Night of Lights

Newington Parks and Recreation

 cordially invites you to the


Night of Lights


*RESCHEDULED TO: Friday, December 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

 Town Center - Main Street



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Dear Editor:


On Friday, December 2, 2022, the Newington Parks and Recreation Department hosted the annual Night of Lights event on Main Street from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There was a chill in the air that indicated it was time for Santa to come to town! The abundant entertainment captured the young people’s imaginations. What made the Night of Lights event so special is that many Newington residents, school groups, businesses, and departments came together to provide pure happiness to all. In addition, for the fourth year, Main Street was closed down to traffic in order to add even more entertainment to the festival. There was a 60-foot-long video game trailer, remote control car racing, hay wagon rides, train rides, a live nativity scene, a warming fire to roast marshmallows for the s’mores bar, a holiday-themed Monster Mural for children to color, and free hot chocolate, popcorn, and candy canes. The Newington Parks and Recreation Department wishes to thank our major sponsors: The Newington Chamber of Commerce, Church of Christ Congregational, MOOYAH, US Playground Surfacing, WhipLash & Spa, Cedar Ridge Construction, The Flash Lady Photography, Baby Bee’s Play and Learn Center, Sequin Level Lodge #140, Newington’s 150th Anniversary Committee, and Tony Palermino. Thank you to CMI Sound for donating the sound system. Thank you to Amazing Andy and Suzy-Q the Clown for entertaining young and old alike, with stilt walking, magic tricks, and free balloon animals. Thank you to the Newington Fire Department and the entire staff for decorating the fire trucks and escorting Santa to our downtown. Thank you to the Mayor and the Town Councilors who actively sang with their melodic voices. Thank you to the Newington Parks and Recreation Board members who helped lead some of the songs. Thank you to Sooran Sim, Mike Bafundo, and Chris Clark, the music teachers from the Martin Kellogg Middle School, John Wallace Middle School, and Newington High School choirs. Thank you to all of the student choir singers. Thank you to all of the of the Newington High School volunteers from the National Honor Society and the Key Club. Thank you to the 3-5 year old students from the Creative Playtime Preschool Program for singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and playing the bells. We all witnessed fabulous, wholesome young people representing the Town of Newington and our future in fine fashion. Kudos to the young people in our town! We send a very special thank you to Santa for bringing joy all the way from the North Pole! Lastly, thank you to our Newington Parks and Recreation Department’s hard-working, dedicated, and caring staff. Their willingness and devotion to this special event ensured that every single aspect occurred flawlessly.


If you missed last weekend’s event, you missed something special in our town. We were so pleased that thousands of people actively participated in Friday night’s festival. Mark your calendars for the first Friday in December 2023. You will be glad you did! Great job, Newington! We are building a strong community!



With warmest holiday wishes,


William A. DeMaio, CPRP

Superintendent of Parks and Recreation

Town of Newington

200 Garfield Street

Newington, CT 06111

Phone: (860) 665-8669

Fax: (860) 665-8739 

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