Christmas in New Fairfield

Members of the New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Company, organized in 1936, began the tradition of giving a Christmas party for all the children in town from about the early 1940s to the early 1950s. In the beginning it was held in the Town Hall.

Before renovations were made to accommodate all the offices as we know it now there was a large hall on the right as you came in the front door. The room had a small stage at one end and was used for many functions including town meetings, square dances and other social events.

Every child enrolled in the New Fairfield Consolidated School through the 8th grade was invited until that became too many and then the invitation went only through the 5th grade. Santa (Henry Bischoff) was assisted by the firemen as he gave each child a wrapped gift, a box of hard candy with a str