Magic of Lights in East Hartford to kick off holiday events – Journal Inquirer


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EAST HARTFORD — A one-mile drive-through holiday lights display, Magic of Lights, will make its debut at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on Friday, Nov. 19, running through Jan. 2.

The drive-through experience comprising LED technology and digital animations, will feature themed displays such as the Blizzard Tunnel, 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and The Night Before Christmas.

“Magic of Lights is a special opportunity for us to bring the community together and celebrate the holiday season. We are excited to watch as kids of all ages experience this dazzling drive through light show,” Ben Weiss, general manager of XL Center, Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, and Hartford Wolf Pack, said.

Magic of Lights will be open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission per car through Dec. 9 online is $30 for a weekday ticket and $35 for an any day ticket, and at the gate $40 on a weekday and $45 on a weekend; Dec. 10-Jan. 2, online $40 weekdays, $45 for an any day ticket; at the gate $50 weekdays and $55 weekends. (including fees).

A schedule and contactless ticket information is available at:

Holiday wreath workshop

SUFFIELD — Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden will host a holiday wreath workshop Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The cost is $55 per wreath, $45 for members of Connecticut Landmarks, and includes all materials except the bow; ribbon will be available to purchase. Bring your own gardening gloves and hand pruners. Registration is required at:

Tolland library silent auction

TOLLAND — Tabletop trees and holiday decorations are on display at Tolland Public Library, 21 Tolland Green, for its holiday silent auction, sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Items are on display until final bids are taken on Friday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.

Top bidders can take their items home Dec. 3. Others will be notified by phone that their bids were the best.

Visitors to the library must wear a mask.

For information, call the library at 860-871-3620.

Hebron Lions looking for volunteers

HEBRON — The Hebron Lions Club is looking for volunteers for its Lights in Motion, which will begin Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 25, and run through New Year’s Day, Thursdays through Sundays.

Volunteers are needed to assist the elves in pixel pushing, which can be done by anyone 8 and older. Work parties will be held Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.; Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. To volunteer, just show up.

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Manchester Holiday on Main

MANCHESTER — Downtown Manchester businesses will kick off the holiday season Saturday, Nov. 27, with activities, crafts, and more.

Santa Claus arrive about 3: 15 p.m. and join in a small parade.

Children can write their letter to Santa and post it at a North Pole post office at select downtown stores. Santa will reply if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided.

Also, the Blue Angels of the Manchester Police Department Caravan of Giving will accept donations of new toys, gift cards, and monetary contributions. These gifts will be delivered to local children on Christmas morning.

For information, contact Downtown Manchester Special Services District, 903 Main St., in the Work_Space building, 860-647-5276, [email protected].

Gingerbread house festival

SOUTH WINDSOR — The Friends of Wood Memorial Library and Museum’s 11th annual gingerbread house festival opens Friday, Nov. 26, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 19.

The library is at 783 Main St. Festival hours are Thursdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 7.p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays, Tuesdays. and Wednesdays.


COVENTRY — Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish will have its annual Christmas fair at St. Mary Church Hall, 1600 Main St., on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will visit on Saturday. There will be crafts, food, a baked goods table, and a raffle. For information, call 860-742-6355.

Wapping Community Church

SOUTH WINDSOR — Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, will have a craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be handcrafts, vendors, a raffle, and Wapping Big Baked Potatoes.

Masks are required. For information, call the church office at 860-644-0833.

Enfield Congregational Church

ENFIELD — Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., will host a craft festival Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be vendors, specialty gift baskets, knit items, and the church cookie walk.

A roast pork dinner with all the trimmings will be available for take-out on Friday and a take-out lunch set for Saturday. To make a reservation, call the church office at 860-745-3646.

Arts Center East

VERNON — Arts Center East’s Holiday Artisan Craft Fair will showcase more than 60 local and regional artisans to celebrate the season.

Craft fair hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; today through Sunday and Nov. 18–21. Arts Center East is at 709 Hartford Turnpike. For information, call 860-871-8222 or visit:

Ellington Historical Society

ELLINGTON — A holiday marketplace will be held at the Ellington Historical Society, 70 Main St., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Christmas. Groups are welcome to book private shopping hours; email: [email protected]

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