ROCKLAND — The holiday season kicked off in high gear Saturday as Santa arrived, the Parade of Lights was held before a large crowd, and the Lobster Trap Tree was lighted at Mildred Merrill Park.

The weekend holiday festivities was capped Sunday evening, Nov. 28 with the lighting of a Menorah at the Merrill Park.

A dusting of snow blanketed Rockland just in time for the arrival of Santa Claus

Kris Kringle arrived at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at the city’s middle pier by a Coast Guard boat, which came directly from the North Pole. Santa was greeted by a large contingent of children and their parents.

Immediately after meeting with the youngsters, Santa joined city leaders to cut the ceremonial ribbon to open Main Street to shoppers for the holiday season.

The Parade of Lights traveled south on Main Street from the Maine State Ferry Terminal to Harbor Park at 5 p.m. The lighting of the tree was held immediately after the parade.

The Menorah lights turned on Sunday evening at 5 p.m.  Each day another candle on the Menorah will be illuminated, and will turn on at 5 p.m. each evening.

Stuart Finkelstein, board president of the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue leads Hanukkah blessings. Photo by Stephen Betts

A Menorah was lighted Sunday evening, Nov. 28 for the first night of Hanukkah. Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

The Lobster Trap tree was lighted Saturday evening in Rockland.

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

City leaders cut the ceremonial ribbon to open Main Street for holiday shopping. Photo by Stephen Betts