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Winter Fun

It’s winter and it’s Maine. Time for fun.

Sure, it may be cold and getting dark (soon). But Mainers don’t let that stop them, so why should you? We recommend:

Night Skiing

Skiing under the lights is a tradition in Maine. Some skiers add some night turns to their ski days; others ski after work; still others join nighttime racing teams. Here’s some spots to join them.

Black Mountain Rumford

Camden Snowbowl Camden

Lost Valley Auburn

New Hermon Mountain Hermon

Shawnee Peak Bridgton

Spruce Mountain Jay

Sunday River Newry

Titcomb Mountain Farmington

Holiday History Tours

Several Maine historic houses dress up for the holidays and invite guests over. These programs include:

Christmas at the Mason House

The Bethel Historical Society reenacts a candlelit Christmas at the Dr. Moses Mason House in Bethel. Built in 1813, the Mason House is one of the finest Federalist homes in the region.

Christmas at Victoria Mansion

Portland’s stately Victoria Mansion gets all dressed up in Christmas finery. This year’s decorative theme is ‘Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes.’ The Italian Villa-style mansion opened in the 1860s and, despite its grandness, was built for only two people.

Fat Biking

Expand your biking season by renting one of these huge-tired beasts and hitting a snow-covered trail. Places to try it include Bethel Inn and Resort in Bethel; Pineland Farms in New Gloucester; The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center and its neighbor, Maine Huts & Trails in Carrabassett Valley; and Carter’s Cross Country Ski Centers in Oxford.

Holiday Festivals

Winter is prime festival season throughout Maine. Parades, special shopping days, Christmas tree lightings and Santa arrivals are common throughout. Some of those festivals are:

Boothbay Festival of Lights Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Gardiner Days of Light

Museums

Maine’s museums host marvelous exhibits during the colder months. Some include:

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland CMCA BIENNIAL 2018

Portland Museum of Art, Portland: Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture

Farnsworth Museum, Rockland: Maine and the Index of American Design

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