Updated with links to photos

Santa's arrival kicks off Festival of Lights

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 24, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Three-year-old Aria Descota asks Santa for a little doll for Christmas at his workshop in Mildred Merrill Park in Rockland Nov. 24. His arrival kicked off the weekend-long Festival of Lights celebration.

Rockland — Sunshine and warmer-than-normal temperatures brought throngs of people of all ages to Rockland Public Landing's Middle Pier Nov. 24 for the arrival of Santa Claus.

Arriving via U.S. Coast Guard vessel, the jolly soul made his way to the corner of Park and Main streets, where he declared Downtown Rockland “Open for The Holidays,” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. He was assisted by Mayor Valli Geiger, members of Rockland Main Street Inc., and several other town dignitaries.

Click for photos from Santa's arrival.

Click for photos from the tree lighting ceremony.

Click for photos from the Festival of Lights Parade.

Santa then made his way to his workshop in Mildred Merrill Park to greet children and hear what they wish to receive for Christmas.

The annual Festival of Lights celebration runs all weekend long, with the lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree at 6 p.m. Friday, judging of the storefront decorations and the Parade of Lights Saturday, and breakfast with Santa at Eclipse Restaurant Sunday.

For more information, visit the Rockland Main Street website.

Santa arrives at the Middle Pier in Rockland to hundreds of eager greeters Nov. 24 accompanied by Mayor Valli Geiger. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Santa, along with some of Rockland's dignitaries, cuts the ribbon to open Main Street for holiday shopping Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Two-year-old Mikko Runnion-Bareford of New Hampshire admires the height of the Lobster Trap Tree Nov. 24 as he has his picture taken. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Elsie Hufnagel, 2, of South Thomaston, enjoys her candy cane after visiting with Santa Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Elwell family enjoys posing with Santa. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Joe Cough, left, and Harriet Yankura of the Midcoast Music Academy entertain the crowd while awaiting Santa's arrival Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Santa receives one of many high-fives from greeters Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Making the most of a photo with Santa. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Selfie time with Santa. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Emilia Wakeford, left, and sister Maggie pose with Santa Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Evan Neagle, left, and Parker Fogg pose for a picture while awaiting Santa's arrival Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Santa and friends make their way from the public landing to Main Street for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 24. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Stella and Ian MacDonald are bundled up.
Since they were visiting from Connecticut, it was only appropriate for this group to pose by the Lobster Trap Tree in Mildred Merrill Park Nov. 24 while waiting to see Santa. From left are: Garrett Faucher, Zachary Griffiths, Bryson Griffiths and Jeremy Griffiths. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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