Holiday in the Depot to be held

The 22nd annual Holiday in the Depot in Washington will be held Dec. 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the town center.

There is no snow or rain date.

Festivities will kick off with the lighting of the town Christmas tree by a special guest at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

Students from Washington Montessori School will sing carols at this time.

Santa will arrive by hay wagon shortly after the tree lighting and will be available to visit and have his photograph taken with children until 8:30 p.m.

Other offerings will include caroling by troubadours from the Gunnery School, the sale of Christmas ornaments by the Washington Volunteer Fire Department's Auxiliary, a craft by Gunn Memorial Library, goodies from the Animal Welfare Society and hayrides.

A tent with information on "Solarize Connecticut" will be erected, where people can learn about a new initiative for solar energy at discount prices to homeowners in Washington and Roxbury.

Letters to Santa may be mailed at town hall.

Other activities will also be offered around town:

Members of the Washington Business Association will sponsor a drawing for an iPad Mini and a gift basket of goodies.

Entry forms will be available at participating businesses from 6 to 8 p.m. and should be dropped off at Washington Supply for the drawing at 8:30 p.m.

Clifford the Big Red Dog will visit businesses to meet his fans.

Wendell Minor will sign copies of "Wendell Minor's America, 25 Years of Children's Book Art" from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. The publication is the show catalog for an exhibit of his work as an author and illustrator of over 50 children's books currently on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

William Raveis Real Estate will exhibit "Harold Lewis: Out of the Basement," featuring works by the late artist that have not been seen in 40-plus year. A reception will run from 4 to 8 p.m.

In addition, the real estate agency will offer a holiday card making workshop for children using stamps, markers and more.

Washington Supply and Outdoor Living Center will offer a special discount and refreshments.

The National Iron Bank will offer holiday cookie decorating and hot chocolate.