Saco Main Street Toys for Tots and Parade of lights

SACO MAIN STREET & TOYS FOR TOTS 5th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights Sat., Dec. 5, 2015 6:30 pm on Saco’s Main Street

In 2011, Saco Spirit & Toys for Tots started a wonderful new tradition–the Holiday Parade of Lights. Our first four parades were really successful, and we invite you to participate in the 2015 parade. It’s a great time of year to join together and show our community spirit. All area schools, businesses, churches, municipalities, organizations, families and just plain folks are invited to join the fun with a float, car, walking unit, band, horses, dogs or other appropriate entry. We have no theme– just
use lots of lights
and come ready to have a blast! Space is limited, so register early. Parade entry is
to everyone; there are no fees. Please
read the Parade Rules
sign the attached application
and return it (preferably via e- mail) with insurance information (to be forwarded shortly) by
Wed., December 2
The parade assembles at 5-5:30 pm on Middle St. Ext. at Burns School/Dyer Library area & starts promptly at 6:30 pm, proceeding down Main St. from Beach St to Pepperell Square. At Pepperell Square, you will to turn either left through Pepperell Square or right down Water St.
ll e-mail you with more info a few days before the parade, including your position in the parade and exactly where to line up. Please remember:
in the parade, & that includes Mrs. Santa. Be creative, have fun
be sure to use

For more info, contact: Nancy Tripp – 284-6997 – ntripp or Linda Edgerton – 286-3546 – sacomainstreet

Ogunquit Annual Christmas by the Sea Celebration

Annual Christmas by the Sea Celebration December 11th, 12th, 13th, 2015

Location:36 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907 (Map)


All activities subject to change. Please check back for updated information.


BOOT SALE: Flip’s of Maine (254 Main Street) All boots are 25% off.

10am-4:45pm: OPEN HOUSE: Hutchins Antiques (166 Main Street) will host an open house on Saturday and Sunday. We hope you stop in for some refreshments and beautiful antiques! We have great sales and something for everyone on your list!

LOVE FOUR PAWS: “The Best Things in Life” necklace is available for sale at Junebug’s Beach House (16 Shore Road, Ogunquit). 100%of the proceeds benefit local rescues. Support animals in need while holiday shopping. It’s a win-win! Treats (cookies) served to people and dogs!

PRIX FIXE MEAL: Northern Union (261 Shore Road) Christmas by the Sea three course Prix Fixe chef’s tasting menu from executive chef Romann Dumone with optional wine pairings. $35 per person. $28 additional for three course wine pairing.

COMPLIMENTARY HOT CIDER: Perkins Cove Pottery Shop (Perkins Cove). Come in and enjoy complimentary hot cider as you do your last minute shopping.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: Portsmouth Music Hall. Building on the great partnership with the Music Hall in Portsmouth, the Ogunquit Playhouse will once again produce a holiday show for the historic theatre. Ticket prices begin at $42 (ages 18 and under eligible for discounted tickets at select performances). To purchase tickets call the Music Hall at (603) 436-2400 or visit

Friday, December 11, 2015

7pm: TOWN TREE LIGHTING at Veterans Park. Join us in caroling and enjoy some warm drinks and cookies. Weather permitting.

7:30-8:30pm: CONCERT at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). Dave Peloquin performs traditional seasonal music. Free admission.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

9am-noon: FREE GIFT WRAPPING at Bangor Savings Bank (Main Street).

9:30-11am: VISIT WITH SANTA upstairs at the Fire Station(School Street). Get there a little early to see Santa arrive by fire engine. Have your photo taken with Santa and pick it up later at Ogunquit Camera Shop. One photo per family.

9:30am-2:30pm: BASEMENT BAZAAR downstairs at the Dunaway Center (23 School Street). Can’t figure out what to get for that hard-to-buy-for person? Find a little bit of everything and something for everyone at this bazaar.

10am-3pm: ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW at the Fire Station on School Street). Proceeds benefit Ogunquit Fire Rescue.

10am-3pm: HAY RIDES at Veteran’s Park. $5 per person. Weather permitting.

10am-6pm: CHRISTMAS PARTY Calluna Fine Flowers and Gifts (193 Shore Road). 20% off discount storewide and complimentary hors d’oeuvres & beverages.

10:30am-1pm: THE “GIVING TREE” SILENT AUCTION downstairs at the Dunaway Center (23 School Street). Theme-decorated artificial trees have been donated by local businesses and individuals, to be silent auctioned. Be sure to bid on the popular lottery tree! Proceeds go to Hope Project.

11am-1:30pm: TASTE THE SEASON upstairs at the Dunaway Center(23 School Street). Taste a variety of foods (including lots of chowder!) from local dining establishments. Beer and wine tastings, too! Bring a donation for our local food pantry or animal shelter. VIP early admission at 11am: $15. Regular admission beginning at 11:45am: $10. Check back for updates on participants.

11am-3pm: ANNUAL ART SALE Gypsy Sweethearts, (30 Shore Road). More than fifteen artists and crafters selling their wares! Original art, jewelry, wreaths, knit items, baked goods and more. There will be wine available by the glass for your shopping enjoyment.

12pm (noon): OGUNQUIT OCEAN RESCUE POLAR PLUNGE at the Main Beach. Come support Toys for Tots and cheer on our Ogunquit Ocean Rescue Service as they brave the wintry elements. Members will plunge into the ocean in Polar Bear fashion with the hopes of ensuring a Merry Christmas for all. Please bring unwrapped toys, donations, and plenty of good cheer! Please note — due to property safety concerns, parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot after noon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road.

1-4pm: OPEN HOUSE at Ogunquit Heritage Museum (Obed’s Lane). Holiday decorations, winter paintings, creches and menorahs, plus refreshments.

1-2pm: HOLIDAY STORY HOUR downstairs at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). Seasonal stories read to the little ones!

2-3pm: KIDS’ ORNAMENT AND CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING downstairs at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). We’ll bring the supplies; kids bring the creativity! Drop in to make an ornament or card to take home or send to Grandma (or to Santa).

SATURDAY: 2-5pm: WINE TASTING Perkins & Perkins Wine & Cheese Shop (478 Main Street). Featuring wines for the holiday table and for holiday gifts.

SATURDAY: 2-5pm: WINE TASTING Village Food Market (230 Main Street). Featuring great wines for the holidays, with cheese and crackers.

Saturday: 2pm: COMPLIMENTARY HOT CIDER Northern Union (261 Shore Road) Watch the parade while enjoying complimentary hot cider. Warm up by the fireplace, then step outside on the deck or lawn to watch the parade as it makes its way down Shore Road.

2pm: PATIO PARTY Five-O Shore Road (50 Shore Road). Watch the parade from the famous annual patio party. The restaurant is open 11am to close for dining, and the patio opens at 2pm.

3pm: FREE HOT CHOCOLATE Bessie’s (8 Shore Road).Join RE/MAX Realty One for a free cup of hot chocolate during the parade.

3-4pm: CHRISTMAS PARADE Entrance of Perkins Cove to Main Beach. Presented by the Village Spirit Committee. Weather permitting. For more information, contact the Village Spirit Committee at leanne_amore.

4pm: BONFIRE Main Beach. Warm up in front of the bonfire while you get ready for the fireworks display. Please note — due to property safety concerns, parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot afternoon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road. Weather permitting.

5:30pm: FIREWORKS! A magnificent fireworks display will be shot from the Main Beach Parking Lot. Please note — due to property safety concerns, parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot afternoon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road. Presented by the Village Spirit Committee. For more information, contact the Village Spirit Committee at leanne_amore.

6:30pm: LIVING MANGER at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). Beautifully performed by members of Ogunquit Baptist Church, this living nativity reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Weather permitting.

7-8pm: CONCERT at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). Performers to be determined. Check back for more information. Free admission.

7:00pm: A FARMHOUSE FEAST at Velveteen Habit. Extravagant seven course meal with beverage pairings for each course- $125 a ticket, tax and tip included. There will be 12 tickets available for this holiday themed intimate dinner. To reserve tickets, call the restaurant 207-216-9884 or email the restaurant at info.

Sunday, December 13, 2015
10am-4pm: HAY RIDES at Veteran’s Park. $5 per person. Weather permitting.

11am-1pm: WANDERING MINSTREL Wandering in and out of the shops downtown,this traditional minstrel will delight you with familiar and traditional Christmas songs. Weather permitting.

12 noon-6pm : A VICTORIAN SHINGLE-STYLE COTTAGE BY THE SEA Rockmere Lodge (150 Stearns Road). See at least 15 different Christmas displays at the inn. Admission $5 per adult and $3 under 12. Proceeds go to Animal Welfare Society.

1-4pm: OPEN HOUSE at Ogunquit Heritage Museum (Obed’s Lane).Holiday decorations, winter paintings, creches and menorahs, plus refreshments.

2pm: SOUTHERN MAINE CHRISTMAS PARADE in Wells. Wells Plaza to Wells Junior High School. This year’s theme is “home for the holidays”.


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Festival of LIghts Parade York, ME

Festival of Lights Parade

Dear Friends,

The Town of York’s Festival of Lights committee will be coordinating the Festival of Lights Parade again this year. “All entries will be judged between 3:30 and 4:00 pm. Categories for this years event will be: Best Children’s Float, Best Antique Car, Most Original, Most Traditional, Best use of Lights, Most Musical and Best Business Float. The Festival of Lights” holiday parade is held to celebrate the season and we would very much like your organization or club to participate in this celebration.

The parade will consist of marching bands, floats, clowns, antique cars, public service organizations, business establishments and much more.

This year, due to safety regulations, we are unable to allow parade participants to distribute candy, whether you are walking or on a float. We will however have many adult elves along the route distributing candy to the spectators. Please read safety guidelines attached in order to avoid disappointment the day of the parade.

The date of this event is Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 4:30 pm. As this parade is in the evening, we ask all participants to have their cars, floats etc., illuminated in the spirit of the holidays. Enclosed you will find a copy of the parade route, as well as an entry form, and parade safety guidelines for your review (please email below for a packet).

Should you wish to enter, please fill out the attached form, along with a brief description of your entry and return it to the York Parks and Recreation Department.

Many other events, sponsored by the Festival of Lights committee, such as caroling, the lighting of the village square, a Christmas tea at Jefferds Tavern, and the play “A Christmas Carol,” will be a part of this celebration.

We hope to make this parade and evening a special time for the entire community of York. Please join us!

We look forward to receiving your entry and we greatly appreciate your support.


Robin Cogger and