Thanksgiving is a special holiday for many. Families from all over the country come home to celebrate family and tasty food. You'll find plenty of events across Maine, from Black Friday shopping to Turkey Trots to volunteer opportunities. No matter how you like to celebrate, remember that Maine is a great place to be this 2023 Thanksgiving holiday season.
Head to Fast Breaks on Lisbon Street in Lewiston for a memorable pre-Thanksgiving event. Enjoy tasty treats, exciting brews, and live music that will make for the perfect night out. Don't miss this amazing celebration, and get ready to dance the night away.
Rated as one of the finest bakeries in Portland by Food & Wine, you'll see why it's so good after the first bite of your pie. Two Fat Cats Bakery is dedicated to baking all their baked goods from scratch. You can order pies by phone or in person for pick up during the week of Thanksgiving. On their Thanksgiving menu, you'll find classic pies like apple, pumpkin, and chocolate cream and other goodies like pumpkin rolls with brown butter, cream cheese filling, and buttermilk biscuits. Order early, as they sell out fast.
Skip the Butterball Turkey at the grocery store and buy locally. Pine Tree in New Sharon raises turkeys from day one in a healthy sustainable manner. All their turkeys are free range and do not use antibiotics or hormones. You can purchase their turkeys at this farm store in New Sharon or a variety of stores from Shapleigh to Bar Harbor.
What's Thanksgiving without a little Black Friday shopping? Head to Freeport, where L.L. Bean is open 24/7, even on the holidays, and the outlet stores will open bright and early for a weekend full of incredible discounts and fun events. You'll find shops like Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach Outlet, and more.
This Thanksgiving, join in on a Southern Maine tradition. The 42nd Annual Portland Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler & Kids K invites all runners to participate in this event. Wind through Portland's Historic Old Port and Downtown Districts in the two-loop, certified 4-miler course or the Kid's K (.62 miles), starting at Monument Square and finishing in front of City Hall. Get ready to make memories and make it to the finish line.
Not everyone is so fortunate to have food and shelter over the holidays. Wayside kitchen and food pantry help people and family daily. During the Thanksgiving week, Wayside has several ways to help needy families. Before Thanksgiving Day, you can donate a turkey that will be distributed throughout Cumberland County, or you can help cook all the food the day before Thanksgiving.
Kennebunkport is a winter wonderland for the holiday season. From watching Santa Claus arrive by lobster boat during the annual Christmas Prelude to the festive holiday lights and a dusting of snow, it's the perfect setting for those magical Christmas photos. You can enjoy several festive activities, including seashore holiday trolley rides, wine tasting, and lobster bakes. Make Kennebunkport your destination this season.