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Dec 6, 2012 :  Holiday Stroll

ring in the season with west hartford’s annual holiday stroll

-festive evening of fun to take place December 6th

‘Tis the season for getting together with friends and family and enjoying holiday festivities.  There’s no better way to do so than with West Hartford’s annual Holiday Stroll, spanning both West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square.  This must-attend event is free to the public and takes place this year on Thursday, December 6th from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Attendees can expect a warm welcome to the season with holiday lights, horse drawn carriage rides, carolers and street entertainment.    Santa himself will be at the Toy Chest from 6-7 p.m. and in The Square at Blue Back from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and some favorite cartoon characters will also be on hand for meet and greets throughout the night.

The evening will include musical performances by: Sigel Hebrew Academy School Choir, Duffy School Choir, Brassroots Trio, Solomon Schechter Day School Chorus, Emanuel Synagogue Junior Choir, The Sweetest Key A Cappella group, Be Sharp A Cappella Group from Conard High School, West Hartford Women’s Chorale, The Playhouse On Park Main Stage Singers, Stop/Time Dancers, Heavy Shtetl Klezmer band in the lobby of 65 Memorial, Conard Jazz Combo-in Crate & Barrel, Ballet Theater Company in lobby of Farmington Savings Bank, and a Bose Corp-Acoustic Performance showcasing the L1 series 2 sound system.  Click here for the schedule of musical performances.

There are also plenty of great offers to get residents started on their holiday shopping including:

  • Armeny Custom Jewelers: Refreshments and gift with purchase
  • REI: interactive games, hot chocolate samples and a raffle
  • Charming Charlie: drawing for a $50 gift card and handbag
  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers: Elf on the Shelf story time and adoption ceremony for children and their families at 7 p.m. Hot chocolate and sugar cookies will also be served.
  • Crate & Barrel: Select New Year’s Celebration items will be 20% off, including a sampling of holiday candies. Guests are invited to take a card for a free iTunes download-Speakeasy cocktails-a mixology app for raising holiday spirits.
  • Kennedy’s Barber Club: mini muffins, candy canes and bottled water-Complimentary cuts and shaves
  • Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs: Holiday music performances by local musicians, snacks and refreshments. Special give-a-ways and holiday bounce back coupons
  • Penzys Spices: free ¼ cup jar of cinnamon sugar with purchase
  • LCR Design & Decoration: 15% off all in stock merchandise from 12/3-12/9 some exclusions
  • Spin Monograms & Gifts: Grand Opening Night- popcorn machine
  • White House/Black Market:  Holiday singers and refreshments
  • Blo Blow Dry Bar: Pink candy canes for the kids and a card for a complimentary deep conditioning with purchase of one regular blo out.

“This event really showcases what a great community we have,” said Barbara Lerner, Project Marketing Manager for Blue Back Square.  “There’s no question that this will get you in the holiday spirit with all of the great activities that will be happening throughout the evening.”

Finally, all those who attend can fill their bellies with scrumptious samples including:

  • Green Teahouse- Tea sampling
  • New York Sports Clubs-Popcorn and cotton candy with SpongeBob
  • DeRobertis Jewelers- Sparkling cider and cookies
  • Kimberly Boutique-popcorn
  • Bridgewater Chocolates- platters of free assorted chocolates
  • Whole Foods Market- Hot cider samples
  • Elana Lee Ritoli Orthodontics-sweet treats
  • Ten Thousand Villages-samples of fair trade hot cocoa
  • Beckers Diamonds & Fine Jewelry-light refreshments
  • Munson’s Chocolates- in store sampling
  • Toast Wines by Taste-Wine sampling
  • The Cheesecake Factory-samples of seasonal Pumpkin and Peppermint bark cheesecake
  • LaBrazel-Eggnog and cookies
  • Rizzuto’s- sampling of their home-made meatballs
  • Besito –Churro’s and Mexican hot chocolate
  • Flemings Prime Steakhouse- warm apple cider
  • La Perla Jewelers- Hot mulled cider and cookies
  • Umi Sushi and Tapas- sushi sampling

For more information on the Blue Back Square West Hartford Center Holiday Stroll, visit www.bluebacksquare.com or www.westhartfordcenter.com