Santa is coming to town

BAR HARBOR — On Friday, Dec. 4, Santa Claus will be in Bar Harbor to officially kick off the holiday season. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, sales will be happening at shops throughout the downtown.

With local shops having reduced customer capacity this year, the usual Midnight Madness Sale will be spread out over three days to give everyone a chance to shop safely. Grab all your gifts at discounted prices Dec. 4-6. A list of participating shops, their store hours and discounts being offered is available on the Chamber of Commerce’s website,

On Friday evening, Saint Nick will ride through downtown on a horse-drawn carriage and wave hello to all the families who come out to welcome him. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, things will be a bit different this year, so he won’t be able to greet everyone at the YMCA, but the Chamber hopes folks will line the streets – at a safe distance from others and wearing masks – to show holiday cheer.

Friday’s procession will begin at roughly 5:30 pm on lower Main Street, heading north toward the Village Green, turn left onto Cottage Street, then onto Eden Street (Route 3), and make a left onto Mount Desert Street before finally turning right onto Main Street and finishing at Park Street. There will be parking along the route and participants are asked to stay inside their vehicles until Santa approaches. For pedestrians, space out on the sidewalk to allow plenty of room between your party and others around you.

Following closely behind Santa will be elves from the Bar Harbor Food Pantry who will be collecting donations for families in need this holiday season. If you’re able, bring at least one non-perishable food item to contribute, which you can place directly into the carts. The food pantry asks that food items not be placed in bags prior to going into the carts.

Come out and join the fun – at a distance – as Santa Claus is welcomed to Bar Harbor. And be sure to do your holiday shopping at local shops all weekend long.

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