Newtown Youth and Family Services

Holiday Festival 2022

The Holiday Festival brings together the community to celebrate and kick-off the holiday season.

December 4th **
Main Street, Newtown CT
11:00am - 4:00pm

** Some activities have additional or different dates and times. See each activity below for specific dates and times.


Letters to Santa

November 9th - December 15th
The Toy Tree

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

Don't forget to include a return address when you drop off your letter! Use this letter to Santa template.


Elf Chats - Live from the North Pole!

December 6th - December 16th (specific days/times)
Virtually on Zoom
Not included in Holiday Festival ticket

Have a personalized video chat with an elf in Santa's Workshop at the North Pole!

Sponsored by: NewSylum Brewing Company


Bedtime Stories with Santa

November 30th, December 3rd, December 8th

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

Sponsored by: Quality Dry Basements


Festival of Trees

December 2nd - December 4th (specific days/times)
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church (Glover Community Room)
Additional fee for raffle tickets.
To donate an item CLICK HERE.

Win a decorated tree, wreath, basket, etc. to enjoy all season.

Sponsored by: Trinity Episcopal Church


Silent Auction

November 28th - December 10th
Location: Online
To donate an item CLICK HERE.

Win items and experiences donated by local businesses.

Sponsored by: Caraluzzi's


Scavenger Hunt

December 3rd
Newtown Youth & Family Services
Not included in Holiday Festival ticket

Bring the family together and embark on a scavenger hunt around Newtown for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card!

Sponsored by: Around Town Real Estate Team


Outdoor Holiday Market

December 4th
11:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Along Main Street, Newtown
To become a vendor CLICK HERE.

Take a stroll down Main Street, listen to carolers, and buy handmade goods and food from vendors at the European-style Christmas Market.

Sponsored by: Renewal By Anderson


The Nutcracker Suite Ballet

December 4th
Two Showings: 12:00pm & 2:00pm

Edmond Town Hall Theater

An individual ticket just for the Ballet is available for $12. A Holiday Festival ticket includes one showing of the Ballet. Recorded performance available to the public for a donation made to NYFS. 

Watch a performance of elegance and grace presented by the Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice.

Sponsored by: Kevin Alves Electric


Kids' Activities at the Library

December 4th
11:00am - 4:00pm

C.H. Booth Library

Kids' Crafts

Sponsored by: Fraiser Woods & Dr. Baum

Storytime & Photos with Princesses



Superhero Academy

December 4th
11:00am - 3:00pm
Edmond Town Hall Gym

Jump, climb, and crawl your way through the Superhero Academy with the guidance of Spiderman & Wonder Woman and become a real superhero!

Sponsored by: Newtown Hardware


Historic Trolley Tour

December 4th
11:10am, 11:45am, 12:20pm, 12:55pm, 1:30pm, 2:05pm, 2:40pm, 3:15pm
Festival ticket includes one ride. First come, first served due to limited seating.
Edmond Town Hall

A guided tour of Main Street telling the stories of the houses that line this historic street.

Sponsored by: Newtown Family Dentistry


Gingerbread House Competition

December 4th
11:00am - 4:00pm

Trinity Episcopal Church (Glover Community Room)

Enter your gingerbread house for the chance to win. Vote for your favorite entry.

Sponsored by: Ingersoll Auto of Danbury


Cookies with Mrs. Claus

December 4th
11:00am - 4:00pm

Trinity Episcopal Church (Johnson Room)

Meet Mrs. Claus, write a letter to Santa, and decorate cookies!

Sponsored by: Newtown Savings Bank

*Please be advised: Mrs. Claus will be taking 15 minute breaks to bake the next batch of cookies. See her schedule here.


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