Given the recent weather, Santa Claus should feel right at home when he visits the region.

The North Pole resident will be the guest of honor at parades being held after Thanksgiving in Norway, Paris and Bridgton.

The Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual holiday parade on Saturday, Nov. 24, with a theme of Christmas Around the World.

The lineup is at 8:30 a.m., and the parade begins at 11 a.m. The procession will go through Market Square, down the main streets of Paris and Norway, and end at Pikes Hill Road.

Santa will be featured at the end of the parade to visit children, and will also be at the Norway Fire Department immediately after the procession.

The deadline to register a float, at a cost of $35, is Wednesday. During the lineup, floats will be judged and awards given for the best large and small business floats as well as the best nonprofit or civic float.

Kelsey Jewell, executive director of the chamber, said Thursday that more than 15 businesses would enter floats, as well as several community organizations, emergency vehicles, horse-drawn wagons, and bands from the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and Oxford Hills Middle School.

The Bridgton parade, hosted by the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, has chosen Christmas in Western Maine as this year’s theme. The parade lines up at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Highland Lake beach and proceeds down Main Street at 5:30 p.m.

The parade ends at the Bridgton Community Center, where a tree lighting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. and Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

At least 15 businesses and organizations will be featured in the parade. Awards will be given for the most beautiful, most creative, and most entertaining floats.


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