Ellington's 12th Annual Winterfest
Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, December 5, 2015
3:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, contact Hall Memorial Library for updates at
(860) 870-3160
.  There is no snow/rain date.

Click here for a printable schedule of event!


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 Ceremony assisted by two Ellington children 
  • Ellington Singers Holiday Concert 
  • Open House at the Nellie McKnight Museum featuring a picture display of "The Best of Ellington", which includes past events such as ice harvesting; the Halladay Windmill; Ellington Parrish Train Band and 200 years of the McKnight museum building
  • Torch Light Parade at 5:15 p.m.
  • Open House and refreshments at the Hall Memorial Library featuring performances by Windermere Intermediate School Instrumentalists and the Ellington High School Music Department; Card-making Workshop sponsored by Crystal Lake Community Church
  • Ellington Congretational Church will offer an ala carte, inexpensive, child-friendly dinner; an afternoon carole sing and a "Warming Tree" to collect hats, mittens and scarves for those in need.
  • The Ellington Women's Club will offer hot chocolate and cookies at the Town Hall Annex (rear entrance) next door to the Town Hall on Main Street
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will present a live nativity outside of the church on December 5 and 6 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm as well as a festive display of 150 nativity sets from around the world in their main hall; refreshments will be served.
  • Photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman
  • Ellington High School Opening Knight Players to perform a 35-minute presentation of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm at the EHS Getchell Auditorium.

For more info, contact Ellen Karadimas, Winterfest Facilitator, at 860-875-3885 or write to P.O. Box 282, Ellington, CT  06029.

Frosty the Snowman Picture

Ellington Winterfest Committee Members:
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 Department'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 contributing Rudolph's costume; Ellington's Public Works Department; our Town Constables; and Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, and a myriad of volunteers for all the work they do.