Gardiner Days of Light 2016

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Kennebec Savings Bank


 Get in the holiday spirit with Gardiner businesses and community members in our month-long celebration.

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Downtown Gardiner’s Elf On The Shelf returns

This sneaky little elf checks in on all the downtown businesses and their shoppers to make sure they are being  good. He will be sharing his adventures during his visits with downtown Gardiner businesses on Gardiner Main Street’s Facebook page. If you can guess where he is in the photo you will be entered into a prize drawing. So be good and spend your money locally this holiday season and a sly little elf might reward you in return.

Storefront Window Decorating Contest

While strolling along Water Street in Gardiner this holiday season, take a peek in the storefront windows. Participating merchants are competing to be Gardiner’s Favorite Window Display. Ballots available in participating businesses. Submit your favorite and be entered in a prize drawing. Balloting continues through Christmas Eve.

Take a look at our online holiday store to find our popular pewter ornaments of Gardiner locations, our Gardiner photo word print and Swine & Stein memorabilia. Another great gift item is the Gift Of Gardiner, a gift check valid at over 40 businesses throughout Gardiner. Pick one up at the Gardiner branch of Camden National Bank at 190 Water St.

Calendar of Events

(All Events are FREE thanks to our generous sponsors, unless otherwise noted.  Donations are gladly accepted)

November 25th – December 21st

Raggamuffins is hosting its 3rd Annual “My Christmas Friend” gifting tree to benefit residents of Arbor Terrace, an assisted living facility for the elderly. Come in and pick out your Christmas friend, purchase items on their wish list and drop off the unwrapped, labeled gifts at Raggamuffins at 279 Water Street. For more information, contact: 207-582-2886

 Saturday, November 26

Small Business Saturday, Join us on Saturday November 26th for our Downtown Open House to celebrate #shopsmall Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a national movement started by American Express in 2010 with a goal of encouraging shoppers to visit their local, small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We are planning to offer several shopping-centric activities to get you up and about visiting and supporting local businesses.

The theme for this year’s Shop Small Saturday in Gardiner will be “Open House” in which many businesses will be hosting Open Houses with raffles, activities, and refreshments. To view the special Business Promotions and Deals for that day, and for more information, visit our Shop Small Saturday page: Shop Small Saturday.

Thursday, December 1

Gardiner Tree Lighting, Come downtown as we light our official Christmas tree. Caroling, hot chocolate and a performance from Ampersand Academy, will lead way to a special appearance from a jolly old elf. Gather at 5pm along with hot chocolate available by donation and Gardiner Main Street ornament sales. Singing from Maine-ly Harmony at 5:10pm, followed by a performance by Ampersand Academy Dance at 5:45. Santa then lights the shortly after the dance at 5:50 pm, followed by group caroling.

You won’t want to miss this bright and festive gathering!  

o   Gather at 5 pm with hot chocolate & baked goods  available by donation

o   Maine-ly Harmony sings at 5:10 pm

o   Ampersand Academy of Dance performance at 5:45 pm

o   Santa lights the Downtown Christmas Tree at 5:50 pm

o   Caroling at 6 pm

o   Sidewalk Wreath Sales, Johnson Park, Water St.

Friday, December 2

Start your holidays at the last ArtWalk of 2016 on Friday, December 2 from 5:30-8:00 pm. Hundreds of unique, original fine art and hand-crafted items by forty plus artists will be showcased at artists’ studios, galleries, shops, and other venues throughout Gardiner’s beautiful historic downtown. In addition to the large variety of artwork for sale, ArtWalk Gardiner includes artists’ demonstrations, children’s activities, free refreshments, and live music. One $100 art voucher will be given to a lucky winner.

ArtWalk Gardiner is sponsored and supported by many local businesses, including those that will be hosting artists for the evening. We hope you will join us for this lively celebration of art in our community.

For more information, please email [email protected] or find us on Facebook.

Sidewalk Wreath Sales, Johnson Park, Water St.

Gardiner Rotary Tree Sale, Hannaford parking lot

Saturday, December 3 – Parade of Lights (see parade map below)

Gardiner Rotary Tree Sale, Hannaford parking lot

Area Craft Fairs: Several schools, churches and organizations host craft fairs, times and locations will be listed as the information become available.

  • Yuletide Fair: United Methodist Church, 35 Highland Avenue, 9 am – 12:30 pm, Children’s Table, Baked Goods, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Gifts, Hand Crafted Items, Totes, Bags, Purses, Ornaments, Mittens, Cookies by the Ounce, Country Kitchen.
  • Laura E. Richards School Craft Fair, 279 Brunswick Ave., 9am – 2pm
  • Pittston School PTA Craft Fair, 1023 Pittston School St., Pittston, 8am – 2pm
  • Christ Church Episcopal Craft Fair, 2 Dresden Ave., 8am – 2pm, Silent Auctio, White Elephant Table, Foods & Crafts, a Luncheon, and much more.
  • Gardiner Augusta Lions Club Craft Fair, 10 Lions St., 8am-2pm, crafters and vendors and the usual bake table and white elephant table that an old fashion holiday fair offers along with a tasty specials offered by our on site kitchen.

Face Painting & Coloring Contest, Gardiner Subway, 35 Bridge St., 1-3pm

Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides – Ride in the same wagon that brought Santa in the parade throughout beautiful historic Downtown Gardiner. Pick up and drop-off at Johnson Park starting at 2pm, last pick-up is at 3:45pm.

Visits With Santa – get your chance to share your wish list with Santa, 5-7pm. Located at 149 Water St (directly across the library).

Story Time with Mrs Claus – at 149 Water St (directly across the library), 5-7pm.

Juggling & Comedy with Steve Corning Johnson Park, 5-5:30pm

Holiday Movie at Johnson Hall, 280 Water St., – FREE Showing of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” starts at 5:30pm.

Book Reading: Merry Moosey Christmas – at Monkitree, 263 Water St.,  after the parade.

Cookie Walk, SpinOff Studio 405 Water St., 5pm-7pm. Buy a container, and choose from a variety of holiday cookies to fill it with. All proceeds benefit SpinOff Studio, a non-profit art center for adults with developmental disabilities.
Box of Cookies $5.00
Hot Cocoa $1.00

Sidewalk Wreath Sales, Johnson Park, Water St.

Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, Ugly Sweater wearers may participate in the parade, walking as a group, or simply show up as fancy spectators! Whether you don your gay apparel with traditional icons like Santa, reindeer and Christmas trees, or bask in modern favorites like kittens, pugs, gnomes, Star Wars and other things that just make us say, “huh?” we want your style to shine bright. The parade theme is lights so feel free to light up those sweaters. Prizes for the “Most Overall Ugly” and “Most Awfully Embellished.” Awards presented after the parade in Johnson Hall, 5 pm. You do not need to walk in the parade to enter the contest.

Gardiner Parade of Lights takes place along Water Street, begins at 4:30 pm. Family friendly activities will take place in various locations following the parade. See the parade map below, or click  here.

Wednesday, December 7

FaceTime Social Networking, Join area business people, volunteers and residents for a chance to meet up for an evening of conversation and light refreshments. Meet old friends and make a few new ones, anyone living or working in the area is welcome to attend. Dunkin Donuts, 35 Bridge St. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday Evenings starting on November 26 until December 17

Destination Downtown, Extended Hours in December  Many shops are staying open until 7 or 8 pm. Find unique gifts available inside Gardiner’s unique retail businesses.

11/26, Saturday, Small Business Sunday – Kick off your holiday shopping by shopping locally on Small Business Saturday. Free gift wrapping, Passport to Prices, and special deals.

12/3, Saturday, Parade of Lights – After the parade pop in to our downtown stores and see what unique holiday items in stock. Don’t forget to check out their window decorations, vote on the best decorations. Kids activities, hot cocoa, Santa, plus much more!

12/10, Saturday, Ladies Night – Kick off Ladies Night at Monkitree featuring wine from the Craft Beer Cellar. Wish lists available. Starts at 4:30pm.

12/17, Saturday, Last Minute Shopping – Don’t panic, downtown stores will be open 7-8pm. Grab your last minute gifts then stop by our gift wrapping station located inside Gerard’s Pizza.

Saturday, December 17th

Kris Kringle – On Dec 17th from 9 to Noon,  Frosty’s Donuts is hosting Kris Kringle🎅🏼. Frosty’s Donuts, 347 Water St. (207) 582-4258

Wreaths Across America – Get involved locally in Gardiner

You are invited to join with us on December 17th to help the placing of remembrance wreaths at the Oak Grove and St. Joseph’s Cemeteries. A brief program, starting at 10:30 am will be held at the center of the cemetery with the placing of wreaths to commence shortly after. For further information regarding Gardiner local efforts, please call Jim Keenan at (207) 582-6530.

Sunday, December 18th

Annual Latke Party, Dennis’ Pizza 17 Bridge St., 12:30 – 2:30 pm. A friendly gathering open to all, this celebration features traditional Hanukkah fare including the classic potato pancakes served with homemade applesauce, sour cream, as well as sour cream with salmon bits, fruit. $8 a plate. Connect with friends, neighbors and the community.