Visit Santa at Kringleville in Downtown Waterville
As one of Waterville’s longest running celebrations, Kringleville tradition began in 1969. This launches the holiday season with a parade and tree lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving every year. The parade hosts several festive floats including one with Santa and Mrs. Claus ridding in with their reindeer. The festivities starts at Head of Falls, runs up Appleton Street where it connects to Main Street, and to end it turns down Common Street which runs parallel with Castonguay Square.
In the 60’s local volunteers would bring a small unheated log cabin to Castonguay Square, but in 1973 Santa moved to a room in City Hall for warmth and special lighting. In the 80’s, Watervilleians created a new home for Santa which was made out of an old trailer bed. Local high school students painted plywood candy canes, snowmen and angels. Volunteers gather to decorate the tall light poles bringing colors and bright lights to The Concourse.
Malcolm and Merle Trott, twins from the area, were best known for sharing the roll as Santa for many years. This year, Mary Gregory, Malcolm’s daughter, came Kringleville as Mrs. Claus. She has fond memories of her father being all dressed up in a bright red suit that would bring big smiles and great cheer to young children.
In 2013, R.E.M. created a home from Mr. and Mrs. Claus at The Center and it is their home for the holidays to this day. For the last 10 years, Central Maine photography has taken pictures for the children with the elves, Rudolph and Santa.
Each child who visits Santa Claus at Kringleville will receive one free storybook, courtesy of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Marden’s. Families can purchase 4 x 6 prints the night they visit with Santa. One dollar from each sale goes back to Kringleville which provides this event to be free for all.
To find out more information and specific times of when Santa will be available please visit Kringleville.org