The Christmas holiday officially kicks off here in the Camden, Maine area with Thanksgiving. The traditional and beloved holiday star is first lit on the Mount Battie tower on Thanksgiving night. It will be lit each night through New Year’s Eve. One of the Camden Hills, Mount Battie looms over Camden Harbor, so you can’t miss this beautiful sign of the holiday season, which transforms the winter skyline.
The weekend following Thanksgiving, Nov. 24 – 26, sees the Festival of Lights in downtown Rockland (about 15 mins. from Camden). Highlights include Santa’s arrival in Rockland Harbor by Coast Guard boat, the lighting of a lobster trap tree, a horse-drawn carriage, kids’ crafts at the Farnsworth Art Museum, and a lively Festival of Lights parade down Main Street.
And the holiday fun is just beginning! The following weekend, Christmas By the Sea takes place in Camden, Rockport, and Lincolnville. This community celebration features Santa’s arrival in picturesque Rockport Harbor by lobster boat, as well as another parade, a craft fair, the tree lighting in the Camden Village Green, the Lincolnville Beach bonfire, horse-drawn carriage rides, and much more.
Christmas By the Sea weekend features Atlantic Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker,” “The Lion King: A Brothers’ Tale dance theatre, and the 30th annual holiday concert by folk singer Anne Dodson and friends. On December 6, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster offers a family Christmas show at the Camden Opera House. And on December 9, Bay Chamber Concerts hosts the Songs of Solomon Gospel Choir.
Whatever gets you in the holiday spirit–be it music, shopping, Christmas lights, or jingle bells–you’ll find it in Midcoast Maine this season!