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Holiday Stroll returns

New Canaan: The Holiday Stroll returns to downtown New Canaan this Friday, and Saturday. An ice sculpture of a car brings a boy to a screeching halt at a previous Holiday Stroll. This year’s event will take place Downtown Friday evening, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. — Dave Stewart Photo
A tradition will be renewed when the Village District becomes a winter wonderland for the New Canaan Holiday Stroll Friday, Nov. 30.
Fourteen years ago, a group of local merchants wanted to create a festive way for the residents of New Canaan to celebrate the season of giving while highlighting downtown shops and restaurants. Now run by the Chamber of Commerce, the Holiday Stroll has become a New Canaan tradition.
There is no charge for admission Friday evening, when of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrive to officially kick off the holiday season as residents of all ages gather on Elm Street, which is closed to vehicular traffic.
Festivities include the singing Christmas carols ; holiday musical performances by Dan Fiore and Anthony Buzzeo of New Canaan Music; Nutcracker excerpts from the New England Academy of Dance “Nutcracker;” and students from the Studio, Performing Arts Conservatory and The New Canaan Dance Academy.
A firepit will be glowing at the intersection of South and Elm, offering s’mores thanks to the Kiwanis Club of New Canaan.
The Waffle Cabin will be set up in front of The Playhouse.
Holiday characters such as Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch and of course Rudolph will roam the village spreading holiday cheer.  
Local merchants will provide seasonal beverages as guests shop, with surprises on Main and Forest streets as well. Light-up holiday trinkets and garb will be available for purchase during the event.
If the weather does not cooperate, some of Friday’s activities could be postponed to Saturday.
The merriment continues Saturday, including photo ops with Santa at Houlihan Lawrence from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as the Norwalk Symphony takes its live music to the streets. An ice sculptor will be on hand at 95 Park Street creating and carving, thanks to First County Bank.
The Gingerbread House Tour, sponsored by Halstead Real Estate, has become a New Canaan tradition allowing families to decorate and create together. Houses will be on display in store windows throughout town during the month of December.
More information about the Holiday Stroll is available at newcanaanchamber.com or 203-966-2004.
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