December Events in the St. Croix Valley

By Lura Jackson

 

With the holidays underway, here is a guide to some of the many events happening in the St. Croix Valley region over the month of December. Children and the young at heart will find many activities to enjoy as the community embraces Christmas and all of its associated festivities. While extensive, please don’t consider this to be a comprehensive list as many events haven’t been publicized yet – and note that there may be a cost to participate. For more information, contact the organization sponsoring the event.

December 1st: The first day of the month kicks off with a major event in Calais – the Lioness Christmas Parade. The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus in Triangle Park. After that, stop by local retailers to participate in the CDRC’s Moonlight Madness. Before the parade, consider stopping by the Knights of Columbus hall in Calais for the first annual Feztival of Trees, starting at 4:00 p.m. and running until 8:00, or head to the Garcelon Civic Center for the Kiwanis Christmas Extravaganza, also running from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

December 2nd: The first Saturday in December is filled with events for all ages. The fun begins at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Calais with a cookie sale running from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Methodist Church Christmas Fair begins soon after at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until 12:00 p.m. The Calais Fire Station will be holding its annual Children’s Christmas party from 9:00 a.m. to noon, with Santa as a special guest. At Mingo’s Tree farm, stop by for Children’s Day, which includes a Christmas tree maze, hunt for the North Pole, and letters to Santa. The Feztival of Trees continues on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m.. Eastport has a full day of events, including a holiday house tour from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and crafters at the Port Authority building from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Santa will be there at 3:00 p.m.  In Pembroke, the Christmas Craft Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pembroke Elementary School. In St. Stephen, Santa arrives at the Garcelon Civic Center with cocoa and cookies from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. As the evening approaches, the annual Alexander Community Christmas Party – featuring Santa – begins at the elementary school at 4:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m. The St. Stephen Christmas parade begins at 5:30 EST. At 6:00 p.m. in Calais, the St. Croix Historical Society is hosting its open-to-the-public Christmas party, and at the same time, the Princeton Tree Lighting will be taking place at Legacy Square.

December 3rd: Sunday is the final day of the Feztival of Trees at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Calais; it will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children’s Day will continue at Mingo’s, along with the Christmas tree maze and other associated activities, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At St. Anne’s Church in Calais, stop by for an Advent discussion at 11:00 a.m. In Eastport, join in the Ornament Making Party at Eastport Arts Center, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or, in Baileyville, decorate the park with the community at 11:00 a.m.

December 4th: The Hospital Auxiliary will hold its Annual Christmas Supper in the Calais Hospital classroom at 5:00 p.m.. It’s short notice, but RSVP to Dee Dee at 454-7421 by November 29th.

December 5th: The Calais Hospital Auxiliary Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held at the Calais Regional Hospital.

December 6th: Enjoy Santa Story Time at the Woodland Public Library from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Later, at 7:00 p.m., consider the Alexander Grange Christmas party for members and prospective members – bring a dish and generic gift.

December 7th: It’s time to get crafty with Christmas Craft Night at the Calais Free Library from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the Gingerbread House Decorating at the Eastport Arts Center, starting at 3:00 p.m.

December 8th: The events continue on Friday with Baileyville’s Christmas parade at 6:00 p.m., and several concerts, including Carols in the Round by Mt. View Chamber Singers at St. Anne's Episcopal Church at 7:00 p.m. and a Quoddy Voices concert at Eastport Arts Center, also at 7:00 p.m. For women looking for inspiration, head to Rejoice, a women’s Christmas event at Calvary Chapel of St. Croix Valley, 295 North Street in Calais at 6:30 p.m.

December 9th: At Mingo’s Tree Farm, events will be held all day in honor of Survivor’s Saturday, starting at 10:00 a.m. The day will feature an Angels and Ambassadors tree for friends and family affected by cancer, tree maze, bonfire, visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a tree lighting ceremony at 4:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., the St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse Annual Christmas party begins, featuring Santa and lots of food. In Eastport, the Festival of Trees at the Eastport Arts Center will showcase tabletop-sized trees from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and in St. Stephen, you can join in the Gingerbread House Decorating at the Ganong Nature Park from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. In Alexander, the Church of the Open Bible is holding the Ultimate Christmas Party, starting at 11:00 a.m.

 

December 10th: Events continue at Mingo’s Tree Farm as part of Friends and Family Weekend, including cut your own tree, decorate your own wreath, tree maze, bonfire, visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In Cooper, head to the Christmas Party at the Cooper Community Center with food and music from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m., you have a choice between the Washington County Children’s Chorus, People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville or the Quoddy Voices concert at Eastport Arts Center.

December 14th: There will be an ecumenical pot luck for the women of the area churches at the People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville at noon.

December 16th: Eastport offers a Kid’s Movie and Food club event at the Eastport Arts Center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and a staged reading of A Christmas Carol at the Eastport Arts Center at 2:00 p.m.. In Calais, there will be a Christmas Concert featuring Kathy and Friends at Second Baptist Church, with food, at 6:30 p.m.

December 17th: All children are invited to the Children’s Christmas program at Second Baptist Church at 6:00 p.m.

December 24th: Come to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church to hear the Christmas Story, shared by children, at 6:00 p.m. 

Know of an event that we missed? Let me know at lura@thecalaisadvertiser.com.