Bangor to raise Christmas tree Wednesday morning; holiday parade plans announced

Posted Dec. 03, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor’s Christmas tree will be set up in downtown’s West Market Square at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The tree was grown and donated by Sprague’s Nursery in Bangor.

“Downtown Bangor is getting dressed up for the holiday season,” Bangor’s Downtown Coordinator Jason Bird said in a recent press release. “Business owners are decorating their storefronts, decorations have been hung on light poles and holiday lights are being placed in West Market Square.”

Other holiday events also have been planned for what will be a very busy Saturday, Dec. 7.

Bagel Central will host Santa Claus from noon to 4 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras to take pictures of their children’s visits with Santa at no cost. A professional photographer also will be taking pictures, which will be available for purchase online at a discounted price. Kids also will be able to decorate cookies, while supplies last.

The annual Festival of Lights Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. along Main Street. The route runs from Railroad Street onto Main Street, where it continues through downtown until it turns right onto State Street and then right onto Exchange Street.

“There will be marching bands, small and large floats, dances and other performing groups representing traditional scenes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, New Year’s, Solstice, Kwanzaa and other happenings,” Bird said.

Immediately after the parade wraps up, the city’s tree lighting ceremony will be held in West Market Square.

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