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Woodbury Christmas Festival 2012: A Complete Guide

The holiday festivities in Woodbury begin on November 30.

 

There's nothing like New England during the holiday season. The Woodbury Christmas Festival offers activities that last a whole weekend.

 

Friday, November 30

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Holiday On Main Street

The town will be aglow thanks to the efforts of the Woodbury Business Association and town residents as they present coordinated lighting along Main Street.

The town buildings, including the Boyd Building and Shove Building, will be decorated by the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club.

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Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Glebe House Museum's preview holiday party for early buying at the holiday gift shoppe offers the first opportunity to purchase the holiday decorations adorning the rooms of the museum.

A silent auction will take place. Wine and a light dinner will be served by candlelight. Cost to attend is $25 per person. Tickets in advance may be purchased by calling 203-263-2855.

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Christmas Concert: North Congregational Church Sanctuary

7:30 p.m.

A musical collaboration from the Connecticut Choral Society Chamber Singers and Valley Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus, featuring favorite Christmas music and other songs of the season, will take place at the North Congregational Church.

The Chamber Singers are known for their varied a cappella program. For more than 19 years, the singers have been a part of the opening concert of the festival.

The Valley Chordsmen are the second oldest chorus in the Northeastern District, active since 1947 in the Waterbury-Derby area. A reception follows the concert.

Cost: Freewill offering

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Saturday, Dec. 1

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Cub Scout Pack 54 Wreath Sale: North Green & Gazebo

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Scouts will conduct the annual wreath sale, offering fresh green wreaths decorated with your choice of bows.

Volume discounts are available. One hundred percent of the proceeds support Woodbury Scout activities and trips.

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Christmas Craft Fair & Boutique: Woodbury Middle School Cafeteria

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Woodbury Junior Women's Club fair will feature more than 55 exhibitors. A donation of $1 will benefit the Woodbury Junior Women's Club scholarship fund.

A limited edition pewter Woodbury Christmas ornament will be sold at the Woodbury Junior Women's Club craft fair, taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Proceeds from the sale of the ornament go back to the Woodbury community.

The ornament is designed by Cynthia Gillette.

Ornaments from past years will be sold at the craft fair at a reduced price or by calling Norma Heaven at 203-266-9228.

Beginning December 1, the following locations in Woodbury will sell the ornament:

  • Canfield Corner Pharmacy
  • Woodbury Pewter
  • Woodbury Town Clerk's Office

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First Congregational Church: Baked Goods, Shop, Red Barn Thrift Shop

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., there will be a cookie walk and bake sale. Christmas greenery and a new-to-you Christmas shop will offer decorative items at a reasonable price.

Treats for pets and birds will be available. The Red Barn Thrift Shop has gently used items at a reasonable price.

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Woodbury United Methodist Church

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Start the day off right with a stop at the Christmas Café, where you can warm up with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Lunch will feature homemade New England clam chowder, beef barley, quiche and sandwiches. For dessert, people may partake of apple pie and carrot cake.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips and a drink are available for children.

Other offerings include the Methodist women's bake sale and a children's store where they may buy gifts and gently used holiday books.

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Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Good cheer and holiday festivities abound as the museum welcomes visitors to what the Glebe House was like years ago.

Folks will see how the John Marshall family prepared for Christmas. The Marshall family lived in the Glebe House from 1771-1786.

People may tour the house and purchase decorations and holiday gifts in the Christmas shoppe.

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Woodbury Public Library: Make Your Own Ornaments for Children

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children may choose from an assortment of ornaments to create and give as presents or to decorate the home.

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St. Teresa of Avila Church

Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Elves are serving lunch at St. Teresa of Avila and Santa will be stopping by to join in the fun.

The menu features the Curtis House Inn's clam chowder and chicken noodle soup and chicken salad sandwiches, ham sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies and brownies.

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St. Paul's Church

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Nicholas will greet visitors in the parish hall. The hall is decorated for a Christmas bazaar. Complimentary cookies, coffee and hot cocoa will be served.

Christmas crafts, baked goods and a silence auction of gift baskets and a raffle are some of the happenings and offerings.

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Nonnewaug High School

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Woodbury FFA chapter is offering its holiday plant sale with poinsettias, wreaths and other decorative items, all available for purchasing from the students.

A pet adoption co-sponsored by Animals for Life will begin at 10 a.m. Interviews will be conducted to qualify applicants.

Santa will greet children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Hurd House: Step Into the Past

1 to 3 p.m.

Docents in period costumes will provide tours of the Hurd House. The open hearth fireplace will be aglow and the house, built in 1680, will feature holiday decorations from that time period.

The District 2 one-room schoolhouse will be open and decorated for the holidays.

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Woodbury Middle School: Visits with Santa

1 to 3 p.m.

Santa will arrive via fire truck, bearing gifts for children of all ages. Refreshments will be served. People are encouraged to bring cameras for photo opportunities. The event is offered by the Woodbury Junior Women's Club.

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North Congregational Church

1 to 5 p.m.

The North Congregational Church will be open for free hot chocolate and homemade cookies.

Tree Lighting at the North Green

4 p.m.

Santa will set the town's Christmas tree aglow. The Woodbury Middle School and Nonnewaug High School band members will entertain those awaiting Santa's arrival and members of the high school chorus will lead the caroling.

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 203-263-3113.

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Sunday, December 2

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Woodbury Public Library Gallery

3 p.m.

Edwin Kotchian and Juan Andreu will perform a mix of Christmas favorites and some original music. This popular duo returns to the Woodbury Library to celebrate the season with song.

Parking Information

Parking is available in the parking lots behind the Woodbury Public Library, Mitchell Elementary School and Woodbury Middle School.

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