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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, for the theme of ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ celebrating the unique nostalgia of the season. 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 Village Trails 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 Bethel.

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 Lights

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

Gardiner Days of Light


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

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland Temporality - The Process of Time

Portland Museum of Art, Portland: N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives

Farnsworth Museum, Rockland: Slab City Rendezvous

Businesses & Organizations

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  • Chamber Music Concert Series featuring music for winds and strings. " ...beautifully articulated, shapely playing and rock-solid ensemble" - Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald

    Phone: (207) 286-6688


    Address: PO Box 95 , Kennebunk

    Fairs and Festivals Performing Arts
  • A non-profit membership organization founded in 1969 to encourage the development of quality...

    Phone: (207) 621-2818


    Address: 16 Old Winthrop Road Suite 2 , Manchester

    Fairs and Festivals Art and Craft
  • The Munroe Inn in is the only historic Inn in Auburn- Lewiston on the National Register of Historic Homes. It is a full service hospitality, providing all modern amenities for its guests.

    Phone: 917-346-0777


    Address: 123 Pleasant Street , Auburn

    Breakfast Included Private Bathrooms Fairs and Festivals
  • The Cup Cafe and Gallery is located in Houlton, Maine.

    Galleries and Studios Fairs and Festivals Literature
  • Snow Pond Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit, located on a 40-acre campus along the shores of Lake Messalonskee in Central Maine. Snow Pond is a community center and home to the New England Music Camp, Snow Pond Music Festival.

    Phone: 844-476-6976


    Address: 8 Goldenrod Lane , Sidney

    Fairs and Festivals Art and Craft Performing Arts
  • We bring the Arts to LIFE in the Rangeley Lakes Region.

    Phone: 207-864-5000


    Address: 2493 Main St. PO Box 333 , Rangeley

    Galleries and Studios Fairs and Festivals Film

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