ROCKLAND — Tis the season as Rockland’s lobster trap tree sprouted Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The tree was erected at Mildred Merrill Park which overlooks Harbor Park and Rockland Harbor.

The lobster trap tree has been a tradition in Rockland since 2005. The tree stands 40-feet tall with about 200 traps donated by Brooks Trap Mill. The tree is adorned with 2,500 lights, 600 feet of natural green garland, and more than 100 lobster buoys. A large lobster from the Trade Winds inn sits atop the tree.

Volunteers from the Coast Guard station in Rockland built the three. Rockland Main Street Inc. organizes the tree project and the other downtown holiday activities. Journey’s End Marina provided the lift to raise the traps and lobster topping.

The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, immediately following the Festival of Lights parade that starts at 5 p.m.

On the following day, Sunday, Nov. 28 there will be the lighting of the menorah at 5 p.m., also at Mildred Merrill Park, to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah. A Rockland Hanukkah party will be 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the park.

Volunteers help build the annual lobster trap tree in Mildred Merrill Park. Photo by Stephen Betts

The tree and volunteers. Photo by Stephen Betts

The lobster star topping for the tree arrives from the Trade Winds inn. Photo by Stephen Betts