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Ashford

CAROL SING & TREE LIGHTING
Sunday December 4th at Knowlton Memorial Hall, 4:30 pm
Carol Sing and then light the tree in front of Town Hall. Inside, the Babcock Coronet Band will play your favorite traditional holiday music. We will serve homemade soup,bread and holiday treats. We hope to have a special visit from Saint Nicholas himself!
http://www.ashfordtownhall.org

Berlin

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday November 26, 2011. 4-6 p.m.
Veteran’s Park, Berlin
(rain date: Sunday, November 27)
http://www.town.berlin.ct.us

Bethlehem
CHRISTMAS TOWN FESTIVAL
Friday December 2, 2011
5:00-10:00 p.m.
Tree Lighting: 6:00 p.m.
Route 132 and Route 61 – Bethlehem Center
Free Admission – Parking at the Fairgrounds Route 61
http://www.ci.bethlehem.ct.us/festival.htm

Branford

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING AND HOLIDAY PARADE
Saturday – November 26, 2011
Parade begins at 5:00 p.m.
Kick off the holiday Season by joining us for our Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade. The parade leaves from the Branford High School beginning at 5:00 p.m. The tree lighting immediately follows on the town green.
Raindate: Sunday – November 27, 2011
http://www.branford-ct.gov

Bridgeport

Dec 8th- 5:30pm McLevy Green

Bridgewater

Tree Lighting Friday
December 2, 2011
7:00 p.m.
A concert of Christmas Music by the Brookfield High School Small Group Chorus at 7:30pm at the Bridgewater Congregational Church, corner of Main Street and Clapboard Road, followed by a reception in the Parish House with hot apple cider and cookies… and time to shop in our Christmas Store featuring handcrafts from Bridgewater and around the world.

http://www.bridgewatertownhall.org

Bristol

60th Annual Bristol Carol Sing & 21st Holiday Lighting Ceremony
November 29, 2011
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The event will take place outdoors in front of the main entrance to Webster Bank (150 Main Street). Featuring Mike Nicastro as Master of Ceremonies, local chorus groups, singers, soloist, local pageant winners and SANTA!! The Mayor will flip the magic switch that turns on the holiday lights. Please join us to usher in the holiday in old-fashion style.
http://www.bristol-chamber.org

Chester

Holiday Night Town Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling
Friday – December 2, 2011
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Main Street, Chester Village Center, Chester, CT
Free parking is available at the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center. Town Christmas Tree lighting, Caroling, Art Gallery and Shop Opening Receptions and Previews. 18th annual.
http://www.visit-chester.com

Coventry, CT

Town Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, December 7th  at 6:30 PM the night sky will light up with wonder as the annual tree lighting festival takes off for another year of family fun! The festivities, held at Town Hall, will include caroling, lighting of the holiday tree, and even a visit from Santa! Children are encouraged to bring a weatherproof ornament to hang on the tree. Refreshments will be served at the Nathan Hale School. Santa will be available for pictures during refreshments as well.
http://www.coventryct.org

East Granby
2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Community Carol Sing!
December 9th, 2011 (5:30pm)
East Granby Center Shops (in front of First National Bank of Suffield) Meet at the evergreen tree! Warm up afterwards with warm refreshments at the East Granby Senior/Community Center!
Light up your holiday spirit and join your neighbors for this great community event! The 30 foot evergreen located on the Center Shops lawn will be decorated with lights in celebration of the holidays. Be there when they are lit by East Granby Eagle Scouts!
Scheduled snow date is December 10th, 5:30pm.
http://eastgranbycoc.org

East Hartford

Holiday Fest Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2nd
6:30— 8:30 PM
East Hartford Town Green In conjunction with the East Hartford Parks & Recreation Department, this festive event features a holiday carol sing-along, a visit from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and a special visit from Santa delivered directly from the North Pole on an East Hartford Fire truck! Candy canes and hot chocolate on hand to keep you warm an cozy. Free event and open to everyone!
http://www.easthartfordct.gov

East Lyme
November 26, 2011
8th Annual Holiday Stroll
Saturday, November 26 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
This family-friendly day features horse-drawn carriage rides, professional holiday carolers along the quaint shop-lined streets of Niantic, complimentary hot cider and cocoa, and the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck to the town green just in time for a tree lighting ceremony at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village. Additional informaion will be provided as it becomes available.
http://www.discovereastlyme.com

Ellington
Winterfest 2011 will be held on December 3, 2011
http://ellington-ct.gov

Fairfield
Friday, December 2, 2011  Town Hall
Choirs begin at 6:15 PM and Santa arrives at 7:00 PM.
The occasion that truly kicks off the holiday season in Fairfield is the lighting of the Christmas tree on the Town Hall Green. Gather with your family and countdown as we light the 90-foot tall Norway spruce, the tallest living tree that gets lit at Christmas time in Connecticut. It was one of three trees donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution in December 1918.

At 6:15 pm the Fairfield Woods, Roger Ludlowe and Tomlinson Middle School Chamber Choir will sing songs of the season. The Fairfield Warde Choral Group will also be performing at 6:40 pm. Enjoy some hot chocolate and free glow necklaces compliments of the Town Youth Council.
http://cal.fairfieldct.org

Greenwich
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 2, 2011, Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road
Music provided by the Greenwich High School Chamber Singers 3:45 pm
Welcome by Peter Mandras, Superintendent of Recreation 4:15 pm
Holiday Message and Tree Lighting by The First Selectman 4:20 pm
Come Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph & Frosty For Candy Canes, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cider
http://www.greenwichct.org

Guilford
December 2, 2011 6pm
Guilford Town Green
web:www.GuilfordCT.com

Hartford
Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony
Date: December 1, 2011  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
http://www.mcfhartford.org
Ring in the Holidays in a special way!
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:00 p.m. at the front entrance to
Aurora Medical Center-Hartford
http://cm.hartfordchamber.org

Winter Fest

The day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25th, iQuilt Presents Hartford Winterfest opens to the public.  Free public skating and skate rentals will be available for the season that runs through President’s Day, February 20, 2012.
Opening Night: 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

www.hartford.com

Wadsworth Antheneum
Festival of Trees
Saturday December 3, 2011

http://www.thewadsworth.org/

Litchfield
The Boxcar Lillies at The White Memorial Conservation Center
November 25, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

www.boxcarlillies.com

Middlebury
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING ON THE GREEN
Middlebury Green
Saturday December 3 4:00pm – NA
Tree lighting ceremony & Christmas caroling on the Green followed by a visit with Santa & hot chocolate & refreshments served in the Shepardson Center Auditorium
http://www.middlebury-ct.org

Middletown

Holiday On Main Street

Saturday, December 3 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Downtown, Middletown

The Holiday on Main Committee, chaired by Al Santostefano and Co-Chairman Rich Greco, encourages everyone to come out to this great event to enjoy all of the activities.

www.middlesexchamber.com

Montville
The Town of Montville’s Fourteenth Annual Holiday Parade

Sunday, December 4, 2011 @ 5 PM.
Any interested organizations or individuals wishing to participate in this year’s parade will need to fill out an entry form. You can obtain these forms at the Montville Parks & Recreation office.
www.townofmontville.org

Morris

Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 27, 2011 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Town Hall-Dining Rm
http://morris.webtownhall.com

Mystic

Tree Lighting & Lighted Holiday Boat Parade

November 26, 2011

The tree lighting will be promptly at 6 p.m. followed by a spectacular lighted boat parade! Vessels will parade down the Mystic River at 6:20 pm and return to the Mystic River Park, where spectators will be gathered. Location: Mystic River Park & Mystic River. Time: 6-8 p.m. Admission: Free.

www.mysticchamber.org

Naugatuck
8th Annual Holiday Kickoff and Tree lighting on Green
5:30 PM-8:00 PM (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Town Green
December 5, 2011.
http://www.naugatuck-ct.gov

New Hartford

LIGHT NEW HARTFORD

Sunday, December 4, 2011  Tree lighting at 6:00 (in front of Chatterley’s) Join the fun from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
http://www.town.new-hartford.ct.us

New Haven

Tree Lighting Celebration
Dec 1, 2011
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
4-8pm Free children’s crafts, carousel rides, animated Alpine Safari 5:30pm Lighting Ceremony hosted by WTNH/MyTV 9′s Gil Simmons featuring choral performances by Celentano Museum Academy, Mauro Sheridan Magnet School, Brennan-Rogers School and Educational Center for the Arts. For more information on holiday activities downtown, visit www.infonewhaven.com. *rain date Friday, December 2
http://calendar.cityofnewhaven.com

New London
Celebration of Lights and Song around the World and Grand Opening of Skating Rink on Parade Plaza
Saturday 12•03•11
3:00 – 5:30 pm
Rink at Parade Plaza
Tree lighting, caroling, rink ribbon cutting ceremony
http://www.newlondonmainstreet.org

Newington
Saturday, December 4th.  The night begins with a wreath lighting at Mill Pond Waterfall at 4:30 p.m., followed by a walking carol sing to the Town Center.  Festivities at the Town Center begin at 5:00 p.m. and include a fire truck parade, refreshments, entertainment, guest speakers, carol sing, tree lighting and of course, the arrival of Santa all the way from the North Pole!  This is a free community event – to make the night even more special, please bring a canned food item to benefit the Town’s Food Bank.
http://www.newingtonct.gov

Norfolk
Tree Lighting on the Green
Tree Lighting on the Green
Village Green
Saturday, November 26, 2011
6:00pm-7:00pm EST
http://www.norfolkct.org

Orange
December 4
3:00-6:00 PM
Town Green and Library
Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting
http://www.orange-ct.gov

Prospect
Annual Town Tree Lighting and Holiday Light Parade
SUNDAY, December 4, 2011
Parade at 5:00 P.M. sharp, followed by the Tree Lighting at 6 pm
The Town of Prospect, along with the support of the Volunteer Fire Department are celebrating the holidays again this year with the 9th Annual Holiday Light Parade, followed by the Town Tree Lighting ceremony in the center of Prospect. The Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Prospect Fire Department will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. and will travel through Town following the Memorial Day Parade route. The parade will end at the Prospect Town Hall for the Tree Lighting festivities.
http://www.townofprospect.org/treelighting.html

Roxbury
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING/HOLIDAYSING/FESTIVAL OF TREES
Sing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4th. Following the tree lighting, the Friends of the Senior Center
will hold the 4th Festival of Trees at the Senior Center. Come and see how they’ve transformed the barn behind the Senior
Center into a Winter Wonderland. Not to be missed!
http://www.roxburyct.com

Southbury
Annual Tree Lighting:
Come to the Annual Holiday Tree lighting at the Memorial Green!
Come see the lighting of Santa’s runway and join in the singing to greet Santa Claus with Cub Scout Pack #61!
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Location: Memorial Green, located between the Town Hall and Parks and Rec
Time: 5:00pm
http://www.southbury-ct.org

Stratford

Holiday Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
November 30, 2011
Stratford High School
Tree Lighting
6:30-8:00 Roger Salls: Santa Pictures in Theatre
Bridgeport Theater Group
http://www.townofstratford.com

Vernon

Tree Lighting, Winterfest Ceremonies

On Friday, December 2, 2011, Mayor Apel will join members of the community for Vernon’s 3rd Annual Torchlight Parade and 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick-off Vernon’s 2011 Winterfest and the holiday season. The parade, which is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m., will step-off at Station 1 (Route 30 Fire Station), continue on West Road, to Union Street, and end at Central Park (14 Park Place) at 6:45 p.m. for the Tree Lighting and Carol Sing, followed by lite refreshments at Vernon Town Hall.

Additional 2011 Vernon Winterfest information and a list of scheduled events can be obtained by visiting the Vernon Parks and Recreation website, http://www.vernon-ct.gov/parks, or by calling (860) 870-3520.

Warren
Holiday on the Hill
A Tree Lighting on Sackett Hill Road…an old-fashioned gathering
Saturday, December 3rd 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Gather your family for an evening stroll on Sackett Hill! Take a ride on the tractor-pulled wagon and visit with your neighbors. Have your picture taken with Santa and shop for locally-produced crafts and goods at the Bazaar in the Rooster Tail barn!
The caroling and tree lighting will begin at 7:15 p.m.
http://warren.webtownhall.com

West Haven

Saturday November 26, 2011
West Haven Green
5:30 pm – 9 pm
http://www.cityofwesthaven.com

West Springfield

Eastern States Exposition — “Yuletide at Storrowton” at the Storrowton Village Museum,  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Saturday and Sunday Dec, 3  and 4.  Free amission.

Westport

Tree lighting at Westport Town Hall, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4:30 p.m.

Afterward the Westport Historical Society will offer complimentary hot cocoa on their porch overlooking Veterans Green.

An ice sculpture demonstration, food, treats for the kids, a blazing fire pit and a  visit from Santa will all be part of the festivities.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Westport Downtown Merchants Association invites residents to the Christ and Holy Trinity Church’s Great Hall for a celebration with music from Chris Coogan and the Staples High School Orphenians.

Wethersfield
Dec. 1, 2nd Annual Holidays on Main 5pm.
Thursday, December 1st, begins at 5pm on Main Street in Old Wethersfield. Lots of fun and food with local businesses. Tree Lighting & Caroling at 6pm, Free Horse and Wagon Rides, Fire Jugglers, Live Ice Carving, Live Entertainment and Food along Main Street, Santa Visits at the Fire Dept., bring your camera! In the Webb Barn there will be a Silent Auction with decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets and more; profits will be shared with local Non Profits. All are welcome to this town event hosted by the Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Wethersfield. Tree lighting at corner of Main St and Marsh St. Also Winter Farmer’s Market at Trinity Church. Lots to do and see for all ages.
http://historicwethersfield.org/events_calendar.html

Windsor Locks
Annual Torchlight Parade
The Annual Torchlight Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011.  The parade will form at 6:00 p.m. at Noden Reed Park, and will proceed to Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony be at Town Hall following the parade.  All are invited to participate in the Parade and festivities.  Santa will be at Town Hall to hear Christmas wishes.
http://www.windsorlocksct.org

Wilton
Holiday Stroll + Santa at the Gazebo
December 2, 2011 ·5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Friday, December 2nd
First Selectman Bill Brennan and Santa Clause himself will arrive at the gazebo in a firetruck to officially start the Holiday Stroll at 5:30pm.
Wilton’s Family Holiday Stroll
Visit the many merchants around our town! They will have holiday treats and beverages available.
Join the festivities!
Bill Brennan and Santa will be arriving at the Wilton Center to light the holiday tree. But don’t worry, Santa won’t be heading back to the North Pole just yet. He will be at the gazebo anxious to hear what everyone wants under their tree! The Wilton High School Band will also be joining us to play their favorite Holiday tunes!
This annual community event celebrates the magic of the holidays and we hope to see you there!
http://www.wiltonchamber.com

Wolcott
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Bring the entire family and enjoy the beginning of the holiday season on the beautiful Wolcott Town Green with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. It will be held this year at 6:00PM on Sunday, November 27th, 2011.
http://www.wolcottct.org

compiled by Nick Fouche

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