The Marblehead Merchant Group is kicking off the holiday season by sponsoring Holiday Open Houses at businesses and restaurants along Main Street (route 163) in downtown Marblehead on the first weekend in Dec. (Dec 7 and 8), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to special sales and unique merchandise, participating merchants will be selling plates of homemade cookies and Marblehead foam koozies to benefit children's activities sponsored by the Marblehead Police Association, and to purchase banners for the village.
Also during open house weekend, a number of merchants will be participating in "Jingle Bingo" in which shoppers can win prizes valued at $25. Shoppers can pick up a card at participating merchants to be stamped with each purchase at any shop. Those with a whole line stamped (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) will be eligible for a prize worth $25. Cards will be collected at the close of business and winners will be called by Monday, Dec 2.