Thursday April 24th 2014

See the light! Portland’s Annual Christmas Tree lighting Nov 23

By: Shannon Bryan

Join Us For Portland’s Annual Christmas Tree

Lighting Ceremony

 

PORTLAND, MAINE – Portland’s holiday season kicks off in Monument Square on Friday, November 23 at 5:30PM, with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by MEMIC Insurance Company.

 

Portland’s Downtown District welcomes the community to this annual tradition that features entertainment for the whole family. The ceremony includes performances from the Maine State Ballet and Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band, and of course, a special guest arrives by Portland Fire Truck!

 

The beautiful 55 foot blue spruce was selected by City of Portland forestry crews and donated by Alan and Jennifer Betters of South Portland. Over 3,000 sparkling LED lights were donated by Efficiency Maine, and staff and equipment donations from Keely Crane Company and Shaw Bros. Construction Company made it possible for the tree to be transported for the ceremony.

 

Following the entertainment, Make-A-Wish Maine will bring Alice Denecker of Portland to the stage to help light the tree. Alice is four years old and diagnosed with neuorblastoma. “We look forward to Alice joining us this year to light this very special tree and enjoy the magic of the holiday season” says Jan Beitzer, Executive Director of Portland’s Downtown District.

 

The Portland Public library is open until 6 PM with their annual open house and complimentary refreshments.

 

The Tree Lighting is a RAIN or SHINE event!