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In the spirit of the holidays, the Rockport Pageant Committee is once again hosting this year's 68th Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant, in partnership with the Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

The Pageant is a torch-lit live re-enactment of the Nativity, starting at 5pm along Dock Square and Main Street and ending at the Congregational Church.

Each year hundreds of spectators gather to watch this live re-enactment of the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of baby Jesus. The Pageant begins with a torchlit procession which starts at Dock Square and proceeds up Main Street, with a brief stop at the Rockport Art Association, representing the Bethlehem inn, and then on to the stable at the Congregational Church. Along the way the story of Jesus’ birth is brought to life through a live narration and Christmas hymns sung by a full choir.

The Pageant was originated by Dr. William F. Strangman and Mrs. Aldro Hibbard in 1947, as a gift from the Rockport Art Association to the village. It remains a solid holiday season fixture to this day.

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Disney High School Musical 2
North Shore Music Theatre
December 18, 2008 - January 11, 2009
School is out and Troy, Gabriella, and the rest of the Wildcats are spending the summer working at the Lava Springs Country Club. more  
Dancing at Lughnasa
Spiran Hall
December 3, 2009 - December 6, 2009
Theatre in the Pines presents Dancing at Lughnasa. Brian Friel’s Tony Award winning play about a young man's memories of a summer when he shared the events of a very special year with his mother and her four sisters in County Donegal, Ireland. more  
Triton Brass Quintet Holiday Concert
First Congregational Church of Rockport
December 5, 2009
8pm. Rockport Music rings in the holidays with the Triton Brass Quintet, resident brass ensemble at The Boston Conservatory. more  
Wearable Arts Show & Sale
Sawyer Free Library
December 11, 2009 - December 12, 2009
Building on two successful shows, the seARTS Wearable Arts group is preparing for its 3rd annual show to coincide with Gloucester’s Middle Street Walk, December 12th, with a Friday night, December 11th open house. more  
Open Houses at the Inns
December 13, 2009
1pm-5pm. Enjoy the warmth of the season at several of Rockport’s finest accommodations. more  
A Christmas Carol
Gloucester Stage Company
December 16, 2009 - December 20, 2009
The Actors Company presents J.T. Turner in his one man show “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.
Meet the Author: Alyssa East
Rockport Public Library
December 16, 2009
Author Alyssa East will discuss new book, “Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town,” on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7pm in the Brenner Friends Room. more  
Solstice Stroll
Ravenswood Park
December 19, 2009
4-6pm. Celebrate the winter solstice with a candlelight stroll in our favorite woodland park followed by song, warm fire, S’mores, and hot chocolate. more  
A Colonial Christmas
St. Paul Lutheran Church
December 20, 2009
Bobbie Wayne and Dan Mozell of Art's Delight will present "A Colonial Christmas" at 4pm at St.Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Lanesville, Gloucester. Admission is $15. more  
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