The Rotary Club of Bangor is VERY EXCITED that we will once again host its annual, Festival of Lights Parade, on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, beginning at 4:30 pm in downtown Bangor. Based on all of the positive feedback we have decided to also host the Community Lighting Event as we have for the past two years.
     Our 2022 theme for both events is “IMAGINE”. 
Parade Information: 
As in the past, we hope to present a spectacular nighttime parade, featuring entries that convey the many ways of celebrating winter in Maine.    

We can accommodate approximately 80 glittering units:  marching bands, small and large floats, dancers and other performing groups.  Your group may represent traditional scenes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, New Years, Solstice, Kwanzaa or any winter happening.  This dazzling event brightens the season for the thousands of spectators who will line the streets of Bangor.
Learn more about the parade and apply today by clicking here.


Community Lighting Contest

The ROTARY CLUB OF BANGOR will also host a community lighting contest from December 3, 2022 through January 2, 2023. The community lighting event encourages families and friends to drive around local communities to see light displays on homes, organizations, and in neighborhoods. The contest will be a little bit different this year. 

Each participant will get a lawn sign with a number on it. The general public will be invited to drive around and view each entry. They will then vote for their favorite entry by posting a picture of the lawn sign or the display with the number of their favorite entry on Facebook. The winning entry will be named People's Choice receive $500 in cash! 

There will also be celebrity judges who will vote on the categories below. Winners in each of the categories will receive a plaque and bragging rights!  
  • Outstanding Residential
  • Outstanding Nonprofit
  • Outstanding Commercial
  • Outstanding Municipal
  • Outstanding Neighborhood
We'd LOVE to have you join us this year and register your light display!
We will be closing registration by late November this year in order to ensure proper mapping. 
Questions please email Jesse Moriarity at
A HUGE thank you to our sponsors. 
At the Illuminator level
Twinkle Sponsors

Glow Sponsors
If you are interested in sponsoring these two holiday events, please check our our sponsorship information here.