Wilton Celebrations: Menorah Lighting, Holiday Stroll, Santa Visit and More!
The Holiday Season is in full swing in Wilton. Here are some upcoming holiday celebrations and activities in town:
Celebrate Hanukkah at Wilton Library with Martha Seif Simpson, Friday, Dec. 5, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Before the Wilton Holiday Stroll, be sure to stop by the Wilton Library for a special Hanukkah program, featuring local CT author Martha Seif Simpson. This fun family event will include a reading of her latest book, The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah, as well as activities and crafts. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. The program is for ages 4 and up. Registration is also recommended.
Holiday Stroll and Santa! Friday, Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tomorrow’s Holiday Stroll is the Wilton Chamber of Commerce‘s kick off to the holiday shopping season and festivities. The annual event will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m..
Join Santa Claus and Wilton’s first selectman Bill Brennan as the Wilton Chamber starts things with the annual lighting of the town tree. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Santa and Brennan will make their way into the Wilton Center on a red sleigh, ushered by the Wilton Fire Department. Once they light the tree, they’ll begin the Holiday Stroll.
Afterward, residents are invited to visit the many merchants around our town as they open their doors for holiday cheer, special treats and shopping! Organizers note that The Holiday Stroll is a rain or shine event.
Following the tree lighting, Santa will greet his fans at the gazebo, where children of all ages will have the chance to share their holiday wishes with Santa, who will have a special treat for each child. (If there’s bad weather, Santa will make his way to the Wilton Library Association after the tree lighting, and remain there until 7:30 p.m.). The Wilton High School Band will provide the soundtrack of the night, showcasing their talent and holiday spirit.
The Wilton Chamber will be hosting a children’s book drive for United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, which serves families right here in Wilton. Members of the community are encouraged to bring a children’s book (non-fictional and fictional) to the gazebo during the Stroll. Donations to the book drive can also be made at the Chamber office, located at 86 Old Ridgefield Rd, through Dec. 12.
Woman’s Club Junior Leadership Program Giving Tree to Benefit Wilton Social Services and Person-to-Person, Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
While enjoying the Holiday Stroll, be sure to visit the Giving Tree sponsored by the Wilton Woman’s Club’s Junior Leadership Program (JLP), near Arena Hairstyling at 84 Old Ridgefield Rd.
The tree will have paper ‘ornaments’ that identify monetary amounts requested by either Wilton Social Services, or Person-to-Person, an organization that helps individuals in Fairfield County lacking basic items such as food, clothing, and gifts for children during the holidays. WSS will use donations to buy gift cards for children in our town. P-2-P will use donations to buy toys and games to offer in its Annual Toy Store Event for children in Wilton, Norwalk, Weston and Westport.
JLP is made up of girls in grades 6-12 whose mothers are Woman’s Club members, and who wish to help Wilton through community service. The girls design their own projects, gaining experience in problem solving, taking initiative, and mentoring younger girls.
Donations need to be cash or check only (no credit cards).
Drop-in Holiday Crafts Saturday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come to “Handmade for the Holidays Drop-in Crafts for Kids” in the 1860 Abbott Barn at the Wilton Historical Society. Saturday, Dec. 6 kids will be making adorable felt square tree ornaments with scraps of soft felted cashmere. Stay for Story Book Hour at 2 p.m.. Program costs: Members, $5 per child (max $15 per family); non-members $10 per child (max $30 per family).
Drop-in Holiday Crafts Sunday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Museum educator Allison Reznik will be helping kids and their families make a simple menorah with a wooden base and wooden spools for candle holders, glued and painted. Program costs: Members, $5 per child (max $15 per family); non-members $10 per child (max $30 per family). Please register for the menorah making program, by phone at 203.762.7257 or via email.”
The Wilton Menorah Celebration Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Join Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center and Wilton town officials as they celebrate Hanukkah with a Menorah Lighting at the Wilton Town Green. This annual event will include live music, hot potato latkes, Hanukkah gelt, dreidels, and is perfect for the whole family. It is a free event and open to all.
The menorah is a symbol of hope and Jewish pride. The kindling of the Hanukkah Menorah is the focal point of the festival, commemorating the victory of a small group of dedicated Jews over the vast Syrian and Greek armies. One of the testaments of the Festival is to celebrate the miracle of the Menorah: that the little jug of oil used to light the holy eternal light, which should have lasted for only one day, instead lasted for eight days until more pure olive oil was obtained. This was the miracle of Hanukkah.
The Menorah symbolizes freedom and strength of the Jewish spirit and is kindled on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, which begins the evening of December 16 through December 24.
For more information call the Schneerson Center at 203.635.4118 or visit their website.