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11/27/2023 - Holiday Tree Arrives in West Market Square on November 28



For Immediate Release


November 27, 2023


Contact: Cody Vigue, Public Engagement Specialist

(207) 992-4628



Holiday Tree Arrives in West Market Square on November 28


BANGOR, Maine – The City of Bangor’s Holiday Tree will be installed in West Market Square on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, starting at 8:30 am. For over 25 years, resident Dan Sprague has searched year-round for the perfect tree to become the City of Bangor Holiday Tree.  This year, the chosen tree was harvested right here within the City of Bangor and is a beautiful 39’ balsam fir tree.


David McElvain, owner of Hartt’s Electric in Levant, assists Dan with the harvesting and raising of the tree each year, donating his time and equipment.  Public Works employees will secure the tree and the Electrical Division will head up the installation of the lights. Frazier Signal Technologies has donated their time and equipment to help string the lights around the tree.


The Rotary Club of Bangor is hosting the annual Festival of Lights parade on Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 4:30 pm.  This year’s parade theme is, “CREATE HOPE IN THE WORLD.”  The parade will leave Exchange Street, move down Harlow Street, Central Street, Main Street, and pass the reviewing stand at Davenport Park. Following the end of the parade Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be transported in a horse-drawn carriage to West Market Square to participate in the tree lighting ceremony.


2023 Festival of Lights Press Release | Rotary Club of Bangor (


“The Holiday Tree and annual Festival of Lights parade are treasured Bangor traditions! I look forward to this every year and hope you will all join me this Saturday. Thank you to everyone who makes this such a wonderful community event right here in Bangor, Maine,” said Cara Pelletier, Bangor City Council Chair.


The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 31,753 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. For information on City projects and news, see