Holiday Fest kicks off Christmas season

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Mon., Dec. 12, 2011
Santa and two of his elves visited the town green on Dec. 4. The annual Holiday Fest featured horse-drawn wagon rides, a snowman-building contest, a petting zoo and a chance for children to talk to Santa Claus. Photos by Frances Taylor.
Santa and two of his elves visited the town green on Dec. 4. The annual Holiday Fest featured horse-drawn wagon rides, a snowman-building contest, a petting zoo and a chance for children to talk to Santa Claus. Photos by Frances Taylor.

At Alumni Park in East Hartford, a mound of snow almost 5 feet high was surrounded by children making snowmen. “I think the only snow in the state of Connecticut is right here in East Hartford," said Holly Reed, board director of the North-end Residents and Merchants Association, one of more than a dozen groups that support the East Hartford Beautification Commission, which sponsored the Holiday Fest event.

The annual festival, which took place Dec. 2-5,  included the lighting of a Christmas tree in Alumni Park, a live nativity scene at First Congregational Church, holiday crafts, musical presentations, a petting zoo, a horse-drawn wagon and a visit from Santa at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center.

The snow mound in Alumni Park was provided by South Windsor Skating Rink. “It's a perfect day," Reed said of mild temperatures that accompanied the annual event.

Gianni Leone and Cody Wilcos built a snowman with a New York Yankees baseball cap on it. “It's fun being able to build a snowman when there's no snow," Leone said.

All proceeds from the holiday fest are donated to East Hartford fuel and food banks.


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