Manchester Holiday Events Begin Thursday With Tree-Lighting

Manchester hosts holiday events Thursday through Saturday

MANCHESTER — Holiday events will begin Thursday with the downtown Christmas tree lighting and continue on Friday and Saturday.

The tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the lawn of St. James Church on Main Street. The event includes Santa's arrival and live music by the Summit Singers, Silk City Barber Shop Chorus and a brass ensemble from the Manchester Citadel Band of the Salvation Army.

The tree-lighting coincides with Imagine Main Street's downtown holiday festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Look for strolling carolers, crafters and a benefit concert by Manchester Community College Chorale and Madrigal Singers at MCC on Main. Many downtown businesses will remain open until 9 p.m., offering special promotions.

On Friday, the Manchester Historical Society will host Winter Wonderland from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the History Center, 175 Pine St. The event will include gifts, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, wine, dessert and coffee, a live auction and music. Admission is $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers.

On Saturday, the Historical Society hosts an open house throughout the historical district from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are invited to visit the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road, the History Center and the Old Manchester Museum on Cedar Street. Museum stores will be open.

Also on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., the Lutz Children's Museum at 247 South Main St. will offer free cookie decorating.

The Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St., will have a drop-in story time on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for all ages. T-shirt painting will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Children's Room. The library will supply T-shirts and fabric paint. Both events are free and all ages are welcome.

Events are organized by the South Manchester History Arts Recreation and Education collaborative. S.H.A.R.E members include the Lutz Museum, Little Theatre of Manchester, Manchester Downtown Special Services District, the public library and the Historical Society.

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