SOUTHINGTON - White Christmas in the Community will bring the light and warmth of the Christmas season to downtown Southington and Plantsville Dec. 1.
The free holiday event, presented by the Village of Plantsville Association and the Merchants of Downtown Southington, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. in both areas. People will be able to travel between the two parts of town via a horse-drawn hayride along the lighted Linear Trail.
Town Councilor Dawn Miceli, event organizer, said that nearly every business in both areas will be participating. Refreshments will be served at many local businesses and the Barnes Museum will offer free tours and host the Southington Chamber singers. In Plantsville, people can stop at Faith Living Church to roast chestnuts over a bonfire.
“Last year, the Village of Plantsville Association and the Merchants of Downtown Southington, were amazed by how successful this combined event was,” said Miceli. “We shared our resources rather than having two competing holiday events and as a result we had thousands of people congregating at local businesses. It was very successful and it will only build from there. We have even more businesses participating this year, more hayrides and more transportation down the Linear Trail and we fundraised like never before.”
Other activities will include a live Nativity scene, visits from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and crafts and ornament making at Zingarella in Plantsville and Southington Community Cultural Arts in downtown Southington. There will also be a petting zoo with reindeer goats from Bradley Mountain Soaps and lighted Christmas scenes on the Linear Trail.
“One side of the trail will be all lit up with twinkling white lights,” said Miceli. “On the other side we have a 5-foot apple, a 7-foot tall moose and a 6-foot tall bear - all lit up - and made by the same artist from Utah who does Meriden’s Festival of Lights. We’re starting our own tradition right here in Southington.”
The Christmas tree lighting in the village of Plantsville will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the tree lighting on the town green will be at 6:30 p.m.
Miceli encouraged people to come out for a night of unsurpassed family fun” in the community.
“The whole town will be lit up with strings of white light - the landlords have even agreed to decorate closed properties,” said Miceli. “This is a real slice of Norman Rockwell-style Americana.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or .