Events

There is something for everyone in Windham, starting with the 3rd Thursday Street Fests in the summer,  Willimantic Whitewater Park,  the annual 4th of July Boom Box Parade, and the East Coast Greenway/Airline Trail. The recently constructed Shaboo Stage has already become a popular venue for outdoor concerts. Located at Jillson Square, Shaboo is one of the largest outdoor music venues in the state.

Candy House Contest at Vet Center

Saturday, December 2, 9am

Bring your decorated house to the Vet Center on Dec 2. Contest includes different ages and categories.
Judging on Dec. 9. Pick up house on Dec 10.

Jingle Bars Pub Crawl 2023

Thursday, December 7, 6 – 9pm EST

Fa La La down Main Street, Willimantic. Tour participating pub and grub venues for a pour and a taste of holiday cheer.

Let There Be Peace

Friday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 10 at 2:00pm

Back by popular demand from last year’s rousing and successful performance, the Windham Theatre Guild will lift your spirits with another edition of their annual ‘Holiday Concert’. The concert will contain secular and Christmas Carol holiday music. The chorus will be singing many beautifully arranged holiday songs including ‘We Need a Little Christmas’, ‘Sleigh Ride’, ‘Silver Bells’, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ and more. There will be a Children’s Pageant, an appearance by Santa, and a chance for the audience to sing along with some favorite seasonal songs. Join us for this program of beautiful songs and start your holiday season off with a wonderful feeling in your heart!
Location: Willimantic Theatre Guild, 779 Main Street, Willimantic, CT 06226

Libertea-Sons of Liberty: Boston Tea Party Reenactment

Saturday, December 16, @ 4-6pm

The birthday is coming! Join The America Museum in participating in a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party. This day is the actual 250th birthday of the first major protest in the colonies. Come along for this unique historical experience. RSVPs are encouraged on the Museum’s website.
Location: 47 Crescent St, Willimantic, CT 0622

“Festival of Trees” Exhibit

Friday, 12/8 – Sunday, 12/31

Join The Mill Museum in this year’s “Festival of Trees” exhibit and display competition. Vote for your favorite decorated trees by local and regional businesses and organizations while exploring the museum this season! For those who wish to participate, the opening reception will take place on Friday, December 8, from 6-7:30pm, and feature light refreshments. The winner of the contest will be announced on January 1st. Those who wish to enter their work until the competition closes, please email Kira Holmes at:
director@millmuseum.org.
Venue Address: 411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT 06226

Holiday Shop at The Mill Museum

Saturday, 12/9 & Sunday, 12/10 @ 10am-4pm

Come to The Mill Museum’s Dugan Hall, located on 157-B Union St. in Willimantic on the weekend of December 9th & 10th, and shop for the holidays at a great event featuring local and regional artisans! Saturday the shop will host Willimantic’s own ACT (Arts at the Capitol Theater) High School’s Act A Capella Choir and special appearance by Santa! Don’t miss out on this highly anticipated performance and opportunity for festive photos. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Holiday Gift Wrapping Event

Monday, 12/18 – Sunday, 12/24

Need a last-minute hand with this season’s holiday gift-wrapping? Look no further! From Friday, December 18 to Sunday, December 24, volunteers from The Mill Museum and the Willimantic Lions Club will be at the East Brook Mall to help. Get those gifts wrapped and bowed in a jiff, and support a good cause by granting donations this winter.

Veterans Coffee House

Every Wednesday @ 9-11am

Location: Eastern CT Veterans Community Center
1320 Main Street, Suite 27, Willimantic, CT 06226

Eastern CT State University’s Women’s Basketball Hosts University of Southern Maine

Sat., 1/24 @ 1-3pm

Location: Geissler Gymnasium, 83 Windham St, Willimantic, CT 06226

Eastern CT State University’s Men’s Basketball Hosts University of Southern Maine

Sat., 1/27 @ 3-5pm

Location: Geissler Gymnasium, 83 Windham St, Willimantic, CT 06226

Shaboo Stage

The recently constructed Shaboo Stage has already become a popular venue for outdoor concerts, where you’ll also find food trucks and local vendors. Located at Jillson Square, Shaboo is one of the largest outdoor music venues in the state, hosting live and often free concerts. 

Shaboo Stage

The recently constructed Shaboo Stage has already become a popular venue for outdoor concerts, where you’ll also find food trucks and local vendors. Located at Jillson Square, Shaboo is one of the largest outdoor music venues in the state, hosting live and often free concerts. 

Boom Box Parade

The town’s July 4 Boom Box Parade tradition started in 1986 when no marching band could be found for Windham’s Memorial Day Parade. Five weeks later, on July 4, the “Boom Box” parade was born, as WILI 1400 AM radio played the marching band music on the air while thousands of people marched, loudly playing their Boom Boxes. No other town has a parade like this one!

Boom Box Parade

The town’s July 4 Boom Box Parade tradition started in 1986 when no marching band could be found for Windham’s Memorial Day Parade. Five weeks later, on July 4, the “Boom Box” parade was born, as WILI 1400 AM radio played the marching band music on the air while thousands of people marched, loudly playing their Boom Boxes. No other town has a parade like this one!