Holiday Happenings!

Here’s a list of things to do with your family over the holidays. If we missed something — and listen, we know this is incomplete — please send an email with the event details to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we’ll add it to the list.

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This list is made possible thanks to the support of ValleyGivesBack.org. Remember the Valley!

Support The Troops

Several Valley communities are collecting money to send to residents serving in the military. It’s a tradition.

In Derby contributions for the Servicemen and Women’s Fund can be sent to Mayor Richard Dziekan, Servicemen and Women’s Fund, Derby City Hall, 1 Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418.

Checks should be made payable to Derby Servicemen and Women’s Fund.

In addition to monetary donations, the Derby mayor’s office is also looking for the names of current members in the armed services who are from Derby.

If you are aware of a Derby serviceman or woman serving at home or abroad who can benefit from this opportunity, please contact Mayor Dziekan’s office at 203-736-1450 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In Ansonia, City Hall is also collecting for city residents serving in the military.

Mail your checks to Ansonia City Hall, Mayor David Cassetti, 253 Main St.

Email city hall worker Greg Martin for more information: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In Seymour, the town is looking for donations to The Richard R. Pearson Memorial Fund.

The deadline to donate in Seymour is Dec. 10.

See the image below for details.

Ansonia Has The Spirit

Ansonia’s tree lighting is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. next to City Hall at 253 Main St.

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 1, the city’s cultural commission is hosting the annual “Holiday Marketplace” at the Armory, 4 North State St. The marketplace is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Check out the flyer for info on both Ansonia events.

Speaking of Ansonia, the city and the cultural commission are again sponsoring a holiday decorating contest!

Winners will be determined by the amount of “likes” received on the Ansonia Cultural Commission’s Facebook page. You must live in Ansonia to win.

Here’s a flyer with more information:

Also, there’s a “Breakfast with Santa” at the Assumption Church hall scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$5 for kids buffet breakfast, $10 for adults. Check out the flyer for more info, but keep in mind the end time is 12:30 p.m. (not 12 p.m.).

The Prendergast School PTO has also scheduled a pancake breakfast with raffle, auction, and pictures with Santa for Dec. 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the school, located at 59 Finney St.

Cost is $5 per person.

Click here for more info.

The Friends of the Ansonia Library will hold a holiday book sale, Saturday, December 1, 8:30am-12:30 pm, Ansonia Library, 53 South Cliff Street, Ansonia.

Used books in great condition with a special holiday selection and raffle. Call 203-734-6275 or email.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Concerts For A Cause!

St Vincent de Paul and former Derby Mayor/current City Clerk/talented musician Marc Garofalo are hosting “A Valley Holiday Spectacular” at Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Boulevard North.

The dates and times are as follows:

Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The ‘festive musical event’ will benefit St. Vincent de Paul, TEAM Inc., and Adam’s House.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for people between 4 and 17, age 3 and under get in for free.

Click this link to buy tickets online.

Or call 203 925 0058.

Check out the flyer below for more details, or visit the event on Facebook.

AT THE STRAND IN SEYMOUR

Is it me, or has the Strand Theater in Seymour quietly become one of the hidden gems of the Valley?

Sure, it’s been there for a long time, but there’s constant programming happening there now. Consider supporting what they do by checking out some of the upcoming shows.

On Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., “The Learning Station” performs live with a show called “A Children’s Holiday Journey.” Tickets are ten bucks. Here’s a flyer:

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” screens at the Strand Dec. 1. But listen, there are more than 2,000 people “interested” in seeing it, according to the Strand’s Facebook event page. Contact the theater before heading out. (203) 888-2102

On Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., Matthew Boyce will be taking the stage as Elvis for a “Blue Christmas” live concert. He tours all over the U.S. Tickets are twenty bucks. Click here for info.

On Dec. 8, watch Randy Quaid steal “Christmas Vacation” from 80s funny guy Chevy Chase. Info here.

For all the weirdos out there, CT Cult Classics (founded by a Derby dude) is hosting “A Wonderful Christmas Time” Dec. 15 at the Strand. It’s a double feature! Weirdo Christmas movies “Die Hard” and “Gremlins” will screen. Click here for Facebook info, or read the stuff below.

Shelton Tree Lightings

In Shelton, Celebrate Shelton will host their Fifth Annual Community Tree Lighting in Downtown Shelton Friday, November 30th at 6:00pm.

Community members are invited to join Celebrate Shelton creators Nicole Mikula, Michael Skrtic & Jimmy Tickey at the Rotary Pavilion at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Downtown Shelton. There will be a holiday sing-a-long with hot cocoa and cookies provided by the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley’s Keystone Club. After the tree lighting, Santa will arrive on Shelton’s own Echo Hose Firetruck at 7:00pm, and children are encouraged to meet with Santa and take a photo.

A flyer is below.

The White Hills Volunteer Fire Company will also host a tree lighting Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

Check out the flyer below, or click this link for more information.

If you miss either of those lightings — or are just so darned full of the holiday spirit that you want to spread some cheer at another — a tree lighting on the Huntington Green is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

SEYMOUR IS THE PLACE TO BE IN DECEMBER

Downtown Seymour continues the tradition of Santa arriving by train. This year he is scheduled to arrive at the Seymour train station at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The train station is on Main Street. Expect a large crowd. Click here for the Facebook page.

He then makes his way past the shops to the American Legion on Bank Street for photos. Expect a large crowd.

Citizens Engine Co. members will be selling hot dogs and popcorn.

Looking to stay local for your photos with Santa?

Then stop by the Seymour Ambulance Association at 4 Wakeley St. Saturday, Dec. 1 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The photos continue Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you’re looking for a nice outdoor light display this year, check out the house at 176 Mountain Road. That family gets into the spirit, Facebook page and all!

Santa will also be doing photo ops at the Seymour Historical Society, 59 West St. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Bring your own camera, take as many pics as you’d like.

Santa will be hanging out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 203-888-2086 (tell him Eugene sent ya and blame him for any spelling errors in this post, he was my old newspaper editor!)

Click here for the Facebook page.

Check out the image for the Seymour Historical Society’s event below:

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