By Debra Bell
Special to The Weekly
Midcoast Maine is the place to be when it comes to getting into the holiday spirit. Here are some quick hits of what to do when you’re preparing for the holiday season.
Rockland: Thanksgiving weekend is the official kickoff of the holiday season. Santa arrives at noon Friday, Nov. 29, via Coast Guard Boat at Buoy Park and will greet children en route to his workshop in Mildred Merrill Park. The celebration continues with horse-drawn wagon rides, open houses, holiday music and the lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree at 6 p.m.
The Rockland Lobster Trap Tree is a traditional and internationally-renowned hallmark of the Rockland area. Crafted from real wire lobster traps provided by Brooks Trap Mill, the Lobster Trap Tree is the largest of its kind. Add to that the fact that the traps then are raffled off. This Rockland nautical landmark is a hoot to view, especially after it’s been wrapped in lights and buoys from local lobstermen.
View the full schedule of the 2013 Festival of Lights at rocklandmainstreet.com by clicking on the Festival of Lights button on the left of the screen.
Camden: Christmas by the Sea will be held from Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8. One week after Rockland’s holiday celebration, head to Camden for its Christmas by the Sea celebration. This holiday celebration features a full weekend of events including Santa’s arrival by boat, holiday sales, photos with Santa, fairs, open houses and fireworks.
Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, this midcoast holiday treat is beloved by locals and visitors alike. View the full schedule at mainedreamvacation.com/event/christmas-sea.
Rockport: Let your holiday go to the cows at Aldemere Farm at 70 Russell Ave. in Rockport. The farm will host its annual Beltie Holiday 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the Beltie cows, visit with the calves, make holiday crafts to take home and shop. For information, go to aldermere.org. The event is free.
Belfast: Old Fashioned Christmas will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Belfast. Starting with a traditional tree lighting, Belfast welcomes visitors to its streets for shopping, free matinees at the Colonial Theatre, craft shows, photo opportunities with Santa and many more surprises.