2015 Event Schedule
A weekend celebration of the holiday season. Downtown Camden Maine is decked out for the holidays. Stay in a historic Camden Inn and enjoy the holiday season. Get you shopping done in the downtown. A holiday parade, Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, visits from Santa Clause. So much to do this weekend.
Christmas By the Sea has spread to include the people and businesses in the neighboring communities of Lincolnville and Rockport.
Santa and his helper, Ellen the Elf, arrive in a lobster boat instead of a sleigh, and then they zip around town like magic, making sure they get to see each and every child. Santa is available for free photos in both Camden and Lincolnville, and Santa is known to show up at the Camden Public Library for a special Christmas story time!
There are holiday sales and specials at the many restaurants.
Schedule of Events (so far….)
Christmas by the Sea
Thursday – December 3, 2015
4:00 pm 4th Annual Community Celebration – New England Real Estate, 98 Elm Street, Camden
All are invited to NERE’s 4th anniversary celebration. Donations to benefit PAWS Animal Adoption Center Forever Home Capital Campaign will be collected. Stop by on your way to the auction!
5:00-8:00 pm PAWS Auction for Animals – Samoset Resort
Silent and live auction and party at the Samoset Resort to benefit PAWS Animal Adoption Center. $20 entrance fee, tickets available at www.pawsadoption.org .
Friday – December 4, 2015
All day until 9:00 pm Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Featured sales throughout downtown Camden stores.
12:00 pm Lunchtime Piano and Flute Interlude – First Congregational Church, 33 Elm Street, Camden
Presented by Steve Weston and Amy Maier for the holiday season. Free. Donations gratefully accepted in support of Friends of Music concert series. Information (207) 236-4821.
4:30-6:00 pm Christmas by the Sea Opening Ceremonies – Camden Public Library
Holiday selections performed by CHRHS vocal groups and instrumental ensembles. Bring new or like new hats, mittens, gloves and scarves to decorate the Hat and Mitten Tree.
4:30-8:00 pm Student Holiday Fair – Downtown Camden
Visit the energy and excitement on Main Street and Atlantic Avenue in Camden where teens promote their bake sales, raffles and other holiday goodies at tables placed throughout the downtown. Proceeds support local student organizations and activities.
6:00 pm Christmas by the Sea Parade – Downtown Camden
Parade route Main Street Camden, downtown, to Harbor Park.
6:00-8:00 pm Holiday Open House – Camden National Bank
Warm up inside with cookies and hot cocoa and holiday music.
6:00-9:00 pm A Walk Through Bethlehem – Chestnut Street Baptist Church
Experience the first Christmas. Walk the streets of Bethlehem, listen to the characters’ stories, and visit the stable where Christ was born.
6:30 pm Community Tree Lighting Ceremony – Harbor Park
6:30-8:00 pm Horse & Carriage Rides – Downtown Camden
St. George Carriage Company rides provided by Camden National Bank. Rides through town begin on Tannery Lane near the Riverhouse.
7:30 pm The Nutcracker – Camden Opera House
Atlantic Ballet Company’s full length version of this magical holiday production. Tickets $18 adults, $14 children 12 and under and seniors. Tickets available at HAV II, Camden, Opera House Video, Belfast, Grasshopper Shop, Rockland and Town Line Video ,Waldoboro. Day of show at Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street Camden (207) 236-7963.
Saturday – December 5, 2015
8:00 am-12:00 pm Holly Berry Fair – Rockport Opera House
Rockport Garden Club’s Sparkle and Glitz; several raffles; baked goods; costume and vintage jewelry; crafted items and hand painted furniture; hostess gifts; cook’s corner kitchen treasures; quick, ready-to-defrost soups and appetizers; and treasures from granny’s attic.
9:00 am Frozen 5k – Point Lookout
Come run the toughest 5k in Maine! Benefits Augie’s Quest for the Treatment and Cure of ALS. Registration at 9:00, race begins at 10:00 am.
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 delicious 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
Shop for holiday crafts from our St. Thomas artisans. Warm up with our luncheon of seasonal soup, rolls and gingerbread. Enjoy Polly’s Pantry filled with homemade cookies, cakes, candies, jams and jellies. Find that one-of-a-kind gift at Vintage Treasures, and our jewelry table. Visit our raffle table and see our Maine Made basket brimming with local items. 33 Chestnut Street, Camden. Handicap accessible around the corner on Wood Street.
9:00 am-2:00 pm Local Artisan Fair – First Congregational Church, 33 Elm Street, Camden
Fabric arts, handmade jewelry, delicious jams and jellies, browse through a glittering array of locally made crafts! A great opportunity to find that one-of-a-kind gift, or maybe something for yourself?
9:30 am Santa Arrives – Rockport Harbor
Greet Santa as he arrives by boat in Rockport Harbor, followed by free photos with Santa at Rockport Marine, taken by photographer Mark Haskell.
10:30-11:30 am Holiday Cookie Decorating – YMCA, 116 Union Street, Rockport
New this year, children (accompanied by parents) can decorate holiday cookies provided by Red Barn Baking Company with candy decorations provided by Uncle Willy’s Candy Shoppe.
12:00 noon Santa Arrives by Boat – Camden Harbor
Story hour with Santa at the Camden Public Library.
1:00 pm Free Photos with Santa at Camden Public Library
Photos taken by photographer Mark Haskell.
1:00-4:00 pm Camden-Rockport Historical Society
The Historical Society (just south of Hannaford Supermarket) will be open for tours of the historic 1780s Conway Homestead which will be decorated for the holidays.
3:00 pm The Nutcracker – Camden Opera House
Atlantic Ballet Company’s full length version of this magical holiday production. Tickets $18 adults, $14 Children 12 and under and seniors. Tickets will be available at HAV II, Camden, Opera House Video, Belfast, Grasshopper Shop, Rockland and Town Line Video, Waldoboro. Day of show at Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street, Camden (207) 236-7963.
3:30 pm ‘Ringing in the Season’ Christmas Concert – First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street, Camden
Features ‘Choral Bells’, ‘Joyful Bells’, ‘Penobscot Bay Ringers’, ‘Pine Tree Academy Bell Ringers’, and handbell soloist, Debra Hall, with Steve Weston on piano. A ‘Massed Ring’ will conclude the program. Doors open 3:00 pm. Pre-show music with ‘Midcoast Harps and Friends’ starts at 3:30. A free-will offering will benefit the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry.
3:30 pm Bonfire Lighting – Lincolnville Beach
Come enjoy the sights as the bonfire is lit.
4:00 pm Tree Lighting and Sing Along – Lincolnville Beach
4:30 pm Santa Arrives – Lincolnville Beach
Santa arrives by fire engine.
5:00-9:00 pm 8th Annual Art Show – High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain Street, Camden
Reception with wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Wayfinder Schools Benefit Raffle featuring 18K gold earrings with diamonds by Patty Bolz . Works by Patty Bolz, Monica Kelly, Antonia Munroe, Margaret Rizzio, Anneli Skaar and Lucinda Zeising will be featured.
6:00-8:30 pm A Walk Through Bethlehem – Chestnut Street Baptist Church
Experience the first Christmas. Walk the streets of Bethlehem, listen to the characters’ stories, and visit the stable where Christ was born
Sunday – December 6, 2015
11:00 am-4:00 pm 8th Annual Art Show, – High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain Street, Camden
Works by Patty Bolz, Monica Kelly, Antonia Munroe, Margaret Rizzio, Anneli Skaar and Lucinda Zeising will be featured.
2:00 pm Wreaths Across America
Watch the Patriot Escort truck parade pass through Camden as they transport wreaths from Harrington, Maine, down the east coast to Arlington National Cemetery to be placed on veterans’ graves.
2:00-4:00 pm Ho Ho Holiday Children’s Book Fair, – Camden Public Library
The Camden Public Library and Sherman’s Books present a meet and greet with authors and illustrators along with book signing. This is a fabulous opportunity for some special gift giving ideas! Authors to include Chris Van Dusen… and more.
3:00 pm The Nutcracker – Camden Opera House
Atlantic Ballet Company’s full length version of this magical holiday production. Tickets $18 adults, $14 children 12 and seniors. Tickets will be available at HAV II, Camden, Opera House Video, Belfast, Grasshopper Shop, Rockland and Town Line Video, Waldoboro. Day of show at Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street, Camden (207) 236 -7963
7:00 pm Anne Dodson & Friends 28th Annual Winter Program – First Congregational Church, Camden
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets available at the Owl & Turtle in Camden and Rock City Café in Rockland. Adults: $13 in advance, $15 suggested donation at the door. Children (6-12): $6 in advance, $7 suggested donation at the door. Free under 6 years. Refreshments. Information and reservations call (207) 236-9576.
Mark your calendars for the Camden Winterfest and US Toboggan Championships! Weeklong festivities begin on January 30th with Winterfest week through to the Toboggan Championships on both Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th. For more information on Winterfest and Maine’s Mardi Gras, visitwww.camdenwinterfest.com
. Toboggan information can be found at www.camdensnowbowl.com