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  White Christmas in the community
by Dawn Miceli the trail – at Zingarella Pizzeria in Plantsville and photos by John Atashian Factory Square on lower Center Street. Members of the Southington LIONS Club will be on hand to help From visits with Santa Claus to horse-drawn car- patrons on and off, and representatives of the Lewis
         riage rides, the fourth annual White Christmas in the Community event is chock-full of holiday spirit with free activities and offerings for all ages.
This year’s event takes place Friday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in two locations: Downtown South- ington and the Village of Plantsville. Connecting the two sites are a number of fun transportation oppor- tunities such as hay rides on the Linear Trail and a trolley car that runs along Route 10. Shuttle buses provided by the Calendar House will also be in oper- ation along the route with pick-up and drop-off loca- tions at Riccio Way, the Southington Public Library Main Street lot, and Wells Fargo Bank in Plantsville.
Taking place in both locations are horse-drawn carriage rides, an ornament-making craft activity, live ice sculpting sponsored by Bristol Health, goat parades featuring the Bradley Mountain Farm goat ambassadors, caroling and more.
The Farmington Canal Linear Trail will once again be lit up with holiday village scenes and the five spe- cially built steel-framed structures of light. Enjoy our 7-foot-tall prancing horse, 7-foot-tall moose, 6-foot- tall bear, 6-foot-tall apple, and 7-foot-tall deer, all of which will be flanking the Linear Trail. Passengers will get on board the hayride at two locations along
Educational Agricultural Farm (LEAF) graciously bring their tractors and pull the hayrides through- out the evening.
This holiday event combines the longtime annual celebrations of the Merchants of Downtown South- ington and the Village of Plantsville Association into one family-oriented event. Businesses in those two locales open their doors to the public for hospitality including refreshments, entertainment and more.
Kicking off the evening in both locations will be the annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Two winners from the town’s Light Up the Green contest will flip the switch of the holiday light displays on the Southington and Plantsville Town Greens. Mem- bers of the Southington High School Cheerleading squad will sing carols on the Town Green and Cub Scouts from Pack 8 will do the same on the Plants- ville Green.
Ornament-making will take place in both the former Plantsville Pharmacy building on West Main Street and at Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) in downtown Southington. The Barnes Mu- seum will host holiday house tours featuring this year’s theme: Christmas Memories. Free hot apple cider will be offered thanks to Shop Rite of Southing-
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