Updated with links to photos

Holiday spirits bright at annual trap tree lighting

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 24, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Santa gets ready to throw the switch at the annual Lobster Trap Tree lighting ceremony Nov. 24 in Rockland's Mildred Merrill Park.

Rockland — An enormous crowd was on hand for the annual lighting of the lobster trap tree Nov. 24 in Mildred Merrill Park in Rockland.

Santa arrived, courtesy of the Rockland Fire Department, and was joined by Mayor Valli Geiger, members of Rockland Main Street Inc., Midcoast Music Academy, 2017 Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess Haylie Witham, and a throng of onlookers in throwing the switch to illuminate the unique tree.

Click for photos from Santa's arrival.

Click for photos from the tree lighting ceremony.

Click for photos from the Festival of Lights Parade.

Sponsored by Camden National Bank, the event included traditional holiday songs, hot chocolate and an opportunity for family memories around the Midcoast icon -- composed of 154 traps, 125 buoys, 480 feet of garland entwined with twinkle lights, and a plethora of zip ties.

Festivities continue Saturday, Nov. 25, including visits with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, judging of storefront decorations along Main Street at 4:30, and the Parade of Lights at 6 p.m.

More information is online at rocklandmainstreet.com.

A link to all photos from this event will be added later.

Courier Publications reporter Beth Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

 

 

 

Sam, Michael and Michael Fairservice, of Whitefield, pose following the lighting of the lobster trap tree Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Santa probably would find it hard to say no to the sweet face of 5-year-old Easton Leblanc, of Rockland, posing by the trap tree after the lighting ceremony Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The lobster trap tree is all aglow following the lighting ceremony at Mildred Merrill Park in Rockland Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Santa poses with a group of locals following the annual lobster trap tree lighting Nov. 24. From left are: Scott Herrick and daughter Lucia; Santa; Bella Knight and father Sy Knight, holding daughter Summer. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Photographs by Rockland's Lobster trap tree abounded following the lighting ceremony Nov. 24. Above, Nathaniel E. Boggs boosts cousin Teagan Moore, at left, while his sister, Becca Boggs, has cousin Molly Moore hoisted on her back. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Santa found himself surrounded by many locals at the trap tree lighting ceremony Nov. 24 in Mildred Merrill Park -- including, from left, Kennadi Grover, Rachel Burns, Tara Grover and Kalyn Grover. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Sabrina Cummings, left, and father Russell Cummings of Bar Harbor enjoy the annual lobster trap tree lighting Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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