WALLINGFORD — The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Advisory Committee will host its annual holiday celebration in early January after the event was postponed because of weather.
The celebration was rescheduled to Jan. 4 due to a snowstorm on the original date. The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at Community Lake Park, 291 Hall Ave.
Cathy Granucci, advisory committee co-chair, said instead of a traditional holiday theme, the event will focus on a “winter wonderland” concept.
“It’s the last day of the school holiday vacation so it's going to be the last hurrah for the kids before going back,” Granucci said.
Mary Mushinsky, advisory committee co-chair, said although the event is at a later date, it will still be a festive occasion.
“It's a big gift to the townspeople – we like to showoff the trail and make it a special winter occasion,” Mushinsky said.
The event will feature horse-drawn carriage rides. The horses and carriages will be decorated for winter, along with areas around Community Lake. Footmen will wear festive clothing, a long coat and top hat, to greet riders. Hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, and other refreshments will be served.
Entertainment will be provided by the Wallingford Community Chorus Carolers and Spanish Community of Wallingford Holiday Choir. Activities will be kid-friendly and “family-oriented,” and include craft making, a professional storyteller and a “Kids’ Scavenger Hunt” that will have children follow clues along the trail.
The celebration will also be an opportunity for residents to participate in the ongoing “Own a Piece of the Trail” campaign. The campaign allows residents to purchase bricks, which will be installed on a path that goes to the trail’s labyrinth. The bricks are custom engraved and can be used as a remembrance for a special life event or holiday gift.
According to a statement from police, officers will enforce a parking ban due to the horse & carriage rides. No parking will be permitted along the entire eastern curb line and approximately 150 feet of the western curb line of the parking area at Community Lake Park. On the date of the event, from noon through 5 p.m., vehicles parked in violation will be issued a parking ticket and towed.