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.

Fall Flag for the Bar Harbor Merchants Association

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.

Look for our Flags

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.

Think Local First

Think Local First Logo

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.




The Scoop

The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

The Holidays are here! With frost mornings and snow on the horizon, your year round shops, businesses and restaurants are here to help you make the most of the season and you family celebration. Whether you want to get out and snowshoe a mountain, ski the Carriage Roads, bundle up and sit by the ocean or simply enjoy the beauty of our Island’s Holiday spirit, Bar Harbor Merchants can help you celebrate the season. Reconnect with your friends and family for treasured adventures, enjoy Holiday festivities and  create 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 All Year!


Ongoing Events

Every Wednesday, 8:00am – Noon
Weekly Birding Tours
The Natural History Center

For details, check The Natural History Center’s Facebook Page weekly.
(Members: All Merchant Association members are welcome to come as guests to learn about what The Natural History Center does)
November 2019 Rich is guiding a custom cruise, so will not be available

Leary’s Landing Irish Pub
Tuesday: Fish Fry Discounts on Fresh Fish Menu Choices
Thursday: Trivia Night 7pm

November through May
Discounted Local Rates
Massage Bar Harbor


Sunday, December 1st
Galyn’s Closes for the season

December 1 – 6
Downtown Bar Harbor
Voting open for BHMA Holiday Decoration Contest
Vote for your favorite display.

Friday, December 6th 4.30pm – Midnight
Downtown Bar Harbor
Village Holidays and Midnight Madness Sale
The Village Holidays celebration welcomes guests to the Village Green for free hot cocoa and cookies while carolers will fill the air with the sounds of the season. 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.
Santa Claus will then head to the MDI YMCA where children and families will have a chance to create some holiday crafts or take part in fun activities provided by local businesses.
Starting at 8:00 p.m., the annual Midnight Madness Sale will offer an exciting night of holiday shopping with a variety of discounts at local shops.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite holiday Decorations online or at the BH Chamber Visitor Center at Cottage and Main.

Friday, December 6th 9 – 5pm
Saturday, December 7th 9 – 3pm
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel Conference Center
Island Arts Association’s 45th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
The Island Arts Association will host their 45th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Rt. 3, Bar Harbor on Friday, December 6 from 9am-5pm and Saturday, December 7 from 9am-3pm. The IAA is comprised of local crafters from MDI and the surrounding islands. Come join us for your holiday shopping.

Friday, December 6th 5.30 – 7.30pm
La Rochelle
Bar Harbor Historical Society – Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Open House
The Maine Seacoast Mission and the Bar Harbor Historical Society will be co-hosting a Christmas Open House.

Saturday, December 7th – Wednesday, December 18th
Downtown Bar Harbor
BHMA Annual 12 Days of Shopping & Dining Locally 
Our annual “Thank You” event! A purchase at one of the participating stores gives you an entry to a drawing for one of 12 $25 BHMA Gift Certificate.
Multiple entries at multiple locations are welcomed – the more you support your local small businesses, the more chance you have on winning!
Check the stores for any concurrent promotions and sales they may be running, and you still stay in the drawing for the BHMA Gift certificates!

Thursday, December 12th 11.30am
Side Street Cafe Reopens

Saturday, December 14th 11 – 2pm
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel Conference Center
Witham Family Charitable Christmas Celebration
Please participate in the 6th Annual Charitable Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11am-2:30pm at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor.
Have some holiday fun while helping local families. Bring a clothing donation (especially winter coats) for any age or a new unwrapped toy for local children this Christmas! Donations will go to Seacoast Mission and H.O.M.E. Charities.
Festivities will include:
Holiday Photo Booth
Hot Cocoa Bar
Letters to Santa
Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Holiday Games and Movies
Kids Crafts
Cookie Decorating

Sunday, December 22nd Nightfall
Hanukkah Begins

Wednesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 25th
Christmas Day
Be Merry!