Bangor's Festival of Lights Parade is almost here, and this time around it has an international theme. And there will be plenty of fun before the parade too! Here's the schedule of events.

The Rotary Club of Bangor will host its 24th annual parade on Saturday, December 3rd and, once again, it will start at 4:30 in the afternoon so the lighted floats can shine. It steps off from the intersection of State and Exchange Streets and will follow Harlow to Central Street. From there, it will turn left onto Central, proceeding on to Main Street, finally ending at the intersection with Cedar Street, in front of Davenport Park.

This year's parade theme is 'Holidays From Around The World,' and so there will be groups representing celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, New Year's,Solstice, Kwanzaa, and more! And, of course, there will be plenty of lighted floats, marching bands, and all the things folks expect from this holiday tradition!

Warming stations and public restrooms will be available at the Charles Inn, WBRC on Central Street, The Maine Discovery Museum, and at the Pickering Square Parking Garage. The Bangor Symphony Orchestra will also be providing music at all of those locations except the garage.And get there early, because there will be plenty of fun both before and after the parade! Here's the line-up:

  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Gift wrapping/ornament and lantern making/and seasonal art making stations at the University of Maine Museum of Art
  • 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Face painting and free popcorn and sweets at Specialty Sweets on Main Street (while supplies last)
  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Meet Santa and decorate cookies at Bagel Central
  • 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sign up to win local prizes and enjoy outdoor heaters during the parade at the Charles Inn
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Penobscot Theatre Company will be caroling
  • 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bangor Band will provide holiday music at West Market Square
  • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Festival of Lights Parade
  • 6:30 p.m. The lighting of the Christmas Tree in West Market Square