PLAINVILLE - The annual Christmas tree lighting and holiday stroll will return to downtown Dec. 8 and 9, respectively, sponsored this year by the Plainville Merchants Association.
The tree lighting will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the fire station, with a performance by the Plainville High School Band of holiday songs and carolers singing along. At 5:30, town and religious leaders will welcome guests and share holiday wishes.
The Christmas tree will then be lit and Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck. People can also head to Bolo for horse-drawn wagon rides.
On Dec. 9, the holiday stroll will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eighteen local businesses will be offering activities and discounts. Goats dressed as reindeer, from Bradley Mountain Farms in Southington, will be at Chestnuts for children to pet.
Caroling will begin at 1 p.m., led by local Elvis impersonator Tino Garcia, who sang at last year’s tree lighting, and singers from the Kids in the Middle club at the Middle School of Plainville.
Lisa Melninkaitis, owner of Chestnuts, is coordinating the event along with Terri Battaglia of River Wellness Community. Melninkaitis said that this year’s event expands on a town tradition more than 20 years old. Last year, it was sponsored by the Plainville Chamber of Commerce.
“We brought the holiday stroll back after several years last year and that was a big hit,” she said. “This year, we’re making the tree lighting on a Friday instead of a Thursday and we also extended the holiday stroll to another day so that people have more time to enjoy it and see everything. Those who visit each business on the map that we give out will be entered into a raffle featuring prizes from each business.”
Melninkaitis said several schools will be selling luminaries so hand-decorated holiday bags can be placed around town during the stroll for people to see.
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