The Town of East Hartford, East Hartford Public Library, the East Hartford Beautification Commission and East Hartford Parks and Recreation invite you to the annual 2022 East Hartford Holiday Fest.
The four-day event consists of a wide variety of fun events ranging between crafts and book sales, carol signing and Christmas Fair as well as the long-awaited visit from Santa. The events cater to all ages, children and adults alike. Most activities are free and open to the public.
Schedule of Events:
8 - 10:30 AM: PANCAKE BREAKFAST & VISIT WITH SANTA.
Cost is $5.00 and $3.00 for a picture with Santa. Held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main St. Proceeds to benefit East Hartford families at Christmas. No reservations needed.
8 - 10:30 AM & 4:30-6:30 PM: CHRISTMAS
BOUTIQUE Hand crafted ornaments, wreaths, wall decor, gift baskets, candy & kitchen knives. Sponsored and held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main St.
8 - 10:30 AM: POINSETTIA SALE
Purchase beautiful holiday plants. Sponsored by EH Lions Club and held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main St.
9 - 12 PM: COOKIE WALK
Dozens of different varieties of holiday cookies to choose from. $8.00 per pound. Held at South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes St.
9 - 2 PM: CHRISTMAS FAIR
“Famous Waffles”, Chili & Soups, baked goods, fudge, jams, crafts, and local beeswax products. Soup & Chili available to purchase to go. Held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 444 Hills St.
10 - 2PM: RAYMOND LIBRARY PUZZLE SALE
10 - 2 PM: BOXES & BOWS
Stop by and pick up a holiday gift wrapping kit. One per child/teen while supplies last. Sponsored and held at the Raymond Library, 840 Main St.
10 - 2 PM: WICKHAM LIBRARY
Celebrate the reopening of the Wickham Library with special Saturday hours. Explore the fully ADA accessible renovated space and check out a DVD or book to bring home. Held at the Wickham Library, 656 Burnside Ave.
11 - 12 PM: READ TO THE DOGS
Members of the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Group will be here with their dogs. Reading aloud to the dogs can improve fluency, confidence, and comfort around the dogs. Children and teens can sign up to read to a dog for 15 minutes. Registration is required for children ages 5 and up. Sponsored and held at the Raymond Library, 840 Main St.
12 NOON: “A CHRISTMAS CHAOS”
A satire of theatrical backstage mayhem and Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” in one act. Written by Michael Wehrli. Play presented by East Hartford Summer Youth Festival at EHCCC.
12:30 - 3PM: AMERICAN ST. NICK
Author Peter Lion will be telling the WWII story of American GI’s of the 28th Infantry who brought Christmas to the children of Wiltz, Luxembourg on December 5, 1944. Following his presentation, the documentary “American St. Nick” by Tim Gray will be shown. Sponsored by the WWII Legacy Foundation. Held at St. Chris Church Hall, 544 Brewer St.
2 - 4 PM: SWIM WITH SANTA
Get out of the cold and take a dip in the EHMS pool with Santa! Open to families and includes an underwater photo with Santa in his scuba gear! Pre-registration required online at www.ehparks.org. Admission is a new unwrapped toy. Sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and held at the EHMS Pool, entrance off of Scotland Road.
2 - 4 PM: “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN EAST HARTFORD”
A holiday piano concert presented by East Hartford’s Paul Bisaccia, celebrated world renowned pianist. Sponsored by EH Commission on Culture and Fine Arts and held at First Congregational Church, 837 Main St.
4:30 - 6:30 PM: SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Continuous serving. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 1. $12 per person, $10 seniors, $7 children 5-13. Children under 5 free. Proceeds benefit EH. Food Banks. Held at
First Congregational Church, 837 Main St
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