December 1 – 8
46th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions, Wadsworth Museum of Art
A holiday custom for the past 46 years, features musical entertainment and festive family activities in the midst of decorative trees and wreaths created by community organizations and local artists, on view in the museum's galleries for a limited time.

December 1 – 14
Deck the Walls, Carriage Barn Arts Center
Small works of art and wreath auction.
 
December 1 – 21
9th Annual Gingerbread House Festival, Wood Memorial Library and Museum
Gaze upon row after row of creative and colorful gingerbread creations, all made by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Holiday Shoppe and Craft Show, Danbury Museum and Historical Society
You will find unique, handcrafted items from dozens of regional artisans. The museum's gift shop will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
December 1 – 22
Northern Lights Limited Trains, Railroad Museum of New England
The Northern Lights Limited is the evening train, and is similar to our earlier Santa Express trains, but with some added touch. Leaving under the cover of nightfall, experience the magic as the lights inside and out of each car are lit, illuminating the entire train in a soft, cheerful glow. Upon departure, you will be taken directly to the North Pole, picking up Santa and Mrs. Claus for all to see. Once on board the train, Santa and Mrs. Claus will take turns visiting with all those on board as the train slowly chugs along through the night. While Santa is visiting each of all the good boys and girls on the train, his Elves will keep you busy dancing and singing along to the music. Each child will get an extra special gift from Santa’s toy bag.

Rudolph’s Holiday Cruise, Lady Katharine Cruises – Middletown
Welcome the season with this classic family holiday cruise! Gather family and friends and take in all the sights, sounds and warmth that the holiday season has to offer. Dine on our scrumptious hot buffet brunch then gather with Santa and his elves for story time. Children of all ages will love creating a special holiday keepsake to live musical entertainment. This family holiday tradition sells out quickly so make your reservations today!
 
Santa’s Trolley, The Shore Line Trolley Museum
Take a ride into the past at The Shore Line Trolley Museum and have your children visit with Santa! Inspect our antique trolleys decorated for the holidays. Enjoy a complimentary cookie and hot chocolate. Check out the model train layout. Bring the whole family and the camera! All children receive a small gift from Santa. You don’t want to miss getting a picture of your little ones with Santa.  Start a new tradition your family will never forget!

Lantern Light Tours, Mystic Seaport Museum
For the 40th anniversary of the Museum’s Lantern Light Tours, tour-goers will immediately recognize the influences of that most Victorian of Christmas tales, Charles Dickens’s 1843 A Christmas Carol. They are asked by Mallory’s Ghost to help save his partner, Mr. Blackburn, from his miserable, loveless life, which will in turn save Greenmanville from becoming an expanse of deserted shipyards.  Even though the tour guide is excited – and determined! – to live out the plot of Dickens’s story step by faithful step, and learns that it is love that transcends time and place which will save both Christmas and 1876 Greenmanville.
 
Gingerbread Houses for Children, Lyman Orchards
A wonderful way to enjoy the holidays. Turn up the holiday magic for your young ones with a fun-filled session of confectionary creativity. The Apple Barrel Bakery team will lead budding gingerbread architects and candy lovers in crafting the edible holiday homes of their dreams in this seasonal Lyman Orchards favorite. Have fun with royal icing, colorful sprinkles, sparkly decorations, and glittery sugars. The gingerbread houses will come alive with candies, gumdrops, peppermints, sprinkles, cookies and more. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 15, 16, 21, 22
Pre-paid reservations are required.

Santa Express, Railroad Museum of New England
The Santa Express is the earlier train, where parents and children alike are able to hop on board for the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. As the trains travels through the cold winter wilderness, passengers will be able to visit with Santa and play with his Elves. Each child will also get a special gift from Santa’s own toy bag.

This service is scheduled early at noon (limited days) and 2:15 p.m. most days other services are running.
 
December 1 – 24
11th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village, Greenwich
Highlights of the festival include a Roaming Railroad choo-choo train ride, a horse drawn hay ride, more than 70 vendors selling handcrafted items just in time for holiday shopping, and a 5K Road Race on Saturday morning sponsored by the First Mile Race Management Company. Plus a multitude of delicious food choices to make everyone’s visit complete.

December 1 – 28
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, Hartford Stage
The magic of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming classic returns for its 22nd season. Come see one of Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment!

December 1 – January 5
Magic of Christmas, Florence Griswold Museum
What a special year this is for the Magic of Christmas celebration! We try to make every Christmas magical because it was Miss Florence’s birthday, but this year, we think our namesake would be especially pleased. Every year since 2004, artists from all over the country have added to the palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Trees which are displayed in the Krieble Gallery. This year we finally reached over 200 palettes—212 to be exact—so many that we will need four delightfully-decorated trees to present all of them. To commemorate the event, we have published Miss Florence’s Artist Trees: Celebrating a Tradition of Painted Palettes, which showcases each of the works of art on its own page. Look for it online here and in The Shop.

December 2 – 13
Holiday Wreath Making, Woodcock Nature Center
We offer 10 nights of evening wreath decorating and festivities, December 2-6, 9-13. There are two decorating sessions each night: 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.-10:15 p.m. Gather a group of friends, come with a buddy or as a couple for decorating, preceded or followed by socializing in the our warm and cozy pavilion. If you register for the 6:30 p.m. session, you will decorate in our Nature Center first and then head to the pavilion to celebrate with friends. If you register for the 8:30 p.m. session, you will celebrate in the pavilion first beginning at 7 p.m., then head to the Nature Center to decorate at 8:30 p.m. The pavilion remains open until 11 p.m. each night, 21 and over.

December 4
Sounds of the Season, Eastern Connecticut State University
Join the Eastern Connecticut State University Concert Band for an evening of holiday entertainment!
 
December 4 – 28
A Christmas Carol, The Terris Theatre
Some of the most beloved storytellers in Connecticut history come alive for a yuletide gathering you won’t forget. Famed actor and local legend William Gillette leaves his castle on the Connecticut River to adapt Dickens’ holiday classic. Local heroes Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum and Benedict Arnold make spirited appearances opposite Gillette’s Scrooge in a highly theatrical twist on a family favorite. Custom-made for Goodspeed with all-original music, here’s a tuneful, heartfelt confection spiced with enough Nutmeg State flavor to sweeten your season.

December 5
A Christmas Carol, Yale Center for British Art
The Olivier award winning British director and actor Guy Masterson returns to the Center for an exhilarating solo performance of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by Nick Hennegan. Masterson brings the entire story to life in this stunning and magical multicharacter performance, featuring original compositions by Robbie Williams.

Annual Holidays on Main, Annual Holidays on Main
Join friends young and old at the annual Holidays on Main celebration. Santa visits at the firehouse, silent auction items at Webb Barn, tree lighting at  6 p.m., horse and wagon ride located at Heirloom Market, and much more.

December 6
4th Annual “Road Home for the Holidays”, The Hops Company
The Hops Company, Connecticut’s only authentic beer garden, will host its 4th annual “Road Home for the Holidays” charitable event.  Partnering with Two Roads Brewery, the event will be a memorable night filled with fun, food, great beer, games, raffles, including ugly holiday sweater contest and a present relay race to benefit military service men and women.  The Hops Company and Two Roads will donate $1 from the sale of each Two Roads pint of beer to the Fisher House Foundation.
 
A Mystic Christmas, Mystic Aquarium
‘Tis the season of giving, that’s why we’re giving our community an amazing holiday experience for free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Hear Saxophone Santa as he serenades the crowd then get your picture with him, on dry land or while he’s diving with some of his elves, all while enjoying the splendor of holiday festivities at the Aquarium.
December 6 – 7
Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival, Bethlehem
Highlights of the festival include a Roaming Railroad choo-choo train ride, a horse drawn hay ride, more than 70 vendors selling handcrafted items just in time for holiday shopping, and a 5K Road Race on Saturday morning sponsored by the First Mile Race Management Company. Plus a multitude of delicious food choices to make everyone’s visit complete.

Christmas in Collinsville, Collinsville
On Friday evening enjoy the walkable streets of Collinsville which are lit with luminaries for horse drawn carriage rides, a "Champagne Walk," and tree lighting. Saturday is filled with family-friendly fun with horse drawn carriage rides, craft fair, story time with Mrs. Claus, face painting, meet Santa Clause, magician shows and much more.

December 6 – January 5
Holiday Express Train, Fairfield Museum and History Center
A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition! Kids and adults alike will delight in the magic of this wondrous display of model trains winding around beautiful holiday scenery.

December 7 – 8
Festival of Trees – A Holiday Festival, Newtown
Win a decorated tree, wreath, decoration or basket to enjoy all season at this year's Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is in conjunction with the 34th Annual Holiday Festival in Newtown, CT. Every year local businesses, organizations and families donate decorated trees, wreaths, decorations, centerpieces and baskets to the Festival of Trees. One of the most spectacular features of the Holiday Festival, features items of various shapes and sizes, artificial, live, stuffed, ceramic, wood and themed.
 
December 7 – 15
A Christmas Carol, Warner Theatre
Adapted for the stage from Charles Dickens’ timeless novella, A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English writer Charles Dickens, first published in on 19 December 1843. It has been adapted into a variety of mediums, with the first theater production taking place in London within six weeks of publication. The run lasted for 40 nights before transferring to the Park Theatre in New York City. In 1853, Dickens began to perform the story itself in public, performing each of the characters himself without props or costume changes. He continued to make these occasional recitals until his final public performance on 15 March 1870.

In this solo performance, one actor will portray more than 30 characters in this beloved holiday classic.

December 7 – 22
Ride a Vintage Train to Visit Santa, Danbury Railway Museum
That portly gent from the North Pole will once again pay a visit to the Danbury Railway Museum and you can take a ride in a vintage train through the historic railyard to visit him.  The event will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22.  Trains departa every half-hour from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays; 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays.  Each child will receive a small gift from Santa.  Based on the popularity of this event the past couple of years, reservations are suggested.  On each Saturday evening, special night-time rides at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. are being scheduled.  Take an evening ride through the lighted railyard!
 
December 8
A Leffingwell Colonial Christmas, Leffingwell House Museum
Join us for our annual Leffingwell 'Christmas in the Colonies' Open House. Enjoy the history and tastes of the season.  The main floor is decorated to reflect the Christmas celebrations of New England, the southern Colonies and the evolution of our American Christmas. Appropriate regional tastes of the season will be served during your self-guided tour of the museum. Interpreters will be available in each room to answer questions and give holiday history. Enjoy a visit with President William Harrison as portrayed by reenactor Kevin Titus.  Check out the Suttler Big Bear Trading for colonial items.  While listening to vintage seasonal music played by talented pianist Dayne Rugh, browse the gift shop for special items and handmade and vintage tree decorations. Come with the family and enjoy the History, Tastes and Sounds of a Leffingwell Colonial Christmas.  

Blue Back Mitten Run, West Hartford
This festive family holiday tradition welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to celebrate the season as a community. The 5K winds through West Hartford neighborhoods, lined with homes decorated for the holidays and festive shop windows. Bring the kids to participate in the HMF FitKids run- a ½ mile or one mile dash to Blue Back Square.

December 8 – 9
A Christmas Carol in Concert, Ivoryton Playhouse
Experience the holiday magic of this intimate performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Inspired by spoken on-air radio performances that were popular in the 1920s, this original performance, premiering at the Ivoryton Playhouse, will feature Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winner, Kathleen Turner in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Tony Award winner James Naughton will also perform as Marley and the Ghosts.

December 8 – 22
Brunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Lyman Orchards
This is a day that will surely become a life-long memory. Santa and Mrs. Claus invite children and their families to visit them in the festively decorated Lyman Homestead. You'll enjoy a delicious buffet-style brunch. And you'll delight in a very private meeting with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the homestead's library. A professional photographer will take complimentary family photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

December 12 – 22
An Improvised Christmas Carol, Sea Tea Comedy Theater
Come see a hilarious retelling of Charles Dickens's Christmas classic twist! This show combines your suggestions with the improvisers’ imaginations to create a performance of A Christmas Carol like nothing you have ever seen. What if Scrooge owned a pet store? What if the Ghost of Christmas Past was a Film Noir detective? What if Tiny Tim wasn't so tiny? Come find out and see how your suggestions tell an all new tale of how Christmas can (or can't!) change Ebenezer Scrooge's life.

December 13
Museum After Dark: Ugly Sweater Party, New Britain Museum of American Art
Tis the Season to wear outlandish holiday clothing and toast the holidays! Dance the night away on the spacious dance floor with DJ Santa Claus, share a drink with friends (or make some new ones) and enjoy interactive art activities, festive food, and more! The Museum will be decorated for the holidays, and the "Alter Ego" photo booth will be available to capture all the memories.

28th Annual Holiday in the Depot, Washington Depot
Come take part in the town’s annual Holiday in the Depot! The festivities will kick off with the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree and carols sung by students at the Washington Montessori School. Shortly after, Santa will arrive by a horse-drawn wagon and children will be able to tell him their wishes as well as pose for a photo.

December 13 – 29
New England Winter Festival, Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort
Powder Ridge Park is bringing the magic of winter to families! The event brings people together to experience light displays, live performances and activity centers that celebrate winter traditions and cultures. Children will be enchanted with a visit to Santa’s workshop and the snow zone play area. Bon fires will be blazing in The Après Ski Village which features the Ice Bar for adult beverages and food trucks with delicious treats from around the globe. 

December 14
Holley Jolley Saturday, Wilton Historical Society
What could be more in-the-holiday-spirit than a chance to confide in Santa, see chuffing trains run, savor the scent of gingerbread, and find one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends? See the trains before or after a visit with Santa! Leave time to decorate a gingerbread cookie!

December 21
Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Cirque Spectacular, The Bushnell Center
Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! There is no better way to celebrate the season than with the magical music of the holidays performed by the HSO, set to astonishing acrobatic feats by members of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie.  Watch these amazing aerialists, contortionists, and gymnasts tumble, soar and dance on and above the stage all while the HSO plays your festive favorites!
 
December 31
2nd Annual First Light Festival, Westport Historical Society
A night of family fun on New Year’s Eve for events at the museum and around town. Celebrates the dawning of the New Year and will include many of the beloved activities that Westporters and visitors have enjoyed in years past including carriage rides, face painting, tarot readings, a warming fire, live music and much more!
 
New Year’s Eve Gala with the Cartells, Saybrook Point Inn Marina and Spa
Gala tickets include; passed hors d’ oeuvres, appetizer stations, a sit-down dinner, dessert station & espresso bar,  premium open bar, Sommelier Wine station during cocktail hour and a midnight champagne toast.  Reservations required.
 
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