Hamden Arts Commission

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Hamden's Silverbells Celebration to Include an Afternoon of Festivities Culminating with Caroling, Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival by Fire Truck

The center of Hamden will be filled with holiday lights and community merrymaking on Sat. Dec. 5 for Hamden's Silverbells Celebration, presented by Hamden's Art, Recreation & Culture Department. (Rain date for outdoor activities is Dec. 6.)

The festivities will include carousel rides, hayrides, a puppet show, various holiday crafts, caroling, tree lighting and Santa's arrival by fire truck. All events except for the puppet show are free.

Events begin at 1 pm in the Miller Cultural Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave., with face painting in the library, followed by a puppet show at 2:30 pm in Thornton Wilder Auditorium. The award-winning Robert Rogers Puppets will present "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" an inspiring tale of a toy soldier overcoming adversity. Admission is $2 children/$3 adults.

At Town Center Park, the free festivities include:

2:30 pm: Hayrides, Carousel Rides, Holiday Crafts (button-making, face painting and letters to Santa).

Again this year: A trolley for holiday arts & crafts provided by P.L.A.C.E. Multicultural Children's Museum 3:45 pm: Caroling with the Hamden Girl Scouts

4:15 pm: Community caroling and tree lighting ceremony, with Hamden elementary school singers.

4:30 pm: Santa's arrival by fire truck and visits with Santa

WQUN's Steve Savino will serve as master of ceremonies. The Hamden Rotary Club will provide munchkins and cider. Various food trucks will be on site.

Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive.

In case of heavy rain or snow, outdoor activities will be postponed to Dec. 6 ; indoor activities can only be held on Dec. 5. For weather information, go to hamdenartscommission.org, or call (203) 287-2546.