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Christmas in the Park


This new community event held at Madison Avenue Central Park combines three traditional community events for the first time in 2019: Santa's Village, hosted by the Derby Public Library; Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the Derby Recreation Center; and Carriage Rides in the Park, sponsored by Julie Olmsted Insurance Agency.

This event will incorporate all the activities that people love about the previous events, plus many fun new things to do, including carolers from local schools and an escape room for kids.

There will be three opportunities to get pictures taken with Santa. Events will take place in the Venue, the Pavilion and outdoor in the park.

All activities are free with the exception of breakfast/pictures with Santa, and the gingerbread house decorating contest.

Schedule of Events

  • Breakfast (pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage links) and pictures with Santa ($7 includes both)- 8-10:30 a.m. brought to you by Riverside Cafe!
  • Holiday themed inflatables - 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Christmas crafts & stories - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Miniature train displays - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Petting zoo - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5-7 p.m.
  • Story time - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Carolers 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Derby Middle School Orchestra), Noon-1 p.m. (6th Grade Treblemakers Honor Choir), 2-3:00 p.m. (Cooper Elementary), 3-4:00 p.m. (Derby North Middle School Orchestra) and 5-6:00 p.m. (Tanglewood Tiger Carolers)
  • Food Trucks - 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Gingerbread house decorating contest (Sign up here: — $25 to participate, limited availability) - 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Pictures with Santa 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Reindeer - 2-6 p.m.
  • Pictures with Santa 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Escape Room - 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • and ending the evening with Clydesdale drawn carriage rides throughout the park - 4-7 p.m.

Worried about parking? Don’t be! There will be a shuttle service from Derby Middle School stadium parking lot starting at 10 a.m. and running until 7:15 p.m. Please note that the shuttle will stop picking people up at the stadium at 6:30. Beginning at 6:30, the shuttle will only drop people off at the stadium because the event ends at 7 p.m.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Gold sponsors:

  • Don Hattan Derby
  • Decarsky Foundation
  • Derby Community Foundation

Silver sponsors:

  • BRG

Bronze sponsors:

  • Security First Title of Derby
  • El Paso Animal Hospital
  • Stress Busters Therapeutic Massage
  • Clellesha Martin
  • Drury Lane Bakery & Cafe
  • Jon Downing
  • Meritrust Home Loans-Gabe McKeever