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Days of Light


Gardiner celebrates the holidays throughout the month of December. This festival kicks off with Small Business Saturday, when many local shops will be hosting open houses with raffles, activities, and refreshments. Highlights include:

  • Tree Lighting Saturday, November 30th, 5:00pm in Johnson Hall Park. Ampersand Academy of Dance and Performing Arts will do a short performance at 6pm with the lighting of the tree at the conclusion. Santa Claus will meet with children on the first floor of Johnson Hall after the tree is lit.

  • Johnson Hall’s Festival of Trees Stop by to explore an amazing array of community-sponsored trees decorated by theme - and purchase your raffle tickets to enter to win a tree!

  • Parade of Lights Saturday, December 7th, 4:30pm the parade moves along Water Street from Winter Street to Waterfront Park. View Parade of Lights Participation Form

  • Annual Latke Party and Chanukah Celebration DATE TBD. Traditional Latkes will be served with homemade applesauce, sour cream, lox and a strawberry filled donut. Embrace the first night of Chanukah by competing in “Major League Dreidel”, a dreidel spinning competition and craft a creative Menorah and at home to be part of the Chanukiah Contest.

Earlier Event: November 30
Small Business Saturday
Later Event: June 20
Greater Gardiner River Festival