Cruisin’ Connecticut – Christmas Tree + Crèche Festival in New Haven

Lots of decorations at the Knights of Columbus Christmas tree festival and crèche collection (WTNH / Ryan Kristafer)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to New Haven, home of The Knights of Columbus Museum’s Christmas tree festival and crèche collection.

The 24 trees on display are decorated by students from all over Connecticut. Peter Sonski from the Knights of Columbus explains:

Ryan, 24 different schools, first through fifth grade. We invite them to create their ornaments in the theme that our Christmas story is about. This year our show is about Germany so they had to do a little research about Germany, it’s customs, it’s traditions, and make ornaments  and trim in the nature of what’s happening in Germany.

Sonski also gave us an inside look at the museum’s beautifully elaborate, crèche display:

This is the twelfth year we’ve done a crèche display, we have crèches from Germany that we’ve imported from Europe. But we also have, over the years assembled our own large collection of creches. We’re standing beside one right now. This is the crèche of carved cedar from Mexico.

In keeping with the German theme this year, Sonki told us about a German, Christmas tradition:

It’s a German tradition that a pickle is hung on the tree. If you found the pickle you’ve got an extra gift from Saint Nicholas.

The Knights of Columbus Museum’s Christmas tree festival and crèche collection! There is free admission and parking.

Know of cool people, places or events to check out for “Cruisin’ Connecticut?” Email me, or let me know on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat: @RyanKristafer

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