Please allow us to surprise you with a few presents that set our take on a New England holiday season apart. Fun ideas for a holiday escapade of your own. And if we are blessed with snow, all the better.

Gardiner and the Who-ville Parade. Yes, yes, holiday parades are a delight, but what about the world’s only Holiday Who-ville Parade? This clever turn on Dr. Suess’ classic tale invites all comers to arrive dressed as their favorite Who? So who are you?

Christmas in Old Hallowell. Typically celebrated at the end of the first full week of December, Christmas in Old Hallowell seems to go on for days. With a craft fair to beat all and a Christmas parade concluding with fireworks over the Kennebec River, Merry Christmas, indeed.

What about the big guy in red? Up the Kennebec River apiece, at the center of the enchanting city of Waterville lies a land plucked from beyond the arctic circle. Kringleville arrives each year beginning just after Thanksgiving with the Festival of Lights parade through downtown and concludes in the days just before Christmas. Nearly 20,000 come and spend the holiday there each year, a few more are always welcome.

There’s a reason we call it the Pine Tree State. As you prepare to head home from your Kennebec Valley Christmas adventure, take time to find and visit one of the many local tree farms and cut yourself one of Maine’s finest fir or pine trees; snow permitting, you might also enjoy the bliss of a winter wonderland sleigh ride to round out your journey. Happy Holidays!

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