Midnight Madness Shopping Returns to Downtown Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Midnight Madness will return to Annapolis this month. Downtown retailers will stay open late for holiday shopping on the first three Thursdays of December.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. and run until 11:59 p.m. on December 2 and 9. On December 16, the festivities will last until 11 p.m.

Decorations will line the sidewalks and businesses from West Street to City Dock. Decor will include everything from a Christmas tree and menorah to wreaths and light canopies.

That spirit has earned Annapolis a spot on Country Living’s ranking of the nation’s best vacation towns. The state capital also appeared on 24/7 Wall St.’s list of America’s most festive Christmas towns.

“You’ll love strolling outdoors, shopping, entertaining and dining in historic Annapolis this holiday season,” said Erik Evans, Executive Director of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership.

Evans encouraged visitors to shop for the first two or two hours of Midnight Madness to avoid the crowds at the 90 stores downtown. Most of the 80 local restaurants will also have outdoor seating for those who prefer to space out. Anyone who wants to participate from home can browse the retailers’ catalogs at this link.

Downtown Annapolis Partnership board member Judy Buddensick played a major role in planning the Midnight Madness entertainment. This was Buddensick’s 22nd year coordinating the festivities. Buddensick will show off his holiday cheer by dressing up as Elfie during Midnight Madness.

“The event wouldn’t be the same without her,” said Matt Schatzle, president of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership. “If you see Elfie out that night on the sidewalk[,] Don’t forget to thank her.”

Schatzle also thanked these sponsors: Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Visit Annapolis, RBC Wealth Management, What’s Up? Magazine, Eye On Annapolis and Deihl’s Produce.

“Without them, there would be no holiday decorations on public properties in downtown Annapolis,” Schatzle said.

Along with Midnight Madness, many downtown stores extended their hours throughout December. Many will remain open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Visitor Center at 26 West Street will be open daily to offer suggestions and answer questions.

For more information on Midnight Madness, visit MidnightMadnessannapolis.com.

Free parking downtown

Annapolis is offering several free parking options to encourage Marylanders to shop downtown this season. Guests can get:

  • Three free hours at the meters (from November 29 to December 31): The first three hours are free. Drivers can get a fourth hour free by using the code “ParkDTA” on the ParkMobile app.
  • Free parking on weekdays (all year round): The Calvert Street Garage, located at 19 St. John’s Street, is free year-round Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Whitmore Garage at 25 Clay Street will be free during the Midnight Madness shopping events on the 5th, 12th and 19th from 4pm to 6am
  • Free parking on weekends (all year round): The Calvert Street Garage is also free on weekends. The Whitmore Garage is free on Sundays until 4 p.m.
  • Park, Shop & Dine Validations (all year round): About 30 downtown businesses have free parking year-round through the Park Shop & Dine initiative. Customers at these locations can request a four-hour parking validation for Gott’s Court, Hillman, Knighton and Park Place garages.

City residents are also entitled to two hours of free parking at Gott’s Court, Hillman, Knighton and Park Place garages. Annapolitans can take advantage of this benefit by visiting the offices of these garages or stopping by the City Parking Headquarters at 60 West Street, Suite 106.

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