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Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 8th, 2019

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Christmas by the Sea  2019

Thursday - December 5th, 2019

5:00-7:00pm Camden Artwalk

Join Small Wonder Gallery, Camden Falls Gallery, Daac Designs, Page Gallery, and Carver Hill!

5:30-8:00pm P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption's Center ninth annual "Auction for the Animals" - Samoset Resort

This year's event feature's hearty appetizers, carving stations, delicious desserts, a cash bar, live music, with and over 200 auction items to fit every budget.  Online auction opens November 13th, 2019; Tickets available at $35 per person.  Learn more at www.PAWSadoption.org

Friday - December 6th, 2019

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.
 
5:00-5:30 pm Santa visits the PenBay  YMCA
 
5:00-7:00 pm Open House at First National Bank
Join First National Bank Camden location located at 44 Elm Street to celebrate the holidays.  Enjoy hot apple cider, cookies, musical entertainment, and blinking rings that are fund for kids and adults alike.    

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.  

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

6:15-8:15 pm Carriage Rides Through Downtown Camden - pick up at Camden National Bank
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.

6:45pm 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. Holiday tree co-sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank and Journey's End Marina.

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 7th, 2019

8:00am-12:00pm 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.

9:00am-12:00pm 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.

9:00am-1:00pm 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.
 
9:00am-2:00pm Holiday Craft Fair - First Congregational Church
Featuring a variety of fine crafts made by local artisans.

9:00am-2:00pm Christmas Market at Guini Ridge Rockport
Come celebrate the holiday season and pickup your trees, wreaths, garland and more!  Our DIY center will be setup to make your own wreath as well as pro-tips for your holiday decorating.  Please contact us at (207) 887-5874 or guiniridge@gmail.com for more information or for a vendor application. 

9:30am 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. Photos with Santa sponsored by Camden Coast Real Estate.
 
10:00am-12:00 noon Holiday Crafts and Open House - Children's House Montessori School
Join the staff and volunteers at Children's House Montessori School for a free holiday craft workshop and open house.  Participants will create a variety of holiday ornaments and crafts.  All materials will be provided and crafts are designed for a wide variety of ages and skills.  In addition to the workshops, teachers will be available to talk to families who are interested in learning more about the school and its programs.  

10:30-12:00 noon Holiday Cookie Decorating – 16 Bay View Hotel Curtis-Bok Conference Room
Join Chef Andrea Barbour of the Bay View Collection Hotel Group and decorate homemade cookies with icing and festive decorations! 

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, courtesy Lyman Morse at Wayfarer.

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

1:00pm 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. Photos with Santa sponsored by Camden Coast Real Estate. Photos with Santa sponsored by Camden Coast Real Estate.
 
1:00-4:00pm Holiday Decorated Conway Homestead Tours with The Historical Society
Join This Historical Society on tours of the historic 1780's Conway homestead which will be decorated for the holidays.
 
3:00pm 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. 

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

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

4:00pm "Ringing in the Season" – First Congregational Church
A holiday handbell concert featuring Choral Bells, Penobscot Bay Ringers, Prescott Memorial School Chime Ensemble, handbell soloist Debra Hall, and the Camden Hills Regional High School Chamber Singers.  Doors open at 3:00pm.  Free-will offerings benefit PAWS Animal Adoption Center and Pope Humane Society of Knox County. 

4:30pm 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.
 
5:00-8:00pm Holiday Bubbles and Bites at 16 Bay View Hotel
Join Executive Chef Andrea Barbour for a holiday themed pairing of 3 wines and 3 bites. 
$15 per person | Seating every 30 minutes | Advanced reservations accepted (207) 706-7990
 
5:00pm-8:00pm 12th Annual Art Show - High Mountain Hall
A spectacular debut of new work by local artists, jewelers, photographers, ceramic, printmakers and painters.  A festive reception will be held both Saturday and Sunday with hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

5:00pm-7:30pm 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.


Sunday - December 8th, 2019

10:30-12:00 noon Holiday Cookie Decorating – 16 Bay View Hotel Curtis-Bok Conference Room
Join Chef Andrea Barbour of the Bay View Collection Hotel Group and decorate homemade cookies with icing and festive decorations! 
 
11:00am-4:00pm 12th Annual Art Show - High Mountain Hall
A spectacular debut of new work by local artists, jewelers, photographers, ceramic, printmakers and painters.  A festive reception will be held both Saturday and Sunday with hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

3:00pm 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.
 
4:00pm-7:00pm Cookies and Cocktails at 16 Bay View Hotel
Join Chef Andrea Barbour for a fun and festive evening of holiday cookie decorating for grownups.  The cocktail bar will be open with spiked hot cocoa, wine and local brews.  
 
7:00pm Anne Dodson and Friends Concert
Join Anne and Friends at the First Congregational Chrurch at 55 Elm Street for their 29th Annual Winter Program.  For information and reservations call (207) 236-9576.
 




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