Santa is coming to Rockwell, Dec. 18 to 21

Bristol Parks and Recreation will be holding Santa Land Village at Rockwell Park on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20 to 12 to 4 p.m.; Sunday Dec. 21 to 12 to 4 p.m.

Each day children can enjoy holiday crafts, festive games/ activities, and of course a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. For opening night, West Bristol and Greene-Hills chorus and band will be performing 6:30 to 7 p.m. On the weekend, there will hot chocolate, rides around the park for $1, a live petting zoo, and holiday photo booth for $2.

Features this year include:

Bristol Parks and Recreation- Gingerbread House Competition

Bristol Parks and Recreation Department invites submissions for its 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition. Families are encouraged to create homemade gingerbread houses and enter for a chance to win prizes including a $100 program gift certificate, a free annual indoor pool membership, and other Parks and Recreation goodies

Submissions should be brought to the Parks and Recreation Office (2nd floor City Hall 111 North Main St). Deadline for submission is Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Gingerbread houses will be displayed at Santa Land Village (Dec. 18 to 21) for everyone to enjoy. Santa Land visitors will be asked to submit a vote for their favorite gingerbread house. The votes will be tallied after Santa Land Village closes for the season. The winning family will be contacted by Jan. 9.

(Note: Bristol Parks and Recreation is not responsible for any damaged gingerbread houses. Santa Land is a highly popular event with traffic of hundreds of people each day. It is possible for houses to be damaged during the event. Every effort will be made to keep houses in tact.)

For any questions, contact Jess Petroka, recreation coordinator at or (860) 584-6160.

In a press release, Petroka said, “Santa Land Village wouldn’t be possible without the help and support from many individuals. This includes the Bristol Parks and Recreation parks crew that assists with the setup, Ryan Ribachaud for donating his massive train set to the event, the many talented Bristol Central High School Students that gave a week of their time after school to paint a beautiful new mural of the inside of Santa’s Workshop as well as Brandon Zanauskas for guiding them on the project and, of course, the Santa Land Village staff and volunteers who will be helping out.”

For any questions please call 860-584-6160 or contact Jess Petroka, Recreation Coordinator at