The Orange Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 3-6 p.m.
All activities will occur on and near the Town Green.
Gingerbread House Making Contest
Start designing you Gingerbread House creations now, all of the entries are always incredible and the competition is fierce!
All entries must be decorated with edible embellishments! No plastic trees or reindeer, so be creative!
Group entries are welcome! Prizes will be awarded!
Drop-off your entry at The Clark Building on Dec. 5 from 2-3 p.m. and pick up between 5:30-6 p.m. Entries left behind will be discarded, so don’t forget to come back for yours!
A talented artist from Ice Matters will be doing an Ice Carving Demonstration on the front lawn of the Clark Building from 3-5 p.m.
Case Memorial Library
• Take & Make Crafts
• Mail Letters to Santa
• Guess How Many Candies in a Jar (it’s different every year, and not so easy to do!)
Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Stone Otis House from 3-6 p.m.
Visit the Historical Society’s Antique Collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors at The Academy Building from 3-6 p.m.
Railroad Enthusiasts Rejoice!
You can visit the New Haven to Derby Line Model Railroad in the Lower Level of the Academy Building from 3-6 p.m. A Crowd Favorite!
Orange Congregational Church
Warm up with a cup of Cocoa or Coffee and enjoy the start of the season with all of your favorite yuletide tunes at the Carol Sing on the steps of the Church from 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Wandering Minstrels – The CT Yuletide Carolers will be performing from 3-5 p.m.
One of the the newer traditions (since 2017) The Lighted Tractor Parade always pulls spectators from all corners of the festival, because of its participant’s creativity and just the fun atmosphere it provides. Look for the tractors to roll down Orange Center Road at 4:30 p.m.
The town of Orange doesn’t have a friend of Santa Claus for the festival, Oh No, we have the genuine article! Santa Arrives at the conclusion of the lighted tractor parade.
Tree Lighting – 5:30pm