PHOTO — With West Haven’s Christmas tree aglow in the background, The John C. Ireland Bandstand on the snow-covered Green is bedecked with huge electric snowflakes as Victorian lampposts decorated with angels blowing on trumpets illuminate the walkways during a Yuletide celebration from yesteryear. (Contributed Photo)
WEST HAVEN, Sept. 12, 2023 — The annual lighting of West Haven’s Christmas tree on the Green will herald an evening of merrymaking Saturday, Nov. 25.
The holiday festival will commence at 4 p.m. with costumed Christmas characters and Victorian-clad carolers entertaining families around the downtown park.
The four-hour festival will feature an inflatable Santa’s village and craft stations on the 5-acre Green, where children can make marshmallow snowman ornaments, decorate wooden ornaments, write letters to Santa, and make cards for U.S. troops overseas and those at the West Haven VA Medical Center.
At 6 p.m., Mayor Nancy R. Rossi will greet revelers from a portable stage on the Main Street side of the Green. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then arrive via an escort to the stage, where they will join Rossi and her special guests to set the tree aglow.
Before returning to the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet children and pose for snapshots until 8 p.m.
Stay tuned for details.
— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator