Drive through a Winter Wonderland at The Landing of North Haven

NORTH HAVEN, Conn.— The Landing of North Haven was transformed into a winter wonderland complete with displays and themed Christmas trees. This magical experience will benefit local nonprofit, The Italian American Youth Foundation (IYF).

An event so good, even the Grinch came to witness the holiday lights and take a peek at the magical elf village. The Winter Wonderland was a drive-thru event that engaged and delighted the entire family showcasing 50 decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses and North Haven residents. There were gingerbread houses, a princess court, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and even snow!

The event was organized by Jill Dechello, editor of North Haven Magazine. She has worked on several of these events over the years.

“I create these events because I believe the world needs more kindness and I think our town is the epitome of generosity,” said Dechello. “I’m always amazed at how supportive the small business owners in our community are. It’s a difficult time for them right now, but they are stepping up and helping support this event.”

The event benefits the Italian American Youth Foundation, Inc. (IYF) who will use the funds to enhance the holidays for disadvantaged families in North Haven and surrounding communities.

“We want to help and change people’s lives for the better and help them cope with what they’re going through. Love needs no words. By giving you don’t have to say anything, you just give and help people,” said Nick Casella chairman and director of IYF.

Sponsors of the event include Shore Publishing,, Stay at Home Care, and North Haven Magazine.