Bristol Chamber getting festive for holidays


The Bristol Chamber of Commerce will be kicking off the holiday season today as we begin the 26th Annual Children’s Holiday Festival. There are tons of fun activities to get everyone in the holiday spirits throughout the week capped off by the Chamber’s famous Children’s Holiday Parade on Dec. 4.

Friday, Nov. 25

Holiday Animation Movie and Cartoons – The Historical Society and Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum will host an evening with holiday cartoons and an animated feature film starting at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. Donation is $3. For more information, call (860)583-6309. Show will be repeated on Saturday Nov. 26 at 1 and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Kids Carnival –Featuring carousel rides, magic shows, face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games, Hap Barnes Fire Safety Truck and much more! Free for children and $6 for adults. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (860)585-5411.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Santa Sunday – This annual holiday party for children is an opportunity to see Santa plus enjoy refreshments and entertainment.   New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (860)585-5411.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

The 65th Annual Carol Sing and 26th Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony – The Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Webster Bank sponsor this festive holiday event. Featuring Mary Lynn Gagnon as Master of Ceremonies, St. Joseph Church Children and Youth Choirs, The OM Show Choral Group, soloist Jena Doolittle, local pageant winners and Santa. The mayor will flip the magical switch to turn on the holiday lights. Outside the main entrance to Webster Bank (150 Main St., Bristol) from 7 to 8 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the bank.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Holiday Ornament Making  – Paint, glitter and sparkles, oh my! Cookies and juice will be provided. Cost per ornament: $4. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call (860)585-5411.

Saturday, Dec. 3

The 23rd Annual Breakfast with Santa – Volunteers from the Little League Center and the Exchange Club will cook a delicious breakfast while kids visit with Santa and local pageant winners. Children under twelve are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by bringing one new unwrapped toy or making a $5 donation to the Little League Center. Toys will be donated to the Secret Santa Society. Giamatti Little League Center Complex on Mix Street, Bristol, 8 to 11 a.m. For more information, call Nancy at (860)585-4730.

20th Annual St. Matthew School Craft/Vendor Show – Over 30 vendors and crafters on site plus a special area for the kids to make their own handmade Christmas ornaments. 33 Welch Dr., Bristol, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $1.

Sunday, Dec. 4

The 26th Annual Children’s Holiday Parade – Let your children experience first-hand our “Parade in Reverse” where kids get to walk the parade route while collecting goodies and watching entertainers perform. The parade steps off the Federal Hill Green at 1 p.m. then heads down Bellevue Avenue, High Street and Main Street. NOTE: Cancellation due to weather will be announced on Snow date is Sunday, Dec. 11.

For a full listing of all events along with a map of the Children’s Parade and complete list of participants, visit

Kick the holidays off right by taking part in some of these great events and remember to support the community by shopping local this holiday season.

Rebecca White is marketing and communications director of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce.