Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Events

Santa Waving to the Crowd from his Tugboat

Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in Historic Downtown Mystic. Thousands gather at the Mystic River Park to watch Santa arrive on a 60’ tug boat, the John Paul, and to listen to the wishes of children. After a brief break, festivities in the Park resume with the lighting of the Christmas tree and thousands of spectators then flood both sides of the Mystic River to see the decorated ships pass by. These holiday events have become beloved traditions in Mystic over the years-- don’t miss out on being part of the festivities by sponsoring our candy canes, parade and more!

Want to experience all that the Greater Mystic region has to offer as a world-class foodie destination? Mystic Restaurant Wee, which celebrates everything culinary in the region, including Groton, Mystic and Stonington restaurants. Participating restaurants offer specialty pricing for lunch and dinner throughout the entire week. If you're a Mystic Chamber member and would like to sponsor this event, this unique opportunity features logo placement on our website, social media platforms and posters delivered to businesses and participating restaurants around the region.

Keynote Speaker & Professional Organizer Sandra Wheeler

This year, we're excited to introduce our Keynote Speaker, Professional Organizer Sandra Wheeler of For Peace of Mind, LLC. She'll be sharing valuable advice on clearing the clutter in 2020.

Treat yourself and your family to a day of wellness at the Hilton Mystic from 10 am - 2 pm. Explore all that Mystic has to offer to with a variety of health, fitness, and beauty options available to help your family look and feel their best this year!


Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport Museum and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center are proud to announce plans for a multi-day, community-wide Earth Day 2020 event in celebration of the movement’s 50th anniversary.

Youth Participating in Workforce Development Program

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Youth Workforce Development "Work It!" program endeavors to empower local youth by facilitating the development of the skills necessary to obtain and successfully execute employment opportunities. We focus on transferable skills such as quality customer service, interview techniques and resume development.

Street Scene from Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

The oldest festival of its kind in the Northeast, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival attracts more than 85,000 people to our region during this two day event. This festival showcases more than 100,000 diverse pieces of fine art spread out over two miles in the heart of Historic Downtown Mystic. The event is free of charge to the public. There are activities for all ages, including a Children’s Art Park.

Decorated Christmas Tree

Groton Parks and Recreation, Groton Public Library, Groton Senior Center, Town of Groton Economic & Community Development, and Groton Utilities, in coordination with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, facilitates this event. This year businesses will be showcased in our FESTIVAL OF TREES contest: Artificial trees decorated by local businesses, will be on display throughout the Groton Senior Center. You are invited to submit a decorated tree, no higher than 6', which will be judged by the public on the night of the event. The overall winner of the OH TANNENBAUM (best tree!) award will get a FREE booth at the 2020 Fall Festival.


This two-part event (Annual Meeting & Gala) draws business, civic and government officials together to celebrate the year. Our annual meeting gets the pulse of the region and discusses ways to improve our business environment. As a Chamber, we share the successes of the year and look forward to goals for the year ahead.


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Join us and donate to FLOATCHELLA, a paddle-crafts only rally on the Mystic River featuring "I Anbassa & The Word Sound Power Movement" (billed as CT’s #1 Reggae Band) with DJ Mello on the FLOATING STAGE just North of the drawbridge.

Attendees and passersby are asked to donate to the event from 3 launch sites and on the Mystic Drawbridge. All money raised will go to funding the efforts of the DMM and the GMCC in promoting Mystic, continuing beloved community events like: the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival and Pirate Invasion, and supporting our local businesses.