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Lighting of Nubble HeadlightHoliday Maine Events

Come for the holiday season, towns throughout Maine dawn their holiday spirit to celebrate the most magical time of year. From holiday parades, sparkling lights and Christmas decor, to caroling and festivals in villages, there are so many magical things to do in Maine this holiday season. Whether you're home for the holidays or enjoying a getaway, Maine invites you to join the holiday festivities and spread the holiday cheer.


Festival of Lights, Rockland - Last weekend of Nov to the beginning of Dec: The world's largest Christmas Tree made of Lobster Traps is lit up in Rockland! Join the caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, warm up by the bonfire, browse the shops, enjoy refreshments. Don't miss Santa arriving by boat!


Christmas Prelude KennebunkportKringleville , Waterville - Last weekend of Nov to 3rd weekend of Dec: Kids will love to visit Santa at the REM, 93 Main Street in Downtown Waterville.


Country Christmas, Bethel - Last weekend of Nov to 3rd week of Dec: Experience Christmas  in the postcard-perfect New England village of Bethel. Shop locally, meet Santa, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy the light decorations and Maine performers.


Festival of Trees, Saco - Last weekend of Nov through Dec: Dozens of stunningly decorated trees and wreaths are created based on the year's special theme. Hosted at the Dyer Library and Saco Museum. Highlights of the Festival include the Gala Preview kickoff party, a raffle of designer trees and wreaths, the popular Gingerbread Village, a Drawing Contest for school children  on display at the Dyer Library, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus,  and Children's Crafts Day.


Lobster Trap Christmas TreeLighting of the Nubble, Cape Neddick in York - The Saturday after Thanksgiving: The town of York lights the famous Nubble Lighthouse - oft sited as the most photographed lighthouse in Maine. Visitors can enjoy live music, hot cocoa and snacks while Santa makes his presence in Sohier Park.


Old Fashioned Christmas in Bath - Following Thanksgiving through Dec: Bath, Maine hosts an Old Fashioned Christmas where Santa joins the Children's Tree Lighting along with caroling, contests, live music and more!


Christmas Prelude, Kennebunkport - 1st 2 weeks after Thanksgiving Weekend. Recognized as the 2nd Christmas Town in the US by HGTV, Kennebunkport hosts its famed Christmas Prelude celebration. This extravagant Christmas event fills the seaside town of Kennebunkport with an atmosphere of holiday spirit where visitors feel like they're entering the North Pole. Throughout town, shops are decorated with ornaments,  visitors are served holiday shopping discounts and complimentary cider and snacks. During this two week event, Christmas carolers sing our favorite jingles, historic houses are open for tours, there are wine tastings, horse drawn wagons, a hat parade and so much more! At Dock Square, the celebrations officially begin with the Tree Lighting Ceremony on the 1st weekend of Christmas Prelude. During the 2nd weekend, spectators can enjoy the Christmas Fireworks Display and the ever popular Pooch Parade where man's best friend displays the holiday spirit with Christmas apparel.


Kennebunk Christmas TreeFreeport Sparkle Weekend, Freeport - 1st weekend of Dec: The weekend kicks off Friday night with a Parade of Lights down Main Street. Freeport's Talking Christmas Tree, Holiday Movie Marathon, A Reading of the The Polar Express aboard the Amtrak Downeaster, Tuba Christmas Concert, Visits with Santa, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Musical Holiday Light Shows, a Crooked Playhouse Village, Holiday Ornament & Craft Projects, Complimentary Gift Wrapping and more!


Christmas by the Sea, Camden - 1st weekend of Dec: A delightful weekend celebration of the holiday season. Parade, community tree lighting, and musical entertainment. Holiday sales and dining specials, photos and children's story hour with Santa, who arrives by boat.


Santa's Workshop - Festival of Lights Parade - City Tree Lighting, Bangor - 1st weekend of Dec: Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa's Workshop with Santa Scavenger Hunt throughout downtown, cookie decorating, crafts and more. Followed by the annual Festival of Lights parade at Main Street & West Market Square and later, the City Tree Lighting.


Giant SnowmanFestival of Lights, York - 1st Saturday of Dec: The Festival of lights hosts many delightful events: The Polar Express, Breakfast with Santa, Festival of Gingerbread Houses, Greens and Wreaths Sale, Book Sale, Festival of Trees, visits with Santa Claus, Contemporary Art and Ob-ject Exhibition, Student Art Exhibit, Christmas Tea, Holiday Film Festival, Sing-a-Long, Lighting of the Village, Festival of Lights Parade, craft fairs, painting with Santa at Naked Plates, church suppers and desserts, and lots more.


Holiday Light Parade, Presque Isle - 1st Saturday of Dec: The Light Parade sets off from North Street and proceed to Clukey's Auto Supply for the lighting of the Tree of Hope and then continue to Gentile Hall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Hot beverages will be served.


Harbor Lights Festival, Boothbay Harbor - 1st Saturday of Dec: Boothbay Harbor celebrates the holiday season Lighting of the Town Tree, caroling live nativity scene and more!


Christmas in Katahdin, Millinocket - 1st Saturday of Dec: Enjoy the festivities in Katahdin with parades, concerts, food, games crafts and good old fun.


Christmas by the Sea, Ogunquit - 1st & 2nd Weekends in Dec after Thanksgiving: Ogunquit's Native American name means "Beautiful Place by the Sea"  and its never truer than during Christmas by the Sea. This seaside celebration presents a beautiful two week display of Christmas parades, games, craft fairs and bazaars for holiday shopping galore, caroling, and live entertainment. Kids will enjoy family scavenger hunts, photo ops in Santa's Village, holiday storytelling, hayrides, or cookie decorating.


Hat ParadeMountain Holly Days, Rangeley - Mid December Weekend: Rangeley's downtown features specials in participating shops, open houses, refreshments, shoppers raffle, caroling, Men's night on Friday, Saturday Night Community Christmas Party, Sunday visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus and holiday hayrides!


Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, Portland Harbor - 2nd Saturday of Dec: The prefect  things to do in Portland! Watch as Casco Bay Lines present the Boat Parade of Lights in Portland - a truly magnificent Christmas event on the waterfront as Portland Harbor is illuminated with lights. Spectators can gaze decorated boats gliding across the water during the night and see the sky light up with fireworks.


Southern Maine Christmas Parade, Wells - 2nd Sunday of Dec: Wells presents its holiday spirit with its annual Southern Maine Christmas Parade. This parade flaunts a festive presentation of holiday-themed characters, marching bands, floats adorned with decorations, making their way from Wells Plaza to the Wells Junior High School.

Snow Covered Maine MountainsSanta Sunday at Sunday River This annual gathering of 250 skiing and snowboarding santas at Sunday River ski resort is a sight to behold the first Sunday of December. Its a jolly good time as the skiing Santas get a group photo then take a ski run together for a good time and a free lift ticket. 


Whether watching a Christmas parade, strolling through a town decked with holiday decorations, tree lighting spectacles, or a visit from Santa, Maine hosts plenty of holiday events for families and friends to enjoy!


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