30 Ways to Get Into the Spirit

From neighborhood strolls to seasonal concerts to live reindeer on the Avenue, when it comes to holiday time, there's no place like home



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Light It Up!

Town Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony
This annual tradition dates back over half a century. Evolving from a Christian tradition to a more secular “Tree Lighting,” the event kicks off with a welcome by Recreation Supervisor Frank Gabriele; and the first selectman will offer a holiday message to the multigenerational crowd this cheery event draws. The young set will be thrilled to find Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and Frosty offering free candy canes and mechanical reindeer rides. As always, the Greenwich High School Chamber Singers will entertain with holiday melodies. Chocolate chip cookies and cider will be served.
Date & Time: December 2, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Place: Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road
Information: greenwichct.org

Old-Fashioned Night

First Light Festival, Old Greenwich
For seventeen years, the Old Greenwich Merchant’s Association has organized this fun night of extended shopping hours, horse-drawn carriage rides, carols and much more. Each store offers something different, from wine tasting at Sam’s Package Store to free roses at the flower shop. Kids will scope out the hot cocoa, face painting, magic shows and, of course, Santa! “Last year’s First Light was extra special,” says Richard Fulton, owner of Chilly Bear. “We honored all town departments that protected Greenwich during Hurricane Sandy.” This year we also feature Family Centers’ fundraising event in Binney Park with the lighting of thousands of luminaries. Luminary kits will be sold in stores in advance.
Date & Time: December 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Place: Sound Beach Avenue & Arcadia Road

Shopping with Heart

Breast Cancer Alliance Holiday Boutique
In its fifteenth year, this event offers shoppers the opportunity to do their holiday shopping, find great gifts for friends and family, and feel good about spending—
15 percent goes to the Breast Cancer Alliance. Over forty vendors attend, including Stella & Dot, Glory Cashmere, Bellin House Portraits, Peaceable Hill Paperie, Stanton Sweets and East End Foodies.
Dates & Times: December 3, 6 to 9 p.m.; December 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Place: Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road
Information: 203-861-0014, breastcanceralliance.org

Antiquarius Holiday Boutique
The Holiday Boutique, benefitting the Historical Society, moves to a new venue this year at Christ Church Parish Hall. Shoppers will enjoy exploring the wares of new vendors and perennial favorites, offering “a fabulous array of one-of-a-kind gifts.” On opening night, shoppers can enjoy a cash bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from Meli-Melo while shopping. Those seeking a historical outing mixed with holiday shopping can combine the Holiday House Tour on December 11 with a visit to the boutique. Meli-Melo box lunches can be ordered in advance for pick up at the Boutique.
Dates & Times: December 10, 6 to 8:30 p.m. and December 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
Place: Christ Church Parish Hall, 254 East Putnam Avenue
Information: 203-869-6899, ext. 10; greenwichhistory.org; free admission; advance ordered box lunches, $25, available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Greening the Holiday Baskets of Greens for Inspirica
Volunteers at this annual outreach event arrange baskets of fresh evergreens to donate to Inspirica (formerly St. Luke’s Lifeworks) residents, who would not otherwise have holiday decorations. No talent or experience is needed, just bring “a big heart and help decorate. Your holiday will be enriched by your participation.” A light lunch will be served.
Date & Time: December 4, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: Garden Education Center, 130 Bible Street
Information: 203-869-9242, gecgreenwich.org; $20 donation requested  

 

Greenwich Agenda

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     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

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  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Junior League of Greenwich's New Member Open House

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    Please join us for cocktails and casual conversation to learn more about the Junior League of Greenwich and how you can become a member. ...

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     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

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    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

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    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
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    2014.09.13
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  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

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    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

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