February 28, 2020
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Downtown Bangor to host holiday activities

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BANGOR — Santa’s Workshop returns to downtown Bangor later this month.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available noon-3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, 12 and 19, at 52 Main St. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera for a free photo opportunity.
Visitors to downtown are invited to browse unique shops that offer one-of-a-kind gifts, some offering shopper discounts and extended hours.
Parking in the Pickering Square Garage is convenient and free for the first two hours, and on-street parking is always free.
Brad Ryder, owner of Epic Sports, is nostalgic about downtown.
“Christmas was when you parked behind Freese’s and walked through to Main Street, where you were greeted by well-wishers, decorated store fronts and, of course, lots and lots of shoppers,” Ryder said.
“Main Street Bangor looks much different nowadays, but the ambience of downtown is still here with specialty shops, great restaurants and shoppers,” he said. “The storefronts are freshly decorated and merchants looking toward a busy holiday season are eager to offer friendliness and service hard to find elsewhere. There are other places customers could go to shop, but we appreciate those who choose to shop local, to shop downtown.”
Downtown Bangor is home to more than 25 restaurants that offer something for everyone. Whether you just have time for a quick coffee and pastry, soup and sandwich or you are craving an exotic dish from a far-off place, you will find it downtown. Downtown eateries offer charm, customer attention, quality and value that enhance holiday — and everyday — experience.
Jesse Moriarty, Bangor resident and University of Maine employee, said, “The reason I go downtown is for the great food and wonderful atmosphere. The food downtown is by far the best in Bangor. Plus, I love that I can find gifts downtown that aren’t like every other gift out there. I love finding unusual, fun gifts for my friends and family, particularly during the holidays. Not to mention the fact that there’s great entertainment downtown — with the Penobscot Theatre, the children’s museum and all of the events that go on downtown, there’s really no reason to go anywhere else.”
Many family activities take place downtown during the holiday season.
The University of Maine Museum of Art will host “Art Factory” on Saturday, Dec. 5, before the Festival of Lights Parade kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and commences with the city holiday tree lighting.
The Holiday Tree will be delivered to West Market Square at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The Maine Discovery Museum and Bangor Public Library will host special events throughout December, and Penobscot Theatre will stage “A Christmas Carol” and “The Santaland Diaries.”
A storefront decorating contest for downtown merchants and outdoor decor of the city provide a holiday atmosphere.
The free outdoor ice rink will return to Pickering Square as weather permits.
For more information, visit www.downtownbangor.com or become a fan of downtown Bangor on Facebook for schedule updates.