The Bridgton Fire Department has Christmas trees and T-shirts ready for customers. Perri Black / For Lakes Region Weekly

Holiday festivities begin

The festive season in Bridgton kicks off with a craft and vendor fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Hall Gym at 26 North High St. Come along to get a start on your holiday gift list. Then really get into the seasonal spirit with the Festival of Lights “Candy Land” parade starting at 5:30 p.m. in front of Stevens Brook Elementary School then heading down Portland Road (Route 302) and Main Street to the Community Center on Depot Street. The town tree will be lit at 6:30 p.m., followed by a free community party at the Community Center.

Christmas tree sale

The Bridgton Center Village Fireman’s Association’s Maine-grown Christmas tree sale will be held in the Food City parking lot again this year. “I Support Bridgton Fire Department” T-shirts in all sizes will also be for sale. Anticipated hours are 2-5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours may vary depending on the supply of trees.

North Pole Walk

The Bridgton Recreation Department will host Winter Wonderland North Pole Walks at the town ice rink, behind the Town Hall Gym, from  Friday, Dec. 2, to Friday, Dec. 23. The walks are free and family-friendly. Donations to benefit the Rec Department’s after-school enrichment programs will be gratefully accepted. Hours for the walk are listed at the Town Hall Gym and on the town’s website.

Rufus Porter Celebration Tree

The Celebration Tree will be shining again this year in front of the Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity on Main Street. Tree lights can be dedicated to special people to celebrate the holiday season. Each dedication costs $10. Checks for dedications should be payable to Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity and sent to P.O. Box 544, Bridgton, ME 04009. Please include the name(s) of honorees on the checks.

Adaptive ski program

Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation is recruiting volunteers to join the weekly adaptive alpine ski and snowshoe program at Pleasant Mountain, which starts in January and runs for seven weeks. Program participants come primarily from school districts in nearby communities. Training for new and returning volunteers will be provided at Pleasant Mountain in December. For details go to or call Maine Adaptive at 824-2440.

Book donations accepted

The library is now accepting donations of gently used books to replenish the empty shelves in the Book Shed for future book sales. Book donations will be accepted until Saturday, Dec. 17. For more information call 647-2472 or go to

 Perri Black can be contacted at [email protected]

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