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Friday, November 17, 2017

Where to Celebrate Christmas in Maine

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The first time that I visited Maine was around Christmastime in 2014, then I moved here less than a year later. After spending so many Christmases in Florida, Christmas in Maine was the Christmas that I needed. I want my Christmases to look like they're straight out of a Rankin-Bass claymation movie, and Maine gets pretty close. Christmas in Maine is pretty darn awesome, so I've rounded up a few ideas of Christmas activities for you. This is in no way a full list, I don't think I could possibly round up every single holiday event in Maine, but I hope this gives you some ideas!

L.L. Bean Northern Lights Celebration in Freeport
I hate shopping during the holiday season, but I never hate going to the L.L. Bean flagship store-- especially because they're open 24 hours a day, so I can shop at 2am if I really want to. But anyway, they host the Northern Lights Celebration each year with so many events and activities from November 17th through December 31st. You can explore the Discovery Forest, visit Santa and his reindeer, and more!

Sparkle Celebration in Freeport
The Sparkle Celebration takes places from December 1st through the 3rd and a few of the activities are partnered with L.L. Bean, but there's more! There are contests, concerts, pop-up shops, tastings, parades, and so much more.

Maine Narrow Gauge Polar Express in Portland
This is probably the cutest, most magical Christmas activity in Maine. This train ride brings the story of The Polar Express to life with a 45 minute ride around Portland, hot chocolate, cookies, caroling, and more. You can ride The Polar Express from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Victoria Mansion in Portland
The beautiful Victoria Mansion hosts multiple events during the holiday season. They kick off with a Christmas gala on November 29th, then throughout December they put on performances of The Nutcracker, do readings from A Christmas Carol, and do story times for children.

Nutcracker Burlesque in Portland
The Vivid Motion dance company puts on a burlesque Nutcracker show in December, and get your tickets early, because these shows are known to sell out a bit in advance. As I'm writing this, I can't find the tickets for sale yet, but according to a Facebook post, the show will happen December 15th through 23rd with the 18th off.

Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay
This is the biggest light show in Maine and will have over 360,00 lights this year-- along with food trucks and art exhibits. Gardens Aglow takes place Thursday through Sundays between November 17th and December 31st but is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Christmas by the Sea in Camden
Many coastal towns host a Christmas by the Sea, but Camden's is the one I'm familiar with. There's a tree lighting in the park, a parade-- complete with Santa riding a lobster boat, carriage rides, and more. It takes place from December 1st through the 3rd.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe in Belfast
The Midcoast Actors' Studio will present The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at the Crosby Center in Belfast from December 8th through 17th. While it's not strictly a Christmas story, many people associate it with the holiday-- and I'm one of those people.

The Grand in Ellsworth 
 The Grand theater in downtown Ellsworth is a pretty darn cool place. They don't just screen films, they also do live theater and music. This year they're going to have puppet shows, concerts, and screenings. Check their calendar to see what all they have planned, they have something for everyone!

Country Christmas in Bethel
From November 24th through December 24th, the western town of Bethel hosts Country Christmas. There's light displays, open houses, horse-drawn wagon rides, and of course, Santa will make an appearance.

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1 comment on "Where to Celebrate Christmas in Maine"
  1. Love, love, love these ideas!! There's something so magical about Maine around the holidays... particularly the Midcoast. I'm from Owls Head and am counting down the days till I get to go home for the holidays!

    xx Mackenzie |


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