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.
Light Up Westbrook is an initiative designed to celebrate the amazing holiday lights in Downtown Westbrook! It consists of many parts.
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 3rd! There will be hot chocolate, cookies, live music by the Westbrook High School band, and festive fun.
Gift Giving Guide
The Guide is back in 2023! Browse all of the local businesses have to offer! Be sure to shop local in Westbrook! 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.
Window Display Competition
As a way to compliment the beautiful light display downtown, Discover Downtown Westbrook hosts an Annual Window Display Competition. Businesses were encouraged to decorate their storefront windows throughout the month of December.
In 2023, voting will take place from December 8th to 22nd. In addition to the most popular window display, we have a volunteer committee vote on other categories as well. Categories revealed after voting.
While Visiting the Lights and Displays, 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.
Window Display Contest
There were 22 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 SO close, so we chose to honor both businesses.
We also recruited a panel of guest judges to vote for Best Lights, Best Use of Merchandise, Most Inclusive, and Most Creative. Thank you to the team at Bath Savings- Lisa Jones, Pamela Ellsworth and Marilyn Stevens- for voting on these categories.
2023 Window Display Contest Winners!
People’s Choice – (A tie!) Bloom Consignment & Resale
and The Swanson Group
Best Use of Merchandise – Meow Lounge
Most Inclusive – Blazes Burgers
Best Lights – Westbrook On Tap