Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightings

Each year Our Town Belfast invites community members of all faiths to join us in Post Office Square to celebrate the holiday season with our Christmas Tree and Menorah lightings.

Saturday, December 2nd, 5pm: Our Tree Lighting takes place the first Saturday in December (the same day as the Early Bird Sale).  The community gathers for cookies, cocoa, and caroling while we countdown to the Christmas Tree Lighting after dark.  Santa arrives downtown by firetruck just before the tree is lit, and takes time to meet with local kids in a warm nearby location after.  Thank you to Bangor Savings Bank for sponsoring this year’s Tree Lighting.
Saturday, December 16th, 4pm: We will gather around the 7-foot-tall menorah near sundown on a Saturday during Chanukah.  The community celebrates with music, readings, and traditional snacks. The menorah will be lit during Chanukah and remain lit throughout the holiday.  Thank you to our Menorah Lighting sponsors, Yo Mamma’s and The Colonial Theatre.

“Home for the Holidays” Dance Parties

Our Town Belfast hosts two “home for the holidays” dance parties around Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.

Come out to the United Farmer’s Market in downtown Belfast for fun, food, dancing, and general merriment well into the evening.  Meet up with visiting friends and family and shake off the holiday blues and extra helpings with some of Maine’s hottest local music acts.  Past performers include The Ghost of Paul Revere, Mallet Brothers Band, Milk & Honey Rebellion, and The Rugged.


Wednesday, November 22nd: 2nd Annual Turkey Rave (DJ Dance Party, $10 at the door).  DJs Erik Klausmeyer and Dan Greeley.  Thank you to our sponsors Coyote Moon and The Green Store.
Wednesday, December 27th: Ghost of Paul Revere LIVE ($15 in advance, $20 at the door)

Both shows begin at 8pm with doors at 7:30pm. Holiday Dance Parties feature snacks and a cash bar, so you can eat, drink, dance, and be merry!

New Years By the Bay

Sunday, December 31st from 2pm – 1am! Our Town Belfast works in partnership with NYBB to bring this yearly town-wide grass roots celebration that takes place on New Year’s Eve to Belfast.  NYBB is a chem-free, family oriented, affordable, cultural celebration of the New Year that takes place from 2:00pm till 1am., mostly in 8 indoor venues within walking distance, showcasing a wide variety of live performances, as well as several dance bands. Attendees may purchase a NYBB Adult or Youth/Student Button to wear for admission to all venues. Kids under 5 years attend for free.

The night ends with a drum rabble procession down Main St. to the public landing on the Belfast waterfront where a community bonfire is lit to beckon in the New Year! If you’d like to help build this year’s bonfire, contact us, and if you’d like to volunteer at one of the New Years By The Bay entertainment venues, contact NYBB.

Follow New Years By the Bay on Facebook or visit for more information on performers, venues, and the evening’s schedule as the event approaches.





Christmas Fair at First Church of Belfast
Saturday, November 11

Neighborhood Toy Store Day: Out on a Whimsey
Saturday, November 11

Holiday Bow Making Party
Monday, November 13

Titanic: 20th Anniversary Private Screening
Monday, November 20

WBFY Thanksgiving Potluck
Monday, November 20

Annual Turkey Rave Dance Party
Wednesday, November 22

Festival of Trees
Friday-Sunday, November 24-26

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25

Cold Comfort Holiday Craft Fair 
Saturday, November 25

Country Blessings Holiday Open House
Saturday & Sunday, November 25-26

Nutcracker in a Nutshell
Sunday, November 26

Harborwalk Restaurant Wreath and Wine Night
Tuesday, November 28

Holiday Art Walk
Friday, December 1

Cold Comfort Community Caroling
Friday, December 1

Handmade: Art Show and Sale
Friday, December 1 from 5-8pm (reception), show runs through 12/23

Early Bird Sale
Saturday, December 2

Belfast Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 2

Breakfast with Santa, Belfast Lion’s Club
Sunday, December 3

“Advent Vespers” Concert at First Church of Belfast
Sunday, December 3

First Church Love Light Ceremony
Sunday, December 3

Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”
Friday-Saturday, December 8-9,15-16 & Sundays, December 10 &17

Christmas Ukulele Concert and Supper
Friday, December 8

“Adorn & Divine” Art and Fine Craft Show
Saturday, December 9

Holiday on the Harbor
Saturday, December 9

Breakfast with Santa at Harborwalk Restaurant
Sunday, December 10

Christmas Classics at the Colonial Theatre
Monday, December 11

100 Fund Wrapping Party
Wednesday, December 13

Annual Menorah Lighting
Saturday, December 16

Cold Comfort Theater presents, “Winter Wonderland”
Friday-Saturday, December 22-23

“Ghost of Paul Revere” Holiday Dance Party
Wednesday, December 27

New Years by the Bay
Sunday, December 31

If you have a holiday event happening in Belfast that you would like promoted on our holiday events calendar, in our newsletter, and on social media, please forward your press release and a relevant .jpeg image to  We’re happy to spread the word along with the cheer!


Free Matinees at The Colonial Theatre

In the season of giving comes the Free Family Holiday Film Series, made possible by The Colonial Theatre and many local sponsors. Five movies, 5 weekends, free movies for everyone from 2 to 102!  The Colonial Theatre is located at 163 High St in downtown Belfast.

November 25-26 Nut Job 2
December 2-3 Leap
December 9-10 Despicable Me 3
December 16-17 Ninjango
December 23-24 Mystery Movie

Small Business Saturday

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday.  November 27, 2010 was the first ever Small Business Saturday.  Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.  Look for special events downtown and celebrate our small independent retailers by shopping locally in Belfast! This year, Small Business Saturday falls on November 25th.

Follow Our Town Belfast on Facebook and sign-up for our e-newsletter to learn more about the sales and promotions at various retail and dining locations in the weeks prior to our sales events!

Early Bird Sale

Shop early and get all the great deals in downtown Belfast!  Held the first Saturday in December, the Early Bird Sale is your chance to take advantage of deep discounts at all of your favorite independent locally-owned and operated hometown shops and restaurants.  

This regressive sale starts early at 6am with the deepest discounts taking place in the first hour and many sales continuing throughout the day.  The early bird gets the deal!  Find the perfect gift for each and every person on your list, and treat yourself as well on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017!  The 2017 Early Bird Sale is sponsored by Rollie’s Bar & Grill Click here to find all of this year’s deals!

Keep an eye out for the #belfastgnome throughout the holiday season at events, retail locations, and restaurants around Belfast.  Gnomey loves to spread the cheer and is always ready for a photo-op!

Share your photos on social media #belfastgnome #jinglebelfast #belfastmaine


Mark your calendar for FEBRUARY 3RD, and get your winter retail therapy fix at the CABIN FEVER SALE in Belfast. Businesses throughout downtown Belfast will be offering great deals! TREAT YOURSELF: to clothing, housewares, toys, books, food and more.  RSVP on facebook to get updates on sales and promotions as the event draws closer!

Wreaths and Bow-Making

Our Town Belfast decks the halls each year by hanging nearly 70 large wreaths on lamp posts throughout downtown.  This year groups and individuals are invited to embrace the spirit of giving and sponsor a wreath.  Get more information on wreath sponsorship.

Our wreaths are adorned with oversized, hand-tied, classic red bows.  Volunteers can join us in making bows to be affixed to wreaths on November 13th.  Our Town Belfast will provide the tools and instruction for this fun holiday project. 

Santa Mail

Every year Our Town Belfast’s little helpers answer Santa Mail from area kids.  This festive mailbox is placed in Post Office Square around Thanksgiving.  Kids from Belfast and the surrounding area are invited to leave their letters to Santa where they are sure to be delivered.  Be sure to leave and return a address, and your child’s letter will be responded to prior to Christmas.  Whether they’re traditional lists, letters, or drawings, we love hearing from local kids during the holiday season and passing their wishes onto Santa!