The Stonington Village Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll starts in front of the Stonington Free Library in Wadawanuck Square the first Friday in December at 5:30 PM.
Every year, on the first Friday evening in December, the SVIA sponsors a tree lighting ceremony in Wadawanuck Square (with generous help from the Stonington Free Library and the Stonington Borough Merchants Association) that includes a community carol sing, mulled cider, and a special visit by Santa.
For many years, the Stonington Middle School Chorus, directed by Ellen Gilbert, has led the gathering in singing Christmas Carols - everyone is welcome to join in! Immediately following the lighting of the tree is the annual Holiday Stroll down Water Street, where local merchants keep their shops open late and welcome visitors with hors d'oeuvres and eggnog and other goodies.
The SVIA also places lights and seasonal decoration in front of the Library and around Cannon Square, and on the viaduct.