Holiday season kicks off Dec. 7 with Early Bird Sale, tree lighting, Santa

Nov 25, 2019

Belfast — The annual sale for early risers sets Belfast holiday events and festivities in motion Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6 a.m., followed in late afternoon by Santa's arrival, cocoa, carols and the lighting of the city's Christmas tree.

The annual downtown-wide regressive Early Bird Sale includes promotions from over 40 participating retailers and restaurants. Early Birds can catch the deepest discounts from 6 to 9 a.m., with many stores offering deals all day long. Visit the Our Town Belfast website to view promotions and sales (including times) from all stores.

Bangor Savings Bank’s Buoy Local presents this year’s Early Bird sale. New this year, Buoy Local® is offering shoppers 5x rewards (or 5% back) for each purchase made with participating downtown Buoy Local Retailers.

Stay for the day and head to Post Office Square for the Christmas tree lighting. At 4:30 p.m. the community will gather for cocoa, cookies and caroling at this free yearly event. Santa will arrive by firetruck before the tree is lighted at 5 p.m. Afterward, Santa will meet with children indoors at nearby KeyBank.

New in 2019 is the Sip & Splurge: $10 gets your souvenir glass and Sip & Splurge shopping bag, complete with a wish list for your personal Santa. Check in and start the night off from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at Delvino’s. Delvino’s will have a table of light snacks to enjoy and then off to shopping!

Your glass and bag serves as your ticket to discounts and drinks throughout downtown. Many participating stores will be open late throughout downtown Belfast, and they will have a beverage to put into your “Sip & Splurge” glass, along with their choice of sale/discount/prize.

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