Midnight Madness – A Festive Shopping Celebration in Downtown
December 1, 8 and 15, 2016
ANNAPOLIS, MD.-- Midnight Madness, presented by Downtown Annapolis Partnership, is an Historic Downtown Annapolis “Shop Local” holiday tradition that encompasses the charm and character of our most beloved memories of Norman Rockwell and Charles Dickens. The streets and storefronts will be adorned with holiday decorations, trees, garland, snowflakes, bows and lights to create a Downtown Winter Wonderland. Residents and visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, State Circle and Dock Street from 6PM until Midnight on December 1 and 8 (6PM until 11PM on December 15) to support our local businesses. When we Shop Local, we reinvest in our community and help our downtown businesses thrive.
“Downtown Annapolis is an alluring and eclectic mix of retail, food, history, culture, arts and ideas, where inspiration thrives in a vibrant and engaging environment of innovation and creativity. This makes it an ideal location for Midnight Madness,” says Shellie Reed, Executive Director of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership. “Midnight Madness creates a unique sense of place in our community and builds a strong and supportive – and quite festive – business environment for small business owners with a very specific purpose: Shop Local! This year we are delighted to announce one of my favorite additions to Midnight Madness. The Secret Santa Shoppe for Children, located in the Lil’ Lamb Boutique shop on Maryland Avenue, will be open on Thursday, December 1 from 4-8PM. Children ages 4-10 will be able to shop for gifts, all under five dollars, for their loved ones. This delightful, small business event is certain to create many cherished memories.”
Annapolis never disappoints during the holidays! Ranked as one of America’s top 25 best towns for the holidays by Travel + Leisure, Annapolis is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit. To begin the holiday giving season, we have joined with Visit Annapolis to give away three different holiday gift stockings, filled with gift certificates from local merchants. Enter to win at visitannapolis.org.
Other featured events include:
- Snowflake Alley: A magical passageway to a delightful evening of fun, entertainment, shopping deals and treats to eat. | Main Street (Cabbage Alley) Be sure to snap a photo and post or tweet it, #SnowFlakeAlley
- Pirate's Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Craic, A Yule Log, and a Christmas Cottage in the Garden at Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse | 35 Maryland Avenue
- Complimentary gift wrapping courtesy of: Ward One Residents Association at the Market House and Annapolis Green at 92 Maryland Avenue
- The United States Naval Academy Mascot "Bill the Goat"
- HoHo with the PoPo aka "Cocoa with a Cop" featuring the Annapolis Police Department
- St. Martin's Kindness Club featuring Random Acts of Kindness, so you can "Pay It Forward!"
- The always popular alpacas at Alpaca International | 206 Main Street
Lineup for December 1: Cousin Eddie; The Salvation Army Band; Dance Center of Severna Park; THE OUTCASTS; Magothy River Middle School Chorus; Wiley H. Bates Performing Arts Chorus; Jeremy Rasdale Voice Studio, Lead Singer: Holiday Edition; Sons of the Severn Chorus; Chesapeake Revelers; Pride of Baltimore Chorus; and WNAV and WRNR broadcasting live.
Lineup for December 8: Cousin Eddie; Jocelyn Faro; The Salvation Army Band; Stretching for Shopping Yoga with Mary Kay; THE OUTCASTS; St. Anne’s Children’s Chorus; Makhela, The Children’s Chorus of the Temple Beth Shalom; Old Mill High School Steel Drum Band; Sons of the Severn Chorus; Chesapeake Revelers; The Fiddle Oaks; and WNAV and WRNR broadcasting live.
Lineup for December 15: Cousin Eddie; Jocelyn Faro; THE OUTCASTS; The Freedom Choir; Fast as Lightning; Peruvian Dance Troupe; Sons of the Severn Chorus; Chesapeake Revelers; Key School Chorus; Bell Arte Singers; Madrigal Singers; Arundelair Chorus; Bridgett Michaels; and WNAV and WRNR broadcasting live.
Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis returns as our sponsor of the Annapolis Holidays for the sixth consecutive year. “We are so pleased to support Midnight Madness with the Downtown Annapolis Partnership. It’s all about supporting our community and local businesses,” said Paul LaRochelle of Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis. Downtown Annapolis Partnership Board President Doug Smith added, “we appreciate the ongoing support of Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis. Their partnership has enabled us to continue this great Annapolis tradition of “Shop Local!” to support our downtown businesses. Residents, businesses and visitors will enjoy an enchanting atmosphere in historic downtown Annapolis during the holiday season.”
There are plenty of parking options downtown to attend the events. The City of Annapolis will offer FREE 3-hour valet parking, free Circulator buses and discounted garage parking from November 25, 2016, through January 1, 2017. We will feature complimentary rides in electric vehicles – eCruisers – throughout downtown, compliments of George Palmer at Urban EvenTours. (Detailed parking info can be found at downtownannapolispartnership.org.)
To enhance your shopping experience, we will provide a Google Interactive Map of shopping and dining events, entertainment and festivities, courtesy of Chris Petracco, President, TrustedPhotoDC - Washington,DC & Annapolis, MD, which can also be found on our website.
For updates on these events, visit Downtown Annapolis Partnership on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or www.downtownannapolispartnership.org.