Calendar of Events
Saturday, december 1
Christmas Tree Lighting on Wiscasset Common
The Wiscasset Community gathered together for Christmas carols and a visit from Santa on the historic Wiscasset Common. As the darkness descended, many voices sang to celebrate the season and the lighting of the town Christmas tree. Followed with hot cocoa and lots of neighborly good cheer.
sunday, december 2
advent craft workshop, First Congregational Church, noon-2pm, 28 High St.
As we journey toward Christmas, friends and visitors joined together for some seasonal fun at the Advent Workshop: making Christmas cards, gingerbread houses, tree ornaments, table decorations, holiday hors d’oeuvres, and decorating cookies. Participants were able to take home or eat on site whatever they made! Dr. Jeff Grosser played Christmas carols during the workshop. This is an annual event and free to the public. In early December 2019, just drop in and enjoy!
Thursday, december 6
Light up Wiscasset on the creamery pier (Rte. 1 bridge)
FIREWORKS at 6pm
Santa visits 5-7pm
Hot Chocolate and seasonal treats in the Chamber's Info. booth on the pier
Holiday marketfest shopping! 10am to 6pm and later.
Enjoy browsing through the stunning collection of specialty shops in Wiscasset Village. Knowledgable owners on site can help you select just the right gifts for loved ones.
friday, december 7
SHOP-TILL-YOU-DROP TODAY, 10am to 6pm (and later), with one-day sales! WIN TICKETS TO GARDENS AGLOW - TODAY ONLY!
Look for the doorway candy canes and visit these specialty shops and galleries in Wiscasset Village with FRIDAY special sales and discounts:
Beelicious, 20% off everything in the shop; featuring Old Time Donuts, made from scratch - FRIDAY ONLY! 60 Main St.
Moulinette, 20% off purchases of $50 or more - FRIDAY ONLY! (complimentary holiday gift with each $35 + purchase on Thurs., Sat., Sun.) 60 Main St.
Rock Paper Scissors is offering a MYSTERY DISCOUNT: draw from Santa’s hat at the register for a 10% to 40% discount on your entire purchase! 68 Main St.
BIRCH, take 20% off your entire purchase of $50 or more, FRIDAY ONLY! 72 Main St.
DEBRAELIZABETH’S, 40% off clothing, 30% off shoes, 20% off accessories, jewelry, and home decor!!! 78 Main St.
PERCH PILATES, buy a single session gift certificate at full price ($60) and your second gift certificate is half price! (cash or check only, please), 102 Main St.
WATER LILY FLOWERS & GIFTS, offering 25-50% off selected gift items, 52 Water St.
SPRUCE/LITTLE MAINE MERCANTILE, 15% percent off all merchandise to help you celebrate the season! 49 Water St.
CREAMED BAKING CO., pick your sweet deal out of Frosty’s hat! You could win a free treat or a discounted goodie. 49 Water St., lower level
SARAH’S CAFE, Shoppers’ Specials, 11am to 8:30pm: rich and creamy lobster Mac and Cheese with green salad, $16; lobster roll and soup combo, specially priced, FRIDAY ONLY, $22. 45 Water St.
At Sarah’s Cafe, see prints by Maine wildlife photographer Keith Dirago. Keith will be on site from 11am to 2pm. He is a self-taught photographer with a specialty in wildlife and landscapes. He lives in a small log cabin in Farmington, nestled in the woods, where he has constant opportunities “to capture nature’s beauty in all four seasons” just outside his door! Mainely Wildlife Photography. Keith is a Maine original!
Specialty pop-ups open for business, 10am - 4pm
Maine-made Crafts, Fellowship Hall in the First Congregational Church, 28 High St., with parking on High St. and in the rear lot. Crafters include Instant Comfort, PS Designs, By the Bay, Asian Accents, Fantasy Designs, and Common Scents Soaps. Snack and lunch selections on site: freshly baked goods (baking while you shop!), chili, and sandwiches.
Farm and Garden Gifts in the Nickels-Sortwell Barn on Federal St. This earthy collection of vendors includes Carriage House Gardens' gifts for the gardeners on your list; Mindful Gardens' everlasting wreaths and bouquets, kissing balls and balsam wreaths; Kahren's Kitchen's gingerbread houses and cookies; Synergy Design’s hand-made knitted scarves and hats; Morris Farm’s farm-to-table wares; Joyful Holiday Creations’ hand-me ornaments and hand-lettered signs; and Sheepscot River Retreat’s delightful holiday stockings made from re-purposed fabrics.
Wreaths around the holidays in the Nickels-Sortwell barn, 10am to 4pm
Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce businesses decorate a wreath for display. Their challenge: over-the-top! Wreaths will be donated to local families in need of holiday cheer. Vote for People’s Choice.
Nickels-Sortwell House in Holiday regalia, noon - 3pm
The 1807 Nickels-Sortwell House, owned and managed by Historic New England, will be decorated with fresh greens for holiday inspiration. The formal parlor’s florals and decor will be styled by Stephanie Wright and Laurie Green; Michelle Peele Floral + Home Design will create magic in the solarium; the dining room will be ‘seasoned’ by Tiger Lily Flowers and Gifts, and the family parlor will be decorated by the Lincoln County Historical Association. The Garden Club of Wiscasset will embellish the main staircase with adorned live greens. Hot cider and freshly baked treats wait for you in the original kitchen. Guides will be on hand to answer questions on this self-guided tour. $5 members and Wiscasset residents; $10 others. 121 Main St.
Gingerbread House Workshop for families, 6-7:30pm
Bring the family and join the elves at Wiscasset’s Rec. Center for fun and creative holiday tradition! Each family will get a pre-made gingerbread house to decorate. The Rec. Center will provide all of the decorations to make your own edible masterpiece. And you get to take it home at the end of the evening! Pre-registration is encouraged or pay at the door (spaces are limited). $20 per member or community partner family; $25 for non-member family. 242 Gardiner Rd., Wiscasset. FMI and to register: 207-882-8230.
saturday, December 8
Sunday, December 10
children’s shopping at the Library, 9am - 2pm
Friends of the Library will help children shop - without their parents - for special friends and family! From 9am to 2pm, the Wiscasset Library will transform into a kids' version of Holiday Marketfest with affordable gifts for children to purchase. Gracious elves, disguised as grown-ups, will guide the children in their selections and take care of on-site wrapping. Fritz-the-Reindeer-Dog makes an encore appearance! 21 High St.
specialty pop-up shops, 10am - 4pm:
Maine-made Craft Show, First Congregational Church, 28 High St. (on street or parking in rear) Just baked pastries and lunch selections, prepared by parish cooks, are served on site.
Farm & Garden Gifts in the Nickels-Sortwell Barn on Federal St. with fresh greens for the holidays, tools for gardeners, hand-made Gingerbread Houses, knitted items, handmade Christmas ornaments, and more.
Shop for specialty gifts at the Holiday Marketfest pop-ups: hand-made, unique, individually sourced just for you!
And take a look at Wreaths Around the Holidays. Wiscasset Chamber businesses decorate for inspiration and fun! Wreaths will be donated to local families. Vote for People’s Choice!
Take the shuttle!
Ride the Woodfield Farm horse-drawn wagon, making stops at all the pop-up shops, Nickels-Sortwell House, and Village, 11am - 3pm. FREE but donations accepted. it’s the loveliest way to see the Village!
maine wildlife photographer at sarah’s cafe, 11am to 2pm
Meet photographer Keith Dirago and look at his photos of bluebirds (left) and other Maine wildlife on display in Sarah’s Cafe from 11am to 2pm. Mainely Wildlife Photography. Keith is a self-taught photographer and specializes in the wildlife and landscapes of Maine.
farm + sea candle trunk show at BIRCH, 11am to 3pm
Meet creator & owner Mary Swenson and shop her collection of candles, home scents, and body products. Farm + Sea products are made in small batches with carefully chosen scents that change seasonally. Candles are hand-poured and reed diffusers, room/linen sprays, and roll-on perfumes are blended and labeled by hand. 72 Main St.
Holiday Caroling, noon-2pm
Listen, or join in, to your favorite holiday music throughout Wiscasset Village as members of the Sheepscot Valley Chorus put everyone in the holiday mood!
Sarah's Cafe Tidbit Station at Farm & Garden Pop-up in the Nickels-Sortwell Barn on Federal St., noon-3pm
Wiscasset's much beloved family restaurant will be serving up grilled tasty tidbits to take away the chill: mini-grilled cheese sandwiches and crab cakes! Hot wassail! Pay what you like.
Nickels-Sortwell House in Holiday regalia, noon - 3pm
Guides will be on hand to answer questions on your self-guided tours of the 1807 Nickels-Sortwell House, decorated for Christmas by Michelle Peele Floral + Home Design, Water Lily Flowers and Gifts, the Garden Club of Wiscasset, Stephanie Wright & Laurie Green, and the Lincoln County Historical Association. Enjoy hot cider and baked goods in the original kitchen. $5 Wiscasset residents; $10 others. 121 Main St.
Treats Wine tasting, 2-4pm
Stop in to Treats during your holiday shopping and enjoy tasting a carefully curated selection of fine wines. Take home a discounted case for holiday entertaining or find something very special to tuck under the tree! 80 Main St.
Terry Heller at Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 2-5pm
Keyboard artist Terry Heller plays holiday favorites - and special requests - amidst the stunning art in Wiscasset Bay Gallery. Stop in! 67 Main St.
Snow Ball at Water's Edge, 7-10pm
Don your finest party apparel for a joyous evening of holiday fun! Dance to the band Salty Dog, enjoy appetizers, and wet your whistle at the cash bar. Advance tickets, $20; $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at Moulinette, 60 Main St.; BIRCH, 72 Main St.; Chamber office, 297 Bath Rd.; or First National Bank, 39 Gardiner Rd. See you at Water’s Edge, 318 Eddy Rd., Edgecomb (just across the Rte. 1 bridge from Wiscasset Village)!
Sarah’s Cafe Holiday Brunch Buffet, 10am - 1:30pm
Now that your shopping is (almost) done, enjoy a special menu prepared by Sarah’s Cafe for a relaxing holiday meal! In addition to Sarah’s classic menu:
freshly baked quiches: Bacon and Onion or Spinach and Mushroom
Mrs Claus’ cheesy potatoes (a favorite with Santa)
Buddy the Elf’s favorite French Toast Casserole with Maine maple syrup
Frosty’s fresh fruit salad or Napa cabbage with walnuts and lemon
Elfin Magic: Pointsetta Cocktail (or mocktail!)
And, of course, Sarah’s famous Soup Bar with Haddock Chowder, Faux Reindeer Stew (free range of course), Holiday Spiced Ginger Veggie!
Adults, $12; children under 10, $7. For parties of 6 or more, give Sarah’s a call and let them know you’re coming: 207-882-7504. 45 Water St.
Holiday Caroling, noon-2pm
Join in as members of the Sheepscot Valley Chorus and the First Congregational Church Chorus serenade shoppers for the final day of Holiday Marketfest!
Nickels-Sortwell House in holiday regalia, noon-3pm
The 1807 Nickels-Sortwell House, owned and managed by Historic New England, will be decorated with gorgeous greens for inspiration and splendor. Guides will be available to answer your questions on your self-guided tour. As you leave the house, stop in the original kitchen for hot cider and freshly baked goods then meander to the historic barn next door for a last shop in the Farm & Garden Shop. Guided house tour: $5 Wiscasset residents; $10 others. 121 Main St.
farm and garden pop-up in the Nickels-sortwell barn, noon to 3pm
Shop the collection of vendors: Carriage House Gardens' gifts for the gardeners on your list; Mindful Gardens' everlasting wreaths and bouquets, balsam wreaths and kissing balls; Kahren's Kitchen gingerbread houses and cookies; Synergy Design’s knitted wear; Joyful Holiday Creations’ hand-made ornaments and signs; Sheepscot River Retreat’s hand-blown ornaments and up cycled Christmas stockings; and Morris Farm’s farm-to-table specialties. Federal St. behind the Nickels-Sortwell House