A wonderful part of the holiday season, festive light arrays have added sparkle to our seasonal decor for decades. Here in Westbrook, we have a light display that we can all be proud of.
Thank you to the Public Works Department
Westbrook’s holiday lights have been growing steadily each year, thanks to the dedication of the City’s illustrious Public Services Department. This year the City has expanded the display to add more lights along Main Street and throughout Riverbank Park, plus an impressive larger-than-life festive tree in the Center of the new Westbrook Commons space.
Doug Eaton, the operations supervisor for the City, shares, “This time of year, when the daylight hours continue to decrease, the lights add a little bit of warmth to the cold dark night sky,” said Eaton. “And they also bring a little bit of hope.”
Glowing Thanksgiving to early January, Westbrook’s holiday lights provide the perfect backdrop for an inspired evening stroll through the downtown or heated outdoor dining along the Riverwalk.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Each year the Westbrook-Gorman Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Riverbank Park. This year the tree lighting ceremony will be on Sunday, December 5th from 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm! There will be hot chocolate, cookies, live music by the Westbrook High School band, and festive fun. For more information, go to the Facebook event.
Window Display Competition
As a way to compliment the beautiful light display downtown, Discover Downtown Westbrook hosted its 2nd Annual Window Display Competition. Businesses were encouraged to decorate their storefront windows throughout the month of December.
Voting took place from December 7th-21st. In addition to the most popular window display, we introduced fun *new* categories as well, determined by an independent volunteer committee.
There were 12 businesses who participated in our Window Display Competition this year – and they all looked amazing!
The competition between first and second place People’s Choice Award was very close, so we chose to honor both businesses.
We also recruited a panel of guest judges to vote for Best Light Display, Best Use of Merchandise, and Most Inclusive. Thank you to the team at Bath Savings for voting on these categories.
See all displays here, and winners below!
People’s Choice – ‘Brook City Nutrition
People’s Choice Runner-Up – Shine Salon
Best Use of Merchandise – Bloom Consignment and Resale
Most Inclusive – Blazes Burgers
Best Lights – Emerald Management
While Visiting the Lights, Enjoy Dinner or a Drink downtown Westbrook!
While you are here, be sure to shop downtown or stop at one of our delicious renowned eateries. Visit The Frog and Turtle, Portland Pie Westbrook, Fajita Grill, Westbrook House of Pizza, Blazes Burgers, China Villa, Casa Novello, Profenno’s, The Stockhouse Restaurant, or our new Paper City BBQ. Or stop for a drink at The Daily Grind, Legend’s Rest Taproom, or Mast Landing Brewery for a tasty beverage to keep you warm.
Be Sure to Shop Westbrook too!
Many of our downtown businesses offer amazing holiday gifts. Be sure to check out the incredible holiday gifts at Benoit’s Design Co, gift the incredible chocolate from Ragged Coast, or find a treasure at Bloom Consignment. Have a game lover in the family? Be sure to check out the fun at Weekend Anime & Games.
Gift cards make great gifts too! Plus, many of our downtown restaurants and businesses have great swag – great for gift-giving!
If you need to prep yourself for the holidays, Westbrook IS the place to go. With businesses like Shine Hair Salon, The Beauty Coven, Adalia Salon, The Final Cut Hair Salon, and The Mills Barbershop, Westbrook will have you looking your best for the holidays.