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Concord’s downtown businesses kick off Christmas season

  • Debbie Cheever, left, talks with friends while Santa, Art Barron of Alexandria, greets visitors outside the Capitol Craftsman and Romance Jewelers shop in Concord on Friday night, December 7, 2012. Intown Concord's Midnight Merriment, the annual event to kick off the Christmas season for downtown businesses, was held throughout downtown Concord.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Debbie Cheever, left, talks with friends while Santa, Art Barron of Alexandria, greets visitors outside the Capitol Craftsman and Romance Jewelers shop in Concord on Friday night, December 7, 2012. Intown Concord's Midnight Merriment, the annual event to kick off the Christmas season for downtown businesses, was held throughout downtown Concord.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Members of the Vox Animae choir, from left, Oliver Domina, Clarke Mitchell, Alec Sanderson, and Devin King, sang Christmas songs in Bicentennial Square during Intown Concord's Midnight Merriment. The annual event, which kicks off the Christmas season for downtown businesses, was held Friday evening, December 7, 2012, throughout downtown Concord.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Members of the Vox Animae choir, from left, Oliver Domina, Clarke Mitchell, Alec Sanderson, and Devin King, sang Christmas songs in Bicentennial Square during Intown Concord's Midnight Merriment. The annual event, which kicks off the Christmas season for downtown businesses, was held Friday evening, December 7, 2012, throughout downtown Concord.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Debbie Cheever, left, talks with friends while Santa, Art Barron of Alexandria, greets visitors outside the Capitol Craftsman and Romance Jewelers shop in Concord on Friday night, December 7, 2012. Intown Concord's Midnight Merriment, the annual event to kick off the Christmas season for downtown businesses, was held throughout downtown Concord.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Members of the Vox Animae choir, from left, Oliver Domina, Clarke Mitchell, Alec Sanderson, and Devin King, sang Christmas songs in Bicentennial Square during Intown Concord's Midnight Merriment. The annual event, which kicks off the Christmas season for downtown businesses, was held Friday evening, December 7, 2012, throughout downtown Concord.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

Intown Concord’s Midnight Merriment, an annual event that kicks off the Christmas season for the city’s downtown businesses, was held last night.

Legacy Comments2

Ho Ho Ho! Its me the Secret Santa. I had a great time at Midnight Merriment. Hey concordcitizen! Let me check my list to see if you've been a good boy or girl this year. Great bouncing iceburgs! Its 40 years of coal for you! Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Chrismtas to all and to all a good night! Most Respectively SecretSanta

This is the right headline - it was all about shopping, not a community gathering. By not closing off the streets, the sidewalks were crowded and there was not the sense of community that there was in the past with the street closed and the vendors and music outside. Apparently a few businesses wanted the streets open to increase sales. It's ironic that they think wider sidewalks will increase profits, but don't get that you have to attract the people downtown in the first place.

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