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Calendar of Events

  • November 2, 2014

    Daylight Savings Time Ends

  • November 8, 2014

    St. John's Church ~ Basket Bazaar

    You're Invited! Come one and all to St. John's Basket Bazaar on Saturday, November 8th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check out over fifty quality baskets; peruse Attic Treasures, including gently used jewelry, china and linens; and select a special treat or two to take home from the Bake Sale. Finally, relax and recharge at the Bazaar Luncheon with a bowl of Butternut-Apple Bisque, Chili or Creamy Clam Chowder - - - all homemade and delicious! Plus, you won't want to miss the Basket Raffle at 1:15 p.m. You could be a winner even though you need not be present to win! Sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church (400 Main St., Niantic, CT), the Basket Bazaar is an annual fundraiser in support of its outreach programs. For more information, contact the church office at 860-739-2324 or visit:

  • November 9, 2014

    Carelot PTO 7th Annual One Stop Holiday Shopping Event

    The Carelot PTO will present their 7th Annual One Stop Holiday Shopping, on Sunday, Nov. 9th, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the East Lyme High School. Get all of your holiday shopping done in one stop by shopping from local crafters and small businesses....or treat yourself to some great treasures. Vendors from our area will be displaying their crafts and goodies including an assortment of knit apparel, Candles and fragrances, yummy treats, homemade craft items, wood crafts, children’s gifts and books, health and beauty and so much more. Hope to see you all there!
    • “The Carelot Café” will offer food & baked goods for purchase.
    • Children’s Activities too! Face painting, tattoos and crafts.
    Know someone who would like to be a vendor? Email us at for a registration packet.
    Basket Bonanza to benefit The Ronald Vlaun Scholarship Fund.

  • November 11, 2014

    Veterans Day Observation

    Come honor and remember our veterans at a Veterans Day Observance on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Liberty Green (downtown Niantic - corner of Main St. and Pennsylvania Ave.). In the event of rain, the vigil will move to the American Legion facility on York Ave.

  • November 27, 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • November 29, 2014

    11th Annual Holiday Stroll

    Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 11th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features horse-drawn carriage rides, professional holiday carolers strolling the quaint shop-lined streets of Niantic, complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the green, a "Snow-Flake Drop" featuring discounts and giveaways at local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least, the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village.
    The fun takes place on Saturday, November 29th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

    3-7 p.m. Complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides
    3-7 p.m. Store and restaurant specials
    3-7 p.m. Heritage Properties’ Toys for Tots Drive on Liberty Green
    3-7 p.m. Children’s arts & crafts @ the Police Dept w/ EL Youth Services
    3-4:30 p.m. S’more stations
    3-4:30 p.m. Letter writing to Santa at the Children's Museum of SE CT
    3-5 p.m. April’s Balloon Creations at Weichert Realtors
    3-5 p.m. Kids games on the Liberty Green with DJ WJR
    4-4:30 p.m. Giuliano's Donut & Bake Shop’s Donut Eating Contest
    4-5:30 p.m. Meet ‘n’ Greet with Eastern Connecticut’s Ballet’s Nutcracker and Clara from “The Nutcracker” at Sage & Sandalwood
    4-7 p.m. The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers stroll Main Street
    5:10 p.m. Countdown to the tree lighting
    5:15 p.m. Snowflake Drop
    5:20 p.m. Arrival of Santa
    5:30 p.m. Visits with Santa and letter delivery
    Children can bring their yearly letters and wish lists to Santa for bringing back to the North Pole, or they can stop in to the Children's Museum to craft their letter. Visits with Santa are free; parents are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the moment.

    The day also provides a great opportunity to begin your holiday shopping as many of the local businesses will be open offering holiday sales and discounts. So, come early and escape the big box malls and crowed parking lots and help support the small and local merchants who make shopping small ~ BIG!   Join us and support small business!
    Volunteers and local merchants will once again join forces to capture the spirit of the season in this picturesque small-town celebration. Stroll organizers will again provide the local merchant “Snowball Drop” which provides snow ball recipients to special doscounts and offers at local businesses.
    Additional details will be published as they become available, so please revist this listing for future Holday Stroll updates.
    It’s a rare occasion when almost everyone gets to be a ‘winner’ and it’s just a lot of fun for the strollers and the retailers. Throughout the evening, local businesses and restaurants will offer refreshments and special discounts and giveaways. Additional children’s activities and crafts will be coordinated by East Lyme Youth Services.

  • December 6, 2014

    26th Annual Niantic Light Parade & Winterfest 2014

    After celebrating its 25th anniversary last year (in 2013), one might ask how the Annual East Lyme Winterfest & Light Parade could get any better. And well, this extremely popular regional event and its organizers seem to take it up a step each and every year.
    The 26th Annual Niantic Light Parade & Winterfest will once again be held on a Saturday afternoon/night on December 6th, 2014.
    The day will start with the Winterfest beginning at 2:00 pm on Main St. This prelude to the parade, typically features a popular Chowder & Chili Cook-off, Magic Shows, Face Painting, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Ice Sculptures and much, much more!
    Then, starting at 6:00 p.m., Fireworks are expected to once again kick off the Light Parade which features beautifully built and lighted parade floats, dance groups and Santa himself as they parade down the beautifully decorated Main St. in Niantic.
    So come early, shop for holiday gifts in the unique gift shops throughout town or dine at one of the many East Lyme restaurants. It's a day your entire family and friends will enjoy - guaranteed!
    For additional information or to obtain a downloadable application to enter a float visit: or contact Dan Collins at:
    For further additional information about WinterFest or to enter the Chowder & Chili Cook-off, please contact Mike at