BAR HARBOR — Santa Claus is coming to town – Friday, on the Village Green, right around 5 p.m. Families will gather at 4:30 p.m. for carol singing and hot cocoa to kick off the annual Village Holidays Celebration and Midnight Madness sale.
The event is presented by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and hosted by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and YMCA.
Photos with Santa and other children’s activities and crafts will be available at the YMCA from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Summer Festival of the Arts participants help lead the craft tables.
Also at the YMCA, children from toddlers to teens are invited to pick out a free book during the Mount Desert Islander’s annual Gift of Reading book giveaway event.
Over at 127 West St., the Maine Seacoast Mission will host its annual Christmas open house and silent wreath auction from 5-8 p.m. This event will feature refreshments and music.
The mission’s Colket Center, built in 1902 as a summer cottage called La Rochelle, is beautiful at any time of year, but it is never more beautiful than when it is decorated for the Christmas holidays.
“This year, we have invited community members and store owners to decorate our trees,” said Anna Silver, one of the organizers of the mission’s event. “We are very happy with the result. We have nine trees decorated that way.”
All proceeds from the event will be used to support the mission’s Christmas program, which annually provides 8,000 gifts to children and the elderly in the coastal communities and islands of Down East Maine.
Midnight Madness sales begin at many downtown merchants at 8 p.m.
At the chamber’s visitor’s center at the corner of Main and Cottage streets, receipts from the evening’s shopping will qualify shoppers to enter the midnight raffle drawing for two round-trip tickets between Bar Harbor and Boston on Cape Air. Winners will be drawn on Monday.
Sales and offers from participating businesses can be found elsewhere in this issue and at barharborinfo.com.
A variety of events and the arrival of Santa are also set for Saturday, Dec. 3, in Northeast Harbor. Santa and Mrs. Claus are slated to arrive aboard the Maine Seacoast Mission vessel Sunbeam at 4 p.m.