Greater Bangor remains vibrant in the winter months. The downtown retail, dining and entertainment venues thrive in the winter.

Performance venues such as the Penobscot Theatre, Cross Insurance Center, Collins Center for the Arts, and The Gracie Theatre provide almost non-stop opportunities for a night of live entertainment.  And, the music doesn’t stop for a few snowflakes. Live music can be found at several local restaurants and night clubs.

Many of Bangor’s parks are transformed into outdoor ice skating rinks, as long as Mother Nature cooperates. These neighborhood parks provide a family-friendly place to strap on the skates and enjoy an afternoon of fresh air and fun.

Because of Maine’s superior climate and spectacular scenic views, we are home to some of the world’s best snowmobiling trails. There are more than a dozen Maine Snowmobile Association-recognized clubs within The Maine Highlands tourism region.

We have many trailside accommodations in our area, with access to thousands of miles of groomed and maintained trails. For the snowmobiler without a snowmobile, there are many rental locations that are more than willing to help get you on the trail!

There is nothing more beautiful than a freshly snow-covered forest in the early morning. Spending time in our woods is one of the best ways to truly experience winter. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing provide the peaceful escape that many seek when visiting. There are miles of groomed and ungroomed trails specifically for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing adventurists.

Another unique adventure in the Greater Bangor Region is the opportunity to take sledding to a whole new level, either behind a team of dogs or at Hermon Mountain. There are many formal sled-dog races and opportunities to try out dog-sledding in our area. Hermon Mountain provides a lift to the top of the mountain and over 600 feet of “chutes” for specially-designed tubes – riders can experience the thrill of a lifetime! Hermon Mountain also offers downhill skiing and snowboarding opportunities and lessons, which is the perfect combination of winter activities to excite the whole family!