November 26, 2016 –
Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 13th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the green, a "Snow-Flake Drop" featuring discounts and giveaways at local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least, the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village.
The fun takes place on Saturday, November 26th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS and ACTIVITIES:
3-7 p.m. Complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides
3-7 p.m. Store and restaurant specials
3-7 p.m. Heritage Properties’ Toys for Tots Drive on Liberty Green
3-7 p.m. Children’s arts & crafts @ the Police Dept w/ EL Youth Services
3-4:30 p.m. S’more stations
3-4:30 p.m. Letter writing to Santa at the Children's Museum of SE CT
3-5 p.m. April’s Balloon Creations at Weichert Realtors
3-5 p.m. Kids games on the Liberty Green with DJ WJR
4-4:30 p.m. Giuliano's Donut & Bake Shop’s Donut Eating Contest
4-5:30 p.m. Meet ‘n’ Greet with Eastern Connecticut’s Ballet’s Nutcracker and Clara from “The Nutcracker” at Sage & Sandalwood
5:10 p.m. Countdown to the tree lighting
5:15 p.m. Snowflake Drop
5:20 p.m. Arrival of Santa
5:30 p.m. Visits with Santa and letter delivery
Children can bring their yearly letters and wish lists to Santa for bringing back to the North Pole, or they can stop in to the Children's Museum to craft their letter. Visits with Santa are free; parents are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the moment.
The day also provides a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping as many of the local businesses will be open offering holiday sales and discounts. So, come early and escape the big box malls and crowed parking lots and help support the small and local merchants who make shopping small ~ BIG! Join us and support small business!
Volunteers and local merchants will once again join forces to capture the spirit of the season in this picturesque small-town celebration. Stroll organizers will again provide the local merchant “Snowball Drop” which provides snow ball recipients to special doscounts and offers at local businesses.
Additional details will be published as they become available, so please revist this event listing for future Holday Stroll updates.
It’s a rare occasion when almost everyone gets to be a ‘winner’ and it’s just a lot of fun for the strollers and the retailers. Throughout the evening, local businesses and restaurants will offer refreshments and special discounts and giveaways. Additional children’s activities and crafts will be coordinated by East Lyme Youth Services.