Chugging eggnog in front of a roaring fire while chestnuts are roasting sure sounds tempting, but it’s not for everyone.
Of course, some people don’t celebrate Christmas. Others may be alone or away from their families this year. Others may have a house full of holiday guests and sometimes feel the need to escape.
Whatever the reason, those who have places to go or things to do on Christmas Day in Southern Maine are in luck. For example, cinemas are open and playing some of the season’s box office hits. The same goes for corner stores, big stores, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. There are several locations that will happily welcome your business over Christmas.
apple cinema The Westbrook and Saco locations, formerly Cinemagic, both open at Christmas. increase. The new lobby has a self-service popcorn dispenser, concession stand, and ticket sales. Films included in the bill include Avatar: Water Path, Puss in Boots: Last Wish, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. For more information and showtimes, visit applecinemas.com.
Nickelodeon Cinemas We also have an opening in Portland. Thanks to its location, you can combine a movie with a walk downtown to see the city’s impressive holiday lights her display, designed by artist Pandora Lacasse. Nickelodeon has also shown some big movies, such as “Avatar,” which even has Maine ties. Eric Saindon, from Gorham, was the film’s special effects supervisor and earned his two Academy Award nominations for 2014’s The Hobbit: A Kingdom Taken by Dragons and his 2013’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It has been. For Nickelodeon Cinemas, visit patriotcinemas.com.
Union of Jewish Communities of Southern Maine Outer Portland hosts a Chinese food and movie event on Christmas Day from noon to 4pm on Congress Street. There’s a Chinese buffet lunch, plus snacks, games, Hanukkah-themed gifts, and the family movie Paddington 2. Buffet lunch is $5 and other festivities are free. Participants must register by December 21st. For more information and to register, visit mainejewish.org.
shop around the corner
DiPietro’s Market The restaurant on Cottage Road in South Portland is open from 9 AM to 2 PM. Open at Christmas for over 20 years, neighbors have come to expect that if you forget something at Christmas dinner (and you never forget), you can always do it. Head over to DiPietro’s for groceries, pizza, and really great wine, liquor, and beer. Check out his DiPietro’s Market on Facebook for more.
Hilltop Superlet The restaurant at the top of Portland’s Manjoy Hill sells groceries and other merchandise from 7am to 9pm, but the kitchen is closed. For store details, visit Hilltop Superette on Facebook.
LL Bean Freeport is known for being open 24/7. As such, it’s a great place to pick up or browse for last minute gifts for someone. Also on Christmas Day, LL Bean will continue to host Aurora holiday celebrations and the store and surrounding areas will be decorated in a very festive way.Discovery Park has free ice skates and skates There are also rentals and heated benches. There is a highly detailed model railroad layout that runs through the small New England villages of the Camping section.From Main Street to the store, walk through a tunnel of twinkling lights and take pictures at the giant snow dome just outside the Camping section. can do. For more information, visit llbean.com and search for “Northern Lights”.
eat, drink and have fun
dock foreThe 40-plus-year-old restaurant and bar in Portland’s Old Port opens at 3pm on Christmas Day. Kitchen closes at 7pm. Specials include jello shots with Santa hats. For more information, see Dock Fore on Facebook.
coffee by design in LL Bean in Freeport will be open during normal Christmas Day hours (7:30am to 9:00pm), so grab a pick-up cup or enjoy a quiet cup of coffee while you do your last chores I can. Away from the holiday hustle and bustle at home. They have some special holiday drinks and an inflatable Buddy the Elf from the cartoon holiday movie Elf for people to take selfies.Visit coffeebydesign.com for more information please.
union restaurant The Press Hotel on Congress Street in downtown Portland offers a three-course Christmas dinner menu for $89 per person or $134 with wine. Appetizers include herb-crusted prime rib, roasted cod, and mushroom and parsnip agnolotti. Dessert options include German Stollen and gingerbread mousse and chocolate tart. For more information, please visit thepresshotel.com.
Saltyard Cafe + Bar The Canopy Portland Waterfront Hotel is open for food from 7am to noon and cocktails from noon to 6pm. Several “Taste of Main” cocktails are available, including Old Port Bourbon, Moxy Syrup, Orange Bitters and Fernet Michaud’s “Moxie Old Fashioned.” For more information, visit saltyardrestaurantandbar.com.