Newtown Youth and Family Services

2020 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

Dates: December 6th through December 12th!

 

Virtual Experiences, At Home Activities and Holiday Season Fun!

Festival of Trees

December 6th - December 12th

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

Every year local businesses, organizations and families donate decorated trees, wreaths, decorations and baskets to our Festival of Trees. One of the most spectacular features of the Holiday Festival, features items of various shapes and sizes, artificial, live, stuffed, ceramic, wood and themed.

How does the Virtual Festival of Trees Work?

  • View the donated trees, wreaths, decorations and baskets online via our website or social media. Available December 6th
  • Download the raffle ticket purchase form. Available December 6th
  • Fill out the form and select which items you would like to try and win.
  • Submit the form to along with payment. Options below.
    Deadline to submit forms with payment, December 12th at 2:00pm
    • Mail the form, along with payment (check only), to our office.
      Must arrive by 2pm on Saturday, December 12th.
    • Drop off the form, along with payment (check, cash, credit card), to our office during hours listed below.
      Sunday, December 6th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
      Monday, December 7th - Thursday, December 10th from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
      Friday, December 11th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Saturday, December 12th from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Drop the form, along with payment (check only), in the drop box located in the front of our building whenever convenient for you.
      Must arrive by 2pm on Saturday, December 12th.

      Federal Law prohibits the sale of raffle tickets online or over the phone. 
  • Our staff will make sure your raffle tickets are deposited into the designated box for the item you would like to win.
  • The deadline to submit forms with payment is Saturday, December 12th at 2:00pm.
  • On December 12th we will hold a live drawing, via Facebook and Instagram, at 2:30pm. We will also notify winners by phone and post the winners list on social media and on our website.
  • Winners can pick up their items at our office during the dates and times listed below.
    December 12th - Immediately following the live drawing until 6pm. The last day to pick up is Friday, December 11th. 
    December 13th - 10:00am - 1:00pm.

    ***For those who cannot physically or do not feel safe picking up their items, we can offer delivery within 5 miles from our office (15 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook). Delivery will happen on December 13th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.***

Virtual Festival of Trees Timeline:

  • December 6th - Festival of Trees webpage and social media live with all donated items up to win.
  • December 6th - Raffle ticket purchase form available to download.
  • December 6th - First day we start accepting raffle ticket purchase forms.
  • December 12th - Last day to submit raffle ticket purchase forms. Forms must be submitted by 2:00pm.
  • December 12th - Live drawing, via Facebook and Instagram, will take place at 2:30pm. We will also notify winners by phone, post the winners list on social media and on our website.
  • December 12th - Winners can pick up their items at our office immediately following the drawing until 6:00pm.
  • December 13th - Winners can pick up their items at our office from 10:00am - 1:00pm.
  • December 13th - 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Delivery for winners who cannot physically or do not feel safe picking up their items at our office.

All proceeds from the Holiday Festival and the Festival of Trees benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services. If you are interested in donating an item please visit our Festival of Trees donor page or contact Susan Smith at ssmith@newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org.


Elf Chats

December 6 - December 12

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

 


Virtual Holiday Tea

December 12

Pick up cookies and tea from one of our local partners and join us for a virtual tea party!

 


Kid's Virtual Holiday Tea

December 12

Pick up cookies and hot chocolate from one of our local partners and join Mrs. Claus for a virtual tea party!

 


The Merrymakers
Carol-O-Grams

December 6 - December 12

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

 


Kid's Creations
Take Home Kid's Crafts & Cookie Kits

Pick up - December 11th & 12th


Road to Disney Scavenger Hunt

December 6

Bring the whole family together to embark on a scavenger hunt around Newtown for a chance to win a great prize!

 

Stay Tuned for more details and more activities!
We are still in planning stages and there will be more to come!


Newtown Youth & Family Services Would Like To Thank Our Holiday Festival Sponsors!

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