35th annual Christmas by the Sea kicks off in Camden, Lincolnville and Rockport Dec. 3-5

The Christmas by the Sea annual holiday tradition will continue this year, bringing good tidings to the area, and reinvigorating time-honored traditions.

Beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, the 35th annual Christmas by the Sea will celebrate with a holiday parade in downtown Camden, followed by the lighting of a Christmas tree at Harbor Park, with Santa Claus and Elf Ellen presiding over both events.

Those wishing to participate in the Christmas by the Sea parade should contact Holly Anderson at handerson@camdensnowbowl.com to receive a participation form.

The Camden Area Business Group is presenting Christmas by the Sea, and is arranging for Santa to arrive by boat at 10 a.m., Saturday morning, at the Camden Public Landing, where he’ll have time to greet children before he heads to the Camden Snow Bowl for another official entrance and his traditional reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at 1 p.m.

Photos with Santa and Elf Ellen will take place directly following story time, between 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

At 5 p.m., on Saturday, Santa will make an appearance at the Lincolnville Beach bonfire before retiring for the evening.

Throughout the weekend, area merchants will be open for holiday shopping, and a variety of festive events will be offered by individual businesses and organizations in Camden, Lincolnville and Rockport.

Some of these events include cookie decorating (for children and adults), a storefront treasure hunt, a traditional holiday market, Christmas craft fair, a live nativity scene, several musical performances, Beltie Holiday, and many other fun surprises. 

For all the details, see the Christmas by the Sea events brochure, which is available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 2 Public Landing and also on the Christmas by the Sea Facebook page. 

In recognition of Christmas by the Sea’s 35th anniversary, a commemorative ornament has been crafted by Wooden Alchemy of Camden.

The ornaments feature some of Camden’s iconic symbols of the holiday season, including the Mt. Battie Tower Star and the evergreen tree mounted to the mast of the schooner Mary Day.

Ornaments will be for sale at the Chamber office and also at Wooden Alchemy at 19 Elm St. The ornaments are $10 each, and proceeds will benefit the Knox County Homeless Coalition.

The Camden Area Business Group extends its thanks to sponsors and supporters of Christmas by the Sea, including:

Town of Camden/Camden Parks and Recreation
Camden Coast Real Estate
Camden National Bank
Camden Public Library
Camden Real Estate
Craft Delivery Service
The Elms of Camden
First National Bank
Lane Gower Photography
Town of Lincolnville/Lincolnville Fire Department
Lord Camden Inn
Lyman Morse at Wayfarer Marine
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce
16 Bay View
Treeworks Landscape and Arboriculture
Uncle Willy’s Candy Shoppe
Wooden Alchemy

Event Date: 

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 6:00pm