Thousands of Portland area residents flocked to Monument Square on a cold Friday night to enjoy a night of rockin' Christmas carols on the HOM Patio, the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the Portland Christmas tree.

Townsquare Media and Electricity Maine were among the sponsors of the Portland Christmas Tree Lighting and HOM Morning Show radio host Teddy McKay served as the master of ceremonies leading up to the big moment.

On the HOM Patio, a group of local musicians performed several holiday favorites that ranged from "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Run Run Rudolph." The event provided families with a great way to usher in the holiday season after many endured power outages caused by a snow storm that disrupted or delayed Thanksgiving celebrations for some.

What follows is an image gallery of the many festival sights from the Portland Christmas Tree Lighting. Happy Holidays!