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Shannon Bryan

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Posted: October 23, 2012

Never too soon: PDD free holiday events

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Portland Lights Up Your Holidays With Free Downtown Events!

Portland, Maine – To usher in the holidays, Portland’s Downtown District (PDD) announces this year’s fun and free events in downtown Portland.

“These free events are a celebration of our city and the over 300 locally owned and operated shops, galleries, and restaurants that make Portland’s downtown such a spectacular destination. We are looking forward to a holiday season full of music, shopping, and good cheer,” said PDD events manager Will Ethridge.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, November 23, 5:30 pm

Monument Square

Come see the spectacular lighting of the Christmas Tree at this annual tradition! Entertainment by Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band and a visit by a very special guest!

Horse and Wagon Rides

Friday November 23 – Sunday December 23

Fridays (4-8pm), Saturdays (2-6pm), Sundays (1-5pm)

Free rides throughout enchanting downtown on a horse-drawn wagon. Enjoy the lights and sounds of the holiday season. Pick up and drop off every half hour in Monument Square.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Friday, November 23 – Sunday, December 16

Every weekend during the holiday season (12 days in all!) downtown merchants host a celebration with free raffles for distinctive local items. Visit for a list of participating stores. Two raffle winners chosen per week!

 Shop For a Cause Day

Saturday, December 1

Shop downtown on December 1 and a portion of the sales from participating stores will be donated to Junior Achievement of Maine.  Visit for a list of participating businesses.

Holidays in the Heart of Portland

Saturday, December 8

Shop the Arts District in downtown Portland for one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting your local businesses.  Shops will be offering a full schedule of holiday sales, art exhibitions, live music, demonstrations, raffles and more.  Participating stores and schedule listed on

Merry Madness

Thursday, December 13, 5-10pm

Shop ’til you drop in downtown Portland! It kicks off in style at the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, 20 Milk Street from 5pm-6pm with free hors d’oeuvres, raffles and music. You can purchase souvenir 2012 Merry Madness wine glasses & mugs and participating stores remain open until 10 pm. Horse and Wagon rides are also available starting at 5pm to transport shoppers to all their favorite downtown stores. Shop, eat, and be merry!

Window Walk

Stroll through downtown to enjoy the festive window displays! Visit PDD on facebook to vote for your favorite window by December 16.

 All events are free to the public and all ages. For more information contact PDD at 207.772.6828 or visit 

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