Events downtown

Dec 06

Merry Madness 72 Participating Locations | Downtown Portland 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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What is Merry Madness?

Merry Madness, a Portland Downtown event, brings thousands of residents and visitors downtown for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience. On this special night, more than 75 shops stay open late (until 10pm) so that shoppers can enjoy a truly magical evening exploring all that downtown has to offer.

Please note: Merry Madness is 21+ and rain, shine, or snow.


How does it work?

Your fun starts with a Merry Madness Kickoff Party at a beautiful and historic venue: the U.S. Custom House. When you arrive, you’ll receive star treatment and some fabulous perks including:

  • A “red carpet” welcome — complete with professional photography
  • A commemorative Merry Madness reusable shopping bag
  • A commemorative Merry Madness stemless wine glass (and one complimentary pour of wine)
  • A Merry Madness “Snacks To Go” bag filled with sweet and savory treats
  • Live music courtesy of The Nightcaps, a local jazz quartet

Once you have your official glass, get ready to shop ’til you drop at our many participating locations. The shops will stay open until 10:00pm and you can follow the map to find holiday treasures for everyone on your list. Adding to the fun: your Merry Madness glass will get you free beverages and nibbles throughout the evening. Bliss!


How do I get tickets?

Merry Madness tickets must be pre-ordered here. Tickets will not be available at the door!

Early Bird Tickets ($15) are available through October 31. Regular Tickets ($20) go on sale November 1.

When you order your tickets, you will be required to select an arrival time(the three choices are 4-5pm, 5-6pm, or 6-7pm). Please plan to arrive at the Custom House within your selected 1-hour timeframe.

All ticket holders will be automatically entered to win some awesome raffle prizes – generously donated by downtown businesses!


Shop & Stay

After your night of shopping and merriment, chances are you’ll want to kick back, relax, and dive into a nice warm bed. We are delighted to announce that our Hotel Sponsor, Hyatt Place Portland – Old Port, is offering a can’t-be-beat rate exclusively for Merry Madness. Click here to book your room for just $119 per night plus tax. Additional perks include:

  • One complimentary hand-crafted cocktail in the chic GLASS Lounge.
  • Discounted parking at the Fore Street parking garage for $20 per night (or choose our valet service for $25 per night.)
  • Plus: Enjoy a hot breakfast featuring fresh cage-free scrambled or hard boiled eggs, artisanal breads from Standard Baking Company, local meats, and more. Breakfast is free for World of Hyatt members! Not a member? Join for free and redeem your rewards for free nights, unique experiences, and so much more. Click here to join

To reserve your room at the discounted rate, click here or call the hotel at 207-775-1000. Please reference group code G-MM18 when making your reservation. Thank you!


Merry Madness is made possible thanks to:

Machias Savings Bank
Hyatt Place Portland – Old Port
AARP Maine