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Get in the Holiday Spirit at Country Christmas in Bethel, Maine

Picture of winter wagon ride in Bethel Maine

Winter wagon ride through Bethel, Maine (photo courtesy of Bethel Chamber of Commerce media room)

A great way to get into the New England holiday spirit is by taking a day trip or vacation to Country Christmas in Bethel, Maine. This special Christmas event takes place through Dec. 24, 2012.

Bethel is a “It’s a Wonderful Life” ┬ákind of town with a friendly, idyllic small town vibe, as well as splendid mountain scenery. What a great New England setting for a Christmas event!

Country Christmas in Bethel features a Jingle Bell Run, a tree lighting ceremony at the Bethel Common (Dec. 1) free horse-drawn wagon rides, museum and gallery open houses, craft fairs, shopping specials and fun outdoor activities for kids.

Additionally, if you’re a ski fan, Bethel might just be your place as Sunday River is located just down the road from downtown Bethel!

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