Festivals and Celebrations, Kids activities, Midcoast Maine Activities, Shopping, Weekends in Wiscasset, Wiscasset

Holiday Events in Midcoast Maine, Dec. 4 – 8th

If you’re not yet in the holiday mood, there are lots of events throughout midcoast Maine this weekend to get you into the spirit. Here are just a few.

Shops are open in Wiscasset Village for the Wiscasset Holiday Market Fest
Photo by Bob Bond

Wiscasset Holiday Market Fest
When: Fri, December 6, 10am – Sun, December 8, 6pm
Where: Wiscasset
Make shopping for your holiday gifts a pleasure this year by visiting the unique shops in beautiful Wiscasset Village!   Park your car in one of the many conveniently located parking lots – and shop, shop, shop!  Many stores are offering warm beverages to warm the body while their gift selections warm the heart! The historic Nickels-Sortwell House will be dressed for the season; and the Holiday Gift Shop in the barn offers artisan-made selections for your holiday shopping.  

Harbor Lights are this weekend in Boothbay harbor. This includes the boat light parade.

Harbor Lights Festival
When: Sat, December 7, 10am – 6pm
Where: Boothbay Harbor
Checkout the schedule of events for the 2019 Harbor Lights Festival here: 
Craft Show at the Boothbay Harbor Fire Station    9:00 AM -4:00  PM 
Festival of Trees at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Santa & Mrs.Claus Arrives by Boat at the Boothbay Harbor Town Landing   1:00 PM  
Visits & Photos with Santa at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library  1:15 PM – 3:30 PM 
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Rides begin at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House   1:30 PM- 4:00 PM 
Story Time at Sherman’s Bookstore   2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Caroling and Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Boothbay Memorial Library Lawn   4:00 PM 
Grand Opening Reception for Art in the Square at the Boothbay Art Foundation   4:00 – 6:00 PM 
Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens   4:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Live Nativity at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church   4:30 PM 
Lighted Boat Parade & Light the Shore in the Inner Harbor   5:00 PM

Christmas by the Sea
When: Fri, December 6, 10am – Sat, December 7, 6pm
Where: Camden
For more than 20 years, the seaside village of Camden has held a “Christmas by the Sea” festival each winter. The event has spread to include the people and businesses in the neighboring communities of Lincolnville and Rockport. Events start on Thursday with the Camden Artwalk. Friday through Sunday are filled with holiday events including live music, carriage rides, a parade, craft fairs, cookie decorating and Santa arriving by boat. Check out the full calendar of events here.

Freeport Sparkle Celebration
When: Fri – Sun, December 5 to 19
Where: Freeport
Visit Freeport presents one of Maine’s most popular holiday celebrations. The festivities kick off Friday night with a Parade of Lights down Main Street, and the fun continues all week with a NEW Sparkle Market, free horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, a talking Christmas Tree and much more! For the complete calendar of events click here sparklecelebration.com

Trolley Caroling
When: Fridays and Saturdays December 6 – 21, 4pm – 8pm
Where: Downtown Bath
Get into the Christmas spirit trolleying around the City of Ships admiring the holiday lights, caroling all along. Volunteer elves will be happy to help you reserve your time on the trolley so you can enjoy some local shopping and dinning without waiting in line. Free tickets will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m.

North Pole Express
When: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22. 10:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Boothbay Railway Village,
“Train conductors at Boothbay Railway Village call “All Aboard” and everyone, young and old, boards the train to the North Pole. Settle into a comfortable seat in the steam-heated passenger car to enjoy the winter wonderland of forest frosted with white snow; weather permitting.”

The ever popular holiday trip to Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Gardens Aglow
When: Thu, Fri, Sat, 4pm – 9pm
Where: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
The magic begins as darkness falls. Join us to experience the brilliance of New England’s biggest and brightest light display! With over 650,000 lights, witness the transformation of our central gardens into an extravaganza of festive lights in a dramatic display of brilliant color. This year, we’re taking our dramatic display to new heights, incorporating—for the first time—our magnificent sculpture exhibit, Unearthed, by artist Steve Tobin.”

For a fuller list of events check out our Midcoast Maine Events Calendar here.


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