Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest is the destination for gift-givers who want to shop small, local, and crafty. For three days, Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4, shoppers can peruse a collection of fine specialty shops, art and antique galleries, and artisan wares. With plenty of free parking, the very walkable Village also offers free events and activities for shoppers and families during Marketfest.
Friday, Dec. 2, is “Shop ‘Til You Drop Day,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with many shops offering one-day discounts, warming cocoa, demos, and other in-store features. Shops offering Marketfest specials include Moulinette, Rock Paper Scissors, BIRCH, Treats, Old & Everlasting, Samuel Snider Antiques, and Bradbury Art & Antiques. Details can be found on the Marketfest website.
Each shop participating in Marketfest weekend is hosting a drawing for dining. Candy canes at the doorway identify participating shops and the raffle tickets for fine local dining are FREE with no purchase necessary.
The $100 gift certificates to Water St. Kitchen, Water’s Edge, and Montsweag Restaurant have been donated by the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce. The Holiday Gift Shop is a Marketfest feature with more than 20 artisan vendors selling their creations in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn. On Federal Street, shoppers will find a curated collection of fine hand-made home goods, personal luxuries, and terrific specialty foods. This is a single-point-of-sale shop for shoppers’ convenience and plastic is accepted.
Before checking out, visitors are invited to view the ‘Wreaths Around the Holidays’ display of wreaths, decorated by local businesses, which will be donated to families through Toys for Tots after Marketfest. ‘Trimmed Wiscasset Tree,’ a raffle to support Marketfest’s free community events, is also underway in the Gift Shop. The tree is decorated with items and gift certificates donated by local merchants with a value of more than $1,000. Raffle tickets can be purchased at check out.
Marketfest Friday culminates with a family event on the Creamery Pier. This year, the late afternoon festivities include a visit with Santa, live caroling, warming cocoa, a petting zoo with wooly sheep, and a lobster trap tree. And, thanks to a unique collaboration between Big Al’s Fireworks and Bradbury Art & Antiques, fireworks over the Sheepscot River return!
The art gallery is raffling a painting by plein air painter Frederick Conway during Marketfest with proceeds donated to Big Al’s favored charity, the Help Yourself Shelf Food Pantry, in exchange for his donation of fireworks to Marketfest. To support this effort, raffle tickets for the painting of a New England harbor can be purchased at Bradbury Art & Antiques, 60 Main St., through Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. when the winner will be drawn in the gallery. Public is invited. For details about Village shops, special sales, and the many free family activities during Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, visit
The Major Sponsors supporting Marketfest’s community activities are Carriage House Gardens, Davison Construction, First Federal Savings & Loan, First National Bank, IndustrialME, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Midcoast Federal Credit Union, Red’s Eats, Rock Paper Scissors, Sherri Dunbar/Tim Dunham Realty, Water Street Kitchen and Bar, and Wiscasset Ford with additional support from BIRCH Home Furnishings & Gifts, Bradbury Art & Antiques, Camden National Bank, M.W. Sewall, Old and Everlasting, Red Bull Antiques, Sprague’s Lobster, Treats, and Water Lily Flowers & Gifts, Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest is a partnership between Wiscasset Creative Alliance and Wiscasset Area Chamber of Alliance.