As we gear up for finals, don’t forget to take a break and start getting into the Holiday spirit! Here’s a list of events happening around Portland in the next couple of weeks- check them out and give yourself some stress relief while getting festive.
All of November & December 2017
Holiday Window Display Contest
Feast your eyes on the gorgeous displays and vote for your favorite!
November 24 - December 17 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Horse & Wagon Rides
Enjoy free rides on a horse-drawn carriage throughout enchanting Downtown Portland. Pick up and drop off every half hour in Monument Square. Hours: Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 2-6pm, Sundays 1-5pm
November 29, Dec 6, and Dec 13 (3 Wednesdays)
12-2pm: Elfternoon Lunchtime Shopping
Enjoy free lunch & snacks while you shop downtown at participating shops, listed on the website.
Friday, Dec 1
2pm-11 Vena’s Holiday Parlor
Check out Vena’s Holiday Parlor: December 1st from 2 pm-11 pm, December 2nd 11am- 11pm and December 3rd from 2 pm-9pm. Enjoy vintage cocktailware, local art, Vena's Hot Toddies & Cocktail Infusion Kits, & live music for the warmest way to celebrate the season – Vena’s Style! Electric Flora will be on hand with fresh floral designs in vintage cocktail glassware – perfect hostess gift!
5-8pm First Friday Art Walk -- Managed by Creative Portland
Enjoy shopping, art exhibitions and live performances.
5-9pm 2017 MECA Holiday Sale & #MECAmade showcase
The juried 2017 Holiday Sale will include over 50 alumni vendors, selling handmade
ceramics, jewelry, furniture, prints, and textiles. Student vendors include the Printmaking, Illustration, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, and Drawing departments. Admission is free! Happening Dec 1st 5-9pm and Dec 2nd 10am-5pm. https://www.meca.edu/article/holiday-sale-mecamade/
5:30pm Kennebunkport tree lighting ceremony in Dock Square
7pm Lobster Trap Tree Lighting in Kennebunkport
Saturday, Dec 2
4pm-1am Portland Santacon X
Tenth annual Santacon Portland, ME! Come dress up with hundreds Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Rudolphs, Missletoes, Christmas trees, Abominable Snowmen, Leg Lamps, Yukon Corneliui, and "Anthony Weiner-in-a-Box" Elves joining the Santarchy! They'll be spreading holiday "cheers" and "ho ho hos" to Santa's favorite Old Port watering holes! They’ll also be collecting donations for Family Crisis Services, a domestic violence support and prevention agency in Portland.
Thursday, December 7
4-10pm Merry Madness
Shop 'til you drop! Get your Merry Madness wine glass, then shop downtown 'til 10pm!
Friday, December 8
4-8pm 5th Annual RWS Holiday POP UP SHOP & Open Studios
Held at Running With Scissors Studios (250 Anderson Street), Dec 8th 4-8pm and Dec 9th 10am-4pm. Shop in a wonderful studio environment filled with locally made art works and fine crafts by resident RWS artists and invited guest artists while sampling local brews, and food. Over 40 Studio artists will OPEN their studios in our 16,000 sq makers space. Filled with jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, textiles, photographs, gifts and home keepsakes, this is THE holiday one stop shop
Saturday, Dec 9
6pm Ugly Sweater Crawl ($25-30)
The 1st annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is here and we want the city of Portland to join in on the fun. Get that Goodwill sweater, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell ROCK!
•Signature Ugly Sweater T-Shirt (available at last bar)
•Registration party to kick off the crawl
•Exclusive Drink and Food specials at participating bars
•Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Lanyard for bar and giveaway access
•Holiday music rocking at each participating bar
•Hundreds of crawlers dressed in the ugliest holiday gear
•More giveaways to come!
Saturday, Dec 16 & 17
10am Holiday edition- Vintage Bazaar New England (Thompson’s Point)
85 talented vendors, spread inside a historic 25,000sqft brick industrial building, will offer thoughtfully decorated and curated booths with exceptional vintage treasures, holiday treats, upcycled salvage styles and unique handmade gifts. Join in the merriment as VBNE Holiday Edition kicks off Saturday, December 16th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, December 17th from 10am to 4pm. General Admission is $10 and Early Bird/Weekend Passes $15. (order your tickets online for discount ticket rates of $8 and $13)
For more events happening around Portland check out: https://www.portlandmaine.com/events-downtown/