A holiday tradition in downtown Waterville, Maine.
Thousands of families from the central Maine region look forward to Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival in downtown Waterville. For many years, with the help of Waterville Main Street, community volunteers create a fun family holiday experience that lasts from Thanksgiving to Christmas, harkening back to our Franco-American and Lebanese families who have had a strong heritage in our area. Is this your first time visiting? Here’s what you can expect:
Our annual Parade of Lights kicks off the season the Friday after Thanksgiving. Over 35 floats created by community members and organizations file down Main Street, from Union to Spring Street. Once Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Castonguay Square, the festivities begin! Visit with the Kringles at their holiday home in The Center, at 93 Main Street, most evenings and Saturdays. They delight families at no charge. Photographs by Central Maine Photography are available for purchase.
The REM Forum in the Center serves as a warm, inviting waiting room, where families register with their Elf host and can relax with children’s activities, grab a cocoa nearby, or shop downtown Waterville while they await their turn.
This year we are so grateful for the addition of books! As part of our early literacy efforts, and through the generosity of the Waterville Rotary Club, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Marden’s, each child who visits with Santa will receive a free new book. Reading to children at an early age fosters a lifelong love of learning!