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Posted on: November 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Hamden’s Silverbells Celebration Saturday, December 10th

Hamden’s Silverbells Celebration Saturday, December 10th
Lunch with Mr. Claus, Puppet Show, Hayrides, Caroling, 
Tree Lighting, and Santa’s Arrival by Fire Truck

Hamden – Town Center Park in Hamden will be filled with holiday lights and community merrymaking on Saturday, December 10th from 1PM – 5PM for Hamden's Silverbells Celebration.

Festivities will include free lunch (first come first serve) with Mr. Claus, a puppet show, hayrides, letters to Santa, various holiday crafts, caroling, tree lighting, and Santa’s arrival by fire truck.

Lunch with Mr. Claus and the puppet show will take place at Thornton Wilder Hall, and more festivities such as caroling and tree lighting will take place at Town Center Park:  

At Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Cultural Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave, festivities include:

  • 1PM – 2PM: Free lunch with Mr. Claus (first come first serve)  
  • 2PM – 3:45PM: Free Puppet Show and mask-making with Puppet Village

At Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave, festivities include:

  • 1PM – 4PM: Hayrides, Holiday Crafts, Button-Making, Face Painting, and Letters to Santa
  • 1PM – 5PM: Food Trucks and Crafters
  • 3:45PM: Caroling with the Hamden Girl Scouts
  • 4:15PM: Community caroling and tree lighting ceremony, with students from Hamden Public Schools led by Bill Lastomirsky
  • 4:30PM: Santa’s arrival by fire truck and visits with Santa

The Hamden Rotary Club will provide cider and doughnuts from 1PM – 3PM at Town Center Park. Food trucks will be on site. Festivities are free with the exception of food trucks and crafters.

Holiday trees, wreaths, and the special edition 2022 Town of Hamden Ornament will be available for purchase. 

Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive.

Silverbells is presented by the Hamden Arts Commission and the Department of Arts, Culture, Recreation and Wellness. Silverbells is held in cooperation with the Hamden Parks Department, Hamden Recreation Department, Hamden Youth Services, Hamden Rotary Club, Hamden Public Schools, Hamden Public Works, Hamden Fire Department, Hamden Police Department, and the Mayor’s Office.

In case of inclement weather, outdoor activities will be cancelled, and indoor activities will be tentative. For weather information, go to or call (203) 287-2588.

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Alexa M. Panayotakis, at (203) 287-7100 or by email at

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