Holiday Spirit in Downtown Danbury

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Holiday Spirit in Downtown Danbury


The holiday spirit is alive in downtown Danbury. From the holiday lights to decorations to festive activities, there is some holiday fun to be had in the heart of the Hat City.

Take a stroll or a drive along Main Street. In addition to the lights along Main Street and in Library Plaza, downtown businesses are getting in on the action this year too. For the first time, CityCenter Danbury is hosting a non-denominational holiday decorating contest. Participating businesses, property owners, merchants and urban enthusiasts have decorations adorning the outside of buildings, in windows, on doors and in display cases. “We wanted Downtown to sparkle this holiday season,” said CityCenter Danbury Executive Director P.J. Prunty.

Contest winners will be selected by Danbury’s own Mayor Mark Boughton, our very own Tribuna Editor Emanuela Palmares and News-Times Editor Jacqueline Smith. Prizes will be in the form of CityCenter Gift Certificates, which can be redeemed at downtown participating restaurants, bars, retail stores and other businesses. And take note, because there will be a People’s Choice Award. You can vote for your favorites, beginning Monday, December 12 thru New Year’s Day by visiting

Once you’ve seen the sparkle, take in a classic holiday movie or performance. You’ll have a chance to catch a free screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at the Palace Danbury on Saturday, December 10 at 3pm. Admission is first come, first served. Everyone who attends will be entered in a free drawing for four tickets to Disney on Ice at the Webster Bank Arena in Hartford, CT on January 8.

Musicals at Richter also returns to The Palace Danbury with a new holiday show, The Mistletoes Take a Holiday! Set on Christmas Eve, 1965, the show follows the adventures of four singing sisters, The Mistletoes, who have just wrapped up their Christmas tour and are heading home to Illinois to spend the holidays with their family. 

Written and directed by Bradford Blake, founding artistic director of Musicals at Richter, Blake takes his inspiration for the show from the classic holiday entertainment of yesteryear: “When I think of entertainment around the holidays, some of my fondest memories are the holiday TV specials like Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. In retrospect, they were probably ‘cornier than Kansas in August,’ but what I remember is the great warmth and terrific music. That’s what The Mistletoes Take a Holiday endeavors to bring to the Palace audience.”

There will be three family-friendly performances: Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at 8pm, and a Sunday matinee on December 18 at 3pm. Ticket costs are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for children under 10 years old. You can get tickets online by visiting or calling the box office at 203-794-9944 Monday through Friday between 1 and 5 pm.

The holidays are hectic, but these are just a few fun ways to take a break and enjoy them in our downtown.

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December 10, 2016

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