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Winterfest 2011


With the Capitol a lit in the background, Winterfest 2011 (previously known as Festival of Lights) kicked off the holiday season on Friday, November 25, 2011 at Bushnell Park, Hartford CT.

It was a beautiful evening to welcome in the holiday season. The weather was perfect. The skies clear. Truly a perfect night for a celebration.


The entrances to and pathways in the park are decorated in festive white lights.


A “Christmas” tree is decorated with colorful lights and is topped with a bright, shining star!

Santa visited the historic  1914 Carousel, where children, and adults alike, could take a ride for only $1.00, enjoy sweet melodies from the Wurlitzer Band Organ, and then take a photo with Santa!!!

And yes, I took my first ride on the Bushnell Park Carousel. There is a child in all of us!

The Carousel features 48 hand-carved horses and two lovers’ chariots, and will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm through December 31, 2011. Santa plans to stop by for photos between 12pm and 5pm.


Ice skating returned to Bushnell Park again this year. The rink is twice as large as the rink we had last year!

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Before the public skating session started, we were entertained by local future Olympians, our future Sasha Cohen’s!

The ice skating rink is open 7 days a week, from 11am to 9pm, until President’s Day, February 20, 2012.  There are 45 minute skating sessions each hour. And on Friday and Saturday evenings, between 6pm and 7pm, the public can relax and enjoy skating shows provided by our talented local figure skaters. Skating and skate rental is “FREE” (if you don’t have your own skates). Day or night, if you enjoy ice skating, visit the skating rink at Bushnell Park and/or take a ride on the Carousel. You can’t beat the price!



4 thoughts on “Winterfest 2011

    1. Not in years! But I enjoyed watching the skaters float effortlessly across the ice. I don’t think it was ever that effortless for me. It was beautiful. There are bleacher stands on two sides of the rink. If you get there early enough you can sit and watch the show!

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