Shiny and bright events usher in holidays

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A holiday sign outside of the Windham Public Safety Building, where there will be a community tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 5-7 p.m. 

Communities across the Lakes Region are getting ready for Christmas, and as the kids say, it’s going to be lit. 

From Windham to Bridgton, several towns are hosting tree lighting ceremonies in the coming weeks to celebrate the holiday season: 

Bridgton 

On Saturday, Dec. 2, there will be a Festival of Lights in Bridgton starting at 4:30 p.m. with a community holiday party in the Bridgton Library courtyard. The tree lighting will then take place at the library at 5:10 and be followed by a holiday parade down Main Street starting at 5:30.  

Gray

The town of Gray is hosting its tree lighting festivities on Sunday, Nov. 26, around the tree outside its Pennell Municipal Building. Caroling led by the Gray-New Gloucester High School choir will begin at 3:50 p.m., and Santa will arrive with “Dennis the Elf” so that old Saint Nick can “light the tree with his magic candy cane,” according to the town’s website. 

Guests can visit with Santa and the Elf from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and a photography business will be on hand offering photo packages. People can also make crafts and enjoy concessions “for a nominal fee.” 

Naples 

The 2017 Christmas Festival in Naples will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, on Maine Street. Events begin 10 a.m. at the Naples Library with a cookie walk and story time. The Naples Town Gym will then host a variety of attractions, including a bake sale, bouncy house, letters to Santa workshop, crafters and artisans market and live music. Other activities will also be held on the Village Green. After Santa arrives with the Naples Fire Department for a Parade of Lights, the day’s events will culminate with the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.

New Gloucester 

There will be two tree lighting ceremonies in New Gloucester, with the upper village Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, beside the public works garage. 

The annual municipal tree lighting will be Sunday, Nov. 26, at the New Gloucester Town Hall. The tree lighting and caroling will start at 4:30 p.m.

There will also be an open houses at the public library and history barn adjacent to Town Hall. 

Sebago 

The Sebago Lions Club and Sebago Elementary School Student Council are again hosting an annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Town Hall. The event will be from 8-11 a.m. and will feature pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, orange juice, coffee and maple syrup donated by Greene Maple Farms and Grampa Joe’s Sugar House. The event will also include the 10th annual “Santa’s Workshop” where kids ages 12 and under can shop for handmade and donated items to give to others during the holiday season. 

Standish 

The Standish Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at the town’s municipal center. The department’s website says that the “free community fun” will include cookies, cocoa, gingerbread house decorating, and photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

Windham 

The Windham community tree lighting ceremony will be on Sunday, Nov. 26 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Windham Public Safety Building. There will be holiday songs from the Windham Primary School 3rd grade chorus, refreshments, and photo opportunities at the event, which is sponsored by the town.  

A holiday sign outside of the Windham Public Safety Building, where there will be a community tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 5-7 p.m. 

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