Celebrate the season (safely) in Mansfield, Connecticut!
Mansfield businesses and community organizations are ready to help you celebrate the season and our community! We will continue to update this list as we near the New Year, so please check back often for fun for all ages, all around Mansfield!
8th Annual Winter Welcome
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership invites residents and friends to celebrate the start of the new season at our 8th Annual Winter Welcome! This year’s event will be a drive-through experience on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Downtown Storrs. Enjoy festive displays, our Trim-A-Tree Contest (still time to enter!), recorded performances, and a visit from a jolly friend!
For more information – including how to enter the Trim-A-Tree contest – please visit downtownstorrs.org/winterwelcome..
Winter Welcome is free and open to everyone!
Tellabration is a nation-wide storytelling event sponsored annually by the Connecticut Storytelling Center. Although live performances are not possible this year, the Storytelling Center is committed to promoting the traditional art of storytelling and has developed a number of virtual programs to help keep our imaginations alive!
The Mansfield Public Library is offering a 30 minute video featuring storyteller Peg Donovan and her faithful puppet companion. The video will be available to watch for one week, November 23-30.
The video link will be sent out on November 23 to everyone who subscribes to our children’s programs email notifications.
For more information, please visit the Library's website.
The Nutcracker Movie
A Community Production with Mansfield Parks & Recreation and Miss Kelly Productions
This annual community tradition will have a new look for 2020 but will have the same magical performances by community members!
There are two options for viewing:
- MCC Gymnasium Showings
- $5 per person
- Limited space per viewing
- Social distancing & CDC guidelines apply
- Saturday, Dec. 12 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM
- Sunday, Dec. 13 1:00 PM
- Virtual Showings
- $12 for 1-day unlimited access
- $20 for 1-week unlimited access
- Virtual streaming links will be available for purchase from 12/12-12/26
- Day(s) will be chosen during online registration
Tickets are sold online only this year. Visit the Parks & Recreation website for more information.
Giving Tree for Local Farm Rescues
G. M. Thompson & Sons knows this holiday season may be more difficult for many. With this in mind, they have created a "Giving Tree" for local farm rescues. These organizations have shared their wish lists. If you are able, please consider purchasing items from Thompson's to donate to these organizations.
Select an ornament of your choice from the tree and purchase the item. Thompson's will take care of the rest!
All monetary donations and gift purchase can also be made over the phone to maintain social distancing.
Annual Food Drive at the Mansfield Drive-In Theatre
Bring a nonperishable food item to the snack bar during the movies and receive a free popcorn any night the Mansfield Drive-in is open in November.
If you do not have tickets and would still like to donate, there will be a donation bin at the box office between 6:45 PM and 10:00 PM any night the Drive-in is open.
Donations will be given to the local food pantry to help struggling community families.
The Mansfield Drive-in is staying open through November weather pending (they cannot plow their field), so if you would like to donate, doing it sooner in the month is more reliable than later!
Give a gift of adventure!
The Adventure Park at Storrs has some great deals for you for Black Friday! Give the gift of adventure this holiday season (and treat yourself too!) & save up to 40%! These deals are good for a limited time only, so don’t miss your chance to save.
Visit their website, storrstrees.com, for all the info. But, hurry! Current deals end 11/30/2020 at 11:59 pm EST!