The City of Ellsworth is about to deck the halls in style this Christmas! Last year, a committee made up of local organizations got together to coordinate planning and publicity for holiday programming, with a goal of making Ellsworth a destination for Christmas activities. There is a lot planned for 2020! As always, some of our favorite community activities will be going on along with a few more that are sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. We hope that everyone will get out and enjoy everything that makes both our area and the season magical.

  • November 27th: BLACK FRIDAY
  • November 27th – December 11th: SPCA Winter is Coming Black Friday Auction! Email [email protected] to sign up to ensure you receive an invitation to join this auction as soon as it starts. In the meantime, from 11am to 5pm, you can now visit our gift shop inside the SPCA! We have cat and dog toys as well as harnesses, collars, and gifts for pet owners. Our auction will launch with brand-new, unique items not seen at our shop, so fill your stocking stuffer needs this year with the SPCA!
  • November 28th: SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Nationwide day set aside for Local Shopping.
  • November 28th: Christmas Magic is hosting a toy drive benefiting Washington and Hancock counties’ children aged birth to 12th grade. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the toy drive from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. at Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth. A COVID safe Santa will be greeting people and collecting toys outside near T.J. Maxx.
  • November 28th: Dog Photos with Santa 10am – 2pm SPCA of Hancock County, $15 per photo. Schedule your slot with Santa today [email protected]
  • December 4th – January 2nd: 1st Annual Festival of Lights with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. Friday & Saturday Nights 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • December 3, 10 & 17th: CHRISTMAS PICKLE – find the pickle ornament at Main Street businesses for discounts and specials. Evening shopping hours to 8pm, Thursdays. For businesses participating go to
  • December 5th: ELLSWORTH’S 40TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE 11am. Line up at Maine Coast Mall. Parade will travel High Street, Main Street and State Street ending at Knowlton Park. Registration required, applications available at the Chamber office. Sponsored by City of Ellsworth
  • December 5th: Dog Photos with Santa 10am – 2pm SPCA of Hancock County, $15 per photo. Schedule your slot with Santa today [email protected]
  • December 9th: 2:00 p.m. Join us for a recap of the best books from 2020 with Ellsworth Public Library librarians. Get some ideas for gifts or some new books to add to your “to be read” pile. Registration is required for this event. Register Online
  • December 12th – 24th: 12 Days of Christmas Sale plus $10 OFF select dog food. Please visit or our Facebook for details.
  • December 13th- 18th: Ugly Christmas Sweater Classes at Tutu Cute Dance Studio
  • Now thru December 14th: SWEET ROTARY FUNDRAISER: Haven’s Candy orders with 20% to Ellsworth Rotary Club call 207-772-1557 mention Rotary Club of Ellsworth.
  • December 18th: UGLY SWEATER DAY: Wear your “ugly sweater” to work, school, daycare, and around town! Photos can be sent to [email protected] for social media posting all day! Sponsored by Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Now thru December 19th: THE JOY OF READING: pick up a free children’s book at the Ellsworth Public Library during business hours. Curbside pickup available, call ahead to arrange. Sponsored by the Ellsworth American in Memory of Hale Joy.
  • December 19th: Wreaths Across America Day Wreath Laying: Woodbine Cemetery 12 noon. Family Event to lay wreaths on veteran’s graves. All Covid precautions taken.
  • December 18th – 20th The Grand presents: A Musical Christmas Carol Radio Play – a virtual adaptation written by Nick Turner. Sponsored by The Grand
  • December 20th – 23rd: Annual Crazy Tights Classes at Tutu Cute Dance Studio
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