Bath museum celebrates holidays with month of events

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BATH — Maine Maritime Museum has ratcheted up its Christmas spirit a few notches this year, hosting a variety of holiday events over the next month.

Along with its indoor lobster trap tree – which the museum calls Maine’s largest – the 243 Washington St. history hub is expanding its holiday decorations to the grounds of the campus. “Captain Christmas’ Magical Boatshop,” for example, will feature a unique lighting display at the historic Mould Loft, the museum store will offer sales, and Santa and the Grinch will make appearances.

“This is definitely the most we’ve ever done around the holidays,” Katie Meyers, the museum’s marketing and communications manager, said in an interview Nov. 22.

The museum in recent years started offering holiday events for children, and decorations such as the ever-growing lobster trap tree, and “it’s been so much fun we just thought we’d keep it going,” Meyers said. “We have got so many ideas.”

“We’ve got something for the adults, something for the kids,” she added.

Things kick off Saturday, Dec. 2, from 7-9:30 p.m., with “Mixers and Merriment at the Museum,” which showcases cocktails from craft distilleries around the state. Long Reach Hall will be decked out as a “snowy winter wonderland,” according to the museum, with snacks from local restaurants and festive music offered. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers, and available by calling 443-1316 or visiting

“Magical Evenings with Santa” will be offered Thursdays throughout the month, taking place from 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Admission, which includes a tour of Captain Christmas’ boatshop, is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and no charge for those younger than 6.

A “Jolly Family Jamboree” offers museum admission at a reduced rate from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Holiday-themed activities and crafts will be available and Santa will swing by, too. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children 6-12.

“The Grinch,” whose animated TV special turns 50 this year, goes under the spotlight at Longreach Hall at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, with a production from Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers. Tickets, which includes admission to the Jolly Family Jamboree, are $13 for members and $14 for non-members for all ages older than 2.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

This indoor lobster trap Christmas tree, considered by the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath to be the largest of its kind in Maine, is one of the 243 Washington St. venue’s many nods to the holidays this year.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.