Community Programs

Gingerbread House Contest

Build a gingerbread house and display it at the Town Hall. Use your imagination and creativity to build a unique holiday home. Families, friends, teams or independent builders are encouraged to submit their masterpiece. All Town Hall visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite gingerbread house.

Contest Rules:

1. Drop off your pre-made gingerbread house to the Recreation Department, 127 Norwich Ave, Colchester CT, Dec. 2-4, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

2. Gingerbread Houses will be displayed throughout the Town Hall Dec. 5- 18, 2019.

3. All visitors to the Town Hall will be encouraged to vote for their favorite gingerbread house.

4. Each gingerbread house will be awarded a fun superlative award ribbon.

5. The “Community Favorite” will be awarded to the gingerbread house with the most community votes.

6. Families, friends, teams, etc. are encouraged to work together to submit creative entries.

This is a free event!

Questions? Call the Colchester Recreation Department- (860) 537-7297


Holiday Homecoming, Stuff the Cruiser & Letters to Santa

Saturday December 7, 2019 at 4:30PM on the Colchester Town Green

Let’s kick off the holiday season with a celebration! The Colchester Fire Department, Colchester Police and Colchester Recreation have a fun night of activities and holiday magic planned. Please join us at 4:30PM for performances by St. Andrews Choir, Doreen’s Dance Studio and Bacon Academy Carolers. DJ Montez will be playing holiday music, leading the sing-alongs and keeping everyone entertained. Oz-N-Bones Food Truck will be selling their delicious items to keep everyone full and warm!

During the afternoon, Santa will drive through some lucky neighborhoods to wave to the children from his decorated fire truck. Around 5:30 the fire trucks will bring Santa to the Town Green where he will help light the holiday tree. After the lighting of the tree, there will be time for every child to visit with Santa in the gazebo.

All children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa and mail them to the North Pole in our special mail box. Santa and Mrs. Clause will mail a personal letter back to every child that sends him a letter from Holiday Homecoming. Please remember to include the child’s name, age and address on each letter. Please print the child’s name & address clearly.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped and unused gift to the Colchester Police annual Stuff a Cruiser.All gifts will benefit local families. The Colchester Lion’s Club & Leo’s will be handing out hot apple cider and cookies as well as collection non-perishable food items for the Colchester Food Bank. Colchester Hayward Fire Department cadets will also be there giving out hot chocolate.

Do you collect the annual Colchester Holiday Ornament? We will have the 2019 special edition ornaments for sale at the Holiday Homecoming.


Family Games Night- A FREE Community Event! 

Friday January 24, 2020


Colchester Town Hall

Enjoy a FUN night of food, various board games and BINGO with prizes for the winners! Compete against your family or neighbors! 

To Register:, "Register Online" and se...


Creative Canvas Fundraiser

Colchester Recreation & Creative Canvas invite you to a Create a Wooden Sign Give-Back Night!

Friday February 7, 2020 from 6:00PM-8:00PM

179 Linwood Avenue

Colchester, CT 06415

$45.00 Per Person

20% of all funds raised will be donated back to

Colchester Recreation

Daycamp & Program Scholarship Fund

To Register:

"Calendar & SignUp"

Creative Canvas allows outside food and beverages at the facility. Please consider bringing your own.


Scavenger Hunt

January 1, 2020-March 1, 2020

Calling all families & adventure seekers! Colchester Recreation is hosting a Town-Wide Scavenger Hunt. Teams of up to 5 players, all ages are encouraged, are challenged to get out and explore Colchester this winter! 2020 brings a new challenge and new adventure. Points will be awarded for each completed task. For more information, email Colchester Recreation at

Register online at


Volunteer of the Month

Colchester Recreation will accept nominations from Colchester organizations, groups, businesses, schools and individuals for the Volunteer of the Month! Nomination forms are available on our website at

Nomination Criteria

·A resident of Colchester

·A volunteer with a specific group for more than 3 months

·14 years or older

·Must not receive financial compensation

·Must not have won the award within the past 3 years.


Birthday Parties

William J Johnston Middle School

Colchester Recreation will now be offering Birthday Party services! You can rent space at William J. Johnston Middle School for a 2 hour birthday party on Friday evenings, Saturdays or Sundays! Colchester Recreation will work with you to secure the space needed, hire appropriate staff if the party you want requires it, and for an additional fee, will provide the cake and paper goods. To learn about all of the Birthday Party options, please call Colchester Recreation at (860) 537-7297.

Birthday Party Information

Birthday Party Reservation Form

Birthday Party Participant Form


15th Annual Spring Clean Up




Rain Date: Sunday May 3, 2020


Register Online at

Activity #4276



New York on your Own Bus Trip- Spring Trip: Saturday May 9, 2020

Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Met Museum of Art, Times Square, 34th Street and so much more! The day is yours to explore and there is bound to be something for the whole family to enjoy! The deluxe motor coach will depart from the Colchester Town Hall at 7:00AM and transport passengers to New York City. The motor coach will pick up passengers at 6:00PM and bring passengers back to Colchester.

Suggested drop off locations (actual locations may change slightly on the day of the trip to accommodate road conditions, parking restrictions, etc.)

1st Drop-off: Met Museum of Art, 5th Ave at 82nd Street
2nd Drop-off: Rockefeller Center Area (Radio City Music Hall, St Patrick's Cathedral)
3rd Drop-off: Times Square (Theater District, Madame Tussaud's, Bubba Gump's) 
4th Drop-off: Macy's, 34th Street (Garment District, Empire State Building)
5th Drop-off: Canal Street 

Activity # 4325

Saturday May 9, 2020

All Ages (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Fee: $65 per person

Registration deadline: May 1, 2020

Min 35/Max 50