Midnight Merriment returns to downtown Friday

Judith Kurtz carries her daughter, Maisie’s gingerbread entry into Eatxactly Sweet Cafe just under the deadline for entry for the Gingerbread House Showdown for Midnight Merriment on Friday, December 2, 2022. The cafe had a voting both for the public to vote on the best gingerbread house.

Judith Kurtz carries her daughter, Maisie’s gingerbread entry into Eatxactly Sweet Cafe just under the deadline for entry for the Gingerbread House Showdown for Midnight Merriment on Friday, December 2, 2022. The cafe had a voting both for the public to vote on the best gingerbread house. GEOFF FORESTER

Published: 11-30-2023 4:10 PM

Modified: 12-01-2023 12:26 PM


Making a list and checking it twice? It is that time of year again. Midnight Merriment is returning to downtown Concord on Friday, Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. until, you guessed it, midnight. Shop until you drop while enjoying the lights and sounds of the holidays and supporting local businesses. There will be s’mores, cocoa, music, and more.

The schedule follows below:

ENTERTAINMENT

Storytime with Santa at Gibson’s Bookstore, 4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m..

Holiday music piped into the downtown, 5 p.m. – Midnight.

Concord Chorale strolling caroling, 5:30 p.m.  – 8 p.m.

Girl Scouts caroling at Capital Plaza (next to Teatotaller), 6 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

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Santa photos at Capitol Center for the Arts, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Holiday Dance Party with DJ Nazzy, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Moved to the Capitol Center for the Arts due to inclement weather

Derryfield School Concert Choir on City Plaza, 6:00 p.m.-6:20 p.m.

Granite State Ringers Quartet on City Plaza, 7:30 -8:30 p.m.

Wandering Souls performing in Bicentennial Square, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Concord High School Chamber Singers performing in Bicentennial Square, 6 p.m.-6:20 p.m., followed by strolling caroling.

Marissa from Frank FM at Eagle Square!

Hope Community Church caroling and playing acoustically in Eagle Square, 7 p.m.-8 p.m..

Gingerbread Contest, 5 p.m. - Midnight - Don’t forget to vote at Eatxactly Sweet Cafe located in Eagle Square!

SHOPPING AND PROMOTIONS

Winter Giftopolis- Concord Arts Market at the Eagle Square Atrium, 7 Eagle Square, 5 p.m.-11 p.m..

Gibson’s Bookstore does a progressive discount throughout the night. They start with 5% from 5-8 p.m., then go to 10% at 8 p.m., 15% at 9 p.m., 20% at 10 p.m., and 25% from 11 p.m. until midn ight.

Twe lve 31 Café located at 100 N Main St, will be giving away free mini cannolis while supplies last, 100 N. Main St.

Wine on Main- 5% off wine & gifts, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., 10% off wine & gifts, 10 p.m.-11:45 p.m., 9 N. Main St.

Little River Oriental Rugs 15% off all rugs, 10 N. Main St.

Thornes of Concord will be offering 50% off any one item with a pre booked appointment, 140 N. Main St.

Queerlective pop-up shop featuring LQBTQ, BIPOC, and other marginalized artists, located at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce at 49 S. Main St., 5 p.m.-10 p.m..

Concord Handmade Market located at Penumbra, 10 N. State Street.

Winter Fox Art Market in the former CVS building located at 46. N. Main St.

Free hot dog with the purchase of a Puppy Love Hot Dogs gift card!

Caring Gifts at 18 N. Main is having a free drawing every half hour starting at 6:00 p.m.! Come in and “Stand on a number!”

Root up & More on 26 Pleasant Street is hosting fun activities from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m..

CRAFTS

Make-and-Take Clay Ornaments at League of NH Craftsmen, 49 S. Main, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. All ages are invited to make a clay holiday ornament and accompanying gift bag with Juried Member, Molly Harper.

Concord Makerspace is partnering with DIY Craft and Thrift to offer a family craft activity to Decorate your own Ornament at the DIY Shop located at 46 N. Main Street, 5 p.m.-11 p.m..

GIFT WRAPPING

Gift Wrapping at Bangor Savings Bank on Main St. to benefit the Crisis Center of Central NH, 5 p.m. -9: p.m.

Gift Wrapping at Real 603 Home & Lifestyle Group located at 5 Eagle Square to benefit Womenade, 5 p.m. -9 p.m.

S’MORES/HOT COCOA

S’mores in Bicentennial Square sponsored by Fidium Fiber and provided by Granite State Candy, Concord Food Co-op, and Hannaford (while supplies last).

S’mores on Storrs while supplies last at Tanglewood Hollow, 93 Storrs St.

Hot Chocolate at Eagle Square sponsored by Breezeline, provided by Eatxactly Sweet Café (while supplies last).