LINCOLN, Maine — Several thousand residents are expected at the town’s Breakfast with Santa at Mattanawcook Academy and its downtown holiday tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday, officials said Friday.
The breakfast, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the high school, last year drew about 250 people. The tree lighting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Square on Main Street, drew about 1,500 in 2010, town officials said. The public is invited.
The events kick off the holiday season in Lincoln, town events coordinator Amanda Woodard said.
“You’ll see a lot of people come to the tree-lighting ceremony, and hang around afterwards to take family photos by the tree,” Town Clerk and former events coordinator Shelly Crosby said.
“It’s a tradition for Lincoln and is such a great family event,” Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said of the tree lighting.
This year’s Santa breakfast will feature pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice and will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under, Woodard said. Santa, of course, will also be there.
Entertainment will be provided by the high school choir, a local dance troupe and the town library’s story hour program, Woodard said.
The tree-lighting is free and will feature singing from Ella P. Burr teacher Nancy Kinkade’s fourth-grade class. Pastor Roy Richardson will lead the invocation and workers from Health Access Network will offer cookies and hot chocolate, Woodard said.
Woodard and Code Enforcement Officer Dan Whittier were out on Main Street Friday afternoon checking the tree’s lights and the lights at the Lee A. Rush Memorial Gazebo at West Broadway and Main Street.