Editorial: Holiday magic

The festive spirit, the sound of carolers, the sight of ice sculptures and strolling toy soldiers — they’re all part of the magic that makes up Ridgefield’s Holiday Stroll.

Downtown Ridgefield’s annual winter tradition celebrates its 19th anniversary Friday night when festivities kick off at 6. There will be plenty of opportunities for residents to shop and dine in the village as the Stroll is a two-day extravaganza packed with Santa visits, horse and carriage rides, and plenty of singing.

The Stroll carries late into Saturday night with the goal of getting folks to create their holiday shopping lists Friday night and return to the downtown area to make their purchases on Saturday. In between, residents are encouraged to grab a bite in one of the local restaurants — supporting the local merchants however they can — and take in the wonder of it all.

On Friday, horses will will transport travelers from Lounsbury House to Ridgefield Library until 9:45 p.m. There are a pair of magic shows at 6:30 and 7:45 and live ice carving from 6:30 to 9:30.

For those who can’t wait, the night actually begins an hour early at 5 over at the Keeler Tavern Museum, when the history center hosts a Christmas tour of the tavern for free. Right down the road, the Lounsbury House will host all the town’s nonprofits and a pair of performances from Ridgefield Suzuki School and the Western Orchestra.

There’s also “funky holiday drumming” on the green next to Chez Lenard from 6 to 9 p.m. and a DJ in front of town all from 4 to 10. RMAC will be performing and the library’s lawn and there will be two sets of carolers going around the village from 6 to 8 and then 8 to 8:30. In other words, there will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around.

Arts and crafts lovers can make jewelry at SPHERE on Main Street from 6 to 9 Friday night or from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. There’s also a chance to make “love buttons and pins” at Rodier Flowers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More caroling and holiday drumming will continue to fill the village.

Sound like a scene out of a Hallmark movie? Maybe that’s because it will be one day. Cameras are rumored to be coming to film the magic.

It wouldn’t be possible without the support of the downtown merchants though. Stop inside some of the shops and make sure to thank them for putting on this wonderful tradition year after year.