Holiday lighting events coming to Portland

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PORTLAND — The holiday season gets brighter with three lighting events early next month.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, the fourth annual StarLights tree lighting will take place at Mercy Hospital’s Fore River campus.

Spokesman Andy Soucier said lights will adorn a dozen trees, with bulbs available for purchase for $10 at to remember loved ones. Proceeds will go toward patient care. 

Events begin with ornament decorating at 3:30. Santa arrives at 4 p.m., and a 4:30 p.m. concert by the St. Brigid’s School Choir precedes the tree lighting.

Visitors are also invited to bring new mittens, gloves or socks to be given to emergency care patients throughout the winter, Soucier said.

On Friday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to join the Friends of Lincoln Park on Congress Street when sculptures by local artist Pandora LaCasse are illuminated.

LaCasse will flip the switch for the second annual Pandora Winter Lights display, which will remain illuminated through February 2019, according to Frank Reilly of the Friends of Lincoln Park.

During the hour-long celebration, there will be live music, and refreshments from Coffee by Design and Two Fat Cats, Reilly added.

On Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m., the first Deering Center Tree Lighting takes place at the corner of Stevens and Brentwood avenues.

Deering resident Jon Thibodeau said owners of Ellsmere BBQ & Wood Grill are providing the food. People are invited to decorate the tree on Wednesday, Dec. 5, but asked not to use glass ornaments, Thibodeau said.

On Dec. 9, children are invited to put their names in a hat to see who will flip the switch to light the tree. There will also be holiday music and hot cocoa, Thibodeau said.

David Harry can be reached at 780-9092 or Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Sculptures created by Pandora LaCasse will be lit Dec. 7 at Lincoln Park in Portland. The display will be up through February 2019.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.