Silverbells Holiday Festival

Hamden's Annual Silverbells Celebration

An Afternoon of Festivities


(Check out the 2018 event below!)

Hamden – Town Center Park in Hamden will be filled with holiday lights and community merrymaking on Sat. Dec. 1st for Hamden's Annual Silverbells Holiday Celebration. (Rain date for outdoor activities is Dec. 2nd while the show in Thornton Wilder Hall will go on rain or shine on Dec 1st).   

The festivities, presented by the Hamden Arts Commission and the Dept. of Arts and Culture, will include hayrides, a holiday dance party and sing-along, musical puppet parade, various holiday crafts, caroling, holiday vendor market, tree lighting and Santa’s arrival by fire truck.  All events except for the dance party/sing-along and vendor market are free. 

Events begin at 11am inside the Miller Library and Cultural Center at 2901 Dixwell Avenue. There will be face painting and balloon animals in the Children’s Room from 11am – 2pm and puppet making from 1pm – 2:30pm.  Then Boogie Chillun will get everyone warmed up with a holiday dance party and sing-along in Thornton Wilder Hall at 2:30. Tickets to the dance party/sing-along are $2 for children, $3 for adults and are available at the door only, cash only. Doors open at 2pm. The show will feature holiday favorites and songs to make you want to dance and sing.

Immediately following Boogie Chillun’, the new Holiday Musical Puppet Parade will lead the crowd out to Town Center Park for the festivities on the field.  Bring a holiday themed puppet, make one in the Library between 1pm – 2:30pm or dress as your favorite holiday character to march along with us.

The Silverbells Celebration will also feature the return of the “Holiday Market” featuring local treats, prepared foods, local meats and cheeses, baking supplies, specialty products, and handmade crafts. Additionally, residents will be able to purchase holiday trees, wreaths, and the special edition 2017 Town of Hamden Ornament.   

Current Market vendors include: Young’s Long Range Farm, Consiglio’s Restaurant, Spuds Your Way, Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies, Naptime Creations by Kris, Holiday Tree & Wreath Sales, and Holiday Ornaments by the Hamden Recreation Dept. Additional vendors will be announced in the coming weeks.

At Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave., the free festivities include:

  • 2:00-5pm: Holiday Vendor Market
  • 2:30 pm: Hayrides, button-making, face painting, letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts
  • 3:30pm: **NEW** Musical Puppet Parade from Miller Cultural Complex to Town Center Park
  • 3:45 pm: Caroling with the Hamden Girl Scouts
  • 4:15 pm: Tree-lighting ceremony, with Mayor Curt Balzano Leng leading the countdown, followed by community caroling featuring Hamden elementary school singers.
  • 4:30 pm: Santa's arrival by fire truck and visits with Santa


The Hamden Rotary Club will provide refreshments.  Vendors with fried dough, popcorn and hot chocolate will be on site.

Please bring an unwrapped toy for the Hamden Kids Holiday Toy Drive.

In case of heavy rain or snow, outdoor activities will be postponed to Dec. 2nd; indoor activities will be held on Dec. 1st.  For weather information, go to, or call (203) 287-2546.