YORK, Maine — The Nubble Lighthouse will be showing off its new look during the annual Lighting of the Nubble on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The holiday celebration begins at 5 p.m. and concludes just after the lights turn on at 6 p.m. A major renovation of the lighthouse keeper’s house and the light tower was recently completed, the first time in years that the buildings on the island have undergone a thorough restoration.
Jim Leslie of JB Leslie Co., which conducted the work, donated the labor for his crew to put up new LED lights outlining all of the buildings. The workers and Leslie will be the guests on Nov. 26, accorded the place of honor of actually turning on the lights at the end of the countdown.
“You’re going to notice a new coat of white paint that has a shine and gleam,” said Ryan Avery, recreation specialist for Nubble Light. “We also replaced every single Christmas light on the house with brand new LED efficient lights.”
For the first time ever, the entire Nubble area will be closed off to vehicles.
“The entire peninsula from Cutty Sark to Short Sands will be closed,” Avery said.
Instead, shuttles will be offered to bring people from two designated locations to Sohier Park. Pick up locations will be at York High School and the Short Sands parking lot beginning at 3:30 p.m. There will be a handicapped accessible shuttle available only at York High School. The accessible shuttle will also begin at 3:30 p.m.
The York Parks and Recreation Department partnered with York Police Department in the decision to shut down the entire area. “Last year was an epic turnout,” Avery said. “We usually think 3,000 to 4,000 people attend but last year’s guess was between 6,000 and 8,000 so we want to make this year safer.”
Free cookies and hot chocolate will be available to guests all donated by the Sohier Park Committee.
“The whole event is completely free with a lot of community support,” said Liz Cooper, York Parks and Recreation special events coordinator.
The event will begin with the York High School Chamber Singers rendition of various Christmas carols at 5:15 p.m.
“It’s been pretty amazing to work with Rob Westerberg and the chamber singers every year,” Avery said.
The chamber singers will perform for about half an hour until Santa arrives on a fire truck.
Lights will go on at 6 p.m. sharp, but the program itself is from 5 to 6 p.m., Cooper said.
Avery and Cooper remind people that even if they cannot attend this event that the lights will be on every night from 3:30 p.m. to midnight through New Year’s Eve. Dogs are not allowed at this event.
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