The man in the red suit will still be very much in evidence this weekend: you’ll likely see him riding on lobsterboats festooned with holiday lights in Casco Bay and even paddling around SoPo. But for some adult fun, bad Santa comes out to play for Twisted Christmas at the Winter Street Center in Bath. And what better way to take a break from all that holiday shopping than to sidle up to the ice bar for a cocktail, which you can sip by a roaring bonfire at Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. Speaking of shopping, of course you’ve got more to do, so check out what local crafters and artisans have to offer at the Mayo Street Arts Center on Saturday and Portland Company on Sunday.
For the weekend of Dec. 13-15
5-10 pm Friday & Saturday | The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport | $25 | www.nonantumresort.com
Ice, bonfires, cocktails, music. Need we say more? OK, here’s more: Live music, handcrafted ice bars, a sampling of 95 Ocean, local flavor from the area’s finest restaurants and vendors, dancing under the stars, and an unparalleled bonfire – all on the picturesque Kennebunkport waterfront.
8 pm Friday and Saturday | $10 at the door | Winter Street Center, Bath | www.facebook.com
Leave the kids at home for this Christmas event. It’s naughty. Studio Theatre of Bath presents an offbeat evening of music and merriment, and, like we said, naughty.
Starts at 4:30 pm Saturday | Casco Bay, Portland | Free to watch from the shore; $10 from the Casco Bay Lines Ferry | www.sailmaine.org
The Annual Portland Harbor Boat Parade of Lights is the magical night of the year when watercraft gather together, draped in their holiday finest. The parade of well-lit boats is visible from the shoreline, and Maine State Pier is a fine place to gather and gawk. But you can also climb aboard a Casco Bay Lines ferry and watch it all from the water. (Tip: Smart folks board early to snap tables in the enclosed upper deck and uncork a few bottles of wine.)
10 am-4 pm Saturday | Free admission | Mayo Street Arts Center, Portland | www.thebigthawportland.wordpress.com
Local art, crafts and vintage items. Downstairs will be turned into a DIY workshop, so you can drop off the kids and shop local upstairs.
11 am-6 pm Sunday | Free admission | Portland Company Complex, Portland | www.picnicportland.com
Crafters and artists from the local indie DIY scene will be selling handmade products in a variety of materials. Shoppers ﬁne art, as well as vintage goods. Shoppers and their little ones can get their photo taken with the Yeti, and enjoy delicious food.
11 am Sunday | Portland Harbor, Portland | www.faceboook/soposup
Santa likes a paddle. If you’re a paddleboarder, what better way to welcome the season that by paddling Portland Harbor in a Santa outfit. SoPoSUP puts this event together every year, and it’s quite a head-turner. Paddling Santas will launch from the Bug Light boat launch. PFDs and cold weather wetsuits a must. Costumes too. Expect a stop at Dimillos on the way back for a little warm-up.