Discover the Magic of Holiday Shopping in Bar Harbor
Holiday shopping often brings to mind late-night runs to big-box stores or scrolling pages online for the latest deals. But the happy truth is that this does not need to be your holiday shopping experience – elevate your gift-giving with a trip to Bar Harbor, where you’ll shop in our coastal village by the sea. You’ll discover unique, Maine-made gifts and can experience fun for the whole family, whether cheering on teams at the Bed Races or joining Santa for December’s tree lighting.
Holiday Season Events in Bar Harbor
The Early Bird Pajama Sale and Bed Races is as delightful and unusual as it sounds. Rise early, and don’t change out of those PJs. They’ll be needed for the sale! Be sure to hold onto your receipts because they can enter you into a raffle for two roundtrip tickets between Boston and Bar Harbor. The Bed Races is a wacky event where you can watch teams “race” on decorated beds in downtown Bar Harbor.
The Village Holidays Celebration & Sale kicks the holiday season off with a tree lighting, a visit from Santa, cocoa, and plenty more festivities. Once again, stores will be offering special holiday sales. Stay tuned for more to come.
Bar Harbor Gift Ideas
We’ve curated a list of Bar Harbor gift ideas for this holiday season, from those for the outdoor adventurers to our four-legged family members.
- For the outdoor enthusiast: Give the gift of fresh air and exploration. Book a half-day or full-day Acadia climbing session with Acadia Mountain Guides, or a guided ice climbing adventure with Equinox Guiding Service. Reserve a nature excursion such as those offered by Down East Nature Tours or Natural History Center to get a closer look at Acadia’s fascinating, year-round living creatures, like the elusive snowy owl.
- For those who prefer to savor their gifts: Pop into House Wine & Spirits for a special bottle of wine, Maine craft beer and local fine cheese and charcuterie. The extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars of Fiore Olive Oils will complement every cook’s dish. Or simply “order in,” Bar Harbor-style – Beal’s Lobster Pier offers their fresh seafood, such as live and cooked whole lobster, lobster roll kits and more to ship right to your door.
- For stocking stuffers and other goodies: My Darling Maine Island Boutique offers thoughtful gifts, accessories and apparel for everyone in the family. Local home goods store Window Panes offers beautiful, functional items for your home, from stone sponge holders to handmade woven baskets. Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop has a great selection of reads, but also fun trinkets and treasures perfect for slipping into a stocking. The Acadia Shops offer plentiful regional delights, like blueberry sweets and maple syrup. A great selection of locally made gifts such as jewelry, artwork and ornaments can be found at The Maine Store. Not to be forgotten on your list: your dog and cat! Bark Harbor offers toys, treats and care items for your furry loved one.
- To the person who needs to relax & unwind: Treat them to a massage at Massage Bar Harbor or Eden Therapeutic Massage.
Need more gift inspiration? Explore our shops online.