Second Annual 2021 Winter Lights Display Celebration on Cape Ann!

November 28, 2021 / A Local Favorite, Good to Know, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See

The Second Annual 2021 Winter Lights Display Celebration on Cape Ann is underway until January 2, 2022! Over 100 places are lit up throughout Cape Ann to help us all celebrate the joys of the season. A custom-designed Google Drive Map has been produced and available at highlighting Gloucester, Rockport, Magnolia, Essex and Manchester’s participating locations. We invite family, friends, locals and visitors alike to join us for a month-long promotion of enchanting exploration and glimmering light displays.

“We are so thrilled with the energy and enthusiasm of our many partners to support this time-honored tradition of using light to celebrate the magic of the season. By simply illuminating our businesses and special places with lights help us all find and share joy during these unusual times” says Elizabeth Carey of Discover Gloucester.

This signature Winter Lights itinerary travels through the beautiful coastal communities of Cape Ann along specific tourist districts to transform the region into a winter wonderland. The Google Map showcases each decorated structure as well as provide information on parking, shopping, dining and lodging.

In addition to the Google Map, our printed brochure featuring the Winter Lights’ route guiding visitors through Cape Ann is also available. The downloadable map brochure includes parking areas and the list of all contributing members making it easy for folks to stop along the way to enjoy some shopping, dining options and perhaps an overnight stay! This handy hard copy piece is available at participating businesses, accommodations and organizations. Or online at

Participating light displays include Maritime Gloucester with schooners Adventure and Ardelle featuring Deck the Docks events, Manchester Center, Gloucester’s Main Street and Bearskin Neck in Rockport…just to name a few. For a complete list of participants, go to

We are so delighted with this magical event and hope that many family and friends make our Winter Lights on Cape Ann event a holiday tradition for years to come!

Co-hosted by the Town of Rockport and Discover Gloucester

Check out last year’s press coverage:

Gloucester Daily Times:    HERE


North Shore Magazine: HERE

Sunday Globe Magazine: HERE