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December 1-24

Penobscot Theatre Company presents “Oliver!”

In this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, orphan Oliver Twist navigates the underworld of Victorian London, searching for a loving home and falling into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving Fagin. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic. Tickets are available online at penobscottheatre.org, or by calling 942-3333.


December 2

Midnight Madness and Village Green Holidays in Bar Harbor

The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. on the Village Green in downtown Bar Harbor for caroling, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa and the tree lighting. Then, the MDI YMCA will host a family festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and then from 8 p.m. to midnight, the Midnight Madness sale will offer steep discounts at Bar Harbor boutiques. A raffle to win two plane tickets through Cape Air will go all night as well.


December 3

Bangor Rotary Festival of Lights Parade

This annual tradition, set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, rolls its way through downtown Bangor in a beautiful display of twinkling lights and local pride—and of course, Santa will be there as well. Sponsored by the Bangor Rotary.


December 3-4

29th annual Christmas by the Sea

A weekend celebration of the holiday season in Camden, Rockport and Rockland. Parade, community tree lighting, and musical entertainment. Holiday sales and dining specials; photos and children’s story hour with Santa, who arrives by boat.


December 6

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at the Cross Insurance Center

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been a holiday tradition for the past 30 years; Grammy award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features beloved Christmas music along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.


December 10

21st annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market

Free and open to the public, this event is the largest holiday gathering of Maine Indian artists in New England and features award-winning members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. It is much more than a sale, as visitors have an opportunity to learn about Maine Indian history and culture, hear traditional language spoken, learn about Maine Indian music and dance traditions, watch artists demonstrate these ancient art forms throughout the day, and purchase one of a kind art from basketmakers, carvers, birchbark artists and jewelers. It’s set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Hudson Museum at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.


December 17

The Fogcutters Super Fantastic Christmas Extravaganza

The Fogcutters are a 19-piece big band from Portland, Maine, with a different perspective on the format of the classic big band: writing and playing original music unencumbered by a singular music style, and influenced by musical masters of the past and present. The result is a unique sound and eclectic style that is anything but traditional. This is not your grandfather’s big band! Every Christmas the band pairs up with a wide array of Maine musicians for an explosive holiday show, benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation. This year’s event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the State Theatre in Portland; tickets are available via Ticketmaster.


December 17-18

Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Robinson Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Holiday magic returns to the Collins Center with the BSO’s annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The timeless tale of Clara, her Nutcracker, and their adventures in the Land of Sweets is brought to life with a full orchestra, dancers, and scenery in this beautiful production.


December 31

Bangor’s Downtown Countdown

The ninth annual Downtown Countdown will once again feature a huge array of entertainment, kid’s activities, dancing, food and generalized revelry, beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting into the first few hours of 2017. It’s the state’s largest New Year’s Eve event. All events are free unless otherwise noted; a full schedule can be found online at countdownbangor.com.


December 31

18th Annual New Year’s By the Bay, Belfast

This celebration includes events happening all around town. There will be music, dancing, magic, food, and more in a family-friendly environment. Purchase a button for entry into all events. 2 pm to midnight. $18 adults; $5 youth; free for children under the age of 5.

323-1748 • nybb.org

December 31

New Year’s Eve Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop, Eastport

Where else can you see a gigantic sardine and maple leaf descend from above? Nowhere but Eastport. The maple leaf drops at 11 p.m.—a.k.a. midnight Atlantic Time, in honor of our Canadian friends and neighbors—and the sardine follows at midnight.


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