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Wilton is bringing back its beloved tradition of the annual Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting, and this year adding something new–a bonfire and s’mores at Schenck’s Island.

Ho-Ho-Holiday Stroll

Join Santa Claus and first selectman Lynne Vanderslice as the Wilton Chamber of Commerce kicks off the official start of the holiday shopping season with its annual Holiday Stroll, this Friday, Dec. 2. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Santa and Vanderslice will make their way into Wilton Center on a red sleigh, thanks to the Wilton Fire Department, to start festivities with the lighting of the town Christmas tree.

Santa won’t be heading back to the North Pole just yet. Children of all ages will have the chance to share their Christmas wishes with Santa, who will have a special treat for each child.

Residents and friends are invited to enjoy the magic of the holidays and join in the celebration with Wilton retailers, restaurants and local businesses. Families are invited to stroll through town from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and see the decorations, lights and new seasonal banners adorning Wilton Center lampposts. Stop in to businesses and shops for treats, refreshments and holiday specials.

“The Chamber would like to give special thanks to the merchants who host such festive and welcoming receptions at their stores. Community celebrations like these help residents get into the holiday spirit and kick off the shopping season, if they have not done so already. I encourage Wilton residents to join us at the Holiday Stroll and remember to Shop Wilton this holiday season,” says Chamber executive director Debra Hanson.

The Holiday Stroll is a rain or shine event; in the event of bad weather, Santa will arrive at the Wilton Library at 5:30 p.m., and stay until 7:30 p.m..

Wilton Holiday Bonfire Turns up the Heat

Join members of the Wilton Economic Development Commission and its resident conservation rockstar, commissioner Dan Berg, for a bonfire at Schenck’s Island after the Chamber’s Holiday Stroll. The bonfire will be at full roar by about 6:30 p.m. (near the picnic tables), and hot cocoa and marshmallows will be provided. Interested attendees are asked to please bring their own long (even extra-long) marshmallow roasting stick. The event is free and open to the public.