HARTFORD — The city’s holiday festivities will begin this week, the day after Thanksgiving.
The Hartford Festival of Light will start Nov. 26 and families are invited to ring in a new era of the city’s tradition.
Tiny Tim and friends from “A Christmas Carol,” the Hartford Magnet Middle Marching Band (weather permitting) and members of the Middlesex Whalers and the Junior Wolf Pack youth hockey leagues will lead a Holiday Procession from Constitution Plaza, across State House Square, down Asylum Street to join Pucky the Whale and Santa (who will be riding his ice sleigh from the XL Center) and head to Bushnell Park.
The Hartford Festival of Light program is scheduled to begin at 5:45PM at the historic park and will include the ceremonial lighting and an announcement by Tiny Tim regarding the Toys for Tots collection— so please bring a new, unwrapped toy to drop off at a collection box at the park. Then there will be holiday music and an audience sing-a-long with CONCORA-to-Go and a professional skating demonstration on synthetic ice to invite folks back for public skating in Bushnell Park which runs from Dec. 10, 2010 to Jan. 6, 2011.
The Bushnell Park Carousel will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 26 to Dec. 18. Santa will return to Hartford the weekend of Dec. 10-12 at the Pump House Gallery in Bushnell Park.
Hartford Parking Authority’s first “Freebie Night” is Nov. 26 after 5 p.m. as part of its Park n’ Dine special in conjunction with the Morgan Street, MAT, and Church Street garages.
Also, the Star Shuttle will be running that evening and there is parking at the state lot near the Bushnell. Additional handicapped street parking spaces will be reserved around Bushnell Park.