NEWTOWN — Newtown Youth and Family Services will host its 37th annual Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 4 on Main Street. All activities begin at 11 a.m.

The Holiday Festival includes activities for all ages that are spread out along Main Street in three primary locations: Edmond Town Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, and C.H. Booth Library.

The three locations are connected by an Outdoor Holiday Market featuring local food merchants and vendors selling handmade goods. 

There will be a historic trolley ride through the Newtown borough.

The Holiday Festival is the largest fundraiser for NYFS. Proceeds support autism programming, mental health and additional counseling services, adolescent support groups, community services, and much more for the children, teens, adults, and seniors of Newtown and surrounding communities. 

There is a fee. A general admission ticket includes one performance of “The Nutcracker Suite,” performed by the Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice, an Outdoor Holiday Market, a Festival of Trees viewing, children’s activities at the library including Arts and Crafts and Princess Storytime, Superhero Academy, Gingerbread House viewing and voting, Cookies with Mrs. Claus, and one Historic Trolley Tour. 

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance. 

For those who wish to only attend a performance of the ballet, separate tickets can be purchased.

Tickets are available through the NYFS website at www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org. Those seeking more information may call 203-270-4335.

While strolling between festival activities, holiday shoppers can visit with vendors of handmade goods, and buy food from food vendors. 

Carolers and musicians will perform along the way and photo opportunities with Santa Claus will be available.

Historic Trolley Tours will depart from and return to Edmond Town Hall. 

Reservations will be available inside the town hall lobby and will be first-come, first-served due to limited seating.

A Gingerbread House competition will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church. All are invited to join the fun by entering the competition and/or voting for a favorite. 

There is no cost for entry. Entry criteria and drop-off times are available on the NYFS website. Voting will be done during the festival on December 4 and winners will be announced at 4:15 p.m.

Children can write a letter to Santa Claus and receive a handwritten response back in time for Christmas. 

Letters, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, should be hand delivered to The Toy Tree in The Village at Lexington Gardens, 32 Church Hill Rd. 

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