Bar Harbor offers an array of shops, restaurants and activities.


Discover our quaint, sleepy coastal village during the quieter seasons — late fall, winter and spring.

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Look for the Winter Flag at our members' businesses!

Think Local First, Bar Harbor Merchants Association

For more than a decade, the Bar Harbor Merchants Association has promoted Bar Harbor as a Four-Season destination.

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Bar Harbor Merchant Association's Winter Flag

The Bar Harbor Merchants Association members fly one of our three different flags when they are open. Not all members are open throughout the entire year, but you can tell when they are by looking for the flag.

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Think Local First: Thinking locally reduces transportation costs and protects our environment, supports local artists, farms, businesses, producers and organizations, and creates a supportive community and more sustainable economy.

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Wouldn't you family like this on their Holiday table?
Queen Anne's Flower Shop can make it happen.
Participating in Bar Harbor Merchants Association 12 Days of Shopping and Dining Locally event too - so you get beautiful florals and gifts and a chance to win more!
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The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

Holiday Cheer is in the air! Your year round shops, businesses and restaurants are still here to make your Winter fun and entertaining. Whether you want to get out and climb a mountain, sit by  the fire or simply enjoy the beauty of the season, Bar Harbor Merchants can help you embrace the long days and lazy times. Reconnect with your friends and family for treasured adventures and memories. For current non donor events also check out our local Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar

Download our current edition of The Open Directory for Bar Harbor Merchants that are open this Winter!
Every Wednesday, 8:00am – Noon
Weekly Birding Tours
The Natural History Center

For details, check The Natural History Center’s Facebook Page weekly.
$20:00 per person
(Members: All Merchant Association members are welcome to come as guests to learn about what The Natural History center does)

November through April
Discounted Local Rates
Massage Bar Harbor



Friday, November 30th 2018 9:00am – 5pm
Saturday, December 1st 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm
Island Arts Association Annual Craft Fair
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center
The Island Arts Association will hold our 44th Annual Holiday Fair on Friday, November 30th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. This fair will feature our local artisans with their beautiful crafts for sale, the YWCA’s delicious luncheon and raffle. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to support our crafters and shop local for the holidays.

Sunday, December 2nd 2018 – Monday, December 10th 2018
Hanukkah Celebrated

Friday, December 7th 2018 4:30pm  – Midnight
Village Holidays & Midnight Madness Sale
Downtown Bar Harbor
Sponsored by Bar Harbor Merchants Association
4:30pm – 7:00pm
Guests are invited to Bar Harbor’s Village Green to enjoy free hot cocoa and sing carols with friends and family. At 5:00 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive to help light the town Christmas tree and offer a special reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Then, Santa Claus will head to the MDI YMCA from 5:30-7:00 p.m., where children and families will have a chance to create some holiday crafts or take part in fun activities provided by local businesses. There will be an ornament station, cookie decorating, and children’s books to read or purchase. Everyone will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Kris Kringle himself. 
8:00pm –  Midnight
Bar Harbor’s annual Midnight Madness Sale will offer an exciting night of holiday shopping with a variety of discounts at local shops. Check back here after November 23rd for a complete list of participating retailers.

Friday, December 7th 2018 5:30pm – 7pm
Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Open House and Wreath Silent Auction
Colket Center
Please join the fun at the Colket Center, 127 West St. for an evening of refreshments, music, and the chance to take home a beautiful holiday wreath.
For more information please contact Anna Silver at or 801.6011.

Saturday, December 8th – Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
BHMA Annual 12 Days of Shopping and Dining Locally
Participating BHMA Members
You support us so we’d like to thank you too! Your purchase at our participating members locations allows you to enter a drawing for one of twelve $25.00 BHMA Gift Certificates. Drawing will be held by December 21st with winners being announced on Facebook and by email/phone. Gift certificates can be picked up at Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Cottage Street location after the 21st of December or mailed to you by arrangement.
Click here for a list of members participating

Sunday, December 9th 2018 3:00pm  – 4:30pm
Robinson Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Criterion Theatre

The timeless tale of Christmas dreams come to life with Clara and her beloved toy, the Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen! You will be enchanted by fairies, dolls, soldiers, a Snow Queen and of course a Rat King and Uncle Drosselmeyer. All brought to magical life by the extraordinary dancers of the Robinson Ballet. This is truly the family holiday event of the season!

Friday, December 14th 2018
Saturday, December 15th 2018
Bizarre Bazaar
Spruce & Gussy
The fabulous little in-store craft fair! This year the show features Kirsten Hardy, Emily Henry, Amanda Kendall, Autumn Soares, Michelle Souza, Jennifer Judd-Mcgee, Patti Savoie, Tara Parker and Darcy Whitten.
The event also features complimentary snacks and beverages, along with a storewide sale.

Monday, December 24th 2018
Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 25th 2018
Christmas Day

Monday, December 31st 2018
New Years Eve

Tuesday, January 1st 2019
New Years Day

Saturday, January 19th 2018 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Fourth Annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest!
Atlantic Brewing Company
Grab your mittens and hats, it is time to get outside and have a beer with us at the fourth Annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest! Come celebrate Downeast Maine’s craft beer scene outside at Atlantic Brewing Company. There will be warming stations to keep you toasty warm while you work your way through all the craft beer samples.Get your blood and adrenaline pumping by joining in on the keg stacking relay and cornhole games. There will also be food and live music.
Tickets are ONLY available by purchasing in advance. Tickets will be available in December 2018.