Many upcoming holiday events in the area

The following holiday events are taking place in the Greater Danbury area:

BETHEL -- Horse-drawn carriage rides are being offered Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Boy Scouts will be giving out soup supplied by local restaurants along Greenwood Avenue in connection with a celebration leading up to a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., there will be caroling on the Green by the Bethel High School chorus. At 5:15 p.m., the first selectman and president of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce will extend greetings to the public. There will be a countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree at P.T. Barnum Square, followed by the lighting of the tree. Santa will arrive there at 5:30 p.m. by fire truck.

Afterward, donuts and cider will be served at the Chamber of Commerce, 16 P.T. Barnum Square.

BREWSTER, N.Y. -- A holiday caroling and lighting festival will take place on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Southeast Museum, 67 Main St.

Santa will be there and free hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be available.

At 4:30 p.m., there will be a holiday ornament making workshop ($5 materials fee); then a sing along on Main Street by the Brewster train station, followed by the lighting of a Christmas tree at Walter Brewster House.

For more information, call 845 279-7500.

DANBURY -- A Christmas tree that was donated by a New Fairfield county resident, and hoisted on a 65-foot tower at M&M Precast Corp. will be lit Friday at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this event at the 39 Padanaram Road business and visitors are asked to bring a donation of gloves, scarf or hat for a local children's charity.

For more information, call Peg Kaufman at 203-948-1973.

DANBURY -- CityCenter Danbury will welcome Santa at "Light the Lights" Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on Library Plaza at 170 Main St. Santa will arrive by fire truck, courtesy of the Beckerle Hose Company, and the holiday lights will be lit.

Kids can enjoy cookies, candy, carols, and crafts during the event. Adults should bring their cameras, because Santa will go across the street to the Palace Theater to be available for pictures with the children.

NEW MILFORD -- The Village Center Organization in New Milford will hold its annual Festival of Lights on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

At this time, the trees

along the Village Green, put

up by the New Milford United Methodist Church's Men's Club, will be lighted.

The trees were donated by Angevine's Tree Farm.

Santa, who will arrive by fire truck, will help residents count down to the lighting of the tress.

After, Santa will be available to meet and be photographed with children.

Frank Wargo will serve as emcee for the evening and Curtis T will sing the National Anthem.

Youth performers from TheatreWorks will perform Christmas carols and other musical selections.

EDGE, the youth group from St. Francis Xavier Church, will sell hot chocolate and baked goods, with proceeds from those sales, along with donations from photographs with Santa, to be donated to the New Milford Santa Fund.

Also this night, a gingerbread contest, organized by Sassy Shoe on Bank Street, will begin.

RIDGEFIELD -- Santa is expected to visit Ridgefield Friday, shortly after carolling begins

in front of Town Hall at 6 p.m. The person honored with being this year's switch flipper will be announced and will light the tree.

Hot cocoa will be served at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 351 Main St. Children can visit Santa in the large conference room at Ridgefield Town Hall, 400 Main St., to have their picture taken with him.