Major holiday events set for Dec. 6

In case you didn’t notice it when the day after Halloween saw a massive changeover in all the stores, the Board of Selectmen recently made it clear that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

At its Oct. 24 meeting, the board gave unanimous approval to closing a portion of Sound Beach Avenue on Dec. 6 for the Old Greenwich Merchants Association’s annual First Light Festival. During the popular event, local businesses work together providing food, entertainment, live music, sleigh rides, and even a visit from Santa, and it has become such a fixture there that attendance has grown to the point where the main part of Sound Beach Avenue has to be closed to provide for pedestrian safety.

The closure plan, which will be in effect from 6 to 9 p.m., has been approved by the Greenwich Police Department, and the selectmen offered their full support at the meeting. First Selectman Peter Tesei told Richard Fulton, president of the merchants association, that they had really “perfected the logistics of it.”

“I don’t see any issue of concern from our end,” Mr. Tesei said.

Additionally, Mr. Tesei reported at the meeting that he and Town Administrator John Crary had met with town Parking Services Director Rita Azrelyant about the annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll weekend, which is set to take place on Dec. 6 and 7. The event is organized by local businesses as a way to showcase holiday offerings and provide a festive atmosphere, and Mr. Tesei said the meeting was to go over logistics and find ways the town could support it.

He indicated there would be, as there has in the past, free parking in certain areas of downtown Greenwich to spur attendance, but that this was something that had to be “moderated and regulated” since the town was a municipal agency working on a for-profit event. But Mr. Tesei offered again his full support for the event.

That event will be done hand in hand with the annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop at McArdle’s off Greenwich Avenue. More information is available online at

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