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Newtown traditionally spends the first weekend in December celebrating the holidays, and 2017 is no different.the Calendar page for the regular listing of meetings and other events coming up in town.Friday, December 1Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Christmas Trees Sale, 6-9 pm (earlier by chance), Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company main station, 18-20 Riverside Road, Christmas trees, wreaths, cemetery boxes, pine roping and more, annual fundraiser continues daily until Christmas Eve or while supplies last; 203-270-4392, SandyHookFire.com.33rd Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting, 6:30 pm, Ram Pasture, Elm Drive at Hawley Road, entertainment begins at 6:30, tree lit at 7, then caroling and visits with Santa and Mrs Claus, light refreshments.Saturday, December 2Rotary Club of Newtown's 57th Annual Pancake Day, 8 am-1 pm, Edmond Town Hall (Alexandria Room), 45 Main Street, $8 adults, $4 under age 10, all-you-can-eat breakfast of fresh cooked pancakes, Sandy Hook Maple Craft Foods syrup, sausage, beverages and coffee, also live entertainment.Breakfast With Santa, 9-11 am, Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, free, breakfast including bagels, doughnuts, milk, juice, etc, crafts for children, two booth projects by MadScience, visits with Santa, optional professional photos (by Sandra Lynn Photography, $10 donations will benefit Parks & Rec Camp Scholarship Fund), donations requested for local food pantries, hosted by Newtown Parks & Rec; 203-270-4340.Holiday Greens and Gifts Sale, 9 am-noon, Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street, fresh wreaths decorated with bows and other ornaments, also gift baskets, boxwood trees, kissing balls, unique centerpieces and gifts, presented by and fundraiser for The Garden Club of Newtown; thegardenclubofnewtown@yahoo.com, gardenclubofnewtown.com.Fire Company Christmas Trees Sale, 9 am-9 pm, see additional December 1 details.Friends of C.H. Booth Library Annual Holiday Sale, 9:30 am-5 pm, C.H. Booth Library (lower meeting room), 25 Main Street, unique and unusual gifts and boutique items including new books, sealed CDs and DVDs, vintage jewelry, jigsaw puzzles, discounted gift cards and more, event continues December 3, proceeds benefit library; 203-270-8622.17th Annual Sandy Hook Tree Lighting, 4-7 pm, Sandy Hook Center, Church Hill Road at Washington Avenue, meet Santa (5-6 pm), enjoy karaoke and caroling, tree lighting at 6, bring donation for FAITH Food Pantry and be entered into raffle to light one of two trees, also special offerings by nearby businesses.Making Spirits Bright Wine & Beer Tasting, 6:30 pm, Rock Ridge Country Club, 214 Sugar Street, $40/person, $75/couple, food, drinks and holiday shopping, presented by and fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services; 203-270-4335, newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org.Sunday, December 3Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Christmas Trees Sale, 9 am-9 pm, see additional December 1 details.32nd Annual Holiday Festival, 11 am-4 pm, House Tours, C.H. Booth Library and Edmond Town Hall, 25 and 45 Main Street, $12/person, $25/family (two adults, two children; $5 each additional child), trolley tours, Nutcracker Suite performances (12 & 2 pm), Festival of Trees, Gingerbread House Contest display, Holiday Tea, Toyland Tea, poinsettia sales, Polar Express rides ($3/child, separate from festival ticket), and more, proceeds benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services; 203-270-4335, newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org.Friends of C.H. Booth Library Annual Holiday Sale, 11 am-5 pm, see additional December 2 details.Nutcracker Suite performances, noon & 2 pm, Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, $8 (or included with Holiday Festival ticket, see above listing), performances of abridged ballet based on Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, performed by students of Newtown Center of Classical Ballet, proceeds benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services; 203-241-5362, nccballetandvoice.com.Santa Sleigh, noon-9 pm, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue main station, 18-20 Riverside Road, free, Tolland firefighters will have an antique sleigh pulled by fire truck covered in Christmas lights and playing holiday music, hot chocolate and cider, donations accepted for Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue; 203-270-4392.Holiday Open House, noon-4 pm, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, free, visit circa 1750 house that served as headquarters for Newtown Historical Society, with historic decorations, hot cider, docent tours available; 203-426-5937.8th Annual Hawleyville Tree Lighting/Toy Drive, 5:30 pm, Barnabas Plaza, 23 Barnabas Road, begins with Santa and Mrs Claus arriving by way of Hawleyville Fire Company truck, continue with singing and dancing, toy collection for The Newtown Fund, and lighting of tree near shopping plaza.

Three separate tree lightings are planned, a number of groups are hosting special fundraisers, and the 32nd Annual Newtown Holiday Festival returns on Sunday, December 3. The following is a listing of holiday-related activities planned for this weekend.


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