Unionville’s Second Annual “Jungle Bell Jubilee” holiday celebration and carol sing will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. in downtown Unionville. Sponsored by the Unionville Village Improvement Association, Unionville Museum, and Unionville Business Cooperative, this special event will kick off the season by bringing together the town’s annual holiday traditions in one festive event for all to enjoy.
“We see the Jubilee as an opportunity to kick off the holidays with festive activities and holiday cheer and enjoy our downtown businesses and restaurants.” said Tim LeBouthillier, UVIA president and event organizer. “We’d like to see folks stop by a shop downtown, join us for the many festivities, sing a few carols, then dine at one of our many restaurants.”
Afternoon festivities for families will be offered from 4-5:30 p.m. Stop by the Community Center for cookie decorating and take a photo in front of our holiday backdrop, the Community Center Annex for kid’s games, and Tunxis Hose Fire station for hot beverages and coffee.
The Union School PTO will also be sponsoring holiday ornament making at the First Congregational Church, which will offer advent wreath making and a coffee house with live music beginning at 6 p.m. after the festivities.
At dusk after the family activities, the event will center around Unionville’s Gazebo and Clover Pinney Park which will be transformed into “Jingle Bell Square” with a bonfire, free popcorn, holiday light displays, and at 5:30 p.m. a live choral performance, and group carol sing. The fun concludes with a visit from Santa at 6 p.m.
From 3 to 6 p.m., The Unionville Museum will hold their annual free Yuletide Open House featuring a holiday tree exhibit and artist pallet ornament auction, refreshments, and a book signing by local children’s author and event snowman artist Rick Labadia.
The event is free. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or food item for charity and the local food pantry. Parking will be available at Union School.
The Unionville Business COOP is encouraging people to visit shop and dine at local Unionville businesses and restaurants throughout the holiday season. Visit UVIACT.org for more information and a list of sponsors and business.
The Unionville Village Improvement Association (UVIA) was formed in August of 2000 to enhance the commercial center and to foster a sense of community while preserving Unionville’s unique history. Through downtown promotions, events, and beautification efforts, the association seeks to make Unionville an economically vibrant, pedestrian friendly village center fueled by growing neighborhood commitment that is respectful of the architectural and cultural history. Visit www.UVIA-CT.org.
Celebrating over 25 years, the Unionville Museum aims to foster an appreciation of the history, culture and traditions of the village of Unionville, Connecticut. The museum collects and preserves artifacts from its history and uses these artifacts to interpret and present Unionville's story through special exhibits, programs and events. Visit www.unionvillemuseum.org.
Founded in 1989, the Unionville Business Cooperative (UBC) has a mission to create, promote and expand awareness of all local businesses in the Unionville area and to make Unionville a local destination for all of their needs and services. “Unionville, a Destination” is their motto, as they work to foster and retain new and existing businesses and promote a business friendly environment. Visit www.UVIACT.org for more information.
Submitted by the UVIA.