5 BEST Christmas Towns in Maine You Must Visit


Bangor is known for its annual holiday festivities, such as the Santa Scavenger Hunt downtown, holiday arts and crafts like the Bangor Mall Holiday Craft Fair, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop, holiday cookie decorating, the Festival of Lights Parade, the City Tree Lighting, Windswept Gardens annual Winter Market, and more! 


In celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season, it hosts the annual Santa Sunday event with hundreds of fully costumed Santas hitting the slopes. If you’re not up to skiing or boarding, you can still watch the event at South Ridge! 


Kringleville, aka Waterville, is one of the top Christmas towns in Maine. It has been a local tradition each year since 1969 for downtown Waterville to transform into a hub for all things Christmas, with the whole town adorning twinkling holiday lights.  


Camden’s annual Christmas By The Sea celebration, which is now also held in the nearby towns of Lincolnville and Rockport, is a lovely holiday festival. It also features the classic Maine tradition of Santa coming ashore by lobster boat and other holiday activities like a community bonfire, holiday sales and dining specials, a Christmas parade, and a tree-lighting ceremony. 


The Christmas Prelude annual holiday festival includes Santa’s arrival by lobster boat and other festivities — a Hat Parade and Pooch Parade, two different Christmas tree lightings (one tree is decorated in lobster traps!), Candlelight Caroling, fireworks, stories with Santa, and more! 

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