LISBON — The Lisbon Promotions Committee will host its 4th annual Very Merry Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 1, commencing with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the Christmas Tree at MTM Community Center on School Street. It's scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The holiday event was founded by the Promotions Committee in 2009 as a means of drawing attention to the retailers and other businesses and organizations in downtown Lisbon Falls. Several of those businesses open their doors to welcome visitors with refreshments and entertainment at various locations, while the downtown’s retailers offer special sales and promotions.
The festivities will kick off at the MTM Center performance pavilion at 4:30 p.m. with caroling and refreshments offered by the members of the Lisbon Falls Baptist Church. At 5 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive to herald the start of the Christmas season by lighting the new Christmas tree behind the community center.
Afterward, Santa will go inside the community center, where attendees young and old will have the chance to view Christmas displays and have their picture taken with St. Nick. Proceeds from the $5 picture fee will go to support the costs of the event. The North Pole area in the center will be open from 5 to 7 p.m.
Inside the MTM community center there will also be a selection of Christmas trees and wreaths to be raffled off at the end of the evening. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets at the door for their chance to win a decorated tree or wreath that has been donated by local Lisbon businesses. WQRY will broadcast live with holiday cheer and Benoit’s Bakery will offer Christmas treats.
Meanwhile, a horse drawn carriage will transport attendees from the MTM Community Center to the business open houses along Main Street and Route 196 in Lisbon Falls. Among the other attractions will be musical performances by Present Company at Drapeau’s Costumes of Maine and Rick Graham with special guest Malinda Liberty at Tangles hair and Tanning. Kids will also have the opportunity to make their own Christmas ornaments at the Masonic Lodge and at the Lisbon library. All downtown events will occur between 5 and 7 p.m.
At 6 p.m., Pine Knoll Landscaping will debut this year’s coordinated light and sound holiday display at 143 Lisbon St. This event will cap off an open house that will run all weekend at Pine Knoll.
For more information, call the Lisbon town office at 353-3000.