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November 27-29, 2015

During this weekend-long celebration, Santa arrives by Coast Guard boat at the Public Landing in Rockland; historic inns celebrate with a open houses; and the community comes out for the lobster trap tree lighting ceremony, Festival of Lights Parade, and family pancake breakfast with Santa. You may visit Santa at his workshop, take a free horse-drawn carriage ride, and enjoy holiday music and special events at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Schedule:
Friday, November 27
Santa arrives at Middle Pier via Coast Guard vessel at noon.
Free horse-drawn wagon rides happening in downtown Rockland. (This repeats on November 28 and December 5, 12, and 19.)
Visit Santa in his workshop at Harbor Park, Noon to 3 p.m. (This repeats on November 28 and December 5, 12, and 19.)
Lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree at Harbor Park. 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 28
Festival of Lights Parade on Main Street. 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 29
Breakfast with Santa at Eclipse Restaurant. 8:30 a.m.

December 4-6, 2015

The weekend kicks off Friday night with a Parade of Lights down Main Street, and the fun continues all weekend with a Sparkle Express Train, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, a talking Christmas Tree, and a holiday light show.
Friday, December 4
Parade of Lights. See Main Street come alive with twinkling lights and song. 6 p.m. Concludes with Santa bringing Freeport’s Talking Christmas Tree to life and visits with Santa . 6:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 5
Night Tree at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. A holiday tradition for children, the Night Tree event is inspired by Eve Bunting’s book The Night Tree. Each hour during the day, the story is read, and pine cones are decorated with birdseed, followed by a short hike on the trails to distribute the pine cones. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $5.
Worldwide Tuba Concert. An annual music concert in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family. Freeport Performing Arts Center. 2 p.m.
Sparkle Express on the Amtrak Downeaster. This 30-minute, round trip from Freeport to Brunswick includes a reading of “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 23 Depot Street. $18 per person.
Sunday, December 6
Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Registration at 9 a.m. Race at 10 a.m. Mast Landing School.

December 11-13, 2015

Two weekend celebration of tree lightings, caroling, chowder and chocolate fest, beach bonfire, entertainment, shopping, Santa, and more. Town Tree Lighting at Veterans Park and concert at Ogunquit Baptist Church on Friday; visits with Santa, Basement Bazaar, hay rides, Taste of the Season at the Dunaway Center, Arts and Crafts show and art sale, and wine tasting on Saturday. The main event on Saturday is a Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. followed by a bonfire and fireworks at Perkins Cove. See event website for a full schedule of activities.

December 2-13, 2015

Come for days of indoor and outdoor Christmas fun in this beautiful town on the Maine seacoast.
Friday, December 4
Tree Lighting in Dock Square. Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square begins the season. Join in Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir. 5:30 p.m.
Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting. Kennebunkport 's most original holiday decoration will be officially lit in Cape Porpoise Square. Join in the caroling with The Church on the Cape Choir. 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 5
Hat Parade in Dock Square. A parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. All hat wearers welcome! Gather at the town parking lot behind Dock Square by 2:45 p.m. 3 p.m.
Lower Village Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll. Come to Christensen Lane and Route 35 for the lighting of the Lower Village Tree with carols by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, followed by the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery. 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Candlelight Caroling at the Franciscan Monastery. Join the Franciscans at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto on the grounds of St. Anthony's Monastery for the story of the birth of Jesus interspersed with Christmas songs by candlelight. 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 6
Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat at David’s KPT on Ocean Avenue and then meets children at the Community House on Temple Street for photos. 2 p.m.
Friday, December 11
Fire + Ice at Nonantum Resort. Blazing bonfires, ice bars & sculptures, local food & drinks, and live music. For guests age 21 and older. Tickets required. 5-10 p.m. (This event repeats on Saturday.)
Tree Lighting in Dock Square. Join in Christmas caroling with music by True North. After the tree lighting, gather in the municipal parking lot behind Alisson's Restaurant or huddle on the causeway or the surrounding area to view the Prelude fireworks display. 5:30 p.m. Christmas Fireworks Display in the cove. Fireworks and can be viewed from the bridge and surrounding areas. 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, December 12
The Walk to Bethlehem. Join the candlelight procession that follows Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter at three historic inns only to be turned away and finally shown to a manger; hymns, carols, and scripture readings are followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Procession begins in front of the Captain Lord Mansion off Ocean Avenue. 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 13
Pooch Parade in Dock Square. Follow the LL Bean Boot with The Sea Dog's Mascot Slugger and your pooches wearing their favorite holiday attire and join in or simply enjoy watching. Parade begins at Consolidated School, School Street/Route 9 east. 11 a.m.
Santa Arrives by Fire Engine in Cape Porpoise Square. Photos for children of all ages. Hot chocolate and candy canes aplenty. 2 p.m.

December 5, 2015

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat to help you enjoy holiday craft show, town tree lighting, caroling, live nativity and horse drawn carriage rides. Schedule of events:
Craft Show, Boothbay Harbor Fire Station. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Festival of Trees at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat at Boothbay Harbor Town Landing. 1 p.m.
Lap time with Santa at Sherman's Bookstore. 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Wagon rides in downtown Boothbay Harbor. 1:30-4 p.m.
Story Time at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, 2-3 p.m.
Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Lawn. 4 p.m.
Live Nativity at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. 4:30 p.m.
Boat Parade in Inner Harbor. 5 p.m.