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Country Christmas in Bethel

Country Christmas in Bethel

November 28-December 31, 2014

Experience the Christmas season in the postcard-perfect New England village of Bethel – shop locally, meet Santa, enjoy the lights, hop on a horse-drawn wagon ride, or take in a performance.  Check back often for updates.

Friday, November 28

Local Craft & Wares Fair - Get your holiday shopping done early by shopping locally and handmade! 9am-4pm at the Bethel Inn Resort's Conference Center.

Horsedrawn wagon rides through historic Bethel village. Free! Meet in front of the Chapman Inn on the corner of Church Street and Main St. 1-3pm. Sponsored by Smokin’ Good BBQ.

SUNRI Ski Fashion Show – A Parade of ski outfits from the 1940's to the 2010's. A fun ski fashion show from 4:30-6:30 pm in The Bethel Inn Resort’s Main Dining Room, benefitting the establishment of a Bethel satellite location of the Ski Museum of Maine.  $30 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and a beer or wine ticket. The final outfit will be auctioned off!

Saturday, November 29

Holiday Open House at Harvest Gold Gallery & Jewelry - Meet the artists, book-signing, refreshments. 1-5pm. 1082 Maine Street (Rt. 5), Center Lovell, ME.

Small Business Saturday - Bethel area businesses are part of a nationwide movement to shop with local small businesses whenever possible.

Sunday, November 30

Rotary Country Breakfast - Benefits community scholarships and projects. $8/adults, $3/children. 7:30-11am. Ordway Hall, Gould Academy, Church Street, Bethel.

Friday, December 5

Cookies with Santa - 6-7:30 pm. Woodstock Elementary School, 224 Rumford Ave., Bryant Pond.

Saturday, December 6

Breakfast with Santa – Pancake breakfast with Santa followed by photos, silent auction, and a gently-used book sale. Proceeds benefit the 5th grade class trip. 8am-1pm, Crescent Park School, Crescent Lane, Bethel.

Greens Sale, Crafts, & Cookie Walk - 9:30-11:30am. West Bethel Union Church, Rt. 2, West Bethel.

Horsedrawn wagon rides through historic Bethel village. Free! Meet in front of the Chapman Inn on the corner of Church Street and Main St. 1-3pm. Sponsored by Bethel Shop ‘N Save.

Christmas Tea and Fair - Traditional tea, crafts, cookie walk, and more.  12-5:30pm.  West Parish Congregational Church, Church Street, Bethel.

Jingle Bell Run - Meet at Key Bank's clock at 3:30pm to tie on bells and run up to...

Meet Santa! 4pm (ish), on the Bethel Common.

Christmas Tree Lighting on the Bethel Common - 4pm

Christmas Tree Lighting – 6pm. Bethel United Methodist Church, Main Street, Bethel.

Christmas at the Mason House - Enjoy music and refreshments in the 1813 Mason House period rooms, decorated in traditional mid-nineteenth century style and illuminated by candles. Free (donations appreciated). 3:30-6:30 pm. Bethel Historical Society, 14 Broad St, Bethel.

The Nutcracker with the Robinson Ballet

3 PM - Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy, 45 Church St., Bethel

The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor brings Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to Bethel. Robinson Ballet is a highly respected dance company from Bangor that enhances community by reaching out to educate, inspire and involve people of all ages by providing opportunities to create and experience quality dance. Adults $15/Children 12 and under $10

Sunday, December 7

Santa Sunday at Sunday River - Dress up as Santa, make a donation to the Sunday River Charitable Fund, you can ski for free. (Pre-registration required on Dec. 1). www.sundayriver.com

Annual Holiday Concert by Mahoosuc Community Band - Refreshments following concert. Free (donations accepted). 4pm. West Parish Congregational Church, Broad Street, Bethel.

Thursday, December 11

Singalong with Jim Burke.  2-3 p.m. Whitman Memorial Library, 28 South Main St., Bryant Pond.

Artreach Student Art Sale Benefit - Free event featuring a student art exhibit and sale, and showcase of service-learning projects. Telstar HS Auditorium & Cafeteria, 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel. FMI: Melissa Prescott, TMS Visual Art Teacher- prescotm@sad44.org.

Saturday, December 13

Horsedrawn wagon rides through historic Bethel village. Free! Meet in front of the Chapman Inn on the corner of Church Street and Main St. 1-3pm. Sponsored by the Good Food Store.

Opening Day and Toy Drive Mount Abram - Bring in a toy for charity and receive $5.00 off your ticket!  207-875-5000, www.mtabram.com

Apres Kids Trim the Tree Party Mount Abram.  Tree lighting at 4 pm, lodge lighting at 6 pm. 207-875-5000, www.mtabram.com

Sunday, December 14

Heart of Christmas - Christmas cantata performed by the community choir from area churches.  Directed by Patricia Boyle-Wight. Refreshments following. 4pm. FMI: Joyce Hathaway, 207-674-2259. Locke Mills Union Church, Rt. 26, Locke Mills.

Tuesday, December 16

Telstar High & Middle School Winter Concert - 7 pm. THMS Auditorium.

Saturday, December 20

Horsedrawn wagon rides through historic Bethel village. Free! Meet in front of the Chapman Inn on the corner of Church Street and Main St. 1-3pm. Sponsored by River View Resort.

Sunday, December 21

Living Nativity - Actors and live animals recreate the Nativity scene on the Bethel Common. Organized by the Bethel Alliance Church. 5pm.

Thursday, December 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Site photography by M. Dirk MacKnight and others