SOUTHINGTON – With horse-drawn carriage rides, scavenger hunts, light displays, wreath-making demonstrations and a host of other attractions, organizers say this year’s White Christmas in the Community will be the biggest since the separate holiday celebrations in downtown Southington and Plantsville were merged.
“This year we’ve really gone all out,” said Dawn Miceli, event committee chairwoman.
The event will take place Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Here’s some things you’ll want to know before bundling up and heading downtown.
Businesses, non-profits and the Southington Library are open.
White Christmas is a showcase for town businesses, Miceli said, and a good opportunity to see what downtown Southington and Plantsville have to offer.
Some businesses are offering specials or giveaways. Southington Cultural Community Arts, next to Town Hall, will have performances and a chance to make your own Christmas ornament. In Plantsville, ornament-making will take place in the Quality Oil building.
While the library is normally closed during the hours of White Christmas, Miceli and the event committee were able to gather donations to pay for the expense of keeping it open for a few more hours on Friday for the first time. Librarians will be reading stories and running craft-making.
There are lots of ways to travel between Southington downtown and Plantsville
Going between Southington and Plantsville downtowns is part of the entertainment. A trolley car bus will have Mr. Magic performing on board. You can also take a hayride along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, which will be lit by 3,000 ground lights along with light sculptures created for the event and purchased with donations.
The Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce has a scavenger hunt and raffle that could make traveling to both locations very rewarding. If you collect a ticket from all 21 locations in both Southington and Plantsville, you’re entered to win a Wal-Mart gift card. Collecting tickets from one location gets you a chance to win a season pass to the Southington Drive-In.
There is plenty to do for kids
The Bradley Mountain Soap goats will be at the Town Green and Village Green. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Southington Fire Department Engine Company 2 and American Legion Post 72, among other places. At Zingarella Pizzeria, children can write letters to Santa.
And there’s lots for adults too
Among the new attractions this year are ice sculptures, in both Southington and Plantsville downtowns, and a wreath-making demonstration on the Town Green.
The Barnes Museum will be have tours and host the Chamber Singers.
Many of the businesses in both locations are having raffles for gift cards or items in addition to activities and refreshments.
“A lot of them are doing huge, huge raffles,” Miceli said.