• Stroll Your Own Way 2020

  • Holiday Stroll 2020

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    Stroll Your Own Way – A Town Wide Holiday Celebration –

    While we won’t be encouraging large crowds to our Center this year for our traditional Holiday Stroll, the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Town of West Hartford, Blue Back Square and our business and neighborhood associations invite you to “Stroll Your Own Way”.

    Below are a series of activities and physically distanced events that will allow you to spread the spirit of the season while supporting our local businesses and attractions.

    Visit our Events Calendar to keep up to date on holiday themed activities and events and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season

  • Stroll Your Own Way - Selfie Contest

    While our holiday celebrations may look a bit different this year, we still have the ability to spread the cheer and support our local businesses in a fun and safe way.

    The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce & Town of WH are running a #StrollYourOwnWay selfie challenge. You earn points for a chance to will a prize based on your activities.

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Take a selfie at your favorite West Hartford business or attraction
    2. Post the picture to Facebook.  Make sure you tag the business and West Hartford Chamber. Use the hashtag #StrollYourOwnWay (1 point)
    3. Post the picture to Instagram.  Make sure you tag the business and @WHChamber & @westhartford_econdev. Use the hashtag #StrollYourOwnWay (1 point)
    4. Wear a MASK! (2 points)
    5. Bonus if the Business is a West Hartford Chamber Member (1 point)

    There will be a random drawing for one person to win our top prize of a bundle of gift cards for local businesses & attractions. 

    The more points, the better the odds.

    Now all you have to do is #StrollYourOwnWay!

  • West Hartford Holiday Window Decorating Contest – November 27 – December 31

    West Hartford Businesses are encouraged to get creative in decking the halls…well, windows!

     

    If you are a West Hartford based business and would like to submit a picture of your holiday themed window, you can do so by emailing a photo with the name of our business/establishment to Chris Conway cconway@whchamber.com

     

    If you would like to see the gallery of West Hartford Holiday Themed Windows and vote on your favorite –

    visit this link to cast your vote – (LINK TO COME)

    The business or organization who receives the most votes will be named best of the season!

  • Holiday Themed Performances (Use a picture from last year) preferably with a single performer if  you can find one

    We will feature a series of music and other performances in Blue Back Square and other locations around town.  Check the Events Calendar for the latest updates Event Calendar link

     

    Other On-going Events:

     

    Holiday through the Tulle (November 28- December 20 Saturdays & Sundays): Delight in the magic of the season with the Ballet Theatre Company’s costume exhibition and performance excerpts of The Nutcracker at Hill-Stead Museum. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $20 members & children, $25 non-members

    https://www.dancebtc.org/the-nutcracker-reimagined

     

    Art Stroll (November 27- December 31) Check out the beautiful paintings created by West Hartford Art League members that are available for viewing in the windows in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Items are for sale.

     

    Magic Mailbox (November 30- December 18 ) Kids can place their letters to Santa in the magic mailbox at Elmwood Community Center and receive a message back from the North Pole!

     

    Elmwood Lights: Drive along New Britain Avenue and enjoy the festive lights of Elmwood.

     

    EVENTS CALENDAR

    DATE

    TIME

    EVENT

    Saturday, November 21

    11AM-1PM

    Very Merry Movie Mornings

    The Santa Clause at Cinépolis

     

    4-6PM

    The River 105.9 Prizes & Giveaways

    Selfie Station with Santa’s image

    At Webster Walk, Blue Back Square, Free

    Saturday, November 28

    2-3PM

    Live Concert: School of Rock

    At Webster Walk, Blue Back Square, Free

     

    4-6PM

    The River 105.9 Prizes & Giveaways

    Selfie Station with Santa’s image

    At Webster Walk, Blue Back Square, Free

     

    6-8PM

    A Merry Little Movie Night from the rooftop of the Memorial Garage featuring Elf

    Tickets are free but must be requested in advance via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/32FvFh. One ticket per vehicle. Tickets are limited. Movie Night To-Go Meals are available for purchase and curbside pick-up at five Blue Back Square restaurants.

     

    All Day

    Small Business Saturday: Shop local at any of the businesses in town for holiday gifts

     

    7PM

    Ballet Theatre Company presents Up Close: Flashes, digital performance, a compilation of short solos set to music by different 1960s artists. View live, virtually.
    Fee: $15, https://www.dancebtc.org/

    Thursday, December 1

    All Day

    Giving Thursday: Remember our non-profit organization that bring us arts, culture, services, sports and more.  Your generosity helps continue their good work.

    Friday,
    December 4

    5-8PM

    Noah Webster House Holiday Market

    Explore and purchase unique, handcrafted, artisanal, and even some tasty creations small, local businesses.

    At the Noah Webster House, 227 S. Main St.

    Saturday, December 5

    2-3PM

    Live Concert: School of Rock

    At Webster Walk, Blue Back Square, Free

     

    4-6PM

    The River 105.9 Prizes & Giveaways

    Selfie Station with Santa’s image

    At Webster Walk, Blue Back Square, Free

     

    6-8PM

    A Merry Little Movie Night from the rooftop of the Memorial Garage featuring The Santa Clause

    Tickets are free but must be requested in advance via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/32FvFh. One ticket per vehicle. Tickets are limited. Movie Night To-Go Meals are available for purchase and curbside pick-up at five Blue Back Square restaurants.

     

    10AM-4PM

    Noah Webster House Holiday Market

    Explore and purchase unique, handcrafted, artisanal, and even some tasty creations small, local businesses.

    At the Noah Webster House, 227 S. Main St.

    Tuesday, December 8

    11:30AM

    Hanukkah Celebration Luncheon Take Away

    Pick up box lunch at Bishops Corner Senior Center

    Pre-register by 12/3 - call 860-561-7583 or email deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov

     

    1:PM

     

     

    2:30PM

    Virtual Hanukkah Celebration presented by Susan and Art Zuckerman recognizing Jewish heroes (and not-so-heroes).

    Performance by Zev & the East Side Klezmer Ensemble

    Pre-register: 860-561-7583 or deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov

    Wednesday, December 9

    1:30PM

    Virtual Musical Concert featuring East Coast Hop Orchestra Quintet Live music streamed from Atria Hamilton Heights.

    Pre-register: 860-561-7583 or deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov

    December 11 & 12

    7PM

    Ballet Theatre Company presents Snowflake Soiree, a private performance at Hill-Stead’s Carriage Porch, followed by Q&A, dessert and libations. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $100 per person

    https://www.dancebtc.org/the-nutcracker-reimagined

    Saturday, December 12

    6-8PM

    A Merry Little Movie Night from the rooftop of the Memorial Garage featuring Elf

    Tickets are free but must be requested in advance via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/32FvFh. One ticket per vehicle. Tickets are limited. Movie Night To-Go Meals are available for purchase and curbside pick-up at five Blue Back Square restaurants.

     

    2-3PM

    Live Concert: School of Rock

    At Webster Walk, Blue Back Square, Free

     

    4-6PM

    The River 105.9 Prizes & Giveaways

    Selfie Station with Santa’s image

    At Webster Walk, Blue Back Square, Free

    Sunday, December 13

    4PM

    Fire on Ice Chanukah Celebration

    Drive-in and park to enjoy the ice sculpture and music

    Town Hall parking lot, Free

     

    11:30AM

    The Nutcracker Tea Party Take Away
    Pick up box lunch at Bishops Corner Senior Center

    Pre-register by 12/9 - call 860-561-7583 or email deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov

     

    1:00PM

    The Nutcracker Tea Party & Performance
    Tune in to WHCi, (Comcast Ch. 5 or Frontier Ch. 6098) to enjoy a wonderful pre-recorded performance of the 2019 The Nutcracker.

    Pre-register: 860-561-7583 or deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov

    Saturday, December 19

    6PM

    Rain Date for Rooftop Movie Night