BELFAST — With candy, ghosts and ballots in the rearview mirror, ’tis the season for Belfast to roll out the holiday red carpet for residents and visitors.

This year wandering eyes will discover events of all types for all ages throughout November and December.

Our Town Belfast will host Holiday Passport from Nov. 14 through Dec. 18. Visit local Belfast businesses, receive a stamp on your passport, collect stamps and return them for prize drawings.

Tree lightings begin on Nov. 27 with the Love Lights Tree Lighting at the First Church of Belfast at 5 p.m.

Learn to make delicious holiday dishes at Everything Christmas, a cooking class at Penobscot Bay Coaching on Belfast’s Searsport Avenue that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Ornament making is just one part of the offerings at Holiday on the Harbor Dec. 10. Photo courtesy of Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

Dec. 3 begins with early bird sales (emphasis on early) in Belfast businesses at run from 6 to 9 a.m. Later that day the annual Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Post Office Square.

Waterfall Arts joins the holiday festivities with a pop-up market from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9.

On Dec. 10 the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Holiday on the Harbor at Steamboat Park, an event that provides fun for the whole family. Cookie decorating, ornament making, caroling and a story walk will be accompanied by hot chocolate and a visit from Santa at the Belfast Boathouse. Holiday on the Harbor will also offer horse-drawn wagon rides and a free book to every child who visits.

Santa will visit the Belfast Boathouse as part of Holiday on the Harbor Dec. 10. Photo by Michelle Christian

Dec. 10-11 also marks the return of Belfast Area High School’s annual Festival of Trees. Held at BAHS, tickets are sold and participants can use those tickets for chances to win holiday trees adorned with prizes and gifts. The proceeds benefit the senior class.

Santa’s sweet tooth will draw him back to Perry’s Nut House on Dec. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. Children who visit will each receive a gift and adults can take advantage of store sales and BIG last minute deals.

The traditional holiday staple, The Nutcracker, will be performed at the Crosby Center Dec. 16-18. The show on Friday starts at 6 p.m. with the weekend shows beginning at 11 a.m.

Finally, the annual Menorah Lighting will take place Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. in Post Office Square.

Dress warmly, wear a smile and take advantage of all Belfast has to offer during the upcoming holidays.