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Festival of Lights 2020

Posted November 18, 2020

Rockland's annual downtown Festival of Lights will go ahead this year starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, according to the organizers, Rockland Main Street.

But there will be some differences, and something new.

This year the Lobster Trap Tree Lighting Celebration will be broadcast online via live stream on the Rockland City Website, at This is to avoid the health risks that can come with crowds these days, and the City of Rockland has asked that there be no gathering or parade.

The tree lighting will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, concluding at 7:30 p.m. Production for the event will be handled by Chromuniqué Audio-Visual of Rockport, and the live stream is sponsored by Camden National Bank.

A new event this year is the Elfie Scavenger hunt, sponsored by The First National Bank.

Each week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, five elves will be Missing on Main Street, and participants will be tasked with finding them. The elves could be in any downtown business, so it will be important to pick up clue cards from local businesses for hints as to where the elves can be found.

The story of the missing elves with be posted at Santa's Workshop, from Nov. 28. Downtown businesses will have special elf promotions and menu item, to enhance the elfish theme.

Once you locate all the missing elves, simply drop off your completed clue card back at Santa's Workshop by the tree, using Santa's Mailbox. Each week the owner of a randomly selected correct clue card will win a fun surprise gift.

The annual raffle for the traps in the Lobster Trap Tree, or a cash prize, is already under way. This year the tickets can be purchased online. Go to to buy a ticket for $50, or three for $100, through New Year’s Eve.

“We will have two winners, and winning recipients will have their choice of accepting 50 brand new lobster traps or a cash prize of $2,200,” said Rockland Main Street president Jake Miller. “This raffle is open to anyone who would like to participate, and no more than 500 tickets will be sold. Please consider supporting Rockland Main Street through this initiative, and good luck!”

The prize drawing is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Jan. 3. The Lead Sponsor for this year’s Festival of Lights is The Island Institute. The 2020 Annual Festival of Lights Celebration is a production of Rockland Main Street, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the economic and cultural life of the downtown district, for the benefit of businesses and the public.