A holiday tradition in historic 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.
At The Center you can expect 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.
Each child who visits Santa Claus at Kringleville will receive one free storybook, courtesy of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Marden’s. Early childhood literacy is a priority of the local business community as it ensures the academic development of the future workforce.
Shocked by the revelation that many children in our region do not even own a single book, the Mid-Maine Chamber and Marden’s are excited to invest in this project and proud to advance this effort for the children of our area.