PLAINVILLE - The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Stroll will return to downtown Dec. 8 and 9, respectively, sponsored this year by the Plainville Merchants Association.
The tree lighting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Plainville Fire Station on Friday, Dec. 8, with a performance by the Plainville High School Band with carolers singing along. Then, at 5:30, town and spiritual leaders will welcome guests and share holiday wishes with them. The town Christmas tree will then be lit and Santa Claus will arrive riding a firetruck. People can also head to Bolo for horse-drawn wagon rides.
Then, on Saturday, Dec. 9, the holiday stroll will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People will be able to stop in at 18 local businesses for activities and discounts. Goats dressed as reindeer from Bradley Mountain Farms in Southington will be at Chestnuts for children to pet. Caroling will begin at 1 p.m., led by local Elvis tribute artist Tino Garcia, who sang at last year’s tree lighting, and singers from the “Kids in the Middle” club at the Middle School of Plainville.
Lisa Melninkaitis, owner of Chestnuts, is co-coordinating the event along with Terri Battaglia of River Wellness Community. Melninkaitis said this year’s event is an expansion of a town tradition that has been held for more than 20 years. Last year, it was sponsored by the Plainville Chamber of Commerce.
“We brought the holiday stroll back after several years last year and that was a big hit,” she said. “This year we’re making the tree lighting on a Friday instead of a Thursday and we also extended the holiday stroll to another day so that people have more time to enjoy it and see everything. Those who visit each business on the map that we give out will be entered into a raffle featuring prizes from each business.”
Melninkaitis said several local schools will be selling luminaries to raise money in order to place hand-decorated holiday bags around town during the stroll for people to admire.
She encouraged families to bring their kids and enjoy a fun-filled night out in the community.
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