SOUTHINGTON — White lights are going up in downtown Southington and Plantsville as businesses prepare for the second White Christmas in the Community celebration.
“It’s quintessential New England at holiday time,” said Southington Town Councilor Dawn Miceli.
Both events run from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. The first lights on the Plantsville side will flicker on during a ceremony on the green at 5:30 p.m., followed by downtown Southington’s ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The separate times allow for those at Plantsville’s ceremony to hop on the trolley or horse-drawn carriage shuttling between the two downtowns.
The two centers will feature a snowball toss, carolers, letter-writing to Santa with the help of his elves, ornament crafting and treats at some storefront businesses. The stars of the show may be its ambassadors; Bradley Mountain Soap’s goats, which will be dressed in festive garb.
“They’ve really become part of our community,” Miceli said. “It’s fun to see a goat dressed up as a Christmas elf.”
Families can also bring presents to fill sleighs with gifts, which will be distributed by Southington Community Services.
Alongside the letter-writing to Santa, children can write letters to soldiers stationed abroad through Southington’s American Legion.
In its second year, the celebration is a combination of Plantsville’s Christmas in the Village and downtown Southington’s Hospitality Night.
The horse-drawn carriages, which will be free, along with all the other attractions, will travel along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail to loop between the two centers. Along the way, riders can view light displays.
“I think it’s going to be great,” said Joanne Alfieri, a member of the Village of Plantsville Association, which raised the money for the celebration.
Ornament decorating will be taking place at Zingarella’s restaurant in Plantsville and the Southington Community Cultural Arts building downtown.
“People enjoy making an ornament to bring home and put on their trees,” Miceli said.