If you're looking to get into the Holiday spirit this weekend, head to Bangor for some free family fun this Saturday!

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Kicking off at noon, and going through the rest of the day there will be plenty to do to get you in the mood for Santa and snow!

Santa's Workshop: 12 PM to 4 PM

According to the Downtown Partnership, folks of all ages are invited to Benjamin's Tap Room and Restaurant on Franklin St. as it transforms into SANTA’S WINTER WONDERLAND!

Girl (6-7) sitting on lap of Santa Claus, portrait
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"Enjoy FREE holiday activities such as pictures with Santa sponsored by Heidi Wickett Photography, Christmas carol sing-along sponsored by Tracy Entertainment, cookie decorating provided by Bagel Central Bangor, a scavenger hunt around Downtown Bangor organized by Benjamin's Bangor, Christmas tree punch boards provided by 2 Feet Brewing, 12 days of Christmas paper chains provided by Portland Pie Company, a story time with Mrs. Claus, salt dough ornament making, letters to Santa, face painting, and so much more!"

Holiday Rock Show: 3:00 PM(ish)

Join the musicians from the Maine Academy Of Modern Music's "Bangor Rocks" students as they perform some holiday classics and some originals across the street from West Market Square.


Holiday Parade: 4:30 PM

According to the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE Facebook page, this year's theme is IMAGINE.

"As in the past, we hope to present a spectacular nighttime parade, featuring entries that convey the many ways of celebrating winter in Maine...featuring traditional scenes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, New Year, Solstice, Kwanzaa or any winter happening. From there, the route will follow Harlow Street to Central Street. It will turn left onto Central Street and proceed down Central to the intersection at Main/State/Hammond. It then turns right onto Main Street and proceeds up Main Street through the intersection of Main/Union and continues up Main Street towards Cedar Street. The parade will end in the area in front of Davenport Park."
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Downtown Bangor Tree Lighting: Immediately following the parade 

As soon as the parade makes its way through downtown, the attention will turn to Bangor's huge Holiday tree in West Market Square. At that point, the tree will officially be lit, marking the start of the holiday season.

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You can also find a list of all of the Holiday Happenings in the Bangor area by clicking here.

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"Close out 2022 with a bang will be the annual DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN in Downtown Bangor on Saturday, December 31. There will be a flurry of activities happening around Downtown this year, which will include the ever-loved “ball drop” off of Paddy Murphy’s."

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