Camden’s Christmas by the Sea takes place Dec. 3-5, offering family-friendly activities throughout the midcoast including tree lighting festivities, a bonfire, a chance to pet calves at Aldermere Farm, free horse-drawn wagon rides and a day of free admission to the Owls Head Transportation Museum and its holiday activities.
The schedule is:
Saturday, Dec. 4:
8 a.m. — Second annual Thomas F. Chester Frozen 5K Road Race at Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center in Northport. 975-0134.
8 a.m.-1 p.m. — Rockport Garden Club Holly Berry Fair, Rockport Opera House. 236-8415.
9-11 a.m. — Gingerbread House Decorating, at the Camden Rockport Line, Hannaford Plaza. Houses, frosting and all decorations are provided, free.
9-11 a.m. — Eighth annual Camden Fire Department Christmas Toy Drop Off. Cocoa and cookie reception at Camden Fire Department. 593-9064.
9-11 a.m. — Cellardoor Vineyard Breakfast Buffet with Michael Roy. 763-4478.
9 a.m.-noon — Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm. Pet a Beltie calf and make a Beltie ornament, free. www.aldermere.org.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Holiday Craft Market and Open House at Windward Gardens at 105 Mechanic St., Camden. 236-4197.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Holiday Craft Fair at Merry Gardens Estates. 87 John St., Camden. 230-0618.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Hoboken Gardens annual holiday open house. Refreshments, mulled cider, free gifts and a visit from Santa.
9:30 a.m. — Santa arrives by boat at Rockport Harbor. Free photos with Santa at Rockport Marine by photographer Mark Haskell.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Holiday Bazaar at Merryspring. A variety of plants, greens, wreaths, live arrangements and lots of gifts for holiday giving and decorating. 236-2239.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Camden Merchants’ Co-operative holiday open house at 10 Mechanic St., Camden. 236-6010.
11-11:30 a.m. — Songs of the season performed by students from Ashwood Waldorf School at Camden Public Library.
11 a.m. — Hartstone Inn Brunch and Fashion Show for $23.95 per person at Hartstone Inn, Elm Street, Camden. 236-4259.
Noon — Santa arrives by tugboat in Camden Harbor. Children’s Story Hour with Santa afterward at library.
Noon-2 p.m. — Cookie decorating in the loft at Cellardoor Winery for kids of all ages. 763-4478.
1 p.m. — Free photos with Santa at The Rig at 56 Elm St., Camden, by photographer Mark Haskell.
1-2 p.m. — Roving Carolers from the high school’s chorale and concert choirs stroll through downtown.
1-3 p.m. — Holiday hors d’oeuvres cooking demonstration and wine pairing at Cellardoor Winery, Youngtown Road, Lincolnville. 763-4478.
2 p.m. — Christmas storytime in loft of Cellardoor Winery, Youngtown Road, Lincolnville.
2-4 p.m. — Free annual International nativity display at the John Street United Methodist Church. Representations from around the world. Light refreshments available. 98 John St., Camden. 236-4829.
3 p.m. — “The Nutcracker,” Atlantic Ballet Company’s full-length version of holiday production. Tickets $20 adults, $14 children. 236-7963.
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 p.m. — A concert of holiday cheer featuring four local handbell choirs and a handbell soloist. First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., Camden. Donations. 230-6628
5:30 p.m. — Public bean and casserole supper, $7, 98 John St., Camden. 236-4829.
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — A Walk Through Bethlehem, Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Camden. 236-2195.
7 p.m. — Annual “Christmas in a Small Town” concert. Donations. John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., Camden. 236-4829.
Sunday, Dec. 5
10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Holiday brunch at Prism Restaurant and Gallery. Last chance to bid in the silent auction and buy ornaments that benefit Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League. 297 Commercial St., Rockport. 230-0061
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Owls Head Transportation Museum holiday activities: free admission. Children’s activities include holiday ornaments, coloring, movies, family tours. Santa Claus arrives in a Piper Cub, reads a story and answers questions. Children’s letters delivered to the North Pole by the “Polar Air Mail Express Pickup,” followed at 2 p.m. by the Mid-Coast Community Band’s annual Holiday Concert for all ages.