The spicy aroma of hot apple cider. The sparkling ice sculptures and twinkling canopy of lights. The harmony of Christmas carols and the clomp, clomp, clomp of horses pulling carriages.
The village’s biggest shindig, the Holiday Stroll, drew a typically massive crowd downtown on Friday, Nov. 30, and will continue Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 to 4.
“I can’t tell the difference between 2,000 people and 3,000 people,” said Kathy Graham, vice president of Fairfield County Bank, who organizes Downtown Ridgefield’s seasonal events, including the stroll, trying to estimate how many people attend the event.
“It’s a lot.”
The Boys & Girls Club will have its Gingerbread Festival from 12 to 4 Saturday for $5 per person ($20 maximum per family) and $20 per child for drop-off (includes pizza and a drink). The festival will include a gingerbread house auction. To enter a house in the auction, bring it to the club before 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Community Center will have a holiday boutique with antiques, jewelry and more inside from 9 to 2 Saturday. SPHERE will be among the vendors.
Other Saturday events include:
- St. Stephen’s book fair from 10 to 4.
- The Rotary Club Amber Alert sign-up for children up to 18 years old from 10 to 1 in front of 414 Main Street.
- Photos with Santa at Town Hall from 11 to 1.
- Free Keeler Tavern tours from 1 to 4.
- Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance Nutcracker excerpts and a tap performance at 5.
The horse-drawn buckboards and carriages, sponsored by downtown landlords, were running only on Friday night.