SOUTHINGTON — While it may look different, the White Christmas in the Community Holiday Stroll is still happening later this month on the Linear Trail.
In years past, the event would showcase both of Southington’s economic gateways — the downtown Southington retail area and the Village of Plantsville — through different family offerings. This year the event will run Dec. 16 to Jan. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. each night.
“We provide trolley rides back and forth, we do horse and carriage rides and we always light up the linear trail section that’s between downtown Southington and the village of Plantsville,” said Dawn Miceli, founder of the White Christmas in the Community committee. “In between, people walk around to the various retail establishments and go in and buy local merchandise and eat local food.”
This year, due to COVID-19, the White Christmas committee, which consists of Miceli, Susan Larson, Joanne Alfieri, Dolares Fanelli and Rob Flood, had to adapt the event.
“I just hated to see the event not take place at all because there’s been so many events like the Apple Harvest Festival and the Italian Festival that we haven’t been able to experience this year, so my committee and I decided to just light up two sections of Linear Trail, one in the downtown area and one in the Plantsville area, with holiday scenes,” Miceli said.
There will be five or six different holiday scenes that people can either stroll through or drive by.
Miceli hired Milt Neeley, an artist welder from Utah, to make the different sculptures of light with donations from different companies in town. The sculptures include an apple, a moose, a horse, a bear and a deer. The horse, made last year, is the newest sculpture.
“We will make other lighted holiday scenes around them,” Miceli said. “What I’ve been doing this year is I’ve been getting donations from various individuals, foundations and businesses to donate lighted trees and other things to make pretty holiday scenes around these large ornaments.”
Alfieri and her company, Century 21 AllPoints Realty, donated a tree. Alfieri also represents the Village of Plantsville Association, along with Fanelli, her co-chair. The two handle the Plantsville end of the event.
The display is taking place in between Witchdoctor Brewing Company, Smokin with Chris and Zingarella Pizzeria & Ice Cream Cafe. Because the Linear Trail does not support electricity, the three companies are allowing the display to tie into their electricity.
“I just think it’s nice to keep our White Christmas event alive even though we’re under the restrictions of COVID-19.” Miceli said.