Rockland Festival of Lights kicks off holiday season

Nov 22, 2012
Rockland's Festival of Lights is from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25.

Rockland — Rockland's Festival of Lights is from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25.

The celebration includes visits with Santa, lobster trap tree lighting ceremony, horse-drawn carriage rides, Festival of Lights Parade and much more.

Here is the schedule:

Friday, Nov. 23

Noon — Santa arrives by Coast Guard Boat at Middle Pier/ Buoy Park

12:30 to 3 p.m. — Santa is at his workshop and strolling on Main Street (corner of Main Street and Park Drive)

Free horse-drawn wagon rides. Leaving from Rustica on Main Street. Sponsored by community businesses.

1 to 3 p.m. — Gingerbread houses on Main Street. Drop-off gingerbread houses at Waterworks on Lindsey Street.

6 p.m. — Lobster trap tree lighting ceremony, Mildred Merrill Park (South Main and Myrtle streets). Santa arrives via All Aboard Trolley. Cocoa and cookies under the tent, holiday music.

Many shops and restaurants open for holiday shopping and dining until 8 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 24

All day — Gingerbread houses on Main Street. Stroll Main Street to view the gingerbread houses in shop and restaurant windows.

Noon to 3 p.m. — Santa will be at his workshop greeting children and strolling on Main Street.

1 to 3 p.m. — Free-horse drawn wagon rides, leaving from Rustica.

6 p.m. — Festival of Lights Parade, Main Street. Parade route is on Main Street between Park Drive and Summer Street. Parade will double back and park on Main Street. Voting for People’s Choice Float with canned food and toys starts when the parade stops on Main Street. Benefits Salvation Army for Rockland families.

Sunday, Nov. 25

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. — Festive family pancake breakfast with Santa. The Tradewinds, Red Jacket Restaurant. Cost: $2 children, $5 adults.

During the Month of December, Santa will be at his workshop and strolling Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 8, 15, 22 from noon to 3 p.m. Sign at Santa’s workshop will tell visitors if he is in or on Main Street strolling. There also will be free horse-drawn wagon rides on those dates from 1 to 3 p.m.

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