Parks and Recreation Director Norm Poirier told city councilors Dec. 1 that there will be no hot chocolate at this year’s Holiday on the Harbor event. The Dec. 12 event has been modified because of the coronavirus and Poirier is concerned that germs might spread from unattended cups.

As coronavirus numbers continue to climb statewide, Parks and Recreation decided not to hold the ornament and cookie decorating inside the Boathouse this year. Instead, take-home kits will be handed out upon arrival.

Kids will not be able to have close contact with Santa this year, but will still have an opportunity to take a socially distanced photo with him next to a Christmas tree in the gazebo at Steamboat Landing Park.

Carriage rides will still be available by family group and the story walk hosted by the Belfast Free Library will be available. Belfast Area High School students will be singing Christmas carols.

People are required to preregister for time slots beginning at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to allow for social distancing. Register online here or find the link provided on Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.