Torrington offers time-honored way to celebrate

November 15, 2013 by  

One of Torrington’s oldest Christmas traditions will be run again beginning early next month – namely Carl Bozenski’s Christmas Village tours and Christmas parade.

As always, the festivities will begin with the parade and start with marchers stepping off at the Armory, proceeding on Main Street, heading up Mason Street, and ending at the Village.

Those who visit can queue up to tour the village and to see Santa. Visitors should be aware that the line at the entrance often gets long and the wait time can reach up to an hour and a half. The tour itself runs about 30 minutes.

Now in its 66th year, Carl Bozenski’s Christmas Village (named after the Parks and Recreation Director who started the idea back in 1947) has delighted Torrington’s children both young and old with all things Christmas. Beginning with meeting Santa, children then visit Mrs. Claus, watch the elves make toys, observe the reindeer, and sit in Santa’s sleigh. Parents need to remember to bring cameras and to take plenty of pictures—favorites can be taken to a local printing company to have Christmas cards and postcards made. The free toys that Santa passes out to the children can be donated on Toy Shower Day, on Saturday, December 7, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Yankee Peddler Inn or dropped off at WZBG.

The Village is open from December 8 to December 23, 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm at 140 Church St., Torrington. The parade is December 8, starting at 12:30 pm.