Christmas by the Sea schedule of events
Thursday, Nov. 29
6 to 9 p.m. — P.A.W.S. Auction for Animals Combination live and silent auction with light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. All proceeds will benefit P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center (formerly the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League). High Mountain Hall, Mountain Street, Camden
Friday, Nov. 30
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Windsor Chairmakers Holiday Open House & Sale. Help celebrate their 25th year in business with cider and cookies. Visit the showroom and workshop. 2569 Atlantic Highway (Route 1), Lincolnville Beach, six miles north of Camden
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Beauty Mark Spa invites all to the Holiday Open House. Have fun while shopping for others and receive a discount of 10 percent off all retail items. 5 Mountain St., Camden. 230-1170
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Camden Merchants’ Co-operative Holiday Open House. Come on in and sign up to win a basket filled to the brim by the creative merchants. A $100 value. 10 Mechanic St., Camden. 236-6010
Noon — A lunchtime piano and flute interlude for the holiday season, presented by Steve Weston and Amy Maier, in the First Congregational Church sanctuary, 55 Elm St., Camden. Free of charge; donations gratefully accepted in support of the Friends of Music concert series. 236-4821.
5 to 5:30 p.m. — Santa arrives in West Rockport at Midcoast Recreation Center, Route 90.
5 to 6:30 p.m. — Opening reception, Camden Public Library. Holiday selections performed by Camden Hills Regional High School vocal and instrumental students. Bring new or like-new hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves to decorate the hat and mitten tree.
5:30 p.m. — A food and wine pairing with holiday-themed bites by Lani Stiles of Megunticook Market. $20 per person. Reservations required. Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville. 763-4478.
5:30 to 8 p.m. — Thomas Michaels Designers, will be hosting a Holiday Wine & Cheese Pairing in the gallery. Come view beautiful gemstones specimens and new pieces in time for the holidays. Thomas Michaels Designers, Elm St., Camden.
6 p.m. — Christmas by the Sea Parade begins on Union Street, Camden. Come and see what’s new as the parade travels through town to the tree lighting!
6 to 8 p.m. — Holiday Open House at Camden National Bank with horse and carriage rides at the Chestnut Street entrance. Warm up inside with cookies and hot cocoa and holiday music. Camden National Bank, 2 Elm St., Camden. 236-8821
6:30 to 9 p.m. — A Walk Through Bethlehem, Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden. Experience the First Christmas. Walk the streets of Bethlehem, listen to the characters’ stories, and visit the stable where Christ was born. 236-2195.
6:45 p.m. — Santa presides at the Community Tree-Lighting Ceremony in Harbor Park. Hot drinks provided by Camden Lions Club.
All day until 9 p.m. — Holiday shopping at downtown Camden shops.
7:30 p.m. — The Nutcracker, Atlantic Ballet Company's full-length version of this magical holiday production. Tickets: $20 adults, $14 children 12 & under/seniors at HAV II (Camden), The Reading Corner, (Rockland), Opera House video (Belfast) & Personal Bookshop (Thomaston). Day of the Show at Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden. 236-7963.
Saturday, Dec. 1
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Rockport Garden Club Holly Berry Fair, Rockport Opera House, Beautifully decorated gingerbread houses, hand-painted lobster buoys, and Mussel Shell Trees. The craft boutique has handcrafted items and hostess gifts. Also: Sparkling vintage and costume jewelry, Grandma’s Attic, a baked goods section, and “Appetizer Alley” for that holiday entertaining. 236-0388.
9 a.m. — Thomas F. Chester Memorial Frozen 5K. Registration, 9 a.m., Race, 10 a.m. Point Lookout, Route 1, Northport. West Bay Rotary sponsors this challenging run to support ALS charity. Men’s and women’s divisions. Race proceeds and business/individual sponsorship donations go directly to ALS. frozen5k.com.
9 a.m. to noon — Craft fair at the Camden Congregational Church. The Camden UCC and SERRV, a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty, will offer unique, handcrafted items as well as crafts by local artisans. Proceeds benefit SERRV and church outreach programs.
9 a.m. to noon — Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm. Spend some time at Aldermere Farm learning about and visiting with the calves and making Beltie holiday crafts to take home. Shop for holiday Beltie items, enjoy refreshments, and learn about how to get involved at Aldermere Farm and the Erickson Fields Preserve. Baked goods will be for sale to help support the Aldermere Achievers 4-H club. Free. aldermere.org.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Holiday Craft Market & Open House at Windward Gardens. Visit for an exceptional craft sale, scrumptious holiday foods. 105 Mechanic St., Camden. 236-4197.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — St. Thomas’ Christmas Fair. A unique array of holiday handcrafted items and decorations, tasty sweets, jewelry, vintage treasures and a scrumptious soup luncheon. Come join the fun. Proceeds to benefit St. Thomas’ Family Services. 33 Chestnut St., Camden.
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Indulge in the sights and smells of Christmas at Hoboken Gardens Annual Holiday Open House in Rockport. Hoboken Gardens offers beautiful gifts, holiday wreaths and décor along with special sales, refreshments, mulled cider and special events.
9:30 a.m. — Santa arrives by boat at Rockport Harbor. Free photos with Santa at Rockport Marine made possible by photographer Mark Haskell.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Holiday Bazaar at Merryspring. Rosemary and other plants, seasonal greens, plain and decorated wreaths, live arrangements, food gifts, and lots of gifts for holiday giving and decorating. merryspring.org or 236-2239.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Camden Merchants’ Co-operative Holiday Open House. Come in and sign up to win a basket filled to the brim by merchants. A $100 value. 10 Mechanic St., Camden. 236-6010.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Windsor Chairmakers Holiday Open House & Sale. Help celebrate the 25th year in business with cider and cookies. Visit the showroom and workshop. 2569 Atlantic Hwy. (Route 1), Lincolnville Beach, just six miles north of Camden.
11 a.m. — Hartstone Inn Brunch & Fashion Show, a sumptuous pairing of fashion and food. Exciting new collections by Leonard’s and Brunch. Menu including raspberry parfait with lemon poppy seed cake, choice of three entrees and assorted desserts. $23.95 per person, come and join the fun. Hartstone Inn, Elm St., Camden. 236-4259, reservations required.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Carriage rides through Camden. Relive an old-fashioned New England Christmas aboard a horse-drawn carriage. Hop on board at Camden Riverhouse for a tour through downtown streets. No charge for rides.
Noon — Santa arrives by tug boat in Camden Harbor. Children’s story hour with Santa follows at the library.
1 p.m. — Free photos with Santa at The RIG, 56A Elm St., Camden, made possible by photographer Mark Haskell.
1 to 4 p.m. — Creative Holiday Gift Wrapping by students of The Watershed School at the corner of Washington and Mechanic streets.
2 to 4 p.m. — A Victorian Christmas at the historic Conway House on the grounds of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society (Route 1, next to Hannaford's Shopping Center) Free Admission, donations appreciated. 236-2257.
3 p.m. — "The Nutcracker." Atlantic Ballet Company's full length version of this magical Holiday production. Tickets $20 adults, $14 children 12 & under/seniors at HAV II (Camden), The Reading Corner, (Rockland), Opera House video (Belfast) & Personal Bookshop (Thomaston). Day of Show at Camden Opera House 29 Elm St., Camden. 236-7963.
3 to 6 p.m. — Herbs for Winter Health Talk by Deb Soule. Open House offering tea, cookies and gift shopping at Avena Botanicals, 219 Mill St., Rockport. 594-0694.
4 p.m. — Tree lighting, bonfire and sing along at Lincolnville Beach. All are welcome. Santa arrives by fire engine around 4:30 p.m.
4 to 7 p.m. — Holiday wine tasting. Come see the luminaries on Pascal Avenue and taste some fabulous wines in celebration of Rockport's Holiday on the Harbor. Get warm by the fire, find wines for holiday meals and parties, and mingle with friends. RAYR - the wine shop 67 Pascal Avenue, Rockport Village. 230-7009
4 p.m. — Ringing in the season. A Christmas concert featuring Joyful Bells, Belfast; Choral Bells and Penobscot Bay Ringers, Camden; and Pine Tree Academy Bell Ringers, Freeport. First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., Camden. Doors open at 3 p.m.; pre-show music starts at 3:30 p.m. A free-will offering will benefit 63 Washington Street, a Camden home for seniors. 230-6628.
4 to 7 p.m. — Experience the charm of Rockport’s Holiday on the Harbor. Enjoy the magic of the luminaries lighting Pascal Avenue and the Village of Rockport, benefiting United Mid-Coast Charities. Enjoy caroling and refreshments in the village where local vendors will have treats and specials as our gift to you. Come join the fun.
4:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Carriage rides through Rockport. While the streets are lit up by luminary candles on both sides and closed to traffic, take a ride through Rockport on a horse-drawn carriage during the Holiday on the Harbor festivities.
6 p.m. — Holiday-themed winemaker dinner. Chef Deconinck of Natalie's will be preparing a four-course menu inspired by European traditions. Each course will be paired with Cellardoor wines. Reservations required. Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville. 763-4478.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — A Walk Through Bethlehem. Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden. Experience the first Christmas. Walk the streets of Bethlehem, listen to the characters’ stories, and visit the stable where Christ was born. 236-2195.
Sunday, December 2
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Indulge in the sights and smells of Christmas at Hoboken Gardens. Annual Holiday Open House in Rockport. Hoboken Gardens offers gifts, holiday wreaths and décor along with special sales, refreshments, mulled cider and special events.
1 to 4 p.m. — Creative holiday gift wrapping by students of The Watershed School at the corner of Washington and Mechanic streets
3 p.m. — "The Nutcracker." Atlantic Ballet Company's full-length version of this magical holiday production. Tickets $20 adults, $14 children 12 & under/seniors at HAV II (Camden), The Reading Corner, (Rockland), Opera House video (Belfast) & Personal Bookshop (Thomaston). Day of the Show at Camden Opera House 29 Elm St., Camden. 236-7963.
5 p.m. — Spaghetti supper put on by the Rockport Masonic Center. Also featuring a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds benefit 63 Washington Street, an assisted living residence for people over 60 in Camden. 361 Main Street, Rockport. Adults $7 and children under 10, $4.
6 p.m. — Christmas in the country tree lighting on Union Common with father Christmas, bonfire, singing carols, and most importantly free cookies and hot cocoa.
7 p.m. — 25th annual Holiday Concert with Anne Dodson & Friends at the First Congregational Church Sanctuary, 55 Elm St., Camden. Tickets: In advance, $12 adults/$6 children 6-12 at Rock City in Rockland and Owl & Turtle in Camden. Suggested donation at the door, $14 adults, $7 children 6-12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 236-9576.