Christmas Village is open from early December (December 7 in 2014) through Christmas Eve. Hours are 1-8:30 p.m. daily, with shorter hours from 9 a.m. until noon on Christmas Eve. Arrive by 6 p.m., or you may be turned away. The event kicks off on Sunday, December 7, at 12:30 p.m. with a parade that proceeds from the Armory, along Main Street, up Mason Street to Christmas Village. On December 16 from 5-8:30 p.m., Silent Santa will be signing for all deaf and hearing-impaired visitors. For more information about Christmas Village, call the Torrington Parks and Recreation Department at 860-489-2274.
My four-year-old daughter and I visited Christmas Village for the first time in December of 2006, and we really didn't know what to expect. Luckily, some folks in the know told us that the wait would be long, but they assured us it would be worth it. They were right on both counts.
Hopefully, these pictures will inspire you to visit Christmas Village this year. I have plenty of tips to share in the photo captions, so you'll be more prepared than I was.
|Welcome to Christmas Village||Anticipation Builds||A Long Line, But Worth the Wait||Inside Christmas Village|
|Who Lives Here?||Santa Claus||Santa's Fireplace||Meeting Mrs. Claus|
|The Woman Behind the Big Man||The Toy Shop||Elf at Work||Christmas Elves|