How to Celebrate Christmas in Ogunquit, Maine, 2023

Christmas in Ogunquit, Maine

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As the holiday season approaches, a special kind of magic fills New England. The enchanting aroma of freshly baked gingerbread cookies, the twinkle of colorful lights adorning every corner, and the joyous laughter of families coming together on a crisp winter day. And what better way to immerse ourselves in this festive aura than by embarking on a family trip to enjoy Christmas in Ogunquit, Maine?

Ogunquit beckons in New England’s heart with its timeless charm and coastal allure. Known for its stunning Ogunquit Beach and picturesque Main Street, this quaint seaside town is the perfect backdrop for a memorable holiday adventure.

Ogunquit holds a special place in my heart, among the many charming communities in Maine. Its stunning shoreline and the warm embrace of its close-knit community have left an indelible mark on me. Living in the south, our holiday seasons tend to be milder, making New England a cherished escape. There’s an undeniable allure in the prospect of snow, and I can vividly recall a winter visit to New England during my college years to see family.

Ogunquit, Maine

During that memorable trip, my sister and I fully immersed ourselves in the holiday spirit. The air was filled with an enchanting cheer, and we were fortunate to experience a breathtaking snowfall. The magic of that winter getaway is etched in my memory, reminding me of the sheer delight that New England, especially Ogunquit, brings during the Christmas season.

Follow our guide to streets adorned with holiday lights, the joyful moments on the sandy shores, and the warmth of family bonding during our winter getaway to Ogunquit, Maine.

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Christmas in Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit’s Christmas Events

Ogunquit is a beautiful destination any time of the year and is always one of my stops as we explore the coast. However, Christmas is magical, as seen with Travel + Leisure magazine’s ranking of Ogunquit in the  25 best towns for the season. If you want to experience the holiday spirit, check out one of the best Christmas towns in the US.

Christmas by the Sea Festival

Hosted by the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce every year, the Christmas by the Sea Festival is a must-stop for guests. It is one of the premier events in Southern Maine for holiday festivities. The event showcases tree lighting, crafts, food, holiday cheer, a parade, a bonfire, and activities for children. Don’t forget to see Santa, too!

The event usually occurs on the second weekend in December. The weekend is jammed back with holiday festivities, and the event is kicked off with the evening tree lighting on Friday night. Keep reading for the highlights of the weekend.

Christmas in Ogunquit

​​Southern Maine Christmas Parade

The town hosts the annual Southern Maine Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon of the Christmas by the Sea Celebration. Local marching bands treat guests with holiday cheer as well as decorated floats. To wrap up the parade, Santa Claus makes his grand appearance. Don’t miss the highlight of Saturday’s festivities.

Candlelight Walk 

At night, the town of Ogunquit is decorated with thousands of glittering lights. Bundle up in a jacket and gloves, grab a hot chocolate, and walk through this enchanted community. It is truly a beautiful place with plenty of holiday cheer.

Christmas in Ogunquit

Bell Choir Concert

Over the weekend, you’ll want to attend the Bell Choir Concert. Holiday music is one of my favorite parts of the season and always brings a smile. You’ll bask in the joyful sounds of the Bell Choir.


Want to work on that holiday gift list? Then check out the great collection of small shops, craft fairs, and art galleries in town. Ogunquit has a rich history of being a former artists’ colony, so it is a great place to pick up local artwork. Some of the small shops offer free gift wrapping, too.

Before you start shopping, grab a hearty brunch at one of Ogunquit’s many fantastic breakfast restaurants. Make sure to fuel up!

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For ten days in December, nearby Kennebunkport transforms into a winter wonderland. They host their annual Christmas Prelude, a ten-day event full of parades, bonfires, Santa sightings, tree lightenings, and carols. If your trip to Ogunquit overlaps, Kennebunkport is a very short drive north! Hop in the car to experience even more Christmas joy.

Where to stay in Ogunquit

Ogunquit has a blend of quaint B & B’s, small inns, and vacation rentals. There’s something for every type of visitor. 

Beautiful Ogunquit

Auberge on the Cove

When visiting the coast, I prefer to be as close to the water as possible. I’m genuinely enamored with the location of this hotel, as it perches right on the charming Perkins Cove and is conveniently within a short stroll of Marginal Way. Auberge on the Cove is undoubtedly an excellent selection for anyone looking to explore the wonders of Southern Maine.

What’s truly remarkable about this place is that many of their rooms boast covered porches that offer captivating views of the cove. You can touch the water, making your stay a genuinely immersive coastal experience.

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Perkins Cove

Trellis House

Leaving Trellis House off my list isn’t an option, especially if you plan to stop by for breakfast. This charming Bed and Breakfast is on the water, offering daily breakfast with a view. Not only is it conveniently situated near Marginal Way, but it’s also an ideal choice for a romantic getaway, making it a must-visit destination.

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In conclusion: How to Celebrate Christmas in Ogunquit, Maine, 2023

I hope my guide helps you plan your festive getaway. Christmas in Ogunquit, Maine, is something special- you don’t want to miss this!

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