Bath launches holiday season with Santa, tree lighting

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BATH — Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday to light the city’s Christmas tree.

St. Nick will arrive at the Library Park gazebo on Summer Street at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, for the tree lighting. Ornaments can be made in the library’s Community Room starting Saturday at 11 a.m. Cookies and punch will be offered afterward at City Hall, and Mrs. Claus and the elves will also make an appearance.

Starting Saturday, people can donate new and unwrapped gifts, as well as non-perishable foods, at City Hall, the Bath Area Family YMCA, and the library. The donations will go to families in need around the area.

Trolley Christmas Caroling will be held Fridays through Christmas, on Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Passengers will be picked up at City Hall every half hour from 5-9 p.m.

Merchants and restaurants around downtown will stay open for holiday shoppers from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. The streets will be lit up, there will be music, and windows will be decked out to win Bath’s annual decoration contest.

Red letter boxes will be placed around the city during December, to collect letters to Santa or area senior citizens.

The season will wrap up along with the year, with the 13th annual ringing of City Hall’s 1802 Paul Revere bell Wednesday, Dec. 31, from noon to 1 p.m.

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Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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Santa, small businesses in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — The town’s annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, from 1-5 p.m. on the Town Mall.

The event coincides with “Small Business Saturday,” a buy-local event sponsored by the Brunswick Downtown Association. 

Horse-and-carriage rides will be provided until 5 p.m., and there will be a visit by Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman from 3-5 p.m. in advance of the lighting.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.