Tree lighting this weekend in Westbrook


WESTBROOK — The city’s transition to Christmas began a few weeks back when seasonal decorations were placed along the streetlights downtown, but the spirit of Christmas will officially be kicked off this weekend during the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities.

Westbrook-Gorham Community Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Joyce, who has been organizing the event for close to 25 years for the chamber, said the Westbrook High School Band will get the festivities started at 4:45 p.m. at Riverbank Park. Band director Kyle Smith said the band will play a selection of Christmas carols.

Santa will arrive at the park on a fire engine at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Mayor Mike Sanphy will light the tree at 5:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and sweets will be available throughout the event, Joyce said.

On 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Westbrook High School band will present its   Christmas concert at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Selections will include “The Nutcracker Suite,” “Wonderful Christmastime,” “Happy Christmas (The War is Over”) and the “Christmas Trilogy” with an audience sing-along.

Michael Kelley can be reached at 780-9106 or or on Twitter @mkelleynews.

Westbrook’s tree lighting is set to take place in River Bank Park on Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 4:45 p.m.