Our area has no shortage of fun events to get you in the holiday spirit. Here are a few upcoming events in greater Bangor and beyond to get you feeling festive…
Nov. 18-Dec. 31: Gardens Aglow
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay
The gardens will transform from a summer paradise to a winter wonderland. Tens of thousands of lights will be hung, making this the biggest light display in Maine. In addition to the lighting, visitors will enjoy music, special food and beverage options and holiday shopping.
Dec. 1-24: Oliver!
The Penobscot Theatre, Bangor
In this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 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.
Dec. 2-4: Victorian Christmas
Penobscot Marine Museum, Fowler-True-Ross Sea Captain’s House & Museum Store, Searsport
The Ship Captain’s house is beautifully decorated for the holidays and filled with live music and holiday-themed readings. Check out the Museum Store for book signings, a holiday gingerbread house display and more. The Town of Searsport’s Tree Lighting And Carol Singing are on Friday night.
Dec. 3: Festival of Lights Parade
The Rotary Club of Bangor hosts this annual parade featuring dozens of entries all lit up for the holidays. The parade steps off at 4:30 p.m. As one might expect, Santa Claus will be the main attraction; his appearance will formally usher in the holiday season.
Dec. 17-18: Bangor Symphony Orchestra presents “The Nutcracker”
Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
A holiday tradition for all ages, the BSO’s annual production of The Nutcracker with the Robinson Ballet is beloved by audiences throughout Maine. Join us for as a magical production as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker grace the stage of the Collins Center for the Arts.