The 26th annual Holiday in the Depot in Washington will be held Dec. 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the town center.

There is no snow or rain date.

Festivities kick off with the lighting of the town Christmas tree at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

Students from Washington Montessori School will sing.

Santa will arrive by hay wagon shortly after the tree lighting and will be available to visit with children until 8:30 at town hall.

Hay rides will be given by Utopia Percherons throughout the Depot.

Other offerings will include the sale of the collectible 2017 Christmas ornament by the Washington Volunteer Fire Department’s Auxiliary, which will also provide a special box for children’s letters to Santa; a Christmas craft with Linda Morse and Gail Scribner of Gunn Memorial Junior Library; the sale of hot cocoa by the Shepaug Valley School Class of 2020; the sale of hot dogs and chili at the American Legion Hall; and gift items at the senior center.

In addition, the “town hall gang” will collect Donations of goodies, toiletries, letters and children’s drawings to be included in boxes to be sent to servicemen and -women.

The Washington Business Association will sponsor a raffle to win an iPad mini or a holiday basket filled with gift certificates and other items donated by their members.

Entry forms, which will be available at businesses, can be dropped off at Washington Supply for the drawing at 8:30 p.m.

A wreath display will be offered at participating businesses.

Hickory Stick Bookshop will offer refreshments, Washington Food Market will serve hot chocolate and desserts, Washington Supply Outdoor Living Center will sell seasonal decorations and gifts at discounted prices and the Washington Art Association will showcase gifts and more for sale.

Holiday in the Depot is co-sponsored by the Washington Parks & Recreation Commission and the Washington Business Association.