Advent Family Fun

Yale Divinity School Families

Advent Service and Party--now a bit more family friendly.

Tomorrow evening's Advent service is a special YDS tradition--an evening of candles and beautiful music. This year, the chapel team has agreed to make it a little more kid-friendly, while still keeping with custom. There will be a coloring activity for the children, and an opportunity for the children to present their project as part of the service. They are also completely open to families leaving early as the service will likely run until 8:15. Please do come!


The party afterward is quite festive--but does run a little late in the evening. There will be plenty of kid-able food and drink, but also plenty of adult beverages on hand, too. Kids are welcome, though there is nothing planned specifically for them.


What happened to the tree trimming party? Due to the late timing of Thanksgiving this year, there wasn't time to have a family-oriented tree trimming event. The CLC hopes to plan a different family-oriented party later in the year to make up for this omission.

Other Fun Family Stuff About Town

Family Craft Party with McDougal Center

Check this website out for a fun and free activity on Friday, December 12--4-6 p.m.

City of New Haven Tree-Lighting & Sleigh rides--Free!

New Haven Tree Lighting
The New Haven Tree Lighting presented on December 4 by Peoples United Bank is a free event and kicks off the holiday season in the downtown area. The annual celebration geared to guests of all ages takes place on the city's historic Green and features live performances, refreshments and a variety of children’s activities. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, ride the carousel or a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy holiday crafts.

Fun facts about this year’s tree include:

  • The tree is a Norway Spruce and it's nearly 70 feet tall.
  • The tree is buried five feet into the New Haven Green for added stability.
  • The tree weighs 14,600 pounds - nearly 7 1Ž2 tons.
  • The crane that transported the tree had to be built-to scale.
  • The tree will be strung with between 26,000 – 30,000 lights.

Sleigh Rides Around The Green
On the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas (December 6, December 13 and December 20), The City of New Haven Parks Recreation and Trees, Traffic and Parking and Town Green will be providing free sleigh rides around the green from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for all visitors to enjoy.


Info from this website.

Reindeer Games at the NHFPL

Looking for a little fun this Saturday--check out the reindeer games at the main branch of the New Haven Free Public Library--songs, stories, information about real reindeer, snacks and game and a craft--all that in one hour--Saturday, December 6 from 2-3 p.m.