NEW HAVEN — Christmas activities have been announced for the Town of New Haven, and will include a parade, bazaar, visit with Santa, and Christmas trees in the park.
The parade is slated for Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. Line-up will begin at 10 a.m. at the community center, and the parade will proceed to Rollins Street. A featured parade entrant will be Santa Claus, who will then meet with children at the fire station to hear wish lists and give out treats.
The New Haven Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host a Christmas Craft Show at the fire station on the same day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks are recommended for those attending, according to Shelby Duncan, auxiliary president. There will be door prizes given out during the event from the vendors, and the locally famous fire department dish cloths will be available for purchase, she added.
New to the town this year will be an opportunity for the public to place decorated Christmas trees in the park.
Residents must provide their own tree, decorations, and extension cord. There is no fee to place the trees in the park, and the town will provide and install a stake to secure the tree. The trees can be placed in honor or in memory of someone, and signage can be placed in or next to the tree.
Those wishing to participate must call the town hall at 304-882-3203 to register a tree. They are then responsible for putting the tree up prior to Dec. 3, and taking it down after Christmas.
According to office worker Kelly Gilland, there are already 10 trees registered. The park will be decorated with additional lights and holiday figures by the town.
New snowman banners will line Fifth Street during the Christmas season, along with large wreaths. The council has committed to spending up to $1,000 to upgrade electrical wiring at the park for the event.
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