Thursday, November 24, 2016



The wagon rides scheduled for Friday, November 25 have been cancelled. However, a free Holiday On Main shuttle bus provided by Middletown Area Transit will be transporting people to the South Green the whole night. Otherwise, the event is still scheduled as normal. Wagon rides will resume on Saturday, November 26.)

(Middletown, CT)  Thomas Byrne, Chairman of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Central Business Bureau, announced Holiday On Main Street will kick-off on Friday, November 25 from 4:00 p.m to 8:15 p.m. The Holiday on Main Street Committee, chaired by Al Santostefano and co-chairman Rich Greco, in conjunction with the City of Middletown, invites everyone to ring in the festive season by attending the three tree-lighting ceremonies and parade along Main Street, Middletown. Last year, over 3,000 people were able to enjoy the holiday sights and sounds on the South Green and more are expected this year.

At 4:00 p.m. in front of Middlesex Chamber, there will be wagon rides until 5:15 p.m. and the
Kiwanis Club of Middletown members will be selling Hot Pretzels & Popcorn. In front of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Middletown High School Crew Team will be selling Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Desserts. At 5:00 p.m. Middletown Area Transit Holiday Bus will free shuttle service to the South Green for the Carol Sing and First Tree Lighting.

The Carol Sing with the Middletown High School Concert Choir will begin at 5:00 p.m. prior to the tree-lightings, directed by Michael Gosselin and the Woodrow Wilson 7th & 8th Grade Chorus. The Keigwin Middle School Chorus will appear, directed by Jeannine Westbrook, sponsored by Middletown Commission On the Arts, with Emcee Don DeCesare from WMRD / WLIS Radio! Curious George will arrive on a wagon ride with 3rd grade Middletown students, who were chosen by their teachers because they show good citizenship, good behavior, is respectful to others and demonstrates the spirit of giving in everyday life.

The first Tree-Lighting at 6:00 p.m. will be the big tree on the South Green and will be led by Mayor Daniel Drew and Santa Claus.

After the Tree is lit on the South Green, there will be a Parade up Main Street led by the Middletown High School Band and Santa Claus to the Middlesex Chamber where the Tree on the roof will be lit at 6:15 p.m. for the second Tree-Lighting of the night followed by free pictures with Santa and free wagon rides for the whole family until 8:00 p.m.

At 8:15 p.m. there will be festivities in front of Eli Cannon’s Tap Room at 695 Main Street for the third and final Tree-Lighting of the night.  Here, Santa will arrive to light the Tree and there will be elves on hand to provide all children with complimentary popcorn, cookies, hot chocolate and other treats.

On Saturday, November 26, The Holiday on Main festivities continue from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with many family-friendly activities available.

Starting at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., The Civitan Club of Middletown will sell popcorn and hot pretzels in front of the Chamber with holiday music played by Harvest Woods Audio. The Middletown High School Crew Team will sell hot chocolate, coffee and desserts in front of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

Family activities also begin at 10:00 a.m., The Fun Train will offer free rides on the sidewalk around downtown until 2:00 p.m. See the joy on kids’ faces riding two free mechanical animals; Maurice, the Great Christmas Moose & Sno-cat, the Siberian Snow Tiger. Bring your camera, children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and enjoy free horse and wagon rides.

A pet food drive will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of Holy Trinity Church (381 Main St.) – To benefit the homeless pets at Middletown Animal Control!  Please bring donations of: Chew Toys (No Rawhide), Blankets, Towels, Canned Wet Dog & Cat Food, Dry Dog & Cat Food
For more information, contact: Lauren Middletown at

Join Mayor Dan Drew and Curious George for Holiday Story Time at the Inn at Middletown at 11:30 a.m to noon.  At the end of the reading, there will be a book signing by Curious George.

There will also be a Kung Fu Demonstration by children and adults who will demonstrate the beauty and power of Kung Fu. The demonstration is presented by Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy starting at 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and will take place in the Middletown Fire Department.

Each Tree-Lighting is free of charge to the public. Holiday on Main Street continues on Saturdays December 3, 10, and 17.  Parking is free in City parking lots during Holiday On Main Street.  Main Street parking will be monitored. Free shuttle service will be provided by Middletown Area Transit. Visit for the full schedule and more events during the month of December!
For more information on 2016 Middletown Holiday on Main Street, go to or contact Cathy Duncan at 860-347-6924 or

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