On Saturday, December 1st, Ellington will hold its annual Winterfest on the gazebo green between Rts. 140 and 286 (Main Street), beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony that will include a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty-the-Snowman, and Rudolph. This event will be capped 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; a card-making workshop, additional entertainment and edibles and the renown “Festival of Trees” will be offered at Hall Memorial Library; and free cookies and hot chocolate will be available at the Ellington Senior Center in the Church St. plaza, courtesy of the Ellington Women’s Club, for those who want to get in out of the cold. The Nellie McKnight Museum will also be open from 2:00-7:00 p.m., to guide visitors through the new exhibit commemorating the 200th anniversary of Nellie McKnight’s home.
For further information regarding the Ellington Winterfest, 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.