Lighting of Nubble Lighthouse and Lobster Trap Christmas Trees Illuminate the Region During the Holiday Season
During the holiday season in New England, lighthouses are draped with wreaths all along the coast, while some have decorated lights to illuminate the towers. Nubble Lighthouse, also called Cape Neddick Light, is one of the most decorated beacons on the coast of Maine. The tower and the adjoining keeper’s building is decorated with unique lights during a special festival, put on during the weekend after Thanksgiving, named the “Lighting of the Nubble.” At dusk, the lighthouse illuminates each evening until the holiday season ends. It is a great tourist attraction and a unique attraction for the locals. Check out this great annual tradition if you’re in the area, and join the locals for fun and festivities! Santa usually shows up as well.
What? You can’t make it for this holiday celebration? Don’t like the cold? No problem, there is also a “Lighting of the Nubble” celebration in July, six months later each year!
Let’s get back to the current holiday season. There’s another more recent tradition sprouting along the New England seacoast where coastal communities are engaged in friendly competition in building holiday Christmas trees made of old-fashioned wooden lobster traps and fishing gear or wireframe lobster traps and gear. Some communities boast having the tallest, some the most decorative, while most are just happy to create a local joyous tourist site, like the one near Nubble lighthouse, in honoring those that make a living by the sea. Decorated traps are erected into a large, familiar conical shape, and most are lit at night for visitors to enjoy.
You’ll also find, at Sohier Park, where you would enjoy excellent close-up views of Nubble light, a lobster trap Christmas tree made of old wooden lobster traps and fishing gear that also lights up in the evening to join the beacon’s illumination. It is located in the parking lot of Fox’s Lobster House restaurant. For those that want to look around, you’ll also find lobster trap holiday trees in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where the tradition was born nearly 20 years ago, and in Kennebunk, Maine, by the Fire station, for starters.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday season, and drive around to enjoy the lights! Here are some Nubble Lighthouse photos.
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