On Saturday, December 3, Ellington will hold its annual Winterfest on the gazebo green between Rts. 140 and 286 (Main Street) beginning at 4:00 p.m. with the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony that will include a visit from Santa,
Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and Rudolph. This year they will be joined by a “petting zoo” of miniature donkeys on the town
green, courtesy of Express Verizon, of Meadowbrook Plaza, in Ellington. This event will be topped off by the
spectacular “Torchlight Parade” down Main St. at 5:30 p.m.; and a wondrous drive-through “Living Nativity” at 7:00 p.m., presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on their grounds on Maple Street near the corner of Rt. 83.
Meanwhile, a variety of holiday activities, including a Gingerbread House baking contest, musical entertainment, and “family-friendly” dinner will be offered at the
Ellington Congregational Church; goodies, entertainment and a holiday workshop at Hall Memorial Library including the renown “Festival of Trees”; and free cookies and hot chocolate at the Ellington Senior Center in the Church St.
plaza, courtesy of the Ellington Women’s Club. The Nellie McKnight Museum will also be open to visitors from 2:00-7:00, to show off their new display. For further information, please call (860) 875-3885. In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, please call Hall Memorial Library at 860-870-3160 for an update. There will be no alternate rain/snow date.