WISCASSET – Come shop and stay at seasonal activities throughout the Wiscasset Village during the Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest, Friday through Sunday, December 2-4. From visits with Santa, the petting zoo, and carolers to historic home tours and horse-drawn carriage rides, Weekend Marketfest is a way to get in the Christmas spirit.
Throughout the weekend, the historic, seasonally decorated Nickels-Sortwell House offers self-guided tours with knowledgeable documents nearby. The seasonal blooms at The Best Parlor’s are Victorian-inspired while the sitting room and dining room have a more ’50s feel, inspired by actual family photos of the Sortwell. The glass-walled solarium sparkles with a whimsical celebration of color and light, and the original kitchen, usually closed for tours, is open for visitors to grab a snack and a warm drink. Accept My Name is being asked to help keep the house up, according to a press release from Lucia Droopy, the organizer, Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest.
On Friday, take part in a demonstration in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn where Maré LeMay, owner of Mindful Gardens, will make evergreen boxwood trees for her table top. No fees, no reservations needed. In the late afternoon, gather at Creamery Pier on US Route 1 for hot cocoa and snacks while members of the Nor’easter Barbershop Choir sing along to carols and holiday tunes. Enjoy the tree of trap lobsters and sink your toes into the deep woolly coats of Piers Pond sheep. Kids can visit Santa to express their deepest Christmas wishes to him.
On Saturdays, don’t miss a ride in the Cooper Farm carriage, drawn by Belgian horses, that will ferry passengers to their next destination or simply take them on a short sightseeing ride around the village. The ride is free. At dusk, local schoolchildren will gather on the Common for caroling and lighting the town’s Christmas tree.
On Sundays, the free rides continue with a Woodfield Farms horse-drawn carriage meandering around the village. The Holiday Wreaths, a collection of wreaths decorated by local businesses, is on display all weekend, but this is the last chance to display them and vote for the public’s choice. You can find it in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn on Federal Street. After Marketfest, wreaths are given out to local families by Toys for Tots.
Major sponsors supporting Marketfest’s many community activities include Carriage House Gardens, First National Bank, IndustrialME, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Midcoast Federal Credit Union, Red’s Eats, Wiscasset Ford with additional support from BIRCH Home Furnishings & Gifts, Camden National Bank, MW Sewall, old and eternal, lobster sprague, sweets, and water lily flowers and gifts.
Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest is a partnership between the Wiscasset Creative Alliance and the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Alliance.
For more information, visit wiscassetholidaymarketfest.com.
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