6:30 p.m. TONIGHT– Community tree lighting @ Veterans Memorial Park

Celebrate Shelton’s holiday festivities will kick-off with a Community Tree Lighting  Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Downtown Shelton.

“Join us for our Third Annual Community Tree Lighting featuring performances and special appearance by Santa,” said Heriot-Mikula.

Children are encouraged to meet with Santa and take a photo. All are welcome, and this event is free to attend.  The Community Tree Lighting is sponsored by Celebrate Shelton, City of Shelton & the Valley Community Foundation.

“Over the next three Saturdays – Dec. 3, Dec. 10, and Dec. 17 – we will be welcoming over 30 handmade artisans for our Downtown Handmade Market. From candles to unique soaps, winter clothing and home goods, we have a wide range of locally made goods. We encourage you to visit our handmade markets at the Conti Building in Downtown Shelton,” said Skrtic.

The Holiday Handmade Markets take place on Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17  from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Conti Building – 415 Howe Ave in Shelton.  All are welcome, and the event is free to attend. Featuring live music, children’s activities, and over 30 handmade artisan vendors! The Downtown Handmade Markets are sponsored by Celebrate Shelton.

“When we shop local, we are supporting business owners who are our friends and neighbors, while strengthening our local economy. We invite you to join us for our downtown handmade markets and purchase locally made goods this holiday season,” Tickey added.

Each week, a collection of local artisans, craftsmen and small businesses showcase their wares at Celebrate Shelton’s Downtown Handmade Market. The full list of artisans for Dec. 3 includes: Bead Dangle Design, bringtheHoopla, The Common Bond Market, Cozy Christmas Creations, Draw The Line Apparel, Glass Source, Grateful Pawz, Greystone Bookworks, Grow,  Kilbride Creations, KP Jewelry, New Beginnings Sea Glass, Oronoque Farms, Put On A Happy Face Facepainting, Reids BBQ, Renn’s Recreation, Sacred Mystery Arts (Fairytale Readings), Steven James Jewelry, The Little Dog Laughed, The Raven & The Rose Handcrafted Soaps, Typsy Gypsy, Woody Things.

Celebrate Shelton is a city-wide initiative, that was created by small business owners – Nicole Heriot-Mikula, Michael Skrtic and Jimmy Tickey. To learn more about Celebrate Shelton visit www.celebrateshelton.com and follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/celebrateshelton) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/celebshelton). For any further questions, email them at [email protected]

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