Very Merry Waterbury Holiday Stroll
On Saturday, December 1st, businesses throughout town celebrate the holiday season with special events and activities for the Holiday Stroll. As part of the Very Merry Waterbury calendar, local stores, restaurants, and breweries encourage shoppers to spend a little time at their stores with special sales, refreshments and holiday fare. Two highlights this year is the Very Merry Waterbury Holiday Artisans’ Boutique and Santa’s Winterfest Auction. The Boutique is hosted by Revitalizing Waterbury and can be found at 1 Elm Street from 9:30 -4:30. Ten local artists and crafters will be selling items that are perfect for someone on your list. Pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, prints, cards, clothing are just some of the items you will find at the Artisans’ Boutique. There will also be a silent auction of beautiful craft items to benefit Revitalizing Waterbury and a gift wrap station. Santa’s Winterfest Auction is a fun auction to support Waterbury’s annual Winterfest. You’ll find all the action at the American Legion on Stowe Street, including Santa! The Holiday Stroll starts with live music from Sergio and Sheila at KC’s Bagel Café from 9-11am, while The Tiny Acorn will entertain the children with a free puppet show at 10:30. Bridgeside Books welcomes author Stephen Russell Payne for a book signing of his book Life on a Cliff between 10-2 pm. There are plenty of open houses, including Jeremy Ayers Pottery and Stowe Street Café where you can find treats, specials and demonstrations. If there is a chill in the air, head over to the Hot Cocoa Bar at Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop. They’ll have delicious hot cocoa with all sorts of toppings! Craft Beer Cellar is planning a holiday beer tasting from 5:30 – 7 pm. There are two special activities happening at the Grange Hall Cultural Center. Kindercrafts with Jenni Bee from 10-11:30 am is a wonderful workshop for children ages 7-12 to make holiday crafts and gifts. Lindsey Bolger will be hosting a Ukranian Egg Decoration craft workshop from 1-4 pm. It’s $20 per person including materials. After a full day of shopping and revelry, the fun culminates with the River of Light Lantern Parade at 5pm. The River of Light Parade features elaborate artist-made lanterns joining simpler lanterns imagined and created by children and adults. The theme for this year’s parade is “Fantastical Favorite Foods: From Farms to Families” and after dancing through town the parade will end at Dac Rowe Fields with a community bonfire.