The celebration on the Ellington Town Green attracted hundreds of people who enjoyed a variety of attractions - some old, and some new to this year's agenda.
Besides the illumination of the Christmas tree in the gazebo, other highlights included caroling, an appearance by Frosty and Rudolph, the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and the parade.
Festivities actually began the evening before, on Friday, with an Ellington Singers performance at . Saturday morning featured a Holiday Ornament Workshop at the library followed by a public viewing at the of its .
An open house and book signing at the , a Carol Sing in the church sanctuary followed by an a la carte dinner, and Women's Club refreshments at the rounded out the afternoon, at which time the big crowds began to form in anticipation of the Winterfest activities on the Green.
At approximately 4 p.m., Winterfest officially opened to the sounds of the fourth-grade chorus singing festive tunes in front of the beautifully-decorated gazebo and an adorable petting zoo featuring miniature donkeys.
When the hoopla of Santa and friends waned, there was still plenty to do and see. The Festival of Trees ran from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library, and Jazz music entertained at 6:30. A Live Nativity took place from 7 to 9 at the , with hot chocolate and refreshments.
All in all, Winterfest proved that the holiday spirit was alive and well in the town of Ellington.