Families and folks of all ages enjoyed Santa, song, craft fairs and more during Christmas by the Sea in Rockport, Camden and Lincolnville Dec. 2.

Santa arrived on calm seas at Rockport Marine Saturday morning, and was greeted by a huge group of waiting children excited to see the jolly man up close. After he boarded the float and walked up the incline to dry land, the little ones, accompanied by parents and grandparents lined up for photos inside with Santa and Elf.

At noon, Santa arrived in Camden Harbor by sea, read stories to children at the Camden Public Library, and later, headed up to Lincolnville Beach in a firetruck. Hopefully, he had a good night's rest after all of that activity.

In Camden, the Town Office opened its doors for cookie decorating, with gingerbread Christmas trees and holiday stars baked by Red Barn Baking Co., fluffy white icing from French & Brawn Marketplace, and candy decorations from Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe. Marlene Libby, deputy finance director, and Cory Raymond, custodian, hosted, and the children did the rest. Don't tell, but nearly as many cookies were eaten as decorated.

Across the street, the Midcoast Community Chorus gathered to sing carols and holiday favorites on the Village Green. Steve Weston led the chorus. Harmonious sounds and good spirits filled the historic center of town.

The Lincolnville community and visitors enjoyed an enormous bonfire, hot chocolate and caroling, led by Richard Grant, at Lincolnville Beach. The bonfire construction got started much earlier in the day, and was a pyrotechnic wonder. With many firemen present, all who gathered could relax and enjoy.

Many local businesses, and countless volunteers, make all of this fun possible. Rockport Marine delivered Santa safely to Rockport Harbor. Camden Coast Real Estate and Mark Haskell sponsored the free photos with Santa. Lyman Morse brought Santa ashore in Camden Harbor, and Lincolnville Communications sponsored the cookie decorating.