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  • November 29, 2014

    11th Annual Niantic 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 28th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

    SCHEDULE of EVENTS and ACTIVITIES:
    3-7 p.m. Store and restaurant specials
    3-7 p.m. Complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides
    3-7 p.m. Characters from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s “Nutcracker”
    3-7 p.m. DJ on the Liberty Green
    3-7 p.m. Heritage Properties’ Toys for Tots Drive on Liberty Green
    3-7 p.m. Children’s arts & crafts at the Police Department with East Lyme Youth Services
    3-4:30 p.m. S’more station at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties
    3-4:30 p.m. Letter writing to Santa at the Children's Museum of SE CT
    3-4:30 p.m. "Holiday Idol" performance on the Liberty Green
    3-5 p.m. April’s Balloon Creations at Weichert Realtors
    4-4:30 p.m. Giuliano's Donut & Bake Shop’s Donut Eating Contest
    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
    6-8 p.m. Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band plays at Smarty’s Restaurant

    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.

    Win a ride with Santa!
    Visit the Niantic Main Street website for details and official rules to enter.

    Lastly, 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 revisit this listing for future Holiday 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: www.ELLightParade.com or contact Dan Collins at: ellightparade@gmail.com
    For further additional information about WinterFest or to enter the Chowder & Chili Cook-off, please contact Mike at eastlymeparks@gmail.com

  • January 19, 2015

    Martin Luther King Holiday

    Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday and celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • 2nd Annual EL/Niantic Restaurant Week

    Dates and details forthcoming!!!

  • March 8, 2015

    Daylight Savings Time Begins

  • March 21, 2015

    8th Annual O'Niantic 5k Run, Walk, Jig or Jog

    Come on! Kick up your heels and shake off those mid-winter blues and join us for the 8th Annual O'Niantic 5K Run, Walk, Jig or Jog. This Niantic, East Lyme event is considered by many a moving party and will take participants through the quaint village of Niantic and its beautiful beachfront. You’ll fall in love with this 5K race and the post race food all charmed with a little o'luck of the Irish.
    So, don’t pay any attention to the thermometer – lace up those shoes and be on the starting line on Saturday, March 21st beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    The run will start and end on Methodist St., Niantic CT.
    Registration, and additional information will be provided when it becomes available or by visiting the Hartford Marathon website

  • April 5, 2015

    Happy Easter

  • May 10, 2015

    Happy Mother's Day

    Come shop for that unique special gift and/or treat your mom to one of the great restaurants in East Lyme.
    Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!

  • May 24, 2015

    Memorial Day Vigil

    A Memorial Day Vigil to honor and remember the brave men and women who died while serving in our country will be held on Sunday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. on the Niantic Town Green (corner of Main St. and Pennsylvania Ave.)

  • May 25, 2015

    Memorial Day Parade

    The annual East Lyme Memorial Day Parade provides an opportunity for patriotic Americans to come together and honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.
    The parade will be held on Monday, May 25th beginning at 2:00 p.m., will begin near St. John's Green (across from the Children's Museum of Southeastern CT.), and will proceed down Niantic's Main St. ending at the East Lyme Town Hall.
    The parade celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and will reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

  • June 12, 2015

    Niantic Bay 10k/run & 5k/walk Road Race

    The Annual Niantic Bay 10k/run road race and 5k/walk will be held on Friday, June 12th beginning at 5:30 pm. The 10K course starts just outside McCook's Point Park entrance on Atlantic Street. This 6.2 mile race course is mostly flat with a few small hills and travels through local neighborhoods. The 5K walk is a 3.1 mile fun walk that generally starts about 15 minutes before the 10K Run. Both start and finish at McCook Point Park. For more information call Cathy Robbins at (860) 912-0206 or e-mail her at robbinsct@comcast.net.
    For additional information visit: Niantic Bay 10K Road Race

  • June 13, 2015

    Connecticut Open House Day

    East Lyme's three historic house museums invite you to discover the town’s rich history through the lives of the families who once called the East Lyme area home. Each historic house will be open for tours, along with special programs unique to each museum, including open-hearth cooking demonstrations, children’s games on the lawn, reenactors, farm animals, spinning demonstrations, and historically- inspired refreshments! Bus service will be provided from museum to museum, with Town Historian Elizabeth Kuchta on board to discuss local history. Get your “Passport to History” stamped at all three museums to be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket.
    For more information, contact the Smith-Harris House www.smithharris.org, 860-739-0761, curator@smithharris.org; OR the Thomas Lee House www.eastlymehistoricalsociety.org, 860-739-6070, info@eastlymehistoricalsociety.org, OR the Samuel Smith House www.samuelsmithhouse.org, 860-739-5079, samuelsmith1685@gmail.com. Connecticut Open-House Day is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism. Connecticut—Still Revolutionary.

    In addition to the above historical venues, the Children's Museum of SECT is offering $2 off admission for Connecticut residents. To qualify for the Children's Museum of SECT, at least one person in each visiting group must show a valid Connecticut driver’s license.
    So come check out why Niantic and East Lyme were voted "Connecticut's Fan Favorite Town" during the CT. Open House Day.

  • June 21, 2015

    Happy Father's Day & 1st Day of Summer!!!

    Come treat dad to one of his favorite restaurants here in East Lyme. Here's wishing all you dads out there a wonderful Happy Fathers Day!

  • Niantic Farmer's Market - Opens June 25th!

    Come join the fun as Niantic kicks off the 6th season of the Niantic Farmers' Market! Local vendors will fill the market space as they do every year with an array of fresh and local produce, pies, breads, plants, herbs, greens, hummus, pork, jams, jellies, prepared foods, native wool, coffee, fresh-filled cannoli's and much, much more.
    The Niantic Farmers Market is located on Methodist Street between Pro Tek Auto and Niantic Cinemas and will run every Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. until October 8th.
    Hope to see you there!
    For additional info regarding Niantic's Farmers' Market, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/NianticFarmersMarket

  • July 4 - July 5, 2015

    37th Annual LobsterFest and
      55th Annual Juried Arts & Craft Show

    Come support the Niantic Lions Club as they once again sponsor their Annual LobsterFest and Chicken BBQ. Lobsterfest 2014 will be held on July 4th (Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm) and July 5th (Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm). Located on the East Lyme Town Hall grounds (Pennsylvania Ave.), this annual Niantic summer tradition is sure to kick start your summer.

    In addition to the above Niantic Lions LobsterFest and Chicken BBQ, the 55th Annual Juried Arts and Craft Show will also be held at the same location, on the same dates and same times. Admission to the Arts & Crafts show is free, and over 180 vendors are expected to be at the show.
    Two great events, one great weekend !
    For additional information, visit: The Niantic Lions Club website

  • July 17 - July 19, 2015

    Carnival on Green

    Come One!  Come All!   In conjunction with the Celebrate East Lyme festivities, the Carnival comes to town complete with games and rides for folks of all ages along with delectable Carnival Treats. Tickets for rides and amusements may be purchased on the day(s) you attend the carnival. Sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church, the Carnival is its largest annual fundraiser supporting community outreach programs.
    The Carnival on St. John's Green will take place on:
        Friday (July 17th) from 6 pm till 10 pm
        Saturday (July 18th) from 3 pm till 10 pm
        Sunday (July 19th) from noon pm till 5 pm

  • July 18, 2015

    Celebrate East Lyme 2015

    The 15th Annual Celebrate East Lyme Festival will be held
    on Saturday, July 18th.
    The Town of East Lyme will once again transform it's waterfront Main Street in the seaside village of Niantic into their annual Bash by the Bay !
    Niantic's Main St. will close to vehicular traffic (beginning at 3:00 p.m.) which will then be filled by over 200 local vendors offering food, fun and entertainment for everyone!  Festivities will include live music and performances, cooking demonstrations & tastings, an Art & Author walk, children's area and so much more!
    Additionally, the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department will again host a Sand Castle competition and the always popular Great Niantic Bay Raft Races. And last, but not least, the day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show over the beautiful Niantic Bay.
    Again, the fun takes place on Saturday, July 20th in downtown Niantic.
    Exit # 72 or # 74 off I-95.

    Below is a brief Schedule of Events:

    Sand Castle/ Sculpture Competition 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    (Hole in the Wall beach)

    Arthur Murray Dance Demos- 2:30 pm-Sunset

    Paddle Board Demos 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    (Hole in the Wall Beach)

    Pro-Tek Auto Stage: Live Music 3:00 - 9:00

    Charter Oak Credit Union: CT Army Band 7:30 – 9:00

    Children’s Area at the SECT Children’s Museum
    Free Yoga Classes on Liberty Green

    Giuliano’s Bakery Monster Sandwich Eating Competition

    Dunk Tank

    St. Johns Carnival

    Dominion Fireworks Show beginning @ 9:00 pm!!

    FOOD Vendors Galore!

    For additional information and a schedule of the days events, please visit: www.CelebrateEastLyme.com

  • August 2, 2015

    Niantic Bay Triathlon

    East Lyme will once again serve as host site for the 2015 Niantic Bay Triathlon. The triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 2nd beginning at 07:30 a.m. and features a 1/2 mile swim, 12-mile bike, and a 3.5 mile run through scenic East Lyme with water views and shaded streets. The Niantic Bay Triathlon is a flat, sprint distance race. Come support the athletes, shop for that special gift and dine at one of our many great shoreline restaurants in town.
    For additional information about the triathlon, call
    Beth Shluger at (860) 652-8866 or visit: Hartford Marathon website

  • August 13 - August 16, 2015

    11th Annual Bargains By The Bay ~ Annual Sales Event

    Niantic Main Street is happy to once again sponsor their Annual Bargains by the Bay Tent and Sidewalk Sale August 13-16, 2015. This always popular four-day event features a collaborative tent and sidewalk sale by downtown merchants in the quaint seaside town of Niantic. Bargains on Antiques, Apparel, Beach Gear, Books, Bikes, Cards, Childrens, Clocks, Collectables, Garden, Gifts, Golf, Jewelry, Music, Pets, Skate, Sweets, Women's Accessories and much, much more. So, come experience shopping at its best in the beautiful and scenic Connecticut shoreline village of Niantic at this annual Bargains By The Bay sales event. Again, this special sales event starts Thursday, August 13h and continues through Sunday, August 16th. Hope to see you here!

  • September 7, 2015

    Labor Day

  • September 26, 2015

    2nd Annual Black Sheep Oyster Festival

    Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Black Sheep Oyster Festival. If you thought last year's event was great, just wait for this year's event which promises to be bigger and better than last years. This new end-of-summer Niantic event is sure to be another crowd pleaser with live entertainment, an Oyster Shucking contest, prizes, giveaways and a whole lot more. The fun will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 beginning at noon at The Black Sheep Irish Pub located at 247 Main St., Niantic. Note: the first 100 people who arrive will receive a special engraved commemorative Guinness Gravity Glass. We hope to see you there!!!

  • October 25, 2015

    Niantic Village Halloween Parade

    Come one, come all, to one of the most highly entertaining events in town ~ the annual Niantic Halloween Parade.
    Sponsored by the East Lyme Business Organization and the East Lyme Parks & Rec. Dept., the parade will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2015 beginning at 1:00 p.m., when children are welcome to browse the downtown shops for "Tricks and Treats".
    Among the parade's signature features is the always popular Halloween Parade which will begin at 2:00 p.m. (starting at Hole-in-the-Wall)
    Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded.
    For additional information, contact Terri Smith at 691-0528 or e-mail her at: jsmith5@snet.net

  • October 31, 2015

    Happy Halloween

  • November 1, 2015

    Daylight Savings Time Ends

  • November 11, 2015

    Veterans Day Observation

    Come honor and remember our veterans at a Veterans Day Observance on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. 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 26, 2015

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • November 28, 2015

    12th Annual Holiday Stroll

    Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 12th 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 28th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.

    SCHEDULE of EVENTS and ACTIVITIES:
    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 5, 2015

    Niantic / East Lyme Light Parade

    Celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2015, the Annual East Lyme / Niantic Light Parade is the largest holiday light parade in all of New England, and maybe one of the most unique events you will find anywhere.
    The Niantic / East Lyme Light Parade will once again be held on a Saturday night on December 5th.
    For additional information or to obtain a downloadable application to enter a float visit: www.ELLightParade.com or contact Dan Collins at: ellightparade@gmail.com