🎄 Join Us for a Festive Fundraiser to Support Kringleville! 🎁
The Children’s Discovery Museum is thrilled to invite you and your family to our special fundraising event in July to support the beloved Waterville holiday tradition, Kringleville, as it continues to grow. Together, let’s create magical moments for children and make this year’s Kringleville celebration unforgettable.
Santa Claus himself is coming to Maine! While capturing a picture with Santa is only reserved for Christmastime, seize this unique opportunity to connect with the jolly old man in July.
But that’s not all! Enjoy refreshments and what better way to top off the festivities than with a special screening of the beloved holiday film, Elf?
Remember, this event is not just about reveling in the joy of the season—it’s an opportunity to make a difference. By attending and making a donation, you contribute directly to the continued success of Kringleville, a cherished Waterville tradition. Your generous support will enable us to grow this magical experience while keeping it completely free for the community, spreading holiday magic to children and families who need it most.
Your donation, no matter how small, will help us bring happiness and wonder to countless young hearts during the holiday season. Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and join us for an unforgettable event that blends the magic of Christmas with the warmth of community giving.
🎅🎄🎁 Spread the Joy, Donate to Kringleville! 🎁🎄🎅

By Chris Bernier
Christmas comes but once a year but for many that year is spent in secrecy and planning of their Christmas light display.  Sound epic?  Well that is because it is.  Hi, my name is Chris Bernier and I am a winner of the “Light up the town” competition.  One of the lucky ones, from 2020.  Now, as the coordinator for the event, we are going to announce the 2022 winners.
As you know, 2020 brought in a year that nobody expected.  Covid-19 swept the world and turned everything we know and love upside down.  The Waterville Parade of lights, one of the area’s most loved celebrations was canceled due to the pandemic.  The wonderful folks at the Children’s Discovery Museum rapidly switched gears and invented the “Light up the town” competition to get people to show their Christmas Spirit by decorating their homes with as many lights as possible.  Also providing an opportunity for kids to go out and see these lights by publishing a map.  It that wasn’t enough the Children’s Discovery Museum coordinated a Parade with Santa from Kringleville leading the way to visit the top 3 winners.
Fast forward now to 2022.  As a previous winner, I agreed to jump in head first and coordinate the 2022 competition.  We had 20 entries and this year from the three communities of Waterville, Winslow, and Vassalboro.  These were broken up into two categories.  Residences and businesses.   Each with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  All of the entries were decked to the nine with lights.  If you didn’t get to drive by and see them yourselves be sure to do so next year.  This year unlike years previous I decided to make the judging as arbitrary as possible.  I asked several Cub Scouts to vote for the winners.  Each Scout was equipped with a map and a judging sheet.  They were given two weeks to check out the decorations to see which they liked the best.  Who best to judge a Christmas light competition other than kids?
For the residential division competition, Mark and Fran Hudson of Winslow won 1st place with their display “Rudolph and Friends.  Their display featured almost all of the characters from the famed claymation movie “Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer”.   Mark and Fran won a 40″ Flat Screen TV.  Jim Hollingdale of Waterville won 2nd place with his epic music synchronized Display “Christmas Dance Party”.  He won a new soundbar and subwoofer for his TV.  3rd place went to Jennifer Eberly with her amazing display named “Happy Nature” .  This display even featured a canoe going down a Christmas light waterfall and river.  She won a portable battery-operated sound speaker.
In the business division State Farm on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville took 1st place with their display “Holiday on the Hill” Set up by Alek Fortier featuring red and white lights all over the place.  Airplanes landing at LaFleur Airport must of used it as a signal beacon for landing.  An amazing display for sure.  State farm won a mini Christmas blow form Trophy.  Scraps N Sew in Winslow took 2nd place with their huge display called Harrington Holiday House.  They also won a mini-blow form trophy.  3rd place went to Heart Designs in Waterville put together by the Harris family.  They also won a min blow form trophy.  All of the prizes were donated by CTB Electronics in Winslow.


All of the displays were well done and in the end everyone was a winner for just participating.  We are all hoping that next year we double our participation and the itch to Grizwold your home catches on.  I would like to personally thank the Children’s Discovery Museum for continuing this newer tradition they have brought to the area and for allowing me to help keep it moving forward.  I want to thank everyone who participated this year and hope you will spread the word and participate again next year.  If you have questions or want more information on the event you may contact me at wxmswinslow@gmail.com or contact the Children’s Discovery Museum of Waterville.



Below you will find the 2022 Parade of lights map and a note from the Waterville Police Department regarding road closures. It looks like we will have a clear sky on the day of Santa’s arrival.

As a reminder, the Parade of Lights will commence on Saturday, November 26, from Winslow High School. We are excited about this year’s holiday season and welcome Santa back to Downtown Waterville.

  • At 3 PM on the 26th, parking on Lower Main Street will be suspended. This is to ensure safety for the spectators and floats alike.
  • At 5 PM on the 26th, Lower Main Street will be closed to traffic in preparation for the arrival of the parade and, of course, the Jolly old Elf himself!
  • At 6 PM on the 26th, the Parade of Lights will depart Winslow High School down Danielson Street onto Benton Avenue – where it will stop briefly for Santa to light the Gazebo – and proceed to Bridge Street. The parade will cross the Ticonic Bridge and turn right (North) onto Lower Main Street. The parade will travel the length of Lower Main Street – making a brief stop at Castonguay Square to light the Waterville Christmas Tree – and disperse at Post Office Square in Waterville. Santa only will then be escorted to his house at Head of Falls.
  • We hope you enjoy the parade, and please be patient, as there will be a large number of people and traffic downtown for this event.

2022 Parade of Lights Map!

The Children’s Discovery Museum, with support from CTB Electronics, is hosting a city-wide holiday light celebration, Light Up the Town.

We ask that businesses and individuals decorate their properties with as many lights as possible. The registered parties will be part of a city-wide map for community members to drive or walk by each location to admire the decorations.

Please register by filling out this form.

Once you register, you are responsible for decorating your property with holiday decorations and lights. Remember, the more lights, the better it will be for your audience. Once all registrations are submitted, we will compile a Light Up the Town map and distribute it throughout the Greater Waterville community.

Please have your light display ready for November 26, 2022, and keep your lights up and on until the end of the season or longer!

Anyone with the holiday spirit may participate. We hope you have fun.

Thanks to CTB Electronics for making the 2022 Light Up the Town a successful holiday tradition.

If you have any questions, please email Chris Bernier, owner and operator of CTB Electronics.

Parade of Lights, Downtown Waterville, Maine

We are pleased to announce that the following organizations and companies are participating in this year’s Parade of Lights on Saturday, November 26th.

This annual Christmas Parade will start in Winslow and cross the bridge into Downtown Waterville for the first time in history! 💯

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Rain, snow, or shine … Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town!

So you better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why …

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🎁 Living Water Community Church
🎁 Andy’s Driving Academy Waterville
🎁 Mid-Maine Dolphins Swim Team
🎁 G Painting and Services
🎁 Young American Dance Center
🎁 Waterville Area Homeschool Sport League
🎁 Cub Scout 433 Boys
🎁 Troup Scouts 433 Boys
🎁 Troop Scouts Trop 433 G
🎁 Waterville Elks Lodge #905
🎁 Winslow Fire Dept
🎁 Stage Presence For Dancers
🎁 Freihofers Bakery Outlet
🎁 Duckie Buddies Bakery & Cafe
🎁 Girl Scouts of Maine
🎁 ME American Women of Service Pageant/Crossroads
🎁 Northern Light Home Care & Hospice
🎁 TNT Dance Studio
🎁 Incense & Peppermints – Candy & Gifts
🎁 Hamlin’s Marine
🎁 Humane Society Waterville Area
🎁 Educare Central Maine
🎁 The Neighborhood Child Care Center
🎁 Skills, Inc.
🎁 Central Maine Jeep Owners – https://bit.ly/3g83YYs
🎁 Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA at the Alfond Youth & Community Center
🎁 Northern Light Inland Hospital – Work Health
🎁 Winslow Youth Football and Cheering
🎁 Fairfield Police Department – Maine
🎁 Clinton Maine Police Department
🎁 Corvettes North