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  • Free holiday fun for families in southern Maine this December

    Horse-drawn wagon rides in downtown Portland's Old Port, Holiday at Hadlock in the home of the Portland Sea Dogs, and caroling on a trolley ride in Bath are just some of the free holiday activities coming up Read on

  • 5 good reasons to dress like Santa this December: Santacon, Santa Ski, Santa Dash

    This December, put that Santa suit to good use (or use these 5 events as 5 good reasons to actually buy/borrow a suit this year). There are plenty of things to do while dressed like Santa, from skiing and running to singing and bar hopping. Read on

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    Photos: Portland Tree Lighting in Monument Square

    The annual tree lighting in Portland drew (what seemed like) thousands people to Monument Square. Families thronged to center of Portland to drink hot chocolate and sing Christmas carols with Rick Charette, the Fog Cutters, and the Jason Spooner band. And of course count down to the lighting of the giant Christmas tree. Read on

  • Arts & Theater holiday planner: From “Magic of Christmas” to “The Nutcracker”

    With four weekends between now and Christmas, let us help you organize your holiday entertainment strategy Read on

  • Introducing…Fat Knuckle Freddy at Blue and Caitlin Canty at One Longfellow Square

    Fat Knuckle Freddy is a composer, instrumentalist and songwriter. He plays and composes primitive American music in styles he describes as "music noir" and "porch-stomping, bone-rattling blues." Read on

  • Hundreds of toys from the ’30s, ’40s and beyond at Fawcett’s Art, Antiques and Toy Museum in Waldoboro

    Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, The Lone Ranger, Little Orphan Annie and Red Ryder are just a few of the characters represented in the museum's collection of toys and art Read on

  • Skiing: Family-friendly King Pine Ski Area has snow guns blasting for opening day

    King Pine Ski Area is one of many great New England examples of ski hills where small really is beautiful. Read on

  • Eve’s at the Garden offers a cozy and secluded bar experience in Portland

    Tucked away on the second floor of the Portland Harbor Hotel is Eve's at the Garden, a warm and elegant hotel bar and restaurant that boasts a toasty fireplace nook, superbly comfortable bar stools, and peaceful views of the patio sanctuary. Read on

  • How to have a quintessential New England Christmas: Caroling, tree lightings & horse-drawn sleigh rides

    We're talking about the fir trees layered with snow, the streets bright with holiday lights, the jingle of bells on shop doors, the dashing-through-the-snow-thrill of a horse-pulled sleigh. Read on

  • BBQ and breakfast become one at The Blue Pig Diner in Gorham

    The diner, run by a couple who got their start as BBQ caterers, is open for breakfast and lunch in the center of Gorham village Read on

  • Dining Guide: 5 Maine restaurants to visit for a hearty bowl of pasta

    A warm, filling bowl of pasta is high on almost everyone's list of comfort foods, especially when temperatures dip and night falls early. These five places are doing things right. Read on

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