June 23, 2018
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Bangor’s Christmas tree arrives Tuesday; downtown holiday events planned

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — One of the city’s most visible signs of the holiday season will arrive in Bangor’s West Market Square on Tuesday morning.

The city’s Christmas tree, grown and donated by Sprague’s Nursery, will arrive downtown at 9 a.m., according to Jason Bird, downtown coordinator for Bangor.

The downtown is in the midst of dolling up for the season.

“Business owners are decorating their storefronts for the downtown decoration contest; banners will be hung, decorations will be posted on the light poles and holiday lights are being placed in West Market Square,” Bird said Monday in a press release.

A series of holiday events has been planned for Saturday, Dec. 1.

Santa Claus will visit with children from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Bagel Central, 33 Central St. A professional photographer will be on hand, or parents can bring their own cameras and take their own photos free of charge. Children also may decorate cookies at the restaurant while supplies last.

A few doors down the street, the University of Maine Museum of Art will host its fifth annual holiday art-making event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children and their parents can create their own cards, ornaments or gifts. Supplies and free instruction will be available throughout the event.

The annual Festival of Lights Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. About 70 floats, marching bands, dance groups and musical groups will participate in the parade, which starts on Railroad Street before turning onto Main Street and continuing through downtown. The parade route ends at Camden National Bank on Exchange Street.

The tree-lighting ceremony in West Market Square will be held immediately after the parade.

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