Polar Air Mail Express & Free Holiday Concert At Owls Head

Santa will arrive by airplane at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on Sunday, December 2.

On Sunday, December 2, the Owls Head Transportation Museum will host its annual Holiday Open House featuring the Polar Air Mail Express, a visit with Santa and a performance by the Mid-Coast Community Band. As part of the festivities, children-of any age-are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa and see how --via the Polar Air Mail Express--their letters are delivered to the North Pole.

The fun starts at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday as children will create their own holiday ornaments, some made from candy. At 12:30, everyone will step outside to watch Santa's arrival from the North Pole in one of the Museum's planes. Upon landing, he will meet with children in the Museum's auditorium and read a favorite Christmas story.

Children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa to the Museum. With help from one of Santa's helpers (Museum pilot Karl Erickson), children will see with their own eyes how their letters actually reach Santa at the North Pole. All letters will be placed in a special “Polar Air Mail Express” bag, then literally scooped up (by plane) to be delivered directly to the North Pole. This demonstration will take place outside on Runway 17, weather permitting.

Once the letters are safely on their way, Santa will lead the children back inside and introduce the Mid-Coast Community Band as they hold their annual Holiday Concert from 1:30 to 3:15.

Museum admission is free all day. The Museum Store-featuring a storewide 20% off sale-will be open for convenient holiday shopping. Light refreshments will be served, and ample parking is available.

Following the concert, the public is invited to attend an open house and tree lighting activities at the Owls Head General Store. There will be caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides and a living creche. Refreshments will be served.


10:00 - 5:00 FREE Admission to the Museum all day & the Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping - 10% to 50% off storewide!

11:30 - 12:30 Children's Activities: Holiday ornaments; coloring; movies in the auditorium; Family tours of Museum

12:30 Santa Claus arrives at the Museum (in a Piper Cub)

12:45 - 1:15 Meet Santa as he reads a favorite Christmas story.

1:15 - 1:30 See how letters get to Santa at the North Pole: OHTM's “Polar Air Mail Express” Pick-up

1:30 - 3:15 Holiday Concert by the Mid-Coast Community Band

4:00 - 6:00 Open House, Tree Lighting, Caroling and Carriage Rides at the Owls Head General Store.

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