Christmas in Cornish - an annual holiday tradition

For many people the annual event Christmas in Cornish, which is held on the first Friday & Saturday of December, is a Christmas tradition with the tree lighting, hot cocoa, and caroling on Friday night, followed by the Polar Express Trail and visits with Santa at The Inn at Cornish on Saturday. Many businesses offer deals, goodies, and more all weekend long. This event coincides with the Annual Christmas in Limerick festival happening right down the road.


On Friday, children are invited to a reading of the Polar Express at the library where they will receive a punch card to use on Saturday. Don't worry if you can't make it to story time, punch cards will also be available at the Tree Lighting as well as at participating businesses on Saturday. Kids visit each business to enjoy a treat or activity, and to have their card stamped.

Past photo video provided by Photos By Rowley, music by 1998 recording of ‘Joy’ by George Winston on ‘All The Seasons Of George Winston’.


Santa will be waiting at the Inn at Cornish where children turn in their punch cards and receive a gift from the jolly old soul himself! Cards must be turned in by 2PM on Saturday. You do not need to participate in the Polar Express Trail to visit him!

Friday, November 30, 2018
  • 6:00 PM — Reading of The Polar Express @Bonney Memorial Library

  • 6:30 PM — Tree lighting in Thompson Park with free goodies, hot cocoa, and community sing-a-long with the UCC Choir.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Polar Express Trail begins. Children can make or pick-up a craft or a treat and have their train ticket punched at local businesses. Visit every shop on the train ticket and get a gift from Santa when you turn in your ticket at The Inn at Cornish by 2pm!

  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cornish UCC Ladies Guild Annual Christmas Fare. Luncheon Served 11PM - 1 PM

  • Goodies and discounts at local businesses and restaurants all day.

  • Cornish Historical Society costumed storyteller and treats for guests.

Participating Businesses on the Trail:


Christmas in Cornish - Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2018
  • At Once All Agog

  • Bangor Savings Bank

  • Bonney Memorial Library

  • Cornish Historical Society

  • Cornish United Church of Christ

  • Dunbar & Sons Estate Liquidators

  • Finding the Puddles

  • Full Circle Artisans Gallery & Bead Emporium

  • Krista’s

  • Lily’s Fine Flowers

  • The Local Gear

  • Terry’s Uniques

  • The Inkwell

  • The Inn at Cornish

  • The Perkins House




Christmas in Cornish is sponsored and produced by the Cornish Association of Businesses. Participating sponsors also include: