WALLINGFORD – Thousands are expected to walk the streets of downtown Friday during the 9th annual Holiday Stroll. More than 60 locally-owned stores and businesses are participating.
Aside from family friendly holiday fun, a major goal of this event is to show off downtown stores, according to Liz Landow, executive director of Wallingford Center Inc.
“It’s like an open house for downtown merchants,” says Landow.
For each store you visit, you are given one raffle ticket to fill out. If you go to all 60 stores, that’s 60 raffle tickets. All tickets are entered into a raffle for prizes. The event, which starts at 4 p.m., also features a DJ, photo booth, roasted chestnuts, and more.
The Holiday Stroll ends at 9 p.m., but the festivities will continue downtown. On Saturday, the annual Seasons of Celebration event is held at Town Hall. Barbara Kapi, one of the organizers, says the event is kid oriented and a great family activity.
“It’s a really cute set-up,” Kapi said. “The kids can come take pictures with Santa and Mrs.Claus.There’s food and games and a petting zoo.”
The event starts around 1 p.m. but anyone who registers can participate in the Reindeer Rally earlier that day. The one mile walk through the town benefits Holiday for Giving, a local organization that provides families in need with food, smiles, and holiday cheer. People who wish to donate can either give money or unwrapped toys.
The annual Frosty parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at Town Hall. Participants will march down to Johanna Manfreda Fishbein Park at the intersection of Center Street and Route 5. Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. will read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ at the end of the parade.