Our most cherished of events throughout the year, An Old Fashioned Christmas in Bath is the height of tradition and charm.

Starting the week of Thanksgiving, poke into any of our downtown shops to grab our Old Fashioned Christmas Brochure which will hold all the secrets of the season, including your chance to vote in our Shop Window Decorating Contest. You will also see the calendar of events such as concerts, family activities and fairs from all around Bath.

Saturday November 25th – Santa’s Arrival ! 4pm at Library Park (Washington Street)

Santa will arrive at the Gazebo where we will welcome the holiday season with caroling with the Nor’easters Barbershop Chorus and cookies will be available for munching. Santa and Mrs. Claus will ceremoniously light the Community Tree (generously donated by Jorgensen Landscaping). Photo opportunities with Santa will be available after the tree lighting, courtesy of Soggy Dog Designs.

Friday December 8th – 5pm -8:00pm Bright Night Bath!
This year, come explore Bath’s Gingerbread Downtown!

This year, explore Bath’s Gingerbread Downtown! Come enjoy late night shopping until 8pm! Have fun discovering all the corners of our walkable little city by playing Downtown Candyland!

Free Cocoa will be available from the Bath Elementary PTA next to the Trolley Stop on Front Street.

The Salvation Army Brass Band will be stationed, as tradition, at Elm Street Plaza (next to Country Farm Furniture).

Your ears will continue to find delight with the appearance of the “2nd Chance Ukulele Band” ! This group of happy performers will be strumming up holiday melodies with the unexpected ukulele! Super fun and colorful for our Gingerbread downtown theme.

Christmas Season Costumed Characters will be wandering through town ready for you to meet. Think Elf, Olaf, Reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus and more! You may even see characters from the upcoming show “Twisted Christmas“!

From 6:30 pm until 7:15 pm at the steps of City Hall the Una Voce Chamber Choir will grace us with their traditional holiday tunes.

Saturday December 16th – 8:00am to 1:00pm Santa’s Day in Downtown Bath

Start out your day by bringing your children to have Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Two restaurants and times to choose from. Mae’s Cafe will be hosting from 8:00am – 9:00am, and J.R. Maxwell & Co Restaurant will host from 9:00am – 10:00am. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be swinging through both locations, ready to chat with your little one and pose for photos.

Then keep your eyes peeled at 11:00am to catch Santa and Mrs. Claus as they ride through town as a part of their ATV parade! Led by our proud City of Bath Police, they will wind up and down through town with several stops to chat with children and have photos taken. After 1:00pm they will be on their way to visit seniors at the three area assisted living homes, before winding their way back downtown one last time.

This is the last day to play the Downtown Candyland game! See the instructions on how to play above (the first time to play is during Bright Night Bath), or grab a brochure at any of your downtown shops or restaurants. Instructions on how to visit King Kandy, Little Lolly and Mrs. Mint with chances to win downtown spending money are all within.

Monday December 18th, Holiday Decorating Contest Winners!

Today is the day Santa will announce the WINNERS of the Downtown Shop Window Decorating Contest. These will all come from voting on the panel of the Old Fashioned Christmas brochures (found around town at most local shops!). Voting will have occurred between December 3rd and December 16th. The Winner of the Shop Window will receive a printed certificate and bragging rights.

Sunday, December 31st, come down to the corner of Front & Centre Street, right by Hallett’s Clock at 11:30am. Our Main Street Bath Volunteers will be handing out the “12 Days of Bath Christmas” to sing along with “Auld Lang Syne”. One of our City Councilors will read the “City Proclamation” and we will hear the beautiful ringing of the City Hall’s Paul Revere Bell at noon! This is a great event for children to ring in the New Year without having to stay up until midnight!

Currently, donation boxes are at:

Bath Savings and Bath Savings Trust Co.

First Federal Savings

Five County Credit Union

Now You’re Cooking

The Fountain

Wilson’s Drugstore

Patten Free Library

Byrnes Irish Pub

Bath Brewing

Union and Company

Main Street Bath would not be able to offer this wonderful season of cherished memory making fun without the assistance from our local sponsors. Please contribute to the season by supporting them when you can!