Updated-- Things To Do In Maine Friday 12/2 to Sunday 12/4

The Maine Writer

UPDATED: New events added and an event cancellation due to the upcoming weather.

Happy December! If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend, there are plenty of family-friendly activities going on. I am also including Friday in the weekend roundup because there are many holiday activities going on Friday. There are many festive holiday events, and Santa will be busy making an appearance around Maine this weekend. If you need to get some holiday shopping done, there are also some holiday craft fairs you might be interested in. You can also help Maine veterans with a spaghetti dinner in Sanford on Sunday. As noted, some of the parades originally scheduled for Saturday have been moved to Sunday due to the weather and it is possible the ones listed may be rescheduled after this is published so you might want to double-check on the Saturday outdoor events before heading out. I also wanted to thank those who sent me their holiday events to be included. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, December 2nd

Belfast: The annual tree lighting in Post Office Square is now on Friday, 12/2. At 5 p.m. Santa will be escorted to greet everyone, and the tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m.

Biddeford: Downtown Holiday Festival in City Square, which is located next to City Hall on Adams Street, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Santa will be visiting, and there will be Christmas carols, games, and holiday performances, along with cookie decorating, horse and wagon rides, and Santa will be available for photos. You can roast marshmallows on an open fire or enjoy free desserts from around the world made by the Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center. The tree lighting will also take place during the festival.

Brunswick: The 3rd annual Christmas on Maine Street will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is a free, family-friendly holiday celebration. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, s'mores stations, hot cocoa, donut decorating, kid's crafts, and games, along with special appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Olaf, and more.

Cherryfield: The 9th annual Christmas Exhibit will be held at the Cherryfield Academy Community Center, 53 Main Street. This year's theme is "A Country Christmas." Enter through the white blacklight hallway sign and sign the guest book, and then go in any direction you would like. Some of the exhibits include "Country Wedding," "Lobster Square Dancers," nativity scenes, and more. There are Christmas lights overhead and throughout the displays, along with Christmas music playing. Friday's hours are 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ellsworth: A drive-thru holiday light display will be at the Woodlawn Museum, located at 19 Black House Drive. The show will start nightly when it gets dark and run from 4 to 9 p.m. each day until the last day of the display on Saturday, December 31st. This is a free event and is sponsored by Darling's Auto Mall.

Freeport: The 29th annual Sparkle Weekend will start with the Parade of Lights from 6 to 7 p.m. Floats and marching groups will lead the parade down Main Street, and Santa will arrive to help light the tree.

Gardiner: The annual festival of trees will be held at the Life Community Church, 46 Church Street. There will be over 35 trees for you to check out. Come and bid on a tree. Admission is free. Hours on Friday are 4 to 8 p.m.

Kennebunk: The annual tree lighting ceremony in Dock Square from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be caroling followed by the tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Kennebunkport: Lighting of the Cape Porpoise lobster tree trap at 4:30 p.m. The tree will be lit in Cape Porpoise Square, with caroling and refreshments served at the Cape Porpoise Fire Station.

Madawaska: The 3rd annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Come and take a chance to win a decorated tree with gifts. Tickets are 10 for $5. There will also be a 1/2 and 1/2 drawing and a bake sale. This is a fundraising event for the Daughters of Isabella, which do charity projects that directly benefit members of the community. Friday hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Newport: The 5th annual Valley of Trees Festival will be held at the Newport Rec Center, 142 Elm Street. Admission is $2, with children 12 years of age and younger admitted for free. There are over 40 trees on display, and there will be guest appearances from Santa and the Grinch. Tickets are 50 cents each for a chance to win a tree. Open Friday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saco: Holiday tree lighting in front of the Saco transportation center from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Join in celebrating the season with the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music and hot cocoa while counting down to the tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Sanford: The Holly Daze parade begins at 5:30 p.m. on Emery Street and Main Street and goes through downtown Sanford. The tree lighting will be at 6:15 p.m.

Vassalboro: The 2022 community Christmas tree lighting will be on the Mill lawn at 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a fire truck at 6 p.m. After the tree lighting, the mill will have cookies and hot cocoa and visits with Santa.

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Saturday, December 3rd

Bangor: Santa's Workshop will be held at Benjamins Tap Room and Restaurant Franklin Street from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. All ages are invited to Benjamin's, which will be transformed into Santa's Winter Wonderland. There will be free holiday activities, pictures with Santa, Christmas caroling, cookie decorating, storytime with Mrs. Calus, salt dough ornament making, face painting, letters to Santa, and much more.

Bangor: The Festival of Lights holiday parade will start at 4:30 p.m. The parade route starts on Exchange Street, to Harlow Street, then to Central Street, Main Street, and then to Davenport Park. The tree lighting will follow the parade.

Berwick: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Berwick Somersworth Christmas parade will follow the annual tree lighting at the town hall on 11 Sullivan Street. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available at the tree lighting.

Brunswick: The Yuletide Magic Marketplace will be at St. Paul's, 27 Pleasant Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and enjoy the magic of St. Paul's Christmas Fair. There will be baked goods and candy, along with hand-knit and stitched items, a classic country store, jewelry, Christmas decor and tree decorations, and gourmet frozen meals. The Yuletide Cafe will be serving homemade soups and chowders, breads, and delicious desserts. There will be gingerbread cookies for the kids to decorate. All proceeds from the fair are distributed to area non-profits. Last year, $43,600 was raised and went to help those in need.

Cherryfield: The 9th annual Christmas Exhibit will be held at the Cherryfield Academy Community Center, 53 Main Street. This year's theme is "A Country Christmas." Enter through the white blacklight hallway sign and sign the guest book, and then go in any direction you would like. Some of the exhibits include "Country Wedding," "Lobster Square Dancers," nativity scenes, and more. There are Christmas lights overhead and throughout the displays, along with Christmas music playing. Saturday's hours are 2:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dover Foxcroft: There will be holiday festivities in town all day for hometown holidays leading up to the parade and tree lighting. UPDATE: The parade has been CANCELED due to the upcoming rain. The rest of the activities listed are still taking place including the tree lighting and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Some of the activities will include:

  • Christmas fair at the Congregational Church on W. Main Street, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • From 2 to 5 p.m., Bob's Home and Garden on Lincoln Street will host a live nativity with animals, caroling, stories, and horse and buggy rides.
  • Cookies and cocoa from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Piscataquis Republicans, 17 E. Main Street
  • Tree lighting at the fire station 5:30 p.m.
  • Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the fire station from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Ellsworth: A drive-thru holiday light display will be at the Woodlawn Museum, located at 19 Black House Drive. The show will start nightly when it gets dark and run from 4 to 9 p.m. each day until the last day of the display on Saturday, December 31st. This is a free event and is sponsored by Darling's Auto Mall.

Gardiner: The annual festival of trees will be held at the Life Community Church, 46 Church Street. There will be over 35 trees for you to check out. Come and bid on a tree. Admission is free. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Holden: There will be a holiday fair at the Holden Congregational Church 9 Rider Bluff Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be crafts, knitted items, food gifts, and a baked goods table. Check out Ellie's Attic a fair favorite, buy a chance on a homemade quilt, or put a bid on a valuable silent auction basket. Stay to enjoy a delicious lunch. There will be a selfie station open for fun holiday photos.

Kennebunk: Come say hi to Mrs. Claus and Santa's reindeer at Kennebunk Outfitters, at 2 p.m. There will also be hot chocolate and fireside s'mores.

Kennebunk: At 5:30 p.m., the lower village tree will be lit, followed by a Christmas stroll at 5:30 p.m. There will be Christmas carols followed by the tree lighting, then a traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery at the corner of Christensen Lane and Route 35.

Kennebunkport: The 17th annual holiday hat parade and all hat wearers are welcome to participate. Join in the parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. Show off your handmade or store-bought creations. To join in the parade, gather at the town parking lot behind Alisson's Restaurant at 11 Dock Square by 2:45 p.m. The parade runs through Dock Square and over the bridge to Best of Everything, where prizes will be awarded for various creative categories.

Madawaska: The 3rd annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Come and take a chance to win a decorated tree with gifts. Tickets are 10 for $5. There will also be a 1/2 and 1/2 drawing and a bake sale. This is a fundraising event for the Daughters of Isabella, which do charity projects that directly benefit members of the community. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Milo: Hometown Holidays with Christmas crafts, refreshments, and snacks at the Town Hall from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. The holiday lights parade starts at 5 p.m. Riverside Street goes to JSI and back to the community Christmas tree at the Town Hall. Tree lighting and caroling at 5:15 p.m. After the tree lighting, take pictures with Santa in the Town Hall auditorium. All events will be held regardless of the weather.

Milo: From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., meet the Grinch, play games, make crafts, and enjoy a hot cocoa bar at Elaine's Cafe, 38 Main Street.

Monson: Kris Kringle's Market is at the Monson gym from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a variety of crafts, homemade food, entertainment, and Santa Claus. Lunch will start being served at 11 a.m. All proceeds from this event will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for local needy children.

Newport: The 5th annual Valley of Trees Festival will be held at the Newport Rec Center, 142 Elm Street. Admission is $2, with children 12 years of age and younger admitted for free. There are over 40 trees on display, and there will be guest appearances from Santa and the Grinch. Tickets are 50 cents each for a chance to win a tree. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Portland: The Portland Festival of Trees is at the Portland Masonic Temple, 415 Congress Street, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are over 30 fully decorated trees with themed gifts. Tickets are 10 for $10, and you deposit the tickets at the tree you hope to win. Admission is $5, and children 12 years of age and younger are admitted free with an adult.

Portland: Basket Extravaganza 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Portland Elks Lodge #188 located at 1945 Congress Street. There will be more than 50 gift baskets, each one valued at $75 or more with lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Santa will be visiting from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and all proceeds will benefit the Maine Children's Cancer Program, the Elks Kitchen Fund, and the Intercultural Community Center.

Presque Isle: The 6th annual winter craft fair will be held this weekend at the Old K-Mart store in Aroostook Centre Mall at 830 Main Street. There will be crafters from all over the county. This is a two-day shopping event of handcrafted, homemade, hand-baked, one-of-a-kind treasures made by local talent. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saco: The 18th annual Festival of Trees will be at the Saco Museum. This is open to the public, and admission is free. Come vote for your favorite tree and try your luck with the various raffle prizes. There will also be silent auctions for items featured on the artist tree. Raffle tickets are $5 for three tickets. All raffle proceeds will benefit the community programming efforts of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum. Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saco: Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Saco train station from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Storytime starts approximately every 20 minutes.

Skowhegan: The Holiday Stroll Christmas Craft Fair is being held at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 103 Dr. Mann Drive, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be crafts, a bake sale, and a luncheon.

Standish: Holly Jolly Craft Fair will be held at Living Stone Church, 711 Ossipee Trail, Route 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be available. There will be a shopping room for kids, with all items priced at $1. All proceeds will go to Operation Christmas Child and Haven South Co-op.

York: Santa will be at Norma's Restaurant from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Come by and take photos with Santa and have your letter to Santa mailed to the North Pole.

York: Festival of Lights Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. from the corner of Moulton Road and York Street and travels down York Street to Village Elementary School. No rain date is scheduled so be prepared for light rainfall.

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Lobster trap tree Cape Porpoise, MainePhoto byTown of Kennebunkport

Sunday, December 4th

Birch Harbor: Christmas at Me & Bens, 462 Main Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. The rain date is December 11th. All ages are welcome to this free event. There will be hot chocolate, ice cream, candy, and a gift or two. There will also be a photo booth, a nativity, and a special visit by the Grinch and Santa, with 95.1 playing Christmas music.

Cherryfield: The 9th annual Christmas Exhibit will be held at the Cherryfield Academy Community Center, 53 Main Street. This year's theme is "A Country Christmas." Enter through the white blacklight hallway sign and sign the guest book, and then go in any direction you would like. Some of the exhibits include "Country Wedding," "Lobster Square Dancers," nativity scenes, and more. There are Christmas lights overhead and throughout the displays, along with Christmas music playing. Sunday's hours are 2:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dexter: The annual holiday light parade will be from 6 to 7 p.m. The parade was moved to today (Sunday) due to the weather.

Ellsworth: The 42nd annual downtown Christmas parade will be at 4 p.m. The parade was moved to Sunday due to the weather.

Ellsworth: A drive-thru holiday light display will be at the Woodlawn Museum, located at 19 Black House Drive. The show will start nightly when it gets dark and run from 4 to 9 p.m. each day until the last day of the display on Saturday, December 31st. This is a free event and is sponsored by Darling's Auto Mall.

Gardiner: The annual festival of trees will be held at the Life Community Church, 46 Church Street. There will be over 35 trees for you to check out. Come and bid on a tree. Admission is free. Hours on Sunday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kennebunkport: Santa arrives by lobster boat at 1 p.m. at the Nonantum Marina. During this family-friendly event, you will get the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a complimentary photo, create holiday crafts, play reindeer games, and enjoy warm beverages at the Keeping Spirits Bright Bar. There will be adult beverages, too. This event is free and open to the public.

Lewiston: Holiday at the Plaza, 72 Lisbon Street, will run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with activities all day leading up to the tree and menorah lighting. This was rescheduled to today (Sunday) due to the weather. There will be live music throughout the day, a kids' craft table, visits and photos with Santa, an artisanal craft fair, food trucks, and more. Some of the activities will include:

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ice skating There will be free skates to use, or you can bring your own.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Horse and wagon rides and visit the live reindeer.
  • 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take your picture inside the giant snow globe.
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ice carving demonstrations.
  • 4:30 p.m. Christmas tree and menorah lighting.

Madawaska: The 3rd annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Come and take a chance to win a decorated tree with gifts. Tickets are 10 for $5. There will also be a 1/2 and 1/2 drawing and a bake sale. This is a fundraising event for the Daughters of Isabella, which do charity projects that directly benefit members of the community. Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Newport: The 5th annual Valley of Trees Festival will be held at the Newport Rec Center, 142 Elm Street. Admission is $2, with children 12 years of age and younger admitted for free. There are over 40 trees on display, and there will be guest appearances from Santa and the Grinch. Tickets are 50 cents each for a chance to win a tree. Open Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phippsburg: The Merry and Bright Craft Fair will be held at the Phippsburg Sportsmen's Club, 272 Main Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Portland: The Portland Festival of Trees is at the Portland Masonic Temple, 415 Congress Street, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are over 30 fully decorated trees with themed gifts. Tickets are 10 for $10, and you deposit the tickets at the tree you hope to win. Admission is $5, and children 12 years of age and younger are admitted free with an adult.

Presque Isle: The 6th annual winter craft fair will be held this weekend at the Old K-Mart store in Aroostook Centre Mall at 830 Main Street. There will be crafters from all over the county. This is a two-day shopping event of handcrafted, homemade, hand-baked, one-of-a-kind treasures made by local talent. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presque Isle: The 33rd annual Holiday Light Parade is at 6 p.m. The parade lines up at the University of Maine Presque Isle campus. This was rescheduled for today (Sunday) due to the weather.

Saco: The 18th annual Festival of Trees will be at the Saco Museum. This is open to the public, and admission is free. Come vote for your favorite tree and try your luck with the various raffle prizes. There will also be silent auctions for items featured on the artist tree. Raffle tickets are $5 for three tickets. All raffle proceeds will benefit the community programming efforts of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum. Sunday's hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sanford: The Veterans Brotherhood VMC Maine Chapter is hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for veterans in need during the holiday season. The dinner will be held at AM Vets, 169 School Street, at 4 p.m. $10 per person with cash only. All proceeds will go to veterans in Maine.

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