SOUTHINGTON - White Christmas in the Community is bringing the Yuletide cheer back to downtown Southington and Plantsville Dec. 7.
The annual community-wide holiday event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dawn Miceli, one of the event organizers, said the event combines the longtime annual celebrations of the Merchants of Downtown Southington and the Village of Plantsville Association into a single family-oriented event that brings both communities together.
Light poles and local businesses will be decorated with lights as families stroll down the streets or hop on a horse-drawn carriage.
“The goal of this event is to create a sense of community within our town,” said Miceli. “We ask that residents and business owners display white lights in their windows, storefronts, etc., to help make the evening special.”
Miceli said that “one of the most special things” about the event is that the Farmington Canal Linear Trail, running between Zingarella in Plantsville and Factory Square on lower Center Street, will be all lit up.
“Dotted along the trail are holiday village scenes and our specially constructed and designed structures of light,” said Miceli.
“Think of them as big, steel-framed ornaments. Thus far, we’ve collected an apple, a moose, a bear, a prancing horse and a deer, all of which were donated to the town by generous benefactors. Hay rides between the two locations allow festival-goers to enjoy the scenes.”
Miceli added that both the Village and Downtown groups will have their usual array of activities and programs as they have in the past. There will also be some combined events, such as trolley car rides up and down Main Street with entertainment by “Mr. Magic.”
“We will also have a family Christmas ornament craft station at both locations and the ‘goat ambassadors’ from Bradley Mountain Farms, dressed as reindeer, throughout our streets. New to this year’s White Christmas in the Community is an ice sculpting demonstration in both locations and storytelling at the Southington Public Library.”
Parking in Plantsville will be at Plantsville Congregational Church, the Plantsville Green (Clock Tower Square) and Plantsville Elementary School.
In Downtown Southington, parking will be at the Southington Library, Derynoski Elementary School, the Riccio Way Municipal Lot, the Columbus Ave. entrance to Factory Square, the Town Hall lot and TD Bank.
Shuttle buses, which have been provided by the Calendar House, will be running during the entire event among the following four locations: Riccio Way municipal parking lot, Southington Public Library parking lot, and the Clock Tower Square municipal parking lot.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.