Downtown hosts holiday party this weekend
Updated 4:32 pm, Thursday, December 3, 2015
Holiday strollers can enjoy cookies, soup, a Champagne tasting, waffles and other treats at the 11th annual downtown celebration Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5.
The Holiday Stroll will feature live ice sculpture carvings, music and dance performances as well as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus lighting trees along Elm Street.
Parking will be free at municipal spaces for 24 hours starting Friday at 5 p.m. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Kids can meet Santa from 1 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Houlihan Lawrence, 161 Elm St.
While several eateries will offer beverages and snacks for adults, popcorn will be available to kids, along with s’mores at a fire pit from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, hosted by the Kiwanis Club.
St. Aloysius Church will hold a living nativity from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Friday at Cherry and South streets.
Other activities include the singing of Christmas carols, and musical performances from the Students of the Studio, Performing Arts Conservatory, the New Canaan Dance Academy, and the Magical Music Singers.
Holiday strollers downtown will be entertained by Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch, and Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer.
On Saturday, visitors can enjoy a magician doing tricks and the Norwalk Symphony Brass Ensemble bringing music to the streets. Ice sculptors will ply their trade at three spots downtown, forming characters and objects from blocks of ice.
The event will conclude with the Ginger Bread House Tour sponsored by Halstead Properties.
“You don’t have to be Hansel or Gretel to appreciate the creativity and enthusiasm that our young people exhibit each year when building and decorating their own gingerbread houses,” said Tucker Murphy, executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce.