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Thursday - November 30, 2017

5:30-8:00 pm PAWS Auction for Animals – Samoset Resort 
Silent and live auctions at the Samoset to benefit P.A.W.S. operations. There will be more than 100 items available for auction. Heavy hors d'oeuves served; cash bar. FMI: www.pawsadoption.org .

Friday - December 1, 2017

All day until 9:00 pm Holiday Shopping Extravaganza  – Downtown Camden
Featured activities and special holiday shopping prices at stores throughout downtown Camden. 

12:00-12:45 pm Holiday Music Concert – First Congregational Church
Matt Mainster and friends will present their traditional noon concert, a fun holiday variety show to brighten your lunch break and ignite the Christmas spirit. Free. FMI: (207) 236-4821. 

4:30-6:00 pm Christmas by the Sea Opening Ceremonies – Camden Public Library 
Holiday selections performed by Camden Hills Regional High School choral and instrumental groups. Bring new or like-new hats, mittens, gloves and scarves to decorate the Camden Community Hat and Mitten Tree. Your items will benefit those who need a bit more warmth this winter.

6:00 pm Christmas by the Sea Parade – Downtown Camden 
A festive parade through Downtown Camden. Floats gather on Union Street Camden and travel down Main Street to the tree lighting with Santa Claus at the Harbor Park. Is your group or business interested in participating in the Christmas by the Sea Parade? Download your application here

6:00-8:00 pm Holiday Open House - Camden National Bank, downtown branch
Warm up inside with cookies and hot cocoa and holiday music. 

6:00-8:00 pm Carriage Rides Through Downtown Camden
See the holiday lights decorating the streets of downtown Camden as you ride aboard a horse-drawn carriage. Carriage rides courtesy of Camden National Bank.

6:30-9:00 pm A Walk Through Bethlehem – Chestnut Street Baptist Church 
Experience the First Christmas as you stroll through the city to get a personal view of more than 80 costumed cast members as the recreate the city of Bethlehem as it might have been the night of Jesus' birth.

6:30 pm Community Tree Lighting Ceremony – Camden Harbor Park
Experience Christmas as you stroll through town to where Santa Claus presides over the community tree-lighting ceremony at Harbor Park, ushering us officially into the holiday season. With schooner masts lit in the background and the star visible above on Mt. Battie, the full sight can only be witnessed from this vantage point in Camden.

7:30 pm The Nutcracker – Camden Opera House 
Atlantic Ballet Company's full length version of this magical holiday production. Tickets are $18/Adults, $16/Children under 12 and Senior Citizens. Tickets can be purchased online or the day of the show at the Camden Opera House.

Saturday - December 2, 2017

8:00 am-12:00 pm Holly Berry Fair – Rockport Opera House 
Rockport Garden Club brings you Sparkle and Glitz, featuring appetizers and baked goods, and tables full of costume and vintage jewelry. A craft boutique offers hand-crafted items and hand-painted furniture, the Cook's Corner filled with kitchen items, as well as baked goods, quick, ready-to-defrost, frozen soups and appetizers. Also treasures from Granny's attic and several raffles.

9:00 am-12:00 pm Beltie Holiday – Aldermere Farm 
Join this unique holiday celebration at Aldermere Farm, Maine Coast Heritage Trust's historic saltwater farm preserve, and enjoy handmade treats, craft memorable gifts for your loved ones, and get your photo taken with a belted Galloway calf.

9:00 am-1:00 pm St. Thomas Episcopal Church Holiday Fair 
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will be holding its annual Christmas Fair, a tradition in Camden. Crafts, Vintage Treasures rummage sale, homemade baked goods and preserves, a raffle of three "Made In Maine" product baskets and one "For Kids" basket, and a soup and bread luncheon. Handicap entrance around the corner on Wood Street.

9:00 am-2:00 pm Holiday Craft Fair – First Congregational Church
Featuring a variety of fine crafts made by local artisans. There will be an array of jellies, fabric arts, handmade jewelry and local-made crafts.

9:00 am-3:00 pm Face Painting! – 25 Mechanic Street
Free face painting. Choose a colorful, creative holiday design and enjoy refreshments that benefit a student program.

9:30 am Santa Arrives by Boat – Rockport Harbor & Rockport Marine
Greet Santa as he arrives by boat in Rockport Harbor, followed by photos with Santa and his elf at Rockport Marine, taken by photographer Mark Haskell.

10:00-12:00 noon Holiday Craft Making for Children – Children's House Montessori School
Free Children's holiday Craft Activity. 

10:30-11:30 am Holiday Cookie Decorating – YMCA, Rockport 
Children can come decorate holiday cookies provided by the Red Barn Baking Company with candy decorations provided by Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe, and frosting provided by 3 Dog Café.

11:00 am-2:00 pm Free Gift Wrapping & Refreshments – Watershed School Open House
Watershed School students will offer complimentary gift-wrapping, hot chocolate and cider, and live music.

12:00 noon Santa Arrives by Boat – Camden Public Landing
Santa's reindeer get to take a break as Santa's sleigh turns into a boat and traverses Camden Harbor. Santa will come ashore at the town's Public Landing.

12:15 pm Story Hour with Santa Claus – Camden Public Library
Gather around Santa inside the library as he reads Twas The Night Before Christmas.

1:00 pm Free Photos with Santa at Camden Public Library 
Children of all ages will enjoy a treasured photo with Santa and his elf, taken by local photographer Mark Haskell.

1:00-3:00 pm Local Authors Book Signings at Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe
Meet Chris Van Dusen, Melissa Sweet, Liza Gardner Walsh and Kimberly Ridley! For more questions or to reserve books, please call 207-230-7335. Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe is located at 33 Bay View Street, Camden. 

3:00 pm The Nutcracker – Camden Opera House 
Atlantic Ballet Company's full length version of this magical holiday production. Tickets are $18/Adults, $16/Children under 12 and Senior Citizens. Tickets can be purchased online or the day of the show at the Camden Opera House. 

3:30 pm Bonfire Lighting – Lincolnville Beach 
Come enjoy the sights of the beach and Penobscot Bay beyond.

4:00 pm Tree Lighting and Sing Along – Lincolnville Beach 
This is a special event to mark the holiday season!

4:00 pm "Ringing in the Season" – First Congregational Church
Thirteenth annual holiday concert featuring local handbell choirs. Freewill offering to benefit a local charity.

4:30 pm Santa Arrives by Fire Engine – Lincolnville Beach 
Santa arrives by fire engine to greet children of all ages on the beach at Lincolnville. Visit Santa by the bonfire, sing carols and stay toasty warm.

6:00-8:30 pm A Walk Through Bethlehem – Chestnut Street Baptist Church 
Experience the First Christmas as you stroll through the city to get a personal view of more than 80 costumed cast members as they recreate the city of Bethlehem as it might have been the night of Jesus' birth.

7:00 pm The Lion King: A Brothers' Tale  – Strom Auditorium - CHRHS, Rockport
Original dance theatre adaptation, presented by Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions.

Sunday - December 3, 2017

2:00 pm The Lion King: A Brothers' Tale  – Strom Auditorium - CHRHS, Rockport
Original dance theatre adaptation, presented by Kinetic Energy Alive Dance Productions.

3:00 pm The Nutcracker – Camden Opera House
Atlantic Ballet Company's full length version of this magical holiday production. Tickets are $18/Adults, $16/Children under 12 and Senior Citizens. Tickets can be purchased online or the day of the show at the Camden Opera House.
 
7:00 pm Anne Dodson & Friends 30th Annual Winter Program – FIrst Congregational Church
Seasonal folk music and more.





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