The Washington Parks & Recreation Commission, the Washington Business Association and the town of Washington will sponsor the event, which has no snow or rain date.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of Bryan Memorial Town Hall in the Depot.

Santa Claus will arrive during the tree-lighting ceremony.

Students from Washington Primary School will sing carols from 5:45 to 6 p.m., the Shepaug Valley Middle School band will perform from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and the Shepaug Valley High School will play from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at town hall.

The Washington Children's Choir will also sing carols inside the town hall.

Santa Claus will be inside the town hall where townspeople will be able to have their photo taken with him.

Also inside the town hall, children may send letters to Santa through a special mailbox.

In addition, Girl Scouts, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Judea Nursery School will sell refreshments, and the 4-H Tail Waggers will sell pet treats.

Crafts, courtesy of Gunn Memorial Library, will be available for children at town hall.

Cub Scouts will serve hot dogs and chili at the nearby Legion Hall.

Horse-drawn hayrides will be available.

Seniors will sell gifts in the Senior Center, also located in the Legion Hall.

New this year will be children's bingo in the Legion Hall, with a limited number of prizes to be awarded.

Downtown businesses will be open late for holiday shopping.

Hickory Stick Bookshop, located across the street from the town hall, will host a book-signing with Billy Steers of Roxbury, author of "Tractor Mac."