Still more Holiday Lights and cocoa drives#GloucesterMA

Have you seen these festive lights December nights? Merry drives and cocoa Part 3 scenes all around Gloucester, Massachusetts, including a few extra GMG reader tips and requests:

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photos below- Looking past Man at the Wheel on the left, through wreath, Beauport Hotel tower lit red and green 

Merry drives and cocoa nights 2019 (mobile photos #nofilter)
12/8/19 Part One here
12/19/19 Part Two here
12/23/19 Part Three (this post)

Merry drives and cocoa day 2019 (wreaths, traditional displays and/or mostly white lights) 12/13/19  here


1985 Holiday Lights decorated homes competition | throwback Gloucester Daily Times article #GloucesterMA from Pauline

In response to the recent Holiday Lights posts on GMG, Pauline Bresnahan shared a fun memory about a holiday lights competition sponsored by local realtors on Cape Ann in 1985. Her father, Philip McComiskey, won the most festive home category that inaugural year. This First Lighting Contest held by Lufkin & Brown Inc., awarded prizes in three categories.

Reporter Ken Fish wrote that “Midge Kart’s display on 729 Western Avenue, Magnolia – a combination of red velvet ribbon, Christmas lights and spotlights — won in the most traditional category…Philip McComiskey’s lighted trees at 514 Essex Avenue won the festive award…The creche at Lester Mountain Sr.’s home at 2A Pigeon Hill Ct., Rockport won in the religious category…”

Judges were Fitz Lufkin, Ruth Pino, John Kent, Sharon Surma, Diane Polley (author of Let’s Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow, a Cape Ann Reads Honor book), Susan Scola and AnthonyMilitello. Read the article for the fun details and bonus – find out who was awarded the honorable mentions!

Gloucester Daily Times article, “A Light Touch for Christmas: Light Displays”, by Ken Fish (click to enlarge the photos of the article or here for a Printable PDF “A Light Touch for Christmas” GDT article)



More Holiday Lights and cocoa drives #GloucesterMA

Here are a few more twinkling neighborhood lights in Gloucester,  Massachusetts, from December 2019, including a few GMG reader requests and tips following the “merry drives and cocoa” post part 1.

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(you can double click the photos to enlarge and pinch and zoom)


There are plenty of local homes decorated with white lights only or candles in every window aglow with single color bulbs. I love these, too, but my phone camera not so much.

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photo caption below- I’ve always been in love with holiday lights. Personal distinction or traditional inspiriation- I’m grateful for all creative cheer each year. Decades ago ca.1970s, this home and yard (on Lowell Street between Peabody and Lynnfield) was trimmed all in pink lights. Just pink. 

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photo caption below: Decorated Saugus condos just off Rt. 1 and homes off surrounding streets  if you happen to be in that neck of the woods. 

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(Saugus condos just off Rt.1)
Lobster Trap buoy tree Gloucester MA © Margaret McDonald 2019
Home is best! Gloucester lobster trap tree lighting photo from FOB Margaret

Holiday wreaths and cocoa drives day #GloucesterMA

Merry drives and cocoa – daytime

It’s beautiful out here! Wreaths adorning decorated homes and businesses make for merry daytime drives throughout Gloucester neighborhoods and Cape Ann.

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Twofers- bonus night illumnation for many!

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Merry drives and cocoa – part 1, nights Holiday lights: here

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Holiday lights and cocoa drives #GloucesterMA

Merry drives and cocoa:

If you’re wondering about holiday lights near you, in addition to the city’s beautiful seasonal trees and festive sparkle downtown, rewarding drives through Gloucester neighborhoods abound. These local homes were shining last week. Can you guess which street was most lit up? Grab some hot chocolate and go!

With each new day, more merry lights brighten December nights. Did we miss a street?

Answer- Reynard Street is dazzling and concentrated. (See if you can spot the back fence illuminated with fish shapes when you go. Neighborhood kids could set up a hot chocolate stand 😉 easy. Walk or drive with the great complete street work by the City DPW.) Other streets with decorated homes: Maplewood, road into Annisquam (coming from Gloucester look off to second story star shining off Goose cove), Rt. 127, Abbott, and) 

Combine it with Middle Street Walk! Mark your calendars: December 14th

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