 23 – December 24. The NAA will also host two evening receptions to coincide with the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce’s Invitation Nights on Fridays, December 7 & 14, 6-9 pm. The NAA gallery and gift shop, conveniently located in downtown Newburyport across from The Tannery and next door to the Lighthouse, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm.

At this year’s sale, find  2-D artworks (framed and unframed) and 3-D items (fine crafts, jewelry, textiles, etc.), plus cards, calendars, books, and handmade holiday ornaments. And don’t assume these fine artworks are out of reach as you budget your family gifting; works are priced (or sized) to make the purchases more accessible than they might be at other gallery exhibitions throughout the year, according to NAA Executive Director Elena Bachrach.

“The Holiday Show & Sale is designed with holiday gift shopping in mind,” says Bachrach. “We hope our artists are successful in selling their art & craft, and we will measure success based on number of visits to the galleries and happy holiday buyers.”

Bachrach notes that this year’s sale is largest yet, boasting three galleries full of original works submitted by NAA artists. All NAA members are welcome to submit up to two 2D artworks and four bin works (unframed), while 3D items are submitted by invitation.  This process differs from other NAA shows, which are either “open” or “juried.” The 3D items on offer are curated by NAA to ensure a varied and high-quality selection of holiday gift options.

NAA is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the creation of art, art education, and community outreach.  Through gallery shows, art classes and workshops, and various special events, NAA provides a warm and supportive environment in which to look at, think about, and experiment with the process of creating art.

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