The Maine Weekender, December 10—12

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Was anyone else thoroughly enchanted by the snowfall this week? In a lot of ways the first snow of the year is a relief in Vacationland—it means it’s almost time to dive back into our favorite winter activities! Whether you prefer to ski, skate, ice fish, sled, or snowshoe, here’s our roundup for this weekend in Maine: 

Something to Do: 

All aboard! This weekend, grab your little ones and make the trip to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport for Christmas Prelude trolley rides on the museum’s private heritage railroad. Trips in the heated trolley cars last about 30 minutes, with plenty of hot chocolate and holiday cheer to go around! Plus, Santa will be available for socially distanced photos on Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to bring your wish list! 

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: 195 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport

Somewhere to Go: 

Are you looking for a Maine-made holiday present? This Saturday, check out the Wabanaki Winter Market held at the University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts! Presented by the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, the market will feature the works of 25 Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and Micmac artists. Find something for everyone on your list! Plus, Gal Frey will be giving a reading from The First Blade of Sweetgrass, written by her son and daughter-in-law, Gabriel Frey and Suzanne Greenlaw. 

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 
Where: 2 Flagstaff Rd., Orono

Something to Watch: 

Ski season has officially begun! Before you head to the hill this weekend, kick winter off right by attending the premier of Warren Miller’s Winter Starts Now at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Featuring small town-run ski hills and large resorts across the country, as well as appearances from professional skiers including Amie Engerbrentson and Johnny Mosely, this film will get you stoked to hit the slopes. 

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Where: 345 Main St., Rockland

Something to Eat: 

Craving barbecue? Good news! Noble Barbecue in Portland is reopening today with a revamped winter menu. Warm yourself up from the recent chill with a fried chicken platter, a pork sandwich, homemade pickles, and a side of pimento mac and cheese. 

When: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Where: 1706 Forest Ave., Portland

Something to Read: 

Do you need another reason to get excited for winter in the Pine Tree State? Get in the Nordic skiing mood with this story from the New York Times about a hut-to-hut cross country skiing trip in the 100-Mile Wilderness! If you dream about going off the grid and traveling purely by ski for extended periods of time, this article is sure to set your neurons firing. 

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