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A Multitude of Post-Thanksgiving Activities Abound In Connecticut

HARTFORD, CT, November 3, 2004 - After the turkey wishbone has been broken, midday naps have been taken and a plethora of football games have been watched, families seeking additional entertainment for themselves, visiting in-laws and friends can turn to Connecticut - located only a short drive away - to provide a number of holiday kick-off activities during the extended post-Thanksgiving weekend.

With its innovative 52 Getaway program, visitors to the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism's easy-to-use web site at www.ctbound.org can follow suggested itineraries developed by the state; create their own itineraries based on interests such as Arts and Culture, Romance, Families and Outdoor Adventure; or browse through the Events section on the web site to find the latest happenings for the month.

A sampling of post Thanksgiving holiday activities includes:

  •  Winterfest - East Windsor, CT
    The Connecticut Trolley Museum, the nation's oldest incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era (1890-1945) is holding its annual Winterfest that kicks-off November 26-28. Winterfest allows visitors the opportunity to check-out the museum and ride on a closed heated trolley through a three-mile tunnel of more than 6,000 holiday lights.

    Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children (ages 3-12) and children under three pay $3. The rides run from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. For more information, call (860) 627-6540.
  • Harvest Your Own Christmas Tree - Shelton, CT
    Families looking to burn off the overload of consumed calories from Thanksgiving dinner and seeking to get into the holiday spirit at the same time, can venture to the Jones Family Farm, a sixth-generation family owned farm that began selling Christmas trees in 1947. Families can harvest their own Christmas trees on 200 acres of the farm. In addition, families can pick out fresh wreaths and explore a distinctive gift shop.

    Admission is free, and the farm is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The farm is located on Route 10 and Israel Hill Road. For more information, call (203) 929-8425 or visit www.jonesfamilyfarms.com.
  • 134th Annual Light Up City Hall Ceremony - Norwich, CT
    Visitors looking for a quintessential, small-town New England experience can travel to the quaint town of Norwich on November 26 for the lighting of the town's City Hall, which was first lit during the Victorian Age, in 1902, as part of the town's 250th anniversary celebration. As a matter of fact, Norwich was once recognized as the "The Christmas City of Connecticut." In addition to the ceremony, the lighting festivities include musical entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides under a canopy of lights, an appearance by Santa and even a showcase of vintage automobiles.

    Admission is free and runs from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (860) 892-1813.
  • Hearth Cooking Demonstrations, Another Second Penny Inn - Stonington, CT
    For families inspired by the culinary feast of the Thanksgiving holidays, and who want to cook or even eat more, Another Second Penny Inn is offering traditional hearth cooking demonstrations. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend (November 26-28) visitors will learn to prepare traditional Thanksgiving foods, including roast turkey, dressing, spider cornbread, French rolls and, of course, pumpkin pie.

    Cost is $40 per person and advance reservations are required. For more information, call (860) 535-1710 or visit www.secondpenny.com.

And for tykes that cannot wait to share with Santa this year's gift list, jolly old St. Nick will be making a couple of stops throughout Connecticut on November 26 and 27. On November 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., families can visit the Florence Griswold Museum in Lyme for horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa aboard Foxglove Farm's charming wagonette for only $1 per person (for more information, call 860-434-5542). On November 27 at 10:00 a.m., Santa will arrive at the Sherman Green in Fairfield and lead a parade through downtown and will give each child a free gift. Following the parade, families can enjoy children's games, wagon rides and food (for more information, call 203-255-1011). At 2:00 p.m., Kris Kringle will then make an appearance at Mystic River Park in Mystic when he sails to shore aboard the Kingston II tugboat where he will greet the crowd and listen to children's holiday wishes. Families can enjoy Christmas caroling while waiting for Santa (for more information, call 860-572-9578). Admissions to all the Santa sightings on November 27 are free.

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Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Jennifer Aniskovich
Executive Director
Tel: (860) 256-2800
E-mail: janiskovich@ctarts.org


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