It was a balmy Friday night for the popular North End Holiday Shopping Stroll, now in its 9th year. Shoppers had free reign to explore the trendy boutiques, wine stores, and specialty shops through the neighborhood’s fabled streets. Stores offered holiday refreshments and special discounts as shoppers punched their ‘passport’ cards to win gift baskets.

Kicking off the annual stroll was the lighting of the Cross Street Christmas tree, courtesy of the North End Beautification Committee. Hot chocolate was provided by Caffe Paradiso with caroling and NEMPAC musical performers.

Participating shops for the holiday stroll this year included Exhale Battery Wharf, Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront, Shake The Tree,Twilight, The Wine Bottega, Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe, Ensemble Boston, LIT Boutique, Cocoanuts Boston,Cataldo Interiors Inc, Sedurre North End, Sol Optics Boston, in-jean-ius,Orchard Skateshop, North Bennet Street School, Polcari’s Coffee Shop, I Am Books, SALMAGUNDI for ladies and gents…, Heart & Sole, and #FleetStreetGuild.

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Here are some photos from the festive evening:

 From Shake the Tree, (L-R) Isabel, Marian and Nira
From Shake the Tree, (L-R) Isabel, Marian and Nira
 Caroling on Cross Street
Caroling on Cross Street
 Tara, Natalie and Matt at Coconuts
Tara, Natalie and Matt at Cocoanuts
 From the NE Beautification Committee, Alison and Patrica with Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Kathy Carangelo from Sal LaMattina
From the NE Beautification Committee, Alison and Patrica with Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Kathy Carangelo from Sal LaMattina’s office
 Friends on the stroll with Kerri from The Wine Bottega
Friends on the stroll with Kerri from The Wine Bottega
 St. John School Holiday Bake Sale on Cross Street
St. John School Holiday Bake Sale on Cross Street
 Caroling on Prince Street
Caroling on Prince Street
 Strolling isn
Strolling isn’t just for humans – Ashley and her dog Beifiney
 Natalie, Bryn, Angela and Alison at Twilight
Natalie, Bryn, Angela and Alison at Twilight
 Bobby at Polcari
Bobby at Polcari’s Coffee
 Jeanette and Candace at Cantaldo Interiors
Jeanette and Candace at Cantaldo Interiors
 Victor and Dres play holiday tunes at the tree event
Victor and Ben play holiday tunes at the tree event
 Julie and Faith browsing at the holiday stroll
Julie and Faith browsing at the holiday stroll
 Sandy and Johanna at Lulu
Sandy and Johanna at Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe
 Carolers add holiday spirit to the stroll
Carolers add holiday spirit to the stroll
 Robyn and Val at Sedurre
Robyn and Val at Sedurre
 Friends of Christopher Columbus Park pose with Santa in front of the Cross Street tree
Friends of Christopher Columbus Park pose with Santa in front of the Cross Street tree
 Joe, Gera and Ken at Sol Optics
Joe, Gera and Ken at Sol Optics
 Luke and Elena at the Fleet Street Guild
Luke and Elena at the Fleet Street Guild
 Philip, Kelly and newborn Olivia with Santa Claus
Philip, Kelly and newborn Olivia with Santa Claus
 Elaine and Gina at Heart & Sole
Elaine and Gina at Heart & Sole
 Boys serve hot chocolate from Caffe Paradiso
Boys serve hot chocolate from Caffe Paradiso
 (L-R) Carlotta, Wendy and Mike at Ensemble
(L-R) Carlotta, Wendy and Mike at Ensemble
 Kids pose with Santa
Kids pose with Santa
 Looking at you with (L-R) Emma, Jessen and Emily at Salmagundi
Looking at you with (L-R) Emma, Jessen and Emily at Salmagundi

 

Photos by Matt Conti.

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