As the holiday season is in full swing in Belfast, the downtown comes alive with many events and activities that are sure to add warmth to your winter days. We absolutely love supporting our local small businesses so we’ve curated a Belfast Winter Guide to ensure we share all the events!
Holiday Program Passport: November 24 – December 17
Embark on a holiday adventure with the Belfast Holiday Program Passport! Running until December 17th, this program invites you to explore participating downtown businesses. Make a purchase at any of these establishments and collect stamps on your passport (one stamp per business). The more stamps you gather, the greater your chances of winning in the gift card raffle. Return your completed passport to either Our Town Belfast (82 Main Street) or the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce (14 Main Street) by 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17. Winners will be announced on December 19, adding an extra dash of excitement to your holiday celebrations. Check out the amazing prizes at Our Town Belfast.
Downtown Window Decorating Contest: November 24 – December 17
Take a stroll through the heart of Belfast and admire the creativity on display during the Downtown Window Decorating Contest, running from November 24th to December 17th. Let the festive window displays enchant you and add a touch of holiday spirit to your winter wanderings.
Annual Early Bird Sale: December 2nd
On December 2nd, be an early bird and catch the best deals in town! The Annual Early Bird Sale promises deep discounts and promotions from retail shops and restaurants throughout downtown Belfast. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping while enjoying the town’s cozy ambiance.
Annual Menorah Lighting: December 7th
Join in the celebration of lights during the Annual Menorah Lighting on December 7th. Witness the menorah illuminate the darkness, spreading joy and marking the beginning of Hanukkah.
Holiday on the Harbor: December 9th
Mark your calendars for December 9th and experience the enchantment of “Holiday on the Harbor.” For more details on this magical event, visit the Belfast Chamber of Commerce.
Wreaths Across America: December 10th
The annual escort to Arlington begins for the Wreaths Across America convoy on December 9th. The weeklong truck convoy of Gold Star families, veterans and supporters that starts in Maine and travels to Arlington National Cemetery will be making a special stop in Belfast at noon on the 10th of December. Their arrival up Main Street from Front Street will be quite the sight to behold.
Sip and Splurge: December 14th
Indulge in a delightful evening of shopping during “Sip and Splurge” on December 14th. Many downtown businesses will extend their hours, offering a chance to sip on something special as you find the perfect gifts. Keep an eye out for additional in-store promotions that will make your holiday shopping even more memorable.
Cabin Fever Sale: February 3rd
Head to downtown Belfast, Saturday, February 3 for the Annual Cabin Fever Reliever Sale. All day many businesses will offer great deals. Treat yourself to clothing, housewares, toys, books, crafts, specialty foods, and much, MUCH, more.
Annual Belfast Ice Festival & State of Maine Ice Carving Championship: February 23 – 25
Come take a walk and visit the ice sculptures at the Belfast Annual Ice Festival that will be located throughout downtown Belfast. Take a break and have a drink at one of the ice bars or participate in one of the many outdoor activities Belfast has to offer throughout the winter. If you’re visiting from out of town, make it a weekend!
Belfast, Maine is full of festive delights. Each event adds its touch to the season, from the glittering lights to the community spirit. Make the most of this magical time in Belfast by embracing the holiday cheer that extends throughout every corner of this coastal haven.