Towns to kick off the holiday season

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Santa Claus, flanked by, from left, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Naugatuck Mayor N. Warren ‘Pete’ Hess, waves to the crowd during Naugatuck’s 12th Annual Holiday Kickoff last year on the Town Green. –FILE PHOTO
Santa Claus, flanked by, from left, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Naugatuck Mayor N. Warren ‘Pete’ Hess, waves to the crowd during Naugatuck’s 12th Annual Holiday Kickoff last year on the Town Green. –FILE PHOTO

The towns of Prospect, Beacon Falls, and Naugatuck are planning to ring in the holiday season this weekend.

Beacon Hose Company No. 1 will get Beacon Falls in the holiday spirit with its annual Tree Lighting and Bonfire on Saturday.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a tree lighting ceremony at Beacon Falls Town Hall, 10 Maple Ave., followed by lighting ceremonies at St. Michael’s Church, 25 Maple Ave., and Beacon Falls Congregational Church, 69 Wolfe Ave.

The ceremonies will be followed by a bonfire at the Tracy Lewis House on Wolfe Avenue. Hayrides through the neighborhoods and refreshments, including hot cocoa and hot cider, will be available.

Naugatuck will kick off the holidays by combining an old tradition with a new festival.

Naugatuck is holding its first Light the Night Festival on Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. The festival will take place along Church Street from the Town Green to Rubber Avenue. The rain date is Sunday.

The festival combines the annual Christmas tree lighting and visit from Santa Claus on the Green with vendors and live music along Church Street.

Santa will arrive to light the Christmas tree at 5 p.m. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman will make special appearances, as well.

In addition to the traditional Christmas tree, the town will also decorate a military tree dedicated to members of the military. All are welcome to hang an ornament on the military tree to honor military members.

There is no cost for admission, but people are asked to bring a food donation for the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank or a new, unwrapped toy.

Prospect and the Volunteer Fire Department of Prospect are sponsoring the town’s annual Tree Lighting and Light Parade on Sunday.

The evening kicks off with the Light Parade at 5 p.m. The parade, which features decorated fire trucks and private floats, steps off from the Town Green on Center Street and follows the Memorial Day parade route. All are welcome to participate.

The parade will end at Prospect Town Hall, 36 Center St., for the tree lighting festivities. For more information, call Prospect Town Hall at 203-758-4461.