WESTPORT, Conn. – Santa Claus is coming to town to help kickoff the holiday season in downtown Westport as part of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association’s second-annual Celebrate the Season event on Thursday.
During the two-hour event, Santa will be available for photos with children. The family-friendly event will also include ice sculpture demonstrations, a bonfire, food, drinks and live music by local singer/songwriter Chris Coogan and the Staples High School Orphenians.
“We had such a lovely event last year that was so well received, we decided to do it again,” said Cathy Colgan, events producer for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. “It’s a really fun way for the community to come together and welcome the holiday season.”
Visitors will also have the opportunity to help their favorite local nonprofits by purchasing items on an organization’s “wish list,” Colgan said. Wish list items will range in price and all are things that directly benefit the nonprofits, Colgan added.
“This provides people with a different way to give back to the community,” Colgan said, noting people will know exactly what they are purchasing with their donation.
Some nonprofits participating in the event include Homes With Hope, Earthplace, the Levitt Pavilion, the Westport Library, the Westport Arts Center and more.
The festivities will be held at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission, food and drink are free.
At 5 p.m., the town will host its second annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the front lawn of Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., followed by complimentary hot drinks across the street at the Westport Historical Society.
“We invite all residents to join us on the front lawn of Town Hall to help light the tree and start the holiday season,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said in a press release.
The Downtown Merchants Association will again spread holiday cheer throughout December. During the weekends of Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, downtown visitors can enjoy complimentary horse and buggy rides, strolling carolers and see Santa.