June 19, 2024
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Annapolis shopping notes for the holidays

Fun_Banner_250x300Annapolitans and visitors won’t want to miss the three nights of late night shopping, entertainment & fun in downtown Annapolis: Midnight Madness on Thursday, December 4 and 11, and Eleventh Hour on December 18. Voted one of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays by Travel & Leisure magazine, Annapolis will be filled with festive music and entertainment, prizes, fun photo opportunities, a visit from Santa and special features at select retail stores, who will each remain open until midnight for holiday shopping (Until 11pm on the 19th).

Once again the Annapolis Business Association partners with a local radio station to bring you The WRNR Rockin’ Stocking, a Holiday Grand Prize worth over $2,500. To register, shoppers may visit participating merchants between Small Business Saturday (Nov 29), through Eleventh Hour on December 18th.   The stocking is filled with dozens of gift cards worth at least $50 each from local merchants, to use for yourself or to give as gifts.

The music and entertainment line-up is bigger than ever. It includes returning favorites and many new performers. “We are thrilled to again welcome the Old Mill High School Steel Drum Band.  Under the direction of their dedicated music teacher, Mike Miller, they have performed at Midnight Madness for more than 16 years and are a very special part of this event,” Said Judy Buddensick, Midnight Madness Event Coordinator.  “I’m very excited to showcase several new musical acts this year,” Buddensick continued, “The Rock Creek Steel Drum Academy and the St. Anne’s School Children’s Chorus will join us for the first time, as well a very special concert from the Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio: Holiday Lead Singer. Also new this year, we welcome The Temple Beth Shalom Children’s Chorus, singing traditional and contemporary Hanukah songs.”

Line Up for December 4: St. Anne’s School Children’s Chorus, Old Mill High School Steel Drum Band, Chasing Verity, Sons of the Severn Chorus, Cousin Eddie, The Salvation Army Band, WNAV and WRNR.

Line Up for December 11: The Rock Creek Steel Drum Academy, Wiley H Bates Performing Arts Chorus, Chasing Verity, Cousin Eddie, Sons of the Severn Chorus, The Salvation Army Band, Temple Beth Shalom Children’s Chorus, WNAV and WRNR, Ridgely Retreat/Stretch for Shopping Yoga Warm-up.

Line Up for December 18: Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio: The Lead Singer –Holiday, Children’s Theater of Annapolis/The Wizard of Oz, Annacapella, Minor Problems Quintet, The Pride of Baltimore Chorus, The St. Anne’s Choir, The GreenLine Brass Quintet, Sons of The Severn Chorus, WNAV and WRNR.

Downtown will be aglow with even more beautiful holiday decorations this year thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, our co-sponsor of the holiday decorations downtown for the 4th year in a row. The program, which provides most of the financial support for downtown decorations, is funded by contributions from businesses and other community partners.

“We are so pleased to align ourselves with the ABA again during this holiday season.  We see this as a fantastic opportunity to support all of the local businesses throughout the Annapolis community,” said Paul LaRochelle, General Manager of Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis.  Sean O’Neill, ABA President said, “We appreciate the support of Sheehy Lexus in helping us continue this ABA tradition.   We want to draw residents and visitors downtown to enjoy the unique festive atmosphere of historic Annapolis during the holiday season. We continue to add exciting new displays, like Snowflake Alley – a festive shortcut from Main Street to the shops on State Circle and Maryland Avenue.”

There are plenty of parking options downtown to attend the events. Lexus drivers will enjoy FREE valet parking during the 3 events. The Valet drop of is adjacent to the tree at the foot of Main Street. The metered spaces are free for two hours (from Thanksgiving through New Year’s), and the Circulator Trolley picks up near all the city’s parking garages and throughout downtown to provide FREE shuttle rides; shoppers can hit every shop in town.

For more information about the events, visit the Annapolis Business Association facebook page, or the website.

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