Ellington Annual Winterfest
Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Watch here for information on the 2014 Winterfest!!



Established in 2004, Ellington Annual Winterfest & Tree-Lighting Ceremony is held the first weekend in December.  The weekend includes a series of events to promote community and holiday spirit in the Town of Ellington.  Events include:

  • Tree-Lighting assisted by two Ellington children 
  • Ellington Singers Holiday Concert 
  • Open House at the Nellie McKnight House 
  • Torch Light Parade 
  • Festival of Trees and Open House at the Hall Memorial Library 
  • Church Choirs 
  • Christmas Play by the Ellington High School Drama Department 
  • Appearances by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman 


For more info, contact Ellen Karadimas, Winterfest Facilitator, at 860-875-3885.

Frosty the Snowman Picture

Ellington Winterfest Committee Members:
 
Patricia & Jim Stoughton:  Pat organizes the Winterfest program; and Jim acts as "Town Crier" during the event.
 
Denise Archibald:  Denise works with Pat to create the programs/flyers/posters that are distributed around town.
 
Paul Scordato:  Decorates the gazebo area/tree and creates the float for Santa and Mrs. Claus
 
Susan Philips:  Director of Hall Memorial Library, she coordinates all activities at the library, as well as handling certain needs around the town green area.
 
Jack Rich:  Coordinator of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Dept.'s "Torchlight Parade" during Winterfest
 
Sharon McLaughlin:  Helps coordinate all the Winterfest activities at the Ellington Congregational Church
 
Dave Milnes:  Plays Santa Claus each year.
 
Jack Hagopian:  Plays Frosty the Snowman each year.
 
Dot Shackway:  Coordinates the Winterfest activities of the Ellington Women's Club at the Senior Center.
 
Rita Carbone-Lawson:  Assists Ellen Karadimas with PR releases and the distribution of posters.
 
Anonymous Volunteer:  Plays Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer
 
Ellen Karadimas:  Chairman & Founder of Ellington's Winterfest. Manages the coordination of all activities of the Winterfest; initiates all formal paperwork/forms needed; handles the writing of the press releases and public relations; plays Mrs. Santa Claus each year.
 
Also, big thanks to Nancy Long, of the Ellington Historical Society for preparing the Nellie McKnight Museum; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their "Live Nativity"; Express Verizon for their "Donkey Petting Zoo" and contributing Rudolph's costume; Ellington's Public Works Department; our Town Constables; and Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, and myriad volunteers for all the work they do.