This time of year, it’s best to plan your holiday shopping with military precision. One day you’ll plan to hit downtown Gloucester, another day you might plan to go to a school or church holiday fair, and so on (and on and on). In all your planning, don’t forget to put Rockport’s “An Evening of Holiday Shopping” on your calendar. It takes place on Thursday, December 9th from 4 to 8pm. The town will be lined with luminaries, over 30 stores will be glowing with Christmas decorations, discounts and special events, and hot chocolate will be served in Dock Square. It’s a great chance to shop local in a great setting, and of course it will be fun to see Rockport hopping until 8 pm – an hour that qualifies as midnight in Rockport time. So don’t miss it!