Lighting up faces, tree boughs in Portland

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Jacob Lavigne, 7, and father Dan, of Dayton, cheer the lighting of Portland’s Christmas tree Friday, Nov. 28, in Monument Square. Hundreds of people packed the square, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for the ceremony, a performance by Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band, and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Rachel Charest enjoys a lofty vantage point from the shoulders of fellow Portland resident Michael Coyne just after Portland’s Christmas tree lighting Friday in Monument Square.

The crowd disperses while Portland residents Jessica Scott and Ross McPherson admire the city’s newly lit Christmas tree Friday in Monument Square.

Zepplyn Trask, 6, and father Steve Trask, of Portland, enjoy a performance by Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band during Portland’s Christmas tree-lighting celebration Friday in Monument Square.