Uptown Sparkles 2019

A little extra to celebrate Uptown Saint John this holiday season! We are expanding our ever-popular Uptown Sparkles one night event to two additional days and evenings!

Join the activities on Thursday (Dec 5th) evening at the newly created Night Time Market. Once again, we will open the nighttime market with live entertainment, food vendors, hot beverages, and fire and ice displays!

Our Friday evening (Dec 6th) will be the same as in previous years, kicking off the weekend with the Mayor’s tree lighting, Uptown Sparkles mascot, trolley rides, carollers meandering the streets and much more.

Saturday (Dec 7th) we will be providing some free swag very much like our springtime Shop the Block. We will be handing out fun swag and our advantage cards while quantities last from the USJI office, 17 Canterbury Street beginning at 11am. Also, with purchases from uptown businesses today, receive a ballot for a chance to win $500 in Uptown Dollars! The more ballots you have, the better your chances are.

Season’s Greetings to all – thank you for sharing your holiday memories with us at Uptown Saint John!

Please see the Uptown Sparkles website for all of the details!

Saint John Energy and Uptown Saint John Inc. – A Partnership to Create Uptown Holiday Lighting

Press Release
November 25, 2019



Saint John Energy and Uptown Saint John Inc. a partnership to create Uptown Holiday Lighting

“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks…. dressed in holiday style in the air there’s a feeling of Christmas”


Uptown is certainly dressed in holiday style and one might say the magic happens overnight.  Actually, it does. The beautiful, sparkling holiday lighting is due to the very appreciated efforts of Saint John Energy.  “The blue and white snowflakes are a joint project with some investment coming from both organizations,” says Nancy Tissington, Executive Director of Uptown Saint John Inc.


SJ Energy provides all of the installation for the uptown seasonal lighting and have been housing and managing the holiday lights infrastructure for the past number of years. “The excitement is in the air and we are thrilled to provide this to the community every year,” says Jessica DeLong, SJ Energy – Manager, Stakeholder Relations.


This year, USJI has started investing in Phase I of a new ‘tree wrapping’ initiative.  These brilliantly lit trees will remain shining throughout the year. The future phases will see expansion to other trees on King Street and Prince William Street.  Also, new this year – a glowing family of carollers installed on the 2nd level of the historic bandstand in King’s Square.  It truly is the most magical time of the year in Uptown Saint John, with all of the sparkling lights lending a memorable ambiance to this most festive and joyous season.




Contact Jessica Delong – jessica.delong@sjenergy.com

Contact Nancy Tissington – nancy@uptownsj.com



Chop Chop Restaurants present cheque to Lunch Connection

On Friday, November 22, the restaurants who participated in Chop Chop Fall 2019 presented a cheque for $5,532 to Lunch Connection.

$1 from EVERY Chop Chop dish sold during Chop Chop Restaurant Week is accounted for and given directly to this cause.  The Lunch Connection provides free hot lunch programs that serve deserving children and youth of Saint John.

THANK YOU to all how ate out during Chop Chop Fall and to the restaurants for their generosity towards this wonderful community cause.

Pictured in photo:
Amy Barrett-Kay, Event Sponsor, Picaroon’s
Erin Hodge, Representing Lunch Connection
Brian Earle, Representing Lunch Connection
Mark Slader, Representing Lundh Connection
Scott Crowell, President of Uptown Saint John Inc.

Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail 2019

Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail has become a very special holiday tradition uptown.  From November 25 to December 24, view hand-made gingerbread creations at various businesses uptown.  Perhaps try to see every one and pick your favorite!  This is a perfect time to enjoy a relaxing day uptown with all of the seasonal sights and sounds.

See the 2019 Gingerbread Creations here:

Pomodori Pizza .  34 Canterbury Street
Peace of Mind Management .  107 Charlotte Street
Heroes’ Beacon Comics .  25 Charlotte Street
Bubbles & Balms – Saint John City Market
Corn Crib Natural Foods . 88 King Street
Vogue Optical . 75 King Street
Partners Global .  70-72 Prince William Street
InteliSys . 75 Prince William Street
Wild Flours Sweets & Treats .  91 Prince William Street
Scheherazade Books & Music .  97 Prince William Street
Creative Connections .  95 Prince William Street
Hope Grant Ltd .  127 Prince William Street
Cobalt Art Gallery .  111 Prince William Street
Lawtons .  39 King Street, Brunswick Square, Level 1
Saint John Art Club .  Brunswick Square, 2nd Level
Big Brothers, Big Sisters .  Brunswick Square Level 3 (across from Print 3)
Brunswick Square Dental .  Brunswick Square Level 3
Church Street Steakhouse .  10 Grannan Street, 2nd Floor
Chapman Group .  117 Germain Street
Mahogany Manor B&B .  220 Germain Street
Byers Boutique . 38 Water Street
Fundy Engineering .  71 Wellington Row
Angus Miller .  Market Square
Barred Rock Chicken .  Market Square
Crosby’s Molasses .  Market Square Atrium
Grannan’s Seafood & Grill .  Market Square
Hilton Hotel
Inspire Collections .  Market Square
Lemongrass Thai Fare .  Market Square
Manchester Shoe Salon .  Market Square, Level 2
McGill’s .  Market Square
NB Museum .  Market Square
Saint John Ale House .  Market Square
Saint John Free Public Library . Market Square
Samuel & Co.   Market Square, Atrium Level
Tim Horton’s .  Market Square
Taco Toro .  Market Square
Walsh Luggage .  Market Square

Seeking Vendors during Uptown Sparkles!

Uptown Saint John is currently still accepting applications to book a table for the Uptown Sparkles Market at Night and the CentreBeam Craft Market (Dec 5,6).  Join us by adding your own special touch to this wonderful uptown holiday event!

If you are interested and have some holiday goods to share, please return this Sparkles Market Application Form to the USJI office at 17 Canterbury Street or contact admin@uptownsj.com.

thank you!

Uptown Weekend Events – November 8 – November 10

Friday November 8, 2019

Gahan House Nacho Week

November1, 2019 – November 10, 2019 from 11:30am – 10:00pm at Gahan House Port City

Busty and the Bass/A Folly Fundraiser 

November 8, 2019 from 10:30pm – 2:00am at The Public House

Cinderella: The Panto

November 8, 2019 from 10:00am – 11:45am at The Imperial Theatre

DanceQuest 2019

November 8, 2019 from 8:00am – 8:45pm at TD Station

Pioneer Christmas at Brunswick Square

November 8, 2019 from 10:00am – 6:00pm at Brunswick Square

Adam Mowery & The Worry Warts/Butcher/Cassette Tape/Sadie

November 8, 2019 from 10:00pm – 2:00am at Callie’s Pub

Fishstixx/The Trick/Denmother at Taco Pica

November 8, 2019 at 10:00pm at Taco Pica


Saturday November 9, 2019

Gahan House Nacho Week

November 1, 2019 – November 10, 2019 from 11:30am – 10:00pm at Gahan House Port City

Cinderella: The Panto

November 9, 2019 from 1:00pm- 3:00pm at The Imperial Theatre

November 9, 2019 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at The Imperial Theatre

DanceQuest 2019

November 9, 2019. from 8:00am – 8:45pm at TD. Station

Pioneer Christmas at Brunswick Square

November 9, 2019. from 10:00am – 6:00pm at Brunswick Square

IWK Extra Life Event

November 9, 2019 from 9:00am – 12:00am (November 10) at Hero’s Beacon and Offline Board Game. Cafe

Drag Justice for 554

November 9,2019 from 9:00pm – 12:00am at Foundations Bar

Rage Fist at Taco Pica

November 9, 2019 from 10:00pm – 2:00am at Taco Pica


Sunday November 10, 2019

Gahan House Nacho Week

November 1, 2019 – November 10, 2019 from 11:30am – 10:00pm at Gahan House Port City

Open Mic Sundays at. McGill’s

November 10, 2019 from 10:00pm – 1:00am at McGill’s

Liverpool VS Manchester City Viewing Party

November 10, 2019 at 12:30pm at Bunkhaus Hostel with Cafe & Tap Room

Uptown Dollars

When looking for that perfect gift, give Uptown Dollars! They can be purchased here at Uptown Saint John, 17 Canterbury St. The Uptown Dollars are like a gift certificate that can be used at uptown restaurants, clothing and boutique shops and more.
Uptown Dollars will be on sale Thursday November 14 at 11:00am Sharp. They will be sold on first come first serve basis.