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Midnight Merriment Beard Contest. Courtesy photo.




Capital festivities
S’mores, caroling and a new face of downtown Concord

11/24/16
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



 The 24th Midnight Merriment in Concord, happening Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, will have many of the staples visitors have come to expect, some new features and a fully complete Main Street redevelopment.

Concord’s new Main Street officially opened on Nov. 10 with new, wider sidewalks and plaza areas that will give visitors a more pleasant walking experience and provide more space for entertainers. The project was nearly complete during last year’s event, but this will mark the first year Midnight Merriment is held on the freshly redesigned downtown in its entirety.
“It was well worth the wait,” said Kate Fleming at Intown Concord.
Many of the regular features will return this year, such as roaming carolers, Santa Claus, shopping and illuminated Christmas wreaths adorning new street lamps.
“Last year, we put up wreaths … only on South Main Street. But we extended it so it’s both North and South Main Street now,” Fleming said.
And popular favorites that debuted last year will return, such as Selfie with the Elfie, pop-up raffles and beard contests.
“It was just so well-received and people loved that,” Fleming said.
New features include a Win the Window raffle contest where three lucky winners will receive prizes on display at the window in front of New Hampshire Federal Credit Union at 47 N. Main St., and s’more making.
“We have something new this year, which is a company called Bum Drums, which are basically … fire pits,” Fleming said.
Visitors can roast their own marshmallows at the fire pits and use the available ingredients to assemble s’mores.
“It’s just kind of a fun activity for people to participate in throughout that night,” Fleming said.
Earlier in the day, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m., organizers will conduct a fundraiser called Stuff a Truck. People are encouraged to come and load up a van with household items, clothes, jackets and linens. The proceeds will go to Families in Transition.
In the lead-up to the evening festivities, Intown Concord is hosting a Discover Downtown series with Plaid Friday on Nov. 25 and Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. 





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