It may seem hard to believe, but the holiday season is coming up fast. For Southington locals, that means White Christmas in the Community is right around the corner.
White Christmas in the Community will take place on Friday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event takes place in two locations: downtown Southington, and the Village of Plantsville.
“This holiday event combines the longtime annual celebrations of the merchants of Downtown Southington and the Village of Plantsville Association into the family-oriented event that features transportation between the two locales,” WCC officials said in a press release.
The WCC committee is now meeting once a week, and plans on offering several new activities and programs for families, including ice-sculpting at both locations and storytelling at the Southington Public Library, according to committee member Dawn Miceli. The tree lightings on both greens will kick off the event in both locations at 5:30 p.m.
Miceli said in addition to the three specially-created lighted structures on the linear trail last year—a red apple, a six-foot bear and a seven-foot moose—two additional lighted structures will line the rail-trail. A nine-foot-long prancing horse, donated by Gary and Colleen Saucier of Hayes Equestrian, Saucier Mechanical Services and FitLife 24/7, and a seven-foot-tall deer with red antlers will be on display.
Hay rides will travel up and down the linear trail to bring families from one downtown to the other. The hay rides are provided by members of LEAF, the non-profit Lewis Educational Agricultural Farm.
The Southington Chamber of Commerce has also sponsored a scavenger hunt, which utilizes the apples from the town-wide community art initiative, Apples & Arts. The chamber will provide maps of the event, including details about the scavenger hunt, at their two tents on both the Southington Green and the Village of Plantsville Green. Participants will be entered into a raffle for season’s passes to the Southington Drive-In and for a WalMart gift card.
“Other planned activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, a family ornament-making craft activity, goat ambassadors and parade, ice-sculpting, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, letter-writing to Santa, wreath-making, touch-a-firetruck, refreshments, entertainment and more,” said officials in a press release.
Shuttle buses provided by the Calendar House will be running during the entire event among the following locations: Riccio Way municipal parking lot, Southington Public Library parking lot, and the Clock Tower Square municipal parking lot.
For more info, visit the White Christmas in the Community Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WhiteChristmasintheCommunity/).
Observer coverage from last year’s event: