After arriving on a decked out firetruck, Santa Claus leads a group of children of all ages through the parking lot of the Turner Town Office Tuesday night as he makes his way to magically light the Christmas tree. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

The setting sun reflects in the windows of Lewiston’s skyline Monday night as cars cross the Longley Bridge, left, in this time exposure from the top of the Auburn parking garage across from Festival Plaza, foreground. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Jordan Schanck of the Lisbon Parks & Recreation Department decorates the town Christmas tree Dec. 9 at Graziano Square. Schanck says Eric Metivier of 196 Auto Sales donated the tree. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Shanna Cox, right, is surrounded Tuesday by chamber staff and gifts after one of several stops at area businesses for the annual Stuff the Bus campaign. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Bethel Shields, a Gold Star mother, carries a wreath Dec. 13 through Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston during a Wreaths Across America ceremony. A support convoy stopped in Lewiston on its trip from the Worcester Wreath Co. in Harrington to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Joyce Richmond of Lewiston, another Gold Star mother, is traveling to Virginia with the convoy. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Matteo Morey is not quite sure what to make of Santa as he sits on his lap Saturday morning at L-A Harley Davidson in Lewiston. He and his cousins brought nonperishable items that were being collected for the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn. From left are Annabelle Hodgkin, Matteo, Santa, Alexa Goad and Myra Lessard. After the photos were taken, they snaked through a packed showroom of motorcycles to the complimentary pancake breakfast. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Sophomore Kira Kolarik looks at a gift Monday at the All Wrapped Up store at Edward Little High School in Auburn. Students and staff can shop for free gifts for family and friends. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

John McGinley hangs Christmas lights Tuesday on his home in Auburn. “The weather broke, so it was a good day to get this stuff up,” said McGinley. “We’ll keep the lights up for a while after, to keep the spirit going.” Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

RJ Bourgeois, 9, and his father, Rick, load gifts Friday into the back of their car in Greene. The third-grade student at Greene Central School raised $3,800 this year to purchase gifts, gloves and hats for children at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and for Maine foster children. Bourgeois started his fundraising four years ago and has since raised a total of $15,000 to purchase the items. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

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