n the spirit of creating downtown Danbury as the center for community
unity, prosperity and health, Andrea Gartner, Executive Director of
CityCenter Danbury, announces CityCenter's new seasonal initiative intended
to attract people to come to downtown Danbury and raise awareness of the
myriad scheduled events going on. This year, for CityCenter's Holiday
Season, from Light the Lights to First Night, there is truly something for
everyone to enjoy.
"I think it's important for the community to think of CityCenter as a
destination for the holidays this season," states Ms. Gartner, "We have
great momentum moving forward into 2012 with the formation of the Danbury
Main Street Partnership and a newly appointed Economic Development Director.
We need the support of everyone interested in seeing a thriving, revitalized
downtown. I invite the public to make at least one visit before the end of
the year, from Light the Lights to First Night, and come see what we're up
to. For example, a tour of our Museum in the Streets outdoor installation
might just be what interests visiting relatives; a show at the Palace
Danbury could be a welcome break from mall shopping; vacationing teens can
hit the independent, all-ages music scene at the Heirloom Arts Theatre,
sports fans can take in a Whalers game and youngsters can delight in the
Danbury Railway Museum's annual Santa Train. There is no better time than
the holidays to explore Main Street Danbury."
CityCenter Danbury's Holiday Celebration begins with the 36th Annual holiday
lighting event "Light the Lights". This year, the program has been moved to
Saturday, November 26th ( Thanksgiving holiday weekend) to provide a more
family-friendly program than the Tuesday nights of the recent past.
All events are free on Saturday, November 26th.
* Beginning at 11AM, the iconic Danbury art-scene mainstay, Malcolm
Tent, offers his Trash American Style 25th Anniversary Celebration Pop-Up
Store at the Heirloom Arts Theatre at 155 Main Street until 7PM.
* At 2PM, a Holiday Crafters' Gallery located down stairs in the
Danbury Library will be on hand until 7PM to help shoppers jumpstart their
gift giving ideas.
* From 3-4:30PM, there will be a drop-in holiday craft for children to
do at the Danbury Library
* The Palace Danbury located at 165 Main Street will be screening The
Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation for a free at 3:30PM. This movie is a
family comedy with a positive message for children ages 5 and above. Running
time is approximately 90 minutes.
All these activities precede the main event.
Each year, the community joins the Mayor of Danbury at sundown on the
Danbury Library Plaza for a countdown to turning on the downtown holiday
lights. This highly-anticipated Light the Lights program begins at 5:15PM
with performances by the Singers of St. James' Episcopal Church Choir,
students from 5-6-7-8 Dance Arts and a community brass ensemble coordinated
through the Danbury Music Centre.
Those gathered will be invited to join in the carol singing; a count down to
the tree lighting; and the arrival of Santa Claus. After the Honorable
Mayor Mark Boughton has flipped the giant light switch and downtown has been
illuminated, the Beckerle Hose Company will deliver Santa via fire truck to
Library Plaza where children can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, tell their
wishes to Santa and have their picture taken with him.
Light the Lights kicks off a complete calendar of over two dozen events
happening in downtown at Danbury Library, Danbury Music Centre, Danbury
Museum and Historical Museum, Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury Whalers at the
Danbury Arena, Heirloom Arts Theatre, the Palace Danbury. The holiday
season culminates on Saturday, December 31st with the annual Run Into the
New Year 5K at 3PM and the community-wide, family-friendly First Night
Danbury from 4-8PM and finishing the year with a fireworks display. For a
complete list of everything that's happening, visit
www.citycenterdanbury.com or call 203-792-1711
City Center releases holiday schedule
Time: 1:46 PM
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