Newtown Youth and Family Services

Holiday Festival

The 35th Annual Holiday Festival was a huge success and the planning for 2021 has already begun!

Save the Date for the 36th Annual Holiday Festival!

Sunday, December 5, 2021

THANK YOU to all of the people who supported Newtown Youth & Family Services during the 35th Annual Holiday Festival.
THANK YOU to everyone who participated by buying raffle tickets, bidding on auction items, signing up for Elf Chats and Carol-o-Grams!
THANK YOU to all of the Festival of Trees and Silent Auction donors.
THANK YOU to our sponsors!


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2020 Information - 35th Annual Holiday Festival

One of the highlights of our year is bringing together people from Newtown and surrounding communities for the annual Holiday Festival. In light of our current public health situation, we have decided to transform this year’s Holiday Festival from an in-person event to a series of virtual and at home activities and experiences. For our 35th year we'll have a Home for the Holidays themed Festival!
- Candice Bohr, Executive Director, Newtown Youth & Family Services

Let's Kick off the Holiday Season with a Week-long Festival

Platinum Sponsor:

Dates: December 6th through December 12th!

Virtual Experiences!

At-Home Activities!
Holiday Season Fun!

Below is a full list of experiences and activities.
<< Click on activity name along the left hand side of this page for complete details.

Secret Stocking Silent Auction

Bidding starts on December 6th and ends on December 11th!
Location: Virtual. Auction Link Here!
For full details CLICK HERE.

This is not your average Silent Auction!

Sponsored by: Church Hill Village

Festival of Trees

December 6th - December 12th
Location: Virtual & Edmond Town Hall (specific days/times)
Virtual Gallery of Trees: View Here!
For full details, dates and how to purchase tickets CLICK HERE

Win a decorated tree, wreath, decoration or basket to enjoy all season at this year's Festival of Trees.

Sponsored by: Ingersoll Auto of Danbury

Elf Chats - Live from the North Pole!

December 6th - December 12th
Location: Virtual
For full details, cost and how to sign up CLICK HERE.

Children of all ages can have a personalized video chat with an elf in Santa's Workshop at the North Pole! Includes a letter from Santa.

Sponsored by: Fraser Woods Montessori School

The Merrymakers

December 6th - December 12th
Location: At-Home in Sandy Hook or Newtown.
For full details, cost and how to sign up CLICK HERE

Spread some holiday cheer! Send a group of carolers to brighten the day of a friend or family member. Or have them come to your house!

Sponsored by: Newtown Savings Bank

Bedtime Stories with Santa

December 7th & December 10th  at 7:00pm
Location: Facebook

Join Santa at the North Pole while he reads a few of his favorite stories for bedtime!

The Nutcracker Suite Ballet

The live performance was on December 6th and open to immediate family members only. 

A recording of the performance is available to the public for a donation made to NYFS.
CLICK HERE to make a donation to receive the recorded performance link. 

Presented by the Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice

Edible Creations Competition

December 6th - December 12th
Location: Facebook
For full details  CLICK HERE.

Sugar cubes, gum drops, marshmallows, graham crackers and more...This is more than just gingerbread!

In partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church

Elf on the Shelf Competition

December 6th - December 12th
Location: Facebook
For full details  CLICK HERE.

What shenanigans is your elf up to now?

Sponsored by: Newtown Family Dentistry

Letters to Santa

November 5th - December 15th
Location: Drop off at The Toy Tree, 14 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT
For full details and how participate CLICK HERE.

Write a letter to Santa, drop it off at The Toy Tree to be mailed to the North Pole! Santa will respond with a personalized letter!

Sponsored by: The Toy Tree

Road to Disney Scavenger Hunt

This event has ended.

December 6th, starts at 1:00 pm
Location: Starts and ends at Newtown Youth & Family Services

Bring the family together and embark on a scavenger hunt around Newtown for a chance to win Disney World tickets!

Sponsored by: Newtown Prevention Council