ROCKLAND — Santa Claus arrived at Rockland’s middle pier at noon Friday and was greeted by a gleeful group of children and parents.

Santa then joined city and civic leaders to cut the ceremonial red ribbon to open downtown Main Street for the season.

The lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree was held 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Main Street from Pleasant to Park streets was closed during the ceremony to vehicle traffic. Santa was assisted by Virginia Oliver, Maine’s oldest licensed lobster harvester, in the flipping of the switch.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, Santa returned to his workshop. Free horse-drawn wagon rides were available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. provided by First National Bank, and downtown businesses were open with special promotions for Small Business Saturday.

Saturday night, Nov. 26, featured the annual Parade of Lights beginning at 6 p.m.

Floats sponsored by participating businesses, neighborhoods and organizations gathered at the ferry terminal parking lot. The parade began at the ferry terminal and headed south (the wrong way on Main Street), ending at the Lobster Trap Tree.

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Santa rides in the parade. Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Rockland Public Services participated in the parade. Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Bartlett Woods residents attended the Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday night, Nov. 26. Photo by Stephen Betts

The lobster trap holiday tree in Rockland. Photo by Stephen Betts

Rockland Main Street Executive Director David Gogel at the annual tree lighting.

Santa and the eldest licensed Maine lobster harvester, 102-years-old Virginia Oliver attended the annual lighting of the Lobster Trap holiday tree in Rockland. Photo by Stephen Betts

Santa arrived to Rockland Harbor thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard. Photo by Stephen Betts

The ribbon was cut Friday afternoon at the intersection of Main and Park streets in Rockland. Photo by Stephen Betts