• Giving the Gift of Bar Harbor

    Giving the Gift of Bar Harbor

    The cooler temperatures, falling snowflakes and festive decorations can only mean one thing: the holiday season is near. It’s the time of year for spreading cheer, whether spending time with those you love, donating to causes in need, or picking out gifts for the people on your list.
    No matter the reason, Bar Harbor has many shops with the perfect presents for friends, family or those in need. While visiting, browse holiday decorations at  Acadia Image Arts and the Christmas Spirit Shop or make your own gifts using supplies from Fabricate. Take home treasures for the folks you care most about, knowing that these gifts have been made by local craftsmen. Take a few toys back with you, too, for the special kids and pets in your life. And don’t forget a little something for yourself!
    Bar Harbor's gorgeous winter scenery, abundance of small businesses, and friendly locals helped land them on Runaway Suitcase's list of the Top 25 Hallmark Christmas Towns. Spend a little time here and you'll definitely agree!

    December 6 is the best time to visit during the Village Holidays & Midnight Madness Sale. Sip on hot chocolate and sing carols before Santa lights up the village tree and reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Take the kids down to the MDI YMCA for holiday crafts and a photo with Santa before tucking them into bed. For night owls, the Midnight Madness Sale with discounts at local shops goes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

    The shop windows will be fully decorated for the Midnight Madness Sale as part of the Bar Harbor Merchants Association’s Holiday Decorating Contest. Cast a vote for your favorite decorations at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Winners will be announced on December 7.


    Get the art enthusiast in your life all they could desire with finely crafted works and supplies of the highest quality. Here is where to make your stops:
    Island Artisans
    D’Alessio Gallery
    Island Arts Association
    Anne Woodman – The Shop
    Art on West
    Acadia Image Arts

    Gifts & Collectibles

    With gifts small to large, these shops have unique treats and trinkets for anyone on your list.

    Fair Trade Winds
    Sea Dawg
    Bark Harbor
    Cool as a Moose
    Island Artisans
    Bar Harbor Book Shop
    Serendipity Resale Shop
    Bar Harbor Tea Company
    Willis’ Rock Shop
    Queen Anne’s Flower Shop
    House Wine
    Anne Woodman – The Shop
    Acadia Outdoors Store
    Bar Harbor Pick-A-Pearl
    FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars
    Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops
    Island Imports LTD.
    The Acadia Shop
    Stone Soup
    Acadia Park Company
    Bar Harbor Hemporium
    Patrick’s by the Sea
    Bar Harbor Jam Company
    Bliss Jewelers
    Peruvian Link-Alpaca Collection
    The Chocolate Moose of Bar Harbor
    Acadia Country Store
    The Stadium Bar Harbor
    Acadia Image Arts
    Christmas Spirit Shop

    Home Decor 

    Whether you are shopping for yourself or an interior design aficionado, these shops have what you need, not just for holiday decorating, but for many styles and tastes.
    Window Panes
    Acadia Image Arts
    The Acadia Shop
    Now that you know there are so many places to shop, you can check off your entire list in Bar Harbor with gifts even more special because they will remind you of your visit.