Santa Claus Day (Hookset | 2 – 5 p.m.) :: Come meet Santa at The Cake Fairy! Santa and his elves will be here to make sweet treats, paint your face, and maybe even eat a cookie or two with you! This event is entirely free and welcome to the whole family! Let us know that you are “going” so we have enough fun treats for everyone!
Lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse (York, ME | 5 – 6 p.m.) :: Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the York High School Chamber Singers and Santa on a YBFD ladder truck at 6 p.m. followed immediately with the island lights turning on. Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate for all. Shuttles running from Ellis Park at Short Sands Beach from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please plan to come up early.
December 1 – 4
Exeter’s Ring in the Season (Exeter | times vary) :: Exeter’s 4-day holiday celebration has something for everyone. Highlights include a visit with Santa, the lighting of the town, Festival of Trees, Exeter Holiday Parade, bonfire, Holiday Trolley, Holiday Concert, Holiday house tour, caroling, pooch parade and more. Check the website for the full schedule of events.
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24
Lighted Winter Wonderland (Candia | times vary) :: Experience the magic when you visit Charmingfare Farm this season. This experience includes horse-drawn rides, lights, holiday displays, nativity with animals, costumed characters, petting zoos, and Santa and reindeer! This year, Santa has planned a special surprise.
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24
Santa’s Big Party (Candia | times vary) :: Santa is having a big party and you’re all invited to Charmingfare Farm! You start by taking a 30-minute horse-drawn ride to Santa’s secret location. Then greet Santa as he spins your favorite tunes with his costumed friends. Enjoy sugar cookies and hot cocoa around the bonfire with Santa’s real reindeer. And don’t forget the elves! This is a not-to-be-missed event.
Exeter Holiday Parade (Exeter | 5:30 p.m.) :: This year’s theme is Woodland Creatures!
70th New Castle Village Christmas Fair (New Castle | 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) :: Santa! Baked goods! Fish chowder and lobster rolls for lunch! Handmade crafts, jewelry, silent auction and lots more! It’s the 70th year that the tiny island community of New Castle has held a Christmas Fair. You won’t want to miss this one! To commemorate such an accomplishment, the ladies of the Guild plan to revive some of the former ideas from past fairs, such as Parcel Post, Dandies, and Fancy Work. Of course, you will still find those tables you have come to love and expect, such as Handmade Crafts, Wreaths and Greens, Bake Table, Gift Baskets, Jewelry, Scarves, Red Elephants and Silent Auction.
Holiday Open House (Kensington | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) :: Santa Claus is coming to the Farm at Eastman’s Corner to tell a story to the children and greet them. Take a picture with Santa and make sure to tell him what you would like for Christmas. Remember that we are here to help you, just like Santa’s little elves. We will be sampling out our prepared meals, activities for the kids, and Christmas trees!