SKOWHEGAN — Plenty of holiday events are being offered this weekend and beyond as the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce continues with its second JingleFest celebration.

Main Street Skowhegan Board Member MacKenzie Cayford poses as Cindy Lou Who with Max the Dog during SKOW-Whoville 2019. Plenty of holiday events are being offered this weekend and beyond as the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce continues with its second JingleFest celebration. Contributed photo

“It all started with reindeer,” Julia Turner said.

Turner is the membership and events director at the chamber and she and others saw a need for more seasonal offerings in town.

Last year Turner told chamber President and CEO Jason Gayne about wanting to introduce reindeer. Gayne thought it was a joke, but the two realized the potential.

“Then JingleFest blew up to this great holiday activity,” Turner said.

Coinciding with JingleFest are events organized by Main Street Skowhegan: a #ShopSmall Week, which concludes Saturday, Dec. 4, and SKOW-Whoville, which also concludes Saturday with events that include family activities at Coburn Park and a craft fair at the Skowhegan Eagles Club on Water Street.

Other happenings that are part of the broader JingleFest are the first Festival of Trees, a holiday photo contest and the Stuff the Trailer Towriffic Toy Drive.

On Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Santa and two reindeer will be in the municipal parking lot. The North Pole will be around for seven days with Santa’s appearances staggered to allow variety in his schedule and more families to visit. A full schedule of his anticipated appearances, subject to change, is on the JingleFest website.

The Festival of Trees is a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County. The festival is being held at T&B’s Celebration Center at 414 Madison Ave. both this weekend and next. Admission is $2 per person.

Lots of holiday cheer can be found in other towns this weekend as well.

For instance, a Christmas parade will be held beginning at 6 p.m. in Madison on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Unity is holding its own Festival of Trees at the Masonic Hall this weekend. On Sunday, a yuletide celebration will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. and will include a parade beginning about 5 p.m.

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