Early Shoppers Get the Best from Bar Harbor, Maine

Early shoppers on our website www.ChristmasSpiritShop.com get the best from Bar Harbor, Maine's Christmas SpiritŪ Shop:
  • Order now to get the best selection of our all American made personalized Christmas ornaments and other handcrafted gifts.
  • Order now to get the best shipping rates from us. Our regular shipping rates get delivered within 2 weeks in the US. Faster deliveries within 3 or fewer business days are available, but cost more for priority handling. Many of our customers pay more for priority shipping in December because they didn't allow enough time for regular handling and lower shipping charges.
  • Order now to get delivery before Thanksgiving. Many of our customers give our personalized Christmas ornaments to their family on Thanksgiving Day, so they can enjoy them all season long.

Handcarved Nativities

Lance, an American woodcarver, and Kim, a college art major, combined their talents in 1986 to hand carve old world St. Nicholases. Lance uses only knives and chisels to create his carvings. Kim hand-paints her husband's carvings, choosing just the right colors to compliment the wood tones. A popular choice for our customers is Lance's Handcarved Nativity within a stable, carved from basswood.

Nativity Ornaments

We carry a wide variety of nativity ornaments in different media, all handcrafted by American Artists. The one shown here is made from laser-cut maple wood that's assembled and glued by hand, creating a beautiful 3D design.

Ceramic Nativities

Our free standing Nativities are handpainted, like the ceramic one shown here by Judi, a self-taught Maine artist. Judi began painting in 1962. Every week she got together with friends, and painted ceramics. Gradually, she spent more time painting and enjoying it. In 1980, she quit her day job, and started her own business, selling her work and teaching art classes.

Customer Testimonials

"Thank you, thank you, thank you. Our families are dedicated to a Christmas without anything made in China. At Thanksgiving I give all my family Christmas ornaments. You have a great site!!" Karen from MI.

"I was just surfing for ornaments and ran across this site. I was very impressed, so I bought two to just check out the site. The ornaments are wonderful and the shipping time is unbelievable. Now here I am back for more. Keep up the great work!" Linda from CA.

"We came 8 years ago to Maine and we visited your shop, it was great! I still have the ornaments I bought that day and they are fabulous!" Elsa from France.

Island Update

The remnants of Hurricane Noel blew down much of our fall leaves, some trees and tree limbs, and caused brief power outages. Overall, it did minimal damage, compared to what was forecast.

After a busy summer and fall season, Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island are much quieter in November and December. Many shops, restaurants, and hotels have closed while others, like the Christmas SpiritŪ Shop, stay open for the Christmas season. Tourists will find plenty to do and lots to eat as they visit our beautiful area this time of year.

Bar Harbor will put up street decorations soon, and welcome Santa next month with festivities for children, young and old. We can expect our first snowfall anytime this month, but sometimes it doesn't snow before Christmas. That's not a problem for Santa because he often comes here by boat.

May the true spirit of this Christmas season be with you and your family all year long!

Christmas Spirit® Shop
80 Main Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609