Everyone is gearing up for the holiday season, and this year will be a special one for Waterbury’s downtown. Post University is bringing Santa back to Bank St. beginning Saturday, December 7.

“We are excited to usher in the holidays in such a personal, genuine way,” said Post University President and CEO John L. Hopkins. “By capturing the essence of downtown’s history and merging it with the present, families will be able to experience the innocent, magical nature of the holidays their parents and grandparents enjoyed, as we resurrect the tradition of Christmas in downtown Waterbury.”

Last December, the university moved into the historical Howland-Hughes building. The former department store was a hub for retail in Waterbury as well as memorable for its festival displays, including a “Santa’s Workshop” display.

On December 7, the wonder and magic of a traditionally decorated storefront returns to grace the building’s interior. The window displays will include marionettes from the original “Grand Old Lady’s” decor while the lobby will merge old themes with new technologies. Children will once again meet Santa in the lobby, but Post’s new, state-of-the-art LED wall will serve as Santa’s backdrop, displaying a snowscape outside his workshop window.

The yuletide events also will involve local Waterbury businesses, including the local theatrical nonprofit, Shakespearience, and Sweet Maria’s bakeshop, owned by Post University alumna Maria Sanchez, who will provide delicious cookies.

Post Downtown also will serve as a collection location for the Connecticut State Trooper “Stuff a Cruiser” Holiday Toy Drive.

The holiday celebrations will occur from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through December 22. Post Downtown is located at 140 Bank Street in Waterbury, CT. Free parking is available on event days at the Buckingham Garage/Waterbury Transportation Center located at 210 Bank Street. For more information, please visit  https://post.edu/christmas/.


Based in Waterbury, Connecticut, since 1890, Post University® is known for its innovation and focus on providing every online and on-campus student an extraordinary educational experience with an unmatched level of personalized support. Among the first in the nation and the first in  the State of Connecticut to offer full degrees online, Post fuels the personal aspirations and  career goals of its students with inventive and robust learning technologies that deliver in- demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs, small class sizes, individual attention, and customizable degree concentrations.

Recognized for its Honors Program, NCAA Division II athletics, and its pioneering role in online education for more than twenty years, Post University is licensed by the Connecticut Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education and accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Its award-winning Malcolm Baldrige School of Business programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Post is ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about how Post Makes It Personal® by calling 800.345.2562 or visiting www.Post.edu