Press release from the Newington Parks and Recreation Department:
Nov. 23, 2020
The Newington Parks and Recreation Department joins with Santa Claus to spread the holiday spirit without spreading germs! Instead of bringing the children of Newington to Santa, we are bringing Santa from the North Pole to the Newington Town Green and our neighborhoods!
“Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It is so unfortunate that we have to celebrate apart from each other. We are doing everything in our power to make sure everyone enjoys the season in a safe manner,” said Bill DeMaio, Superintendent of Newington Parks and Recreation. The tree lighting celebration to kick off the holiday season will be held on Saturday, December 5, with Mayor Beth DelBuono joining Santa to light our town Christmas tree, as well as the Main Street lights! Although spectators will not be able to gather in the center of town as in previous years, make sure to visit the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page to watch it Live for the very first time!
Along with the tree lighting ceremony, we are also running a few more activities for families to enjoy this holiday season. Starting today through Friday, December 4, we will be accepting registration for the Holiday House Decorating Contest. Families are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit by getting creative and showcasing their holiday style. If your neighbors have decorated their home, please encourage them to register as well! To register, visit the Parks and Recreation website at www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec for online registration. You can also mail in your registration form or opt for curbside drop off at the Parks and Recreation office located at 200 Garfield Street. Registration is $10.00 per household or business in town. After registering and decorating your home, make sure to send a picture and the street address to Hadeel Majdoub, Recreation Supervisor, at [email protected] The picture will be posted on the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page along with the address, so not only will residents be able to vote for their favorite decorated home and/or business, but you will also be able to drive by and safely see them for yourselves! The prize for the household category is a $100.00 gift certificate to the Newington Parks and Recreation Department which can be used towards any of the hundreds of programs and camps offered through the Department. The business category winner will receive a quarter page ad, valued at $500.00, in our upcoming seasonal program guide which is sent to over 13,000 households! This is just the beginning of what the Newington Parks and Recreation has in store for this holiday season! Voting for the contest will end on Sunday, December 20, at 11:59 PM, so make sure to visit the Newington Parks and Recreation Facebook page and “Like” your favorite decorations before then! Winners will be announced the following day, on Monday, December 21, so make sure to visit our Facebook page to see who the winner is!
Despite these troubling times, it is important to remember to spread kindness where you can, and that giving is more important than receiving. So the Department has come up with a new program to do just that, called “Kindness Counts with Kids!” Instead of writing letters to Santa with special requests for presents, we are asking our Newington kids to write letters to Santa describing acts of kindness that they have done to get them on Santa’s nice list! These letters can then be dropped off in Santa’s mailbox, located outside the new Mortensen Community Center entrance on Garfield Street. In your letter, make sure to include your street address, because on December 12, Santa will be visiting as many kids as he can who wrote to him. “Just imagine seeing Santa on his Parks and Recreation hay wagon, playing Christmas carols throughout the town and making visits to the kindest kids,” said Bill DeMaio. Also, on December 12, Santa will be traveling around (at night) to see the homes and businesses who entered in the Holiday House Decorating Contest and to view the beautiful lights! We, at the Newington Parks and Recreation Department, encourage you to participate in all these great events in hopes of making the holidays seem a little more normal.
For more information, please contact the Newington Parks and Recreation office at
860-665-8666 or visit our website at www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec. Remember, with Newington Parks and Recreation we are “Building a Strong Community!”
This press release was produced by the Newington Parks and Recreation Department. The views expressed here are the author’s own.