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Santa Stopping by Brookfield Holiday Tree Lighting

The event is one of many holiday festivities taking place this weekend. Here's a list of several others.

Whether you're in search of something fun to do with the kids or you have a babysitter and are planning a night out, look no further because Patch editors have picked a variety of events taking place today and tomorrow to help you make the most of your weekend. Click on the headline of each for more information.

Brookfield: Holiday Tree Lighting

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: Brookfield Municipal Center

Cost: Free

Description: Ring in the Holiday Season with the Brookfield Girl Scouts at the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Brookfield Town Hall.  The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. sharp and include caroling, refreshments and Santa.

Brookfield: St. Joseph School Christmas Festival

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: 5 Obtuse Hill Rd, Brookfield, CT

Cost: Free

Description: More than 35 vendors will sell their wares.

New Milford: AWS Annual Christmas Bazaar

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: 11 Railroad St, New Milford, CT

Cost: Free

Description: The Animal Welfare Society of New Milford's Annual Christmas "Fundraising" Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 1, at the New Milford Railroad Station.

Bethel: Journey to Bethlehem

When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Where: First Congregational Church of Bethel

Cost: Free

Description: People of all ages from the Bethel community are invited to a series of fun gatherings designed to help us experience what it might have been like to journey with Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Through various activities, conversation and short video clips filmed on location in Jesus' homeland, you will deepen your understanding of Jesus’ life and times. Each gathering will begin with a potluck or pizza from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Monroe: Historical Society Christmas Fair

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: The Old Monroe Schoolhouse, 311 Wheeler Road, Monroe

Description: Visit us for all your Christmas needs!  From cards to tags, to wrapping paper to bags. We have a large variety of home decorations and ornaments.  As always, there will be a huge selection of gifts and our holiday favorites: English Muffin Bread and homemade jams and jellies.

Monroe: Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Monroe Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe

Description: The Monroe Women's Club invites all residents to attend their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Town Hall Gazebo. Come join us to help usher in the holiday season and enjoy listening to the Jockey Hollow Chorus, Masuk High School musicians, a sing-a-long, and enjoy refreshments while waiting the arrival of Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of their elves.  Luminarias will also be available for last minute purchase, to benefit the clubs' community projects - they are $5.00 a dozen. For more information on our organization please visit www.monroewomensclub.org and "like" us on Facebook.

Monroe: Holiday Fair

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 175 Old Tannery Rd, Monroe

Description: St. Peter's annual Holiday Fair will be held in the Parish Hall. The Fair sponsored by the St. Peter's Episcopal Churchwomen will feature: Attic Treasures with antiques, glassware, jewelry, Christmas decorations & ornaments, children's toys, books & games. A Luncheon will be served from 11:30am - 2:30pm that will include a variety of homemade soups, hot dogs, chips and beverages and homemade apple crisp a la mode, there also will be a Cookie Walk, Baked Goods, Homemade Cake walk musical game, & a Chinese Auction. Pictures with St. Nick too!

Ridgefield: 13th Annual Holiday Stroll

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Where: Downtown Ridgefield on Main Street

Description:  Downtown Ridgefield will be hosting their annual Holiday Stroll all day on Saturday, December 1st.  There will horse-drawn carriage rides, musical performances, children’s shows, ice sculpting and much, much more!  As always, we’ve heard the Santa and Mrs. Claus are even planning a stop at this year’s Holiday Stroll. If this snow continues, they’ll need Rudolph to get them here!

Easton: Holiday Open House at Adams Schoolhouse

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Where: The Adams Schoolhouse

Cost: Free

Description: Join us as we ring in the holiday season on December 2 with a special holiday open house at the historic one-room Adams Schoolhouse in Easton. Children and their families are invited to make holiday crafts and enjoy hot cider and sweet treats. Carolers from Joel Barlow High School’s Select Choir will close the holiday festivities with song and good cheer at 3 p.m. In the spirit of the season of helping others, the society is accepting non-perishable food donations for local food shelters.

Darien: Sit & Talk with Santa

Where: Outside The Melting Pot 14 Grove St, Darien, CT 06820

When: 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1

Cost: Free

Description: Come sit on Santa's lap and see if you made it on the nice list this year. You can enjoy music, food, elves, santa, glow snap bands, and MORE! There could be a BIG surprise! Come right outside of the Melting Pot to the Grove Street Plaza. Santa Comes Down the Chimney at 5 p.m. Come Ride on Rudolph  & Lucy the Polar Bear at 4 p.m.! Live music, free candy Canes, cocoa and glow stix.

Valentine W. Riordan II December 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Sad to see that own town has gone the way of the secular progressives, after all without Christmas there wouldn't even be a tree to light. Couldn't we at least pretend and call it a Christmas Tree.
Alfred Davis December 02, 2012 at 04:32 AM
What holiday does the "Holiday Tree" represent? Thanksgiving? Hanukka? Kwanzaa? New Year's? Ramadan?
Steven DeVaux December 02, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Well, it starts with Breakeven Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and goes through Record Profits Day, concluding with the second half of the town tax bills and the first credit card with the payments due for the Holiday Cheer followed by the New Years hangover.
Joe Milone December 02, 2012 at 05:20 PM
IT'S A CHRISTMAS TREE !!!
Nina Zschunke December 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Good Afternoon, Why do we in Brookfield hold a "Holiday Tree" lighting when all of the area communities hold a "Christmas Tree" lighting? Gary, as a reporter for this publication, please inform us specifically who named the Brookfield Christmas Tree a "Holiday Tree." Was it designated a "Holiday Tree" by someone at Town Hall or the press? Please give us a name, Gary. Thank you.
Steven DeVaux December 04, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Nina, The Politically Correct police were out after checking seatbelts and are now on to bigger things. Proper-ganda not withstanding.
julie Blick December 04, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Excuse me, as the leader of one of the Girl Scout troops who volunteered their time to run this wonderful event, and who may be looking at this site for complimentary comments rather than this .....please take your bantor elsewhere, But to be clear for make no mistake, it is a Christmas Tree in front of town hall. Merry Christmas!
Carol Zinser December 05, 2012 at 04:25 AM
It would be great if we could find a way to persuade town officials to overturn the decision to make the former Community Center (now the Senior Center) totally unavailable for use by town citizens who are under the age of 55. Hosting the tree lighting is a great community event and the girls and their leaders are to be commended for providing this special service. Containing the crowd inside the town hall space is difficult, though. That building doesn't have an open room conducive to meeting the needs of many people (small children) while they wait on line to meet Santa. There IS such an open room in the Senior Center, which was not in use that evening. The restrictions on the Senior Center, imposed since the renovation, have made this logical solution impossible. It doesn't make sense.
Steven DeVaux December 05, 2012 at 10:16 AM
I believe the town officials in the mid 2000's accepted a grant under conditions which caused the community center to become solely a senior center. With that constriction and the declining enrollment of students, that's the reason a number of people have pursued the Board of Education to close Center School as a school and return it to the town for use as a combination Community Center/REC Center/Children's Library annex/Nature Center located in the very center of Brookfield. It makes sense, provides a hub to community activities along with the historical societies/churches and is conveniently located with plenty of parking. It just makes good sense to recycle this historic building.
Carol Zinser December 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Steve, the plan to close Center School sometime in the future is not a fix to this current problem. Perhaps at that time, the tree lighting event will be moved. For now, this community event is being too cumbersome to manage on a chilly December night between the parking lot and the narrow hallways of the town hall bldg. Earlier that same day, there was a craft fair in the Senior Center (sponsored by them) that I did attend. There were definitely people there under the age of 55, spending $.
Lucia December 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Our beloved, self-centered president says there will be no Christmas tree at the white house this year. It will now be called a holiday tree. Is nothing sacred anymore? What are his plans for the future, having people prosecuted for saying Christmas tree. It was called a Christmas tree long before he was ever born. I am shocked that he doesn't want to refer to it as a Kwanzaa tree. If that’s the case, will Jewish people have to start referring to the menorahs as a candle holder? Will we have to start referring to Christmas cards as holiday cards? Will Santa have to be referred to as that old fat man with the beard that slides down chimneys to deliver gifts to all the good little boys and girls? Calling this a “holiday tree” is political correctness rum amok. We are not complaining about the act of putting up the tree, but referring to it as a holiday tree is just wrong.
Steven DeVaux December 06, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I hear ya Carol. I understand. Wish there was a more flexible answer. Can you imagine if a fire broke out? Doesn't that building have an occupancy capacity that the Town Fire Marshall is required to enforce? Perhaps they they can rent the Senior Center for $1 for the evening.

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