Christ­mas Town Fes­ti­val re­turns Dec. 7-8

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

BETH­LE­HEM — Beth­le­hem’s 38th An­nual Christ­mas Town Fes­ti­val will be held on Fri­day, Dec. 7, 5-10 p..m. and Satur­day, Dec. 8, 99:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The fes­ti­val does not con­tinue on Sun­day.

High­lights in­clude a Roam­ing Rail­road choo-choo train ride, a hay ride, many ven­dors sell­ing hand­crafted items just in time for hol­i­day shop­ping, and a 5K Road Race on Satur­day morn­ing spon­sored by the First Mile Race Man­age­ment Com­pany, plus a mul­ti­tude of de­li­cious food choices to make ev­ery­one’s visit com­plete.

The fes­ti­val sur­rounds Beth­le­hem’s town green, at the junc­tion of Route 61 and Route 132. All the build­ings and churches par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fes­ti­val will be brim­ming with ac­tiv­i­ties and Christ­mas spirit. The open­ing cer­e­mony be­gins at 6 p.m. Fri­day on the green, where WFSB Ch. 3 An­chor Ni­cole Nalepa will help Santa light the town’s 85foot Christ­mas tree. Santa will stay for the bal­ance of the fes­ti­val, giv­ing fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to take their own mem­o­rable pho­tos.

Ad­mis­sion to the fes­ti­val is free. Park­ing at Beth­le­hem Fair­grounds, just north of town on Route 61, is also free. Shut­tle busses be­tween the fair­grounds and the fes­ti­val are pro­vided to fes­ti­val at­ten­dees at no charge. Once at the fes­ti­val, there is free face paint­ing, and a free crafts work­shop for chil­dren and their par­ents. The “Chime In” Bell Choir as well as sev­eral en­ter­tain­ers will be pro­vid­ing free hol­i­day mu­sic per­for­mance through­out the fes­ti­val. Park­ing in town dur­ing the fes­ti­val is by per­mit only, and is lim­ited to the hand­i­capped and ven­dors par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fes­ti­val.

Thou­sands of vis­i­tors travel each year to the now fa­mous Beth­le­hem Post of­fice to make cer­tain their Christ­mas cards are post­marked “Beth­le­hem”, and to hand stamp the en­velopes with spe­cial hol­i­day greet­ings from Beth­le­hem, CT. The Post Of­fice will have ex­tended hours dur­ing the days of the fes­ti­val. To truly make this year’s Christ­mas spe­cial, the Christ­mas Town Fes­ti­val’s 2018 lim­ited edi­tion pewter or­na­ment will be avail­able for pur­chase in the Town Hall. Over the years these or­na­ments have be­come very col­lectible, and this year’s edi­tion should be no dif­fer­ent.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and de­tails are avail­able on our web­site: www.chris­tam­stown­fes­ti­, or by call­ing the Beth­le­hem Christ­mas Town Fes­ti­val at 203-266-7510, ext. 400.

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