The Twin Cities will celebrate the season Monday night with a parade of lights that will cross Longley Bridge from Courthouse Plaza in Lewiston to Festival Plaza in Auburn. The rain date is Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Trees will be lighted in each city and a menorah provided by Temple Shalom will be lit at Festival Plaza. Rabbi Hillel Katzir will briefly share the history of the menorah and a variety of December holidays will be highlighted by master of ceremonies Dick Gleason of Gleason Media Group.

Other activities:

4-4:30 p.m.: Nutcracker Show and Tell, with excerpts from the “Nutcracker,” Lewiston Public Library (third floor), free;

5-7:30 p.m.: Hay rides at Festival Plaza, Auburn;

5-7:30 p.m.: Crafts, games and a model train display at Auburn Hall (second floor).

The “Twin Cities Holiday Celebration” parade will step off at 6 p.m. and proceed to Main Street in Lewiston, cross Longley Bridge, turn left onto Main Street in Auburn and arrive at Festival Plaza.

The parade will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, a marching band and scouting troops, among other things. Local performers Nick Knowlton and Bette Sanborn will musically usher in Santa & Mrs. Claus at the close of the parade and will provide holiday music during the procession.

Immediately upon arrival at Festival Plaza, Santa & the Mrs. will be available to visit with children and free photos will be provided compliments of Photo Finish of Auburn.

Lewiston and Edward Little high school choral groups will perform. Hot chocolate and doughnut holes will be provided compliments of the Auburn Business Association.

A shuttle van, compliments of Rowe Ford Auburn, will be available from 4 to 7 p.m., with pickups and drop-offs at Courthouse Plaza, Lewiston, and the Main Street parking lot in Auburn.

Parking will be available at the Auburn Hall Parking Garage, and there will be no charge for vehicles parked in Lewiston parking garages if parked after 5 p.m.

The event is a collaborative effort of Lewiston’s Downtown Holiday Celebration Committee and the Auburn Business Association. Oxford Networks is serving as premier sponsor.


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