Established in 2004, Ellington Annual Winterfest and Tree-Lighting Ceremony is held the first weekend in December. The weekend includes a series of events to promote community and holiday spirit in the Town of Ellington. Events typically include the Tree-Lighting Ceremony, a Holiday Concert, Open House at the Nellie McKnight Museum, the Torchlight Parade, and Photo Opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph and Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Due to the increasing risk of Covid, the Ellington Winterfest Committee has decided Winterfest will go on hiatus until next year. However, on December 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th you can expect to see the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department apparatus around town, decked out with festive holiday lighting to bring cheer to everyone. Check out their Facebook page for information on the four routes that are planned!
Mail: P.O. Box 282
Ellington, CT 06029
Committee Members & Volunteers
Ellen Karadimas: Chairman & Founder of Ellington's Winterfest
Sue Phillips: Director of Hall Memorial Library
Jack Rich and Gary Feldman: Coordinators of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department's "Torchlight Parade" during Winterfest
Sharon McLaughlin: Liaison - Ellington Congregational Church
Dave Milnes: Santa Claus
Leslie Caron: Mrs. Claus
Jack Hagopian: Frosty the Snowman.
Anonymous Volunteer: Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer
Kathy Heminway: Gazebo
Tim Adams: Chorus and P.A. System
Also, big thanks to:
- Nancy Long, of the Ellington Historical Society for preparing the Nellie McKnight Museum
- Ellington Women's Club for treats and hot chocolate
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their "Live Nativity"
- Express Verizon for contributing Rudolph's costume
- Ellington's Public Works Department
- Town Constables
- Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, and a myriad of volunteers for all the work they do