We just received word from our good neighbors at The Maine Office of Tourism about Maine tree lighting ceremonies happening just after Thanksgiving. Here is an introduction from VisitMaine.com on those special Maine holiday places, followed by the specifics of the events (and some music events, too)...
Prominent evergreen trees in Maine's city and town centers get dressed with lights and holiday decorations annually during the days after Thanksgiving. The events are often accompanied by parades, visits from Santa Claus and live entertainment. But, some communities have a twist to their "tree" lighting tradition. Check out these lightings around the state...
Aroostook County city Caribou will hold its annual Tree Lighting and Parade . Santa arrives in his sleigh and heads to the fire department where children share their wish lists with him.
Greenville's tree lighting also happens during the Deck the Halls Holiday Celebration. There are public meals, activities for children, , carols sung by the Greenville Community Choir, and a parade with Christmas-themed floats during the day-long event.
Maine's most unique tree lighting event takes place just before the Lighting of the Nubble at Nubble Lighthouse in York. Everyone watches the water in front of the lighthouse as - ocean conditions permitting - a scuba diving team raises a lighted tree to float on the surface. There's music and free hot chocolate and cookies for all. The festivities happen at Sohier Park on Nov. 27.
The giant spruce tree in Waterville's Castonguay Square gets its glow on during the Parade of Lights celebration . Watch the parade down , then visit Santa at his house in Kringleville.
The city of Festival of Lights Celebration happening . Santa arrives by Coast Guard boat at the Public Landing, local inns hold open houses, the builds a tree from lobster traps and lights it during the annual Parade rolls down Main Street, there's a family pancake breakfast with Santa, and free horse-drawn carriage rides.
Warm Up to Maine's Live Music
Maine's small to medium sized live music venues become extra comfortable during cold weather months as locals and travelers pack them to enjoy the sounds of regional and national touring solo performers and bands.
The Unity Centre for the Performing Arts is a destination for all styles of bluegrass, folk, jazz, blues, and traditional sounds from , and Scotland.
The Wharf () in downtown Hallowell is a popular gathering place for rock and blues fans.
Roots and Tendrils in Belfast is an art gallery and retail shop by day and the scene for regional and Maine indie music acts by night.
Portland's State Theatre has been renovated and the lights go up in mid-October. A sold out My Morning Jacket show leads a schedule heavy with modern, classic and .
The Indigo Girls, Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield. Performers love playing in the renovated post and beam barn, and audiences get their tickets early for headliners big and small. and have made the drive up the dirt road to the
For more information about Maine's winter events, go to www.visitmaine.com.