After some missteps and confusion, seems Hartford's "Festival of Light" people have it all worked out. So if you are looking for an illuminating jumpstart to the Christmas season, here you go.
Contrary to original announcements, there are lights at Constitution Plaza as has been the tradition for the past 47 years. But there will be substantially fewer lights there. The main event is at Bushnell Park where there will be lights on the carousel and a light show projected on nearby buildings. The artificial tree that used to be at Constitution Plaza is also part of the park installation. And the park is the new venue for the annual "Festival of Light" program and official lighting ceremony scheduled to begin at about 5:45 p.m.
Capital Properties said some of its lights have been installed, specifically the signature angels and the fountain display.
"It was the fountain area that was the main attraction and that is lit," said Donahue who admittedly, is a little disappointed at all the last minute changes of festival plans. "And the city has has also installed lights at the Riverfront area."
And it is at Constitution Plaza where a holiday procession to Bushnell Park, complete with some of Hartford Stage's "A Christmas Carol" cast, kiddos, a marching band and assorted sports mascots, will begin at 5 p.m.
Besides the light show and carousel lights, plans at the park include an ice skating rink, scheduled to open on Dec.10 (although today, the Bushnell is moving its synthetic ice rink out to the site for an ice skating show as part of the opening festivities.)
Santa Claus is also expected to have regular hours at the park's Pond House beginning the second week of December for those who have Christmas wish lists to share.
The weather is supposed to clear by tonight so take a break, grab the hats and mittens and enjoy!