AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

Kick off your Holiday Season With New Bedford’s Holiday Shop and Stroll Dec. 2-3


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JINGLE & MINGLE SHOPPING STROLL
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND 4-6PM

Shop your way through downtown galleries and boutique stores.
Food tastings, gift buying and plenty of holiday cheer.


Be sure to listen for A Whaling City Christmas Album being played in many of the Stroll locations.
Thank you to Whaling City Sound for the complimentary copies, sure to get Stroll shoppers jazzed up for the holiday season.

Alison Wells Fine Art Studio & Gallery (106 William Street) hosts Steel Pan music on the streets from 4-5:30pm as well as wine tastings and craft beer tastings from Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery and Buzzards Bay Brewing. Give the Gift of ART! New series of holiday greeting cards and new original paper collages by Artist Alison Wells. Prints and original miniature paintings also available.

Live music with Gregg Harper and tasting by Freestones at Gallery 65 (65 William Street).

Maritime music and maritime artisan trunk show at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street). The trunk show will feature unique handcrafted nautical work (jewelry, ceramics, etc.)

Live performance by the Zukes, hot cider, and open box office at the Zeiterion  Theatre (Purchase Street).

Boston-based musician, Jodi Heights, plays live at Howe Allen Realty (185 Union Street). Heights is hooking listeners with her supple, Broadway tinged voice and rockin' piano chops. Fans describe her as "Fiona Apple meets Regina Spektor" and her songs as "poetically crafted and authentic."

Continue your evening with a Party For The Arts Fundraiser at New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street). Enjoy a night of live music, spirits, appetizers, and shopping, 6-9pm.

Also open for shopping and dining :
- Arthur Moniz Gallery (22 William Street) - For every donation of $35 or more (cash or check only) to the Neediest Family Fund, the Gallery will offer a choice of one unframed print: Winter Cardinal, Carpenter's Shop or New Bedford Scalloper as their way of saying thank you for your donation.
- Bedford Merchant (28 William Street) - look for special "Holiday Shop & Stroll" sales & Bedford Bucks
- Bejeweled (26 Centre Street) - Tasting provided by Cork Wine & Tapas
- Carter’s Clothing (55 William Street)
- Calico (173 Union Street)
- Celia’s Boutique (111 William  Street)
- Cork Wine & Tapas (90 Front Street)
- Crush Wine Shop (801 Purchase Street)
- Destination Soups (149 Union Street)
- DNB Burgers (22 Elm Street)
- Duff Gallery (24 Centre Street)
- Gallery X (169 William Street)
- Gatlin’s Framing & Photography / Subtext Books (209 Union Street) - Tea Pouring
- Green Bean (740 Purchase Street)
- Freestones City Grill (41 William Street)
- Greasy Luck Brewery (791 Purchase Street) - Sneak Peek  menu sampling
- Hippo (741 Purchase Street)  - Tasting provided by Destination Soups
- Isabelle Grace Jewelry (498 Pleasant Street)
- LOVEmoda (96 William Street, floor 2)
- Mare Studios & Gallery (27 Centre Street) - Holiday Special! Purchase $100 gift certificates for $75
- Moby Dick Retail (27 William Street) - look for special "Holiday Shop & Stroll" sales & Moby Money
- New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street) - Cookies by Tia Maria’s
- New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill) - Tasting by Whaler’s Tavern
- No Problemo (813 Purchase Street)
- Paradise McFee (104 William Street) - Tasting provided by No Problemo
- Peter Michael Martin Studio (555 Pleasant Street, enter on Market Street, floor 2)
- Pour Farm Tavern (780 Purchase Street)
- Purchase Street Records (767 Purchase Street) - Tasting provided by DNB Burgers
- Rose Alley Ale House (94 Front Street)
- Soap La-Tea-Da (187 Union Street)
- Solstice Skateboarding (102 William Street)
- Tia Maria’s European Café (42 North Water Street)
- TL6 the gallery (100 William Street) - Tasting provided by Spicy Lime
- Travessia Urban Winery (760 Purchase Street)
- UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store Gallery (715 Purchase Street)
- Whaler’s Tavern (24 North Water Street)


JINGLE & MINGLE FAMILY STROLL
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD NOON-4PM

Shop local while enjoying family fun throughout Downtown.

DECK THE WINDOWS OF DOWNTOWN NEW BEDFORD
BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NB LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL

Stroll the streets and enjoy over 50 windows decorated for the holidays.
Vote for your favorite! Ballot boxes will be at the Chamber of Commerce,
Freestone’s, Hippo, NBAM/Artworks! and Tia Maria’s.

Photos with Santa! Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck at noon at Mare Studios & Gallery (27 Centre Street). 5x7 while you wait, financial or canned goods donations to benefit the Neediest Families Fund of the Standard-Times.

Fire Truck rides with the New Bedford Fire Museum. Pickup/Drop-off  at the Custom House Park Fountain.

Calling All Strollers To Custom House Square!
- Hands-on activities with the Trustees of Reservations & New Bedford Parks, Recreation, and Beaches.
- Roasting chestnuts and comfort cuisine with the Farmers Kitchen.
- Caroling with the Harpoon Harmonizers.

The New Bedford Farmers Market and Mass in Motion New Bedford present the very first New Bedford Winter Market at the Bristol Building.

The New Bedford Police Department is proud to announce its first ever decorated window, inside the Bristol Community College building (188 Union Street). The City of One community art project reflects Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro’s belief that New Bedford is a united city that is stronger and safer when we work together. The window will be painted by New Bedford Police Lt. Scott Carola, who is also a talented artist. Kids will have a chance to incorporate their handprints on the design during the holiday stroll along with getting their photos taken in a New Bedford Police Department cruiser parked near the Star Store.

Letters to Santa writing activity with Bristol Community College (188 Union Street), noon-2pm.

Holiday music with the Open Mic master, Art Tebbetts (and friends) plus holiday readings with Your Theatre (1 & 3pm) at Café Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street).

Stop by the First Unitarian Church Annual Holiday Fair (Union & County Street). Enjoy a snack from the lunch counter or bake table, browse craft vendors, enjoy holiday music, and much more.Don’t forget to take a Chance on their famous quilt raffle! 10am-2pm

Gallery 65 (65 William Street) hosts an opening for New Paintings by Claudine Metrick, 4-7pm and a Trunk Show featuring jewelry by Gregg Harper, 11am-7pm.  

Espresso, cider and readings of the illustrated children's book "The Ship of Dreams" by Dean Morrissey (1, 2 & 3pm) at the Indigo Spa Company (26 South Water Street).  

Hands-on holiday project with the Lloyd Center at the New Bedford Public Library (Pleasant Street).
If you are planning to come early for pre-Stroll breakfasting, there is an 11am story hour happening as well.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo owl will be hanging out at Hippo (741 Purchase Street).

There’s a lot to do at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street):
- Artist demos and sales
- Maritime skills demos and hands-on opportunities for the public (net mending, knot tying)
- Make and take holiday activities for kids (scallop shell ornament making, etc.)
- Selfies with Salty Santa
10-4 pm

New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! (608 Pleasant Street) hosts free family make-and-take crafts and the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra (1-3pm). The NBSO Youth Orchestra performance is part of the Harmony & A Chord series, funded by the Mass Cultural Council.

Look for whaling era personalities Charles Morgan and Sarah Rotch Arnold strolling the streets of Downtown New Bedford. Brought to you by the New Bedford Preservation Society Holiday House Tour.

Live performances by the Keith Middle School 8th Grade Chorus (12:30pm) and the Showstoppers (2pm) at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill). Part of the Harmony & A Chord series, funded by the Mass Cultural Council.

Youth performances by 3rd EyE Unlimited (1pm) and Dream Out Loud (2:30pm) at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street). Part of the Harmony & A Chord series, funded by the Mass Cultural Council.

Nathan and Polly Johnson House Tours (21 Seventh Street) with the New Bedford Historical Society. Enjoy Polly’s famous gingersnaps and shop for goodies. Noon-3pm

Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the festively decorated interiors of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (396 County Street). Shop the museum store for terrific hostess gifts and ornaments and take advantage of 10% off your purchases. Admission fee applies: Adults, $6; AAA, Seniors and Students, $5; Ages 3-12, $3; and children 2 & under, free.
 
Hot chocolate and games at the New Bedford YMCA (25 South Water Street).

The festivities continue with a parade including the New Bedford Public Schools marching band and tree lighting ceremony on the steps of the New Bedford Free Public Library at 5pm with Mayor Mitchell, City Councilors and  a community sing along.

Also open for shopping and dining :
- Arthur Moniz Gallery (22 William Street) - For every donation of $35 or more (cash or check only) to the Neediest Family Fund, the Gallery will offer a choice of one unframed print: Winter Cardinal, Carpenter's Shop or New Bedford Scalloper as their way of saying thank you for your donation.
- Bedford Merchant (28 William Street) - look for special "Holiday Shop & Stroll" sales & Bedford Bucks
- Bejeweled (26 Centre Street)
- Carter’s Clothing (55 William Street)
- Calico (173 Union Street)
- Celia’s Boutique (111 William  Street)
- Cork Wine & Tapas (90 Front Street)
- Crush Wine Shop (801 Purchase Street)
- Destination Soups (149 Union Street)
- DNB Burgers (22 Elm Street)
- Duff Gallery (24 Centre Street)
- Gallery X (169 William Street)
- Gatlin’s Framing & Photography / Subtext Books (209 Union Street)
- Green Bean (740 Purchase Street)
- Freestones City Grill (41 William Street)
- Hippo (741 Purchase Street)
- LOVEmoda (96 William Street, floor 2)
- Moby Dick Retail (27 William Street) - look for special "Holiday Shop & Stroll" sales & Moby Money
- New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street) - Cookies by Tia Maria’s
- New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill) - Tasting by Whaler’s Tavern
- No Problemo (813 Purchase Street)
- Paradise McFee (104 William Street)
- Pour Farm Tavern (780 Purchase Street)
- Purchase Street Records (767 Purchase Street)
- Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (396 County Street)
- Soap La-Tea-Da (187 Union Street)
- Solstice Skateboarding (102 William Street)
- Tia Maria’s European Café (42 North Water Street)
- TL6 the gallery (100 William Street) - Sample Equal Exchange Cocoa & Jellies by Sprig
- Travessia Urban Winery (760 Purchase Street)
- UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store Gallery (715 Purchase Street)
- Whaler’s Tavern (24 North Water Street)
- Zeiterion Theatre (Purchase Street) - complimentary hot cider and Dorothy Cox treats for sale

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.