Downtown Shelton tree lighting on Dec. 3

Santa and Mrs. Claus, pictured at last year’s tree lighting event, will be returning to downtown Shelton on Dec. 3, 2021, for Celebrate Shelton’s eighth annual community tree lighting at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton, Conn.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, pictured at last year’s tree lighting event, will be returning to downtown Shelton on Dec. 3, 2021, for Celebrate Shelton’s eighth annual community tree lighting at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton, Conn.

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SHELTON - Community members are invited to join Celebrate Shelton at the Rotary Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Shelton for the eighth annual Community Tree Lighting on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided, and those attending can shop with handmade artisan and Boy Scouts of America Housatonic Council troops. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be provided on a first-come basis and ornament making will take place all night.

There will be performances by Valley Shakespeare Festival and Center Stage Theatre and live music with Benny Mikula next to the first-ever community bonfire.

The downtown tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Santa will arrive shortly thereafter on the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Fire Truck. Children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa and take a photo. Santa will be waving and standing with children, rather than seated.

Celebrate Shelton was started in 2014 by Nicole Heriot-Mikula, Michael Skrtic and Jimmy Tickey.

The Community Tree Lighting is sponsored by the City of Shelton, Apple Rehab, Valley Community Foundation, Boy Scouts of America Housatonic Council, Jones Family Farm, Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1. This event benefits Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley.

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