On Friday, Dec. 6, long after many people have gone to bed, downtown Concord will still be bustling with shoppers who are out enjoying a little Midnight Merriment.
During Intown Concord’s annual event, stores and restaurants downtown stay open for a festive evening of shopping, music, kids’ activities and an appearance from Santa.
“Being able to shop after typical business hours is so exciting,” said Liza Poinier, operations manager of Intown Concord.
Most restaurants and shops will offer special discounts and promotions.
“The basic premise is to shop till you drop,” Poinier said. “That really is the key; shopping and dining is really what it’s all about.”
In the Eagle Square Atrium, the Concord Arts Market’s Giftopolis will be set up with more than 20 vendors, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Santa will also be in Eagle Square Atrium for picture-taking, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Children are welcome to write letters to Santa and put them in Santa’s Letterbox. The letterbox is located at Bicentennial Square. (Any letters should be addressed to Operation Santa at 25 Dorchester Avenue in Boston, Mass.)
Children can also “Warm Up with a Book” at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, where children’s stories will be read aloud from 6 to 8 p.m. Free books will be distributed to children courtesy of the Concord Public Library Foundation.
The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a Lights of Life Remembrance Ceremony at the Merrimack County Savings Bank starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Kimball House Mansion at the Capitol Center for the Arts will be open for tours and will offer refreshments as well as gift certificates. The tours will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. There will also be an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Women’s Club of Concord with a tour of the Chamberlin House. The club will offer drinks and goodies. The New Hampshire Public Health Association will host an open house from 6 to 9 p.m.
There will also be a leather ornament workshop at the League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters. Register by calling 224-3375.
If you want to catch a show, head over to New England College to enjoy North of Boston, an Open Door Theatre presentation of a theatrical adaptation of the poetry of Robert Frost. The performance will start at 8 p.m.
“It’s a very busy, festive night,” Poinier said. “It’s warm and bright in the stores, and everyone’s in a good mood.”