Within the next few weeks, local towns will be holding popular holiday events, many cancelled last year because of the pandemic.
In Wallingford, the Holiday Stroll is back on Dec. 3, featuring 45 downtown businesses. The event is organized by Wallingford Center Inc.
“I think people have been waiting for this to get back to some type of normalcy,” said Wallingford Center Inc. Executive Director Liz Davis. “To Christmas shop and shop locally.”
The Holiday Stroll runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Raffle prizes, gift baskets and gift cards will be donated by local merchants.
In Southington, Dawn Miceli recently held a viewing ceremony for the 25 hand-crafted reindeer that will be on display on the Southington Linear Trail in a couple weeks.
“It was fabulous,” she said. “They’re really magical. Each one is different, each one is unique.”
The reindeer are on display at the Southington Community Cultural Arts Center, 93 Main St., if residents want to see them before they are placed on the trail. Other holiday events
Christmas in the Village – After being cancelled last year, the event will be held in South Meriden from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. It features a tree lighting, bonfire, horse drawn carriage rides and more on Main Street. The Santa Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Canned goods, lightly used coats and books will be collected.
Meriden Yulefest – The Yulefest is returning Dec. 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.. Santa will be arriving by train and a horse drawn carriage on the Meriden Green. There will also be holiday music for sing-alongs, food tucks and raffles
In addition to the Yulefest, Meriden residents can participate in a small business scavenger hunt by visiting 12 different Meriden businesses for a chance to win gift card prizes. No purchase is necessary and more information can be found on the Yulefest Facebook page.
Seasons of Celebrations – This year’s Season’s of Celebrations in Wallingford will have a Victorian flair and feature Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the front foyer of Town Hall. Families can leave letters for Santa as well as enjoy holiday treats. Some children will also have a chance to help light the holiday tree.
At 5 p.m the Frosty Parade will depart Town Hall and go to Johanna Manfreda Fishbein park for more entertainment and the reading of ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ by Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.
Santa in the Park – On Sunday families are invited to the Southington Drive-In Community Pavilion to meet Santa. The free event is for Southington residents only and runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Children will receive gift bags and hot chocolate.