Holiday Happenings in Belfast by the Bay

Visit us in Belfast for family fun, holiday shopping, December Art Walk, Christmas and Chanukah celebrations, and more.  Shop, dine, live, and love local!

*Denotes a signature Our Town Belfast event!

FMI on these events and more, call 207.218.1158.

Saturday, Nov. 28
Shop Small Saturday
Great deals all over Belfast with extra special promotions available to American Express cardholders. Skip the big box and shop small!

Saturday, Nov. 28, 7-10pm
*Holiday Homecoming Dance #1
Dancing through the decades with DJ Erik Klausmeyer, in the Fallout Shelter at Waterfall Arts. $5 donation at the door, beer and wine available for adults 21+

Dec. 4-23, gallery hours TBA
Waterfall Arts “Handmade” Show and Sale
This show at Belfast’s celebrated cultural center, Waterfall Arts, features affordable, unique, very contemporary crafts and art, all handmade by more than 60 Maine creatives. Perfect for your gift giving and receiving needs. FMI: Visit or call 338-2222.

Friday, Dec. 4, 5:30-8pm
Special December Art Walk
Enjoy fantastic art, and mingle with local artists and lovers of art in more than a dozen galleries and studios in downtown Belfast – plus live street performances and a special event with Mrs. Claus. FMI: Visit

Friday, Dec. 4, 5-5:30pm
*Holiday Costume Parade
Meet Mrs. Claus at the Post Office at 5pm for a walk downtown ending with cookies and cocoa and visits in local galleries on art walk night. Elf hats, antlers, ugly sweaters, any clothing that shows your holiday spirit is encouraged! All ages and children especially welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 6-9am
*The Great Big Early Bird Sale
Incredible deals all over downtown Belfast. The earlier the bird, the better the deal. More than fifty participating retailers and restaurants. Find Belfast Early Bird Sale on facebook for more details!

Saturday, Dec. 5, 4:30pm
*Holiday Tree Lighting
Meet in front of the Belfast Post Office for cookies, cocoa, carols, and a visit with Santa. We’ll light up the tree around 5pm.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 3pm
Advent Vespers Concert
Featuring the First Church Choir, directed by John Cameron with accompaniment by Barbara Kemp – at the First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:30pm
*First Annual Community Menorah Lighting
Join us for our first annual event celebrating the start of Chanukah! We will light a large menorah in front of the Belfast Post Office with remarks led by former Belfast Poet Laureate, Ellen Sander.

Friday, Dec. 11th, 4pm
How the Grouch Stole Christmas (or Tried To)
Freely adapted by Aynne Ames and eaturing Heather Susee as the ‘Grouch’, this lovely play with music (presented by Cold Comfort Theater) will be sure to delight! A 45min. run time will be perfectly suited for even the youngest of audience members, and energetic performers will excite and delight! Donations to benefit the First Baptist Church, Belfast will be gratefully accepted.
Freely adapted by Aynne Ames, original music by Christian Stevens, directed by Maggie Goscinski, and stage managed by Brittany Steele.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 10:30am-1:30pm
Holiday on the Harbor
Santa arrives by boat at the public landing around 11:15am with great holiday activities (cookie decorating, photos, story time, carriage rides, and more) before and after. FMI: Contact the Belfast Chamber at 338-5900.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 6:30pm
*2nd Annual Dinner in the Library
A fundraiser for Our Town Belfast: Four course meal with wine pairings and aperitif by Trillium Caterers. Live music by Mes Amis gypsy jazz.   All in the beautiful and historic Gammans Reading Room of the Belfast Free Library. Tickets available at

Saturday, Dec. 26, 8pm
*Holiday Homecoming Dance #2
Live music with THE MALLET BROTHERS BAND at the Belfast American Legion Hall. $15 admission, cash bar for adults 21+. Prize awarded for the ugliest holiday sweater!

Friday, Dec. 31, 2pm-12:30am
19th Annual New Year’s by the Bay
Live music in venues all over downtown Belfast, culminating in the annual drum and rabble march leaving the traffic light at 11:45pm and ending with the countdown to midnight bonfire at the Public Landing.

Every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a different PG movie is featured playing on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Doors open 45 minutes before these showtimes – arrive early as free movies can fill up fast!

  • MINIONS: Sat. & Sun., Nov. 28 & 29, at 12:30 and 3pm both days
  • SHAUN THE SHEEP: Sat. & Sun., Dec. 5 & 6, at 12:30 and 3pm both days
  • HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2: Sat & Sun ~ Dec. 12 & 13, at 12:30 and 3pm both days
  • Surprise Movie! (TBA): Sat & Sun ~ Dec. 19 & 20, at 12:30 and 3pm both days

Check flyers at theatre listing all the great local businesses who make these free shows possible!

*Denotes a signature Our Town Belfast event!

FMI on these events and more, call 207.218.1158

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