Let's have some fun in Mansfield this holiday season!
Find details on each listing below.
Calendar at a glance:
Week of Nov. 21: Tellebration! virtual program with Mansfield Public Library
Friday, November 24 - Friday, December 24: Visit with Santa Claus at East Brook Mall
Friday, Nov. 26: Family Play Day at Mansfield Community Center
Saturday, Nov. 27: The Polar Express Book Reading at the Holiday Emporium in the East Brook Mall
Saturday, Nov. 27: Campfire Story Hour at The Adventure Park at Storrs
Sunday, Nov. 28: Paint Your Own Pottery at Mill Court Ceramics
Sunday, Nov. 29: Chanukah at the Square with Chabad at UConn in Downtown Storrs
Thursday, Dec. 2, 9, and 16: Exploring Winter Holidays with Mansfield Parkes & Recreation
Saturday, Dec. 4, 11, and 18: Drop-in Holiday Crafts at Mansfield Public Library
Friday, Dec. 3: Deadline to enter Tour of Holiday Lights
Saturday, Dec. 4: Christmas Bazaar at Storrs Congregational Church
Saturday, Dec. 4: Santa Paws at PETCO
Saturday, Dec. 4: Winter Welcome in Downtown Storrs
Sunday, Dec. 5: Photos with Santa at Anthony Raggi, Start Farm Agent's office
Sunday, Dec. 5: UConn's Jacobson Barn Open to the Public - Photo op!
Thursday, Dec. 9: Ginger Bread House Workshop at the Holiday Emporium in the East Brook Mall
Friday, Dec. 10: DIY Wooden Ginger Bread Houses at Mansfield Community Center
Saturday, Dec. 11: The Polar Express Book Reading at the Holiday Emporium in the East Brook Mall
Friday, Dec. 17: Wine Tasting at Goody's Corks & Hops
Wednesday, Dec. 22: Holiday Drive Thru Luncheon at Mansfield Senior Center
Wednesday, Dec. 29: New Year Celebration Concert & Pickup Luncheon at Mansfield Senior Center
TELLABRATION!™ is a night of storytelling celebrated worldwide on or about the third Saturday in November. This year, the Mansfield Public Library is celebrating by offering a video from storyteller Carol Glynn entitled Connecticut Legends and Lore. It's available all week, the week of November 21. To request a link to access the video, please contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a full day of feasting, it's time for some family fun! On Friday, November 26 head to the Mansfield Community Center for Family Play Day!
From 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM, enjoy a variety of fun activities for the whole family, from swimming to crafts to gym time!
Community Center members are invited to bring two guests (two per membership). Non-members are also welcome and can ask for a special family day pass (must register as a family): Mansfield family: $9; Ashford/Willington: $11; All other towns: $12
For more information, please call Mansfield Parks & Recreation: 860.429.3015 x0
Love to decorate for the holidays? Love a little competition? If you answered yes, then Mansfield Parks & Recreation has just the thing for you! Sign up to be a stop on the Tour of Holiday Lights!
Mansfield Parks & Recreation is hosting this program with their peers from Ashford, Coventry, and Tolland to make this holiday season a little more special for our community.
To participate, sign up by Friday, December 3. A picture/video of your house display (front of home and yard only) must be submitted with your application. The registration form is available here.
Judging will begin on December 10 for "Best Traditional," "Best Animated," and "Best Overall." Winners will be announced December 20 and will receive a gift certificate to a local business in their area.
All registered homes will be included on a map for viewers to enjoy.
Please direct questions about the Tour of Holiday Lights to Mansfield Parks & Recreation: 860.429.2740 x0.
On Saturday, December 4, you can get some holiday shopping done while supporting a good cause at the Christmas Bazaar at Storrs Congregational Church (2 North Eagleville Road)! This safe, masked, and distanced public event is a fundraiser to benefit the Windham Region No Freeze Project’s services to those homeless or experiencing housing insecurity this winter.
From 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, you can find:
Lunch - Soups-to-Go
Quilted & Fabric Gifts
SERRV/Homemade Global Gifts
Seasonal Holiday Tag and Gifts
Centerpieces with Fresh Greens; Pecans; Bulk Fresh Greens and Berries
Pre-ordered and day-of wreaths and Handmade Sprays
And more vendors!
If you cannot make it on Saturday, there will be a chance to peruse the "Best of the Rest" on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 AM to noon.
On Saturday, December 4, Petco (86 Storrs Road) will host Santa Paws at their store from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Bring your furry (or scaly or feathery) friend for a photo with Santa - all pets are welcome! A donation of $9.95 towards the Petco Foundation will be used to help pets in need. Oh, and Petco sells matching pajamas for you and your pet, if you would like to be in the photo, too!
Please call the Mansfield Petco with any questions: 860.456.4422
From 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM, enjoy seasonal treats and specials at participating downtown businesses, strolling musicians, creative community displays, our Trim-a-Tree contest, a visit with "The Snow Sisters," a chance to meet Santa Claus, and more!
The frosty fun kicks off at 4:00 PM with a Community Sing-Along led by E. O. Smith Choirs on Betsy Paterson Square.
The office of Anthony Raggi, State Farm Agent (483 Storrs Road) invites everyone to stop by on Sunday, December 5 from noon to 3:00 PM to Visit with Santa Claus! Visiting with Santa is free and open to everyone (every furry friends!). Complimentary photos will be available and mailed to you following the event.
For more information, please contact Anthony Raggi (860.429.6941).
WindhamARTS Collaborative invites you to enjoy family bonding and gingerbread fun with a Gingerbread House Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 9. The workshop will take place from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Holiday Arts Emporium in the East Brook Mall.
Create lasting memories in their festive winter wonderland gingerbread house workshop. Design and decorate the family’s own gingerbread house in our gingerbread house decorating workshop.
$50 per house includes candy, chocolates, gingerbread house, drinks, and snacks. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. No walk-ups are allowed.
Say "Goodbye, 2021" and "Hello, 2022!" on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 10:30 AM at the Mansfield Senior Center's New Year Celebration: Willie Nininger Concert and Pickup Luncheon!
A mainstay of the Greenwich Village Folk scene in the 70’s and 80’s, Willie has developed a reputation as a great folk humorist and gained notoriety as a top flatpick guitarist with his solo acoustic bluegrass version of the William Tell Overture. With his musical talents and quick wit, there’s no better way to usher in the new year!
After the concert, a delicious salmon meal will be ready for you to pick up and enjoy at home!
On the menu:
Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad
and Lemon Meringue Pie for Dessert!
The cost is $7 per person. Please register with payment by December 17. To register, see page 10 of the Senior Center's December newsletter (available here). Please call 860.429.0262 with questions.
If your Mansfield-located business or community organization has plans for a celebration, special event, charitable campaign, sale, seasonal offering, or promotion occurring between November 20 and New Year's Day, let us know!
We will include only events, etc. that are open to the public (e.g. no members' only events) and that will take place in Mansfield, CT.
There is no fee to be included in "Merry Mansfield" - we just need your info!