Gray kicked off the official start of the Christmas season with its annual tree lighting. Children of all ages and the GNG High School Choir were on hand to sing carols and greet Santa when he arrived to light the tree with his magic cane.
Once Santa’s magic touch lit the tree he headed into Newbegin Gymnasium to pose for photos with the children and oversee some holiday crafts.
This weekend in New Gloucester, the Shakers at 707 Shaker Road (Rt. 26) will host the annual Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring baked goods, preserves, handcrafted gifts, Shaker antiques and hand-cut wreaths. The New Gloucester History Barn will also be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon celebrating its fifth anniversary with the photo history of New Gloucester on display. The History Barn is located behind Town Hall at 387 Intervale Rd.
For more holiday shopping, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Gray American Legion will host its annual craft fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Santa stopping by between 10 a.m. and noon. In addition to crafts from area artisans, the Boy Scouts will be on hand selling freshly made wreaths. The American Legion is located at 15 Lewiston Road in Gray.