Tree-lightings, a special ballet show, a musical 'Christmas Carol'
Here is a listing of some of the holiday-related events taking place in Shelton this weekend, from Dec. 5 to 7.
FRIDAY, DEC. 6:
Holiday house candlelight tour
Huntington United Methodist Church will present its annual Homes for the Holidays candlelight tour on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 3-7 p.m. Tickets cost $18 and the church is at 338 Walnut Tree Hill Road.
People can visit seven unique homes that will highlight a variety of Christmas traditions. At the church, there will be hot food, a cookie walk, bake sale, holiday gift boutique, craft vendors and a “nearly new” Christmas decorations sale.
Center Stage’s “A Christmas Carol, the Musical”
This version of the famous Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is infused with songs by a Disney musical composer, and the original production ran each Christmas season for 10 years in New York City.
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. from Dec. 5 to 20; Sunday at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 14 and 21; and Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
Info or tickets: 203-225-6079, www.centerstageshelton.org
SATURDAY, DEC. 6:
Echo Hose Fire’s Festival of Trees
The Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 will have its sixth annual Festival of Trees on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes, 5 Lake Road.
Many local businesses donate decorated trees and wreaths as well as gift certificates that are raffled off. Breakfast, lunch and bake sale items are available for visitors, and there are photos with Santa. Event raises money for the fire department’s annual Children’s Christmas Party.
Meet Santa Day at Huntington Branch
Young children and their families can meet Santa and rekindle the "spirit of Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch Library, 41 Church St.
Each child or family is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, book or donation that will be given to TEAM Inc.’s Toys 4 Kids program. In return, a youngster will receive a "photo with Santa" free of charge. There also will be hot chocolate, cookies, games, and a story time.
Church’s Holly Fair
The St. Margaret Mary Church Holly Fair will take place Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the church, 50 Donovan Lane (off Long Hill Avenue). The event will include numerous vendors, a bake sale, food, gifts, cookie walk and other activities.
Downtown Handmade Market
The Downtown Handmade Market is a “shop local” event with handmade artisan vendors on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Conti Building, 415 Howe Ave. Free and open to the public, the market also will take place during the same times on two other Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 20.
Library ornament workshop and book sale
The Friends of the Shelton Libraries will holding a Christmas mini-book sale in conjunction with the children’s ornament workshop on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St. People are urged to bring a donation for a local charity, such as canned goods, baby wipes or mittens, or unwrapped toy.
Youngsters of all ages create ornaments to hang outside on the community tree in Veterans Memorial Park. All materials provided.
Available for purchase will be gently-used Christmas books, cookbooks, coffee table books, children’s books, CDs and DVDs; and themed Christmas baskets. All proceeds used for library system’s programs and other needs.
Valley Shakespeare’s “A Christmas Carol”
The nonprofit Valley Shakespeare Festival will present a scripted, dramatic reading of the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. at Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St. The event, held in association with the Shelton Historical Society, is free with a suggested donation of $10.
Info: 203-513-9446, www.vsfestival.org
Historical Society open house
The Shelton Historical Society will have an open house Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2-5 p.m. at the Shelton History Center, 70 Ripton Road. Free and open to the public with refreshments; donations accepted.
The historic Brownson House will host an exhibit, “Christmas Through the Ages,” highlighting the evolution of modern holiday costumes through five decades. People meet local actors from the Valley Shakespeare Theatre.
Info: 203-925-1803, www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org
Downtown tree-lighting ceremony
A community tree-lighting event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Veterans Memorial Park pavilion in downtown Shelton. There will be caroling, hot cocoa and baked goods.
Children are encouraged to create their own ornament before the lighting. A collection of new, unwrapped toys will be collected by TEAM Inc. for children in need.
ALSO ON SATURDAY:
— Huntington United Methodist Church holiday house candlelight tour continues, 3-7 p.m. (see above)
— Center Stage’s “A Christmas Carol, the Musical” performed at 8 p.m. (see above)
SUNDAY, DEC. 7:
Huntington Green tree-lighting ceremony
The annual Huntington Green tree-lighting will take place Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. There will be music, caroling, cocoa and cookies. Santa will be stopping by on a fire truck from the Huntington Fire Company No. 3. The event, free and open to the public, is hosted by RJS Designs LLC, a local holiday decorator.
White Hills tree-lighting ceremony
Friends and neighbors in the White Hills are invited to the White Hills firehouse, 2 School St., for the tree-lighting on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The public can join members of the fire company for a cup of hot chocolate after the ceremony. Toys will be accepted that night for the Toys 4 Kids drive.
“A Winter’s Ballet” performance
Shelton students will be among the dancers and singers from the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut to perform in “A Winter Ballet” on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Trumbull High School, 72 Strobel Road, Trumbull.
Performance combines “The Nutcracker” and seasonal favorites, caroling, and visits from Santa Claus and the Alternate Routes. Shows are at 1 and 7 p.m., and proceeds will go to the Abby Anderson Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20.
Info and tickets: 203-372-ARTS
ALSO ON SUNDAY:
— Center Stage’s “A Christmas Carol, the Musical” performed at 2 p.m. (see above)
OTHER WEEKEND EVENTS:
Shelton High hosts stateiwde robotics tournament (click below):
Shelton garden club helps decorate state museum for the holidays (click below):
Trees from Jones Family Farms on display at Governor’s Residence open houses (click below):