Christmas By The Sea 2021 & Other MidCoast Maine Holiday Events

Trap Tree at Rockland Festival of Lights 2021 Rockland Maine

Holiday Trap Tree – Rockland, Maine

One look at the area event calendar and it becomes very clear: the holidays have officially arrived! The coming weeks are loaded with popular seasonal events up and down Maine’s MidCoast. Rockland’s Festival of Lights, Camden’s Christmas By The Sea, Belfast’s Holiday on the Harbor, and much more!

Maine is known for its picturesque seaside towns and villages but, if you think they’re charming the rest of the year, wait until you see them decked out for the holidays. Old fashioned Christmas celebrations, bolstered by tradition, are a big hit here.

As with most things, though, what’s traditional to us Mainers may be fascinatingly new to you. Things like Santa arriving by boat at a pier or lobster traps stacked and decorated to resemble a Christmas tree.

Come celebrate the holidays with us!

Rockland’s Festival of Lights 2021

November 27th in Rockland, ME
Rockland’s annual Festival of Lights is a MidCoast Maine tradition.

Come see Santa arriving at the pier by boat, the annual Trap Tree lighting, excellent holiday shopping, and a fan favorite, the Festival of Lights parade! If you’ve never seen a lighted, nighttime, holiday parade, you’re in for a real treat! Don’t miss out on the hot cocoa or warm apple cider, either.

The Festival of Lights is not Rockland’s only holiday event. They also host a Lighting of the Menorah (November 28), the Rockland Hanukkah Party (December 4), and the popular Eat, Sip, And Shop event (December 11).

Rockland, ME is just under an hour’s drive south of Captain Nickels Inn, with lots of fun attractions in between.Learn more about this and other events in Rockland, ME on the Rockland Main Street Facebook page.

Camden’s Christmas By the Sea 2021

December 3rd through the 5th in Camden, ME
Christmas By the Sea is Camden’s premiere holiday celebration and a 34 year old, MidCoast Maine tradition. The event is easily one of the biggest and most popular holiday events in the area.

Christmas by the Sea kicks off the holiday season with multiple days and a host of events and activities. There’s a tree-lighting in Harbor Park, carolers and other holiday music, carriage rides, a craft fair, stores stay open late, a holiday parade, and more.

Camden, ME is just a little over a half hour’s drive south of our Maine bed and breakfast, Captain Nickels Inn. Visit the Christmas By The Sea Facebook page

The Nutcracker at the Waterville Opera House

The Nutcracker at Waterville Opera House Waterville MaineDecember 10th through the 12th in Waterville, ME
It just about isn’t Christmas without a production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” to attend. The timeless tale of toy soldiers and dancing mice is one the season’s most beloved entertainments.

Luckily for us, the Bossov Ballet Theatre is returning to the Waterville Opera House this December with their fantastic version of this traditional holiday classic.

No matter what you’ve come to see the historic, 1902 Waterville Opera House is an attraction all by itself. Waterville, ME is located just under an hour west of Captain Nickels Inn. Visit the Waterville Opera House website for tickets, times, and more information.

Belfast’s Holiday on the Harbor 2021

Christmas By The Sea Parade Camden MaineDecember 11th in Belfast, ME
Santa returns to Belfast’s Steamboat Landing Park this December for Holiday on the Harbor 2021. Holiday on the Harbor includes horse drawn wagon rides, live carolers, fun activities for the kids, hot chocolate, and more. Holiday on the Harbor will take place in the Boathouse or along the Belfast Harborwalk, depending on weather.

Best of all, Holiday on the Harbor takes place in Belfast, ME, one of our very favorite MidCoast Maine towns! Belfast is just ten minutes down the road from Captain Nickels Inn and loaded with fun things to see and do. Just wait until you see it all decorated for the holidays. So beautiful.

Visit the Holiday on the Harbor webpage to learn more about this event.

As you can see, the holiday season gets off to a bang here in Maine and our Searsport inn is right at the center of it all. Come experience it with us, here at Captain Nickels Inn. We’ll be decorated for the season and are eager to share the holidays with you!