Fireworks on the Creamery Pier welcome families to Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest on Thursday, December 6. Santa makes a visit and the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce offers cocoa and treats. (Bob Bond photo)
Fireworks on the Creamery Pier welcome families to Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest on Thursday, December 6. Santa makes a visit and the Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce offers cocoa and treats. (Bob Bond photo)
Wiscasset village is preparing for the 2018 Holiday Marketfest, which will include fireworks, music, Santa, caroling, sales, and more. Each day will offer special features to entice shoppers, welcome families, and put everyone in a festive holiday mood.

Marketfest week starts Saturday, December 1, with the annual Christmas tree lighting on Wiscasset Common, beginning around 4 p.m. Santa makes a visit and schoolchildren lead the community in singing carols. Following the outdoor activities, all are invited to enjoy cocoa and cookies in the First Congregational Church next to the Common. On Sunday, December 2, return to the First Congregational Church, 28 High Street, for an Advent Craft Workshop from noon to 2 p.m., and make Christmas cards and festive decorations to take home.

Light Up Wiscasset will be Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Creamery Pier on Route 1 will be aglow with fireworks. Santa will make a visit and there will be Christmas caroling and hot cocoa.

Friday, Dec. 7, will see the village shops offering one-day sales. There will also be pop-up shops: Maine-made Crafts at the Congregational Church, 28 High Street, and Farm & Garden Gifts in the Nickels-Sortwell barn on Federal Street, where a new Marketfest feature, an exhibit of wreaths decorated by local businesses, will be on display. The historic Nickels-Sortwell House will open its doors to the public to tour the house, decked in holiday splendor by local floral designers. Families can sign up for the Parks and Recreation Deptartment’s Gingerbread Workshop in which gingerbread houses will be provided for families to decorate and then take home.

Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 8, begins with a shopping event just for kids. Wiscasset Public Library invites children to shop for their loved ones with the help of library elves. Wrapping will available and Fritz the Reindeer Dog will be on hand for photos and slurpy kisses. The Woodfield Farm horse-and-wagon shuttle will be taking shoppers from place to place and Sarah’s Café will offer a Tidbit Station in the Nickels-Sortwell barn from noon to 3 p.m. On the menu are mini-grilled cheese sandwiches, crab cakes, and hot wassail. At the craft show, Congregational Church members will be preparing chili, sandwiches, and specialty baked goods that people can eat there or take home. The day ends with a festive Snow Ball, another new Marketfest feature, at Water’s Edge across the Route 1 bridge in Edgecomb, from 7 to 10 p.m. People are invited to come in holiday attire, dance to music by the Salty Dogs, and feast on hot hors d’oeuvres — all for $20 in advance, with tickets available at Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce at 297 Bath Road, First National Bank at 39 Gardiner Road, or BIRCH at 72 Main Street, all in Wiscasset.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, Marketfest comes to a close with a last look at the Nickels-Sortwell House in its holiday decor and last-minute shopping in the barn. The People’s Choice award for best decorated wreath will be awarded.

For the full calendar of activities, visit www.wiscassetholidaymarketfest.com.