The Festival of Lights celebration will be held from Friday, Nov. 26 to Sunday, Nov. 28. The schedule includes:

Friday, Nov. 26

12 p.m.: Santa arrives by Coast Guard boat at the Rockland Public Landing

12:30 – 3 p.m.: Santa is at his workshop on the corner of Main Street and Park Avenue, greeting children

12:30 – 4 p.m.: Free horse-drawn carriage rides (leaves from the driveway between Rustica and Key Bank on Main Street)

6 p.m.: Lobster Trap Tree Lighting Ceremony, Mildred Merrill Park. Cocoa, cookies and holiday music.

Saturday, Nov. 27

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Festival of Lights craft and gift market at the Samoset Resort. $3 admission

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Free trolley rides between the Samoset, Harbor Plaza, and downtown Rockland, 30-minute loop, provided by All Aboard Trolley.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.:  Share the Wonder Holiday Celebration at Farnsworth Art Museum

12 noon – 3 p.m.: Santa will be at his workshop greeting children at the corner of Main Street and Park Avenue.

12 noon – 4 p.m.: Free horse-drawn carriage rides (leaves from the driveway between Rustica and Key Bank on Main Street)

1 – 3 p.m.: Eat Drink & Be Merry. At Main Street eateries. A benefit tasting for Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry in Rockland.

1 – 5 p.m.: Historic Inns and Friends of the Rockland Public Library Holiday Open House & Festival of Trees Silent Auction. Self-guided tour of four historic inns of Rockland and six decorated neighborhood homes, ending at 4 p.m. with Festival of Trees Silent Auction, refreshments at the library. Cost: $10.

6 – 8 p.m.: 2010 Festival of Lights Parade on Main Street.

New Parade Route! Parade will form at Harbor Park and end on Main Street. Stay on Main Street and vote for People’s Choice float with canned food and new toys on Main Street. Benefit Salvation Army for Rockland families. Cocoa stations on Main Street donations to benefit local nonprofits.

Sunday, Nov. 28

9 -11 a.m.: Festive Family Pancake Breakfast with Santa at The Tradewinds, Red Jacket Restaurant. Cost: $2 children, $5 adults. Breakfast is sponsored by The Tradewinds and their breakfast suppliers, served by Camden National Bank employees; Benefit Rockland Main Street, Inc.


For Festival of Lights parade float information and application and to ask questions about the Festival of Lights, please e-mail: