Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, a three-day celebration of the wintry season, offers activities and fun for all! From fireworks over the Sheepscot River to shopping and horse-drawn wagon rides, this weekend extravaganza is a great way to get your holiday spirit into gear!
On Friday, Dec. 6, shops throughout the Village are offering discounts, deals on gift certificates, and tasty tidbits. Look for the sparkling streamers at the door. The new Gift Shop in the Nickels-Sortwell barn becomes a shoppers’ wonderland with an eclectic mix of artisan-created gifts, bountiful greens for the home, and specialized gifts for guys and gardeners! It’s a great day to shop-till-you-drop, but there’s more. The Nickels-Sortwell House, built in 1807, is dressed in holiday finery and open for tours. The Wiscasset Congregational Church hosts a Holiday Tea in The Ledges from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m., the festivities move to the Creamery Pier for fireworks, Santa, and cocoa with cookies in the Chamber of Commerce shed. Deejay Peter Rines plays Christmas tunes and takes special requests!
On Saturday, Dec. 7, shopping continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later. The Holiday Tea in The Ledges is open for business once again from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; enjoy the music, tell Santa your heart’s desire, and take your photo with Fritz the Reindeer Dog. The best way to travel on this day is on the Woodfield Farm horse-drawn wagon with shuttle service in the Village from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Finally, finish the day with the traditional tree lighting on the Wiscasset Common, starting at 4:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 8, Wiscasset’s First Congregational Church invites the public to attend the 10 a.m. worship service featuring ‘Christmas Around the World Through Music.’ According to Pastor Josh Fitterling, the choir will be singing seasonal songs from Poland and other European countries, Africa, and elsewhere, and promises to be a joyous musical celebration. Shopping continues in the Village and Nickels-Sortwell barn through the day. It’s the final opportunity to take part in a free raffle for Gardens Aglow tickets at participating shops, and a last look at Wreaths Around the Holidays – a collection of wreaths decorated by Chamber business members – in the Nickels-Sortwell barn. In the evening, the three-day Marketfest culminates with the Snow Ball in The Ledges. Dance to The Salty Dogs, sample hors d’oeuvres from Sarah’s Café, and enjoy the ambiance of this lovely architectural gem.
Major sponsors to-date for Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest are Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Carriage House Gardens, First Federal Savings, First National Bank, Midcoast Federal Credit Union, Red’s Eats, Tim Dunham Realty, and Wiscasset Ford with additional support from BIRCH, Davison Construction, and the Droby-Burns family.
For specific event details, raffle and ticket locations, and fees where applicable, please go to www.wiscassetholidaymarketfest.com and browse the Calendar.
Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest is a joint project of Wiscasset Creative Alliance and Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce.