HARTFORD — Next Saturday will mark the 17th time Hartford-area residents will come together for their annual Christmas in Hartford celebration. 

The celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 with a lighted parade. 

The parade will travel west on Main Street and end in front of the library on Franklin Street. The parade will bring Santa to the Hartford Public Library for free photos with attendees. 

The celebration inside the library will include prize drawings, free refreshments and live Christmas music. There’ll be a festival of trees and a Lego Christmas village. 

The event goes until 8 p.m.

The theme for Christmas 2018 in Hartford is Salute to the Troops, so the library is decorated in red, white and blue. 

It has a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments from the military branches of service and another four trees with framed photos of service members from Hartford who served from World War II to the present.

The event is sponsored by the Hartford Public Library, the Hartford Lions Club and the Hartford Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call 621-3408 or email hartfordlib@yahoo.com.

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