Calendar of Events
Saturday, december 1
Christmas Tree Lighting on Wiscasset Common
Join the Wiscasset Community for Christmas carols and a visit from Santa on the historic Wiscasset Common at the southern end of the Village. As the darkness descends, celebrate the lighting of the town Christmas tree with song, hot cocoa, and good cheer. Festivities begin around 4:30pm.
sunday, december 2
advent craft workshop, First Congregational Church, noon-2pm, 28 High St.
As we journey toward Christmas, join us for some seasonal fun at our Advent Workshop! We will be making Christmas cards, gingerbread houses, tree ornaments, table decorations, and holiday hors d’oeuvres, as well as decorating cookies. Keep what you make to take home or eat on site! Dr. Jeff Grosser will be playing Christmas carols for us while we work! This is for all ages and free to the public. No RSVP needed. 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 DAY, 10am to 6pm (and later), FEATURING one-day sales! WIN TICKETS TO GARDENS AGLOW - TODAY ONLY!
Visit the selection of specialty shops and galleries in Wiscasset Village. Look for Marketfest special discounts at these stores:
Beelicious, 20% off everything in the shop - 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, (details soon) 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 (details soon), 45 Water St.
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. 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; and Kahren's Kitchen's gingerbread houses and cookies, and other custom confections both decorative and edible!
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 be embellishing the main staircase handrail with adorned live greens. Hot cider and freshly baked treats wait for you in the original kitchen. Take a 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) Snack and lunch selections, prepared by parish cooks, are served on site.
Farm & Garden Gifts in the Nickels-Sortwell Barn on Federal St.
Shop for specialty gifts at the Holiday Marketfest pop-ups: hand-made, unique, individually sourced just for you!
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.
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!
Nickels-Sortwell House in Holiday regalia, noon - 3pm
The 1807 Nickels-Sortwell House will be decorated with fresh greens for inspiration and splendor. Floral designers and stylists include Michelle Peele Floral + Home Design in the solarium; Stephanie Wright & Laurie Green in the formal parlor; Water Lily Flowers and Gifts, Garden Club of Wiscasset, and Lincoln County Historical Association in the dining room and sitting room. Take a guided tour: $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 BIRCH, 72Main 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 chefs for a relaxing holiday meal! Adults, $12; children under 10, $7. (Menu soon.) 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. 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 shopping visit 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; and Kahren's Kitchen gingerbread houses and cookies, and other decorative and edible confections. Warm cider while you shop! Federal St.