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The Start of the Holiday Season

November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Day has just passed, and we are finding ourselves thankful for another year of meeting new people, taking care of our wonderful guests, and living in one of the prettiest cities in the country.

We also live in a wonderfully creative community filled with great, local businesses that help to feed, entertain and supply some of the most unique gifts for each and every person that visits our town. With today being Small Business Saturday, we’d like to give a nod to our friends and neighbors who help to make Camden the special place that it is. Mo matter if you’re staying at one of our inns, eating at a local restaurant, or shopping in one of the stores along Main Street, you’re helping to support our community and contribute to its uniqueness…and for that we say “thank you”!
This time of year also serves as the official start of the holiday season and the beginning of a variety of seasonal events and activities for young and old. On Thanksgiving weekend, Rockland hosts its Festival of Lights celebration, complete with a parade, Santa arriving by Coast Guard boat, horse drawn wagon rides, the lighting of the famous lobster trap tree.

Next weekend, the town of Camden holds its own holiday celebration with the annual Christmas by the Sea weekend. On the first full weekend in December, Camden turns into a storybook Christmas village. With wreath-lined streets, lights and festive decorations in all of the store windows, a tree lighting overlooking the harbor, and Santa arriving by lobster boat, it’s the picture of a quintessential New England holiday…and it is something truly special. Now in its 27th year, Christmas by the Sea is a three-day event that also includes a Christmas parade, caroling, horse drawn wagon rides, musical entertainment, performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Camden Opera House, a reading by Santa of “The Night Before Christmas” at the library, holiday sales and specials, craft fairs and more.

Following the parade and tree lighting on Friday night, the shops along Main Street even stay open late, inviting revelers to enjoy homemade confections and partake in special Christmas by the Sea sales.

Camden’s Christmas by the Sea festival is truly a community and family affair that offers fun and a little Christmas spirit for locals and visitors of all ages. If you’re lucky enough to visit us during this special time of year, you won’t want to miss the fun, and before you leave, you’ll definitely want to get a picture of the Christmas star shining brightly atop Mt. Battie.

As you can see, no matter when you visit or what you do, Camden always offers something special. We have much to be thankful for as we head into this wonderful season, and we look forward to sharing it all with you very soon!

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