There's a strange Christmas season icon in a local Maine town that goes by an odd name, has a wholesome small-town history, and can now take part in your family's holiday traditions.

Downtown Belfast has a tradition of seasonal decorating in the village that brings festive spirits to all of the residents and visitors of Belfast. One iconic piece of Belfast holiday imagery is a decoration strung in the downtown since the 1980s. It is a jolly Santa with an extreme head tilt named 'Cletus'. Throughout the years, the enduring name for this Santa became Broke-Neck Santa, a name that made makes this a bit of a strange small-town Maine icon but, memorable!

The town of Belfast has captured the spirit and discomfort of Broke Neck Santa into an ornament for all to purchase and bring into their own homes for the holiday season, a little piece of Maine memorabilia to have as part of anyone's Christmas traditions.

The little guy has been recreated as a 5" x 3.5" glass ornament.  You can purchase this unique holiday treasure born from the beautiful Maine coastal town for $23.75 on the website and have it shipped to your home.

Photo via Ornament Sale Page
Photo via Ornament Sale Page


You can also visit the following locations to find it in-person:

  • The Colonial Theatre – 163 High Street
  • The Green Store – 71 Main Street
  • Yo Mamma's – 96 Main Street (cash or check only)
  • Quench – 147 High Street

Find out more about the history of this interesting character of Belfast and their new ornament by visiting the Our Town Belfast website. And, if you are as enamored by this odd Christmas character as the town of Belfast, perhaps check out the special guy's Facebook page.

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