Christmas & Holiday Events

Xmas evening at Webb Deane New England’s lively cities, snug towns, and snow-swept mountains are a perfect backdrop for Christmas and holiday celebrations and traditions. Come and enjoy classic favorites, like performances of “The Messiah” or “The Nutcracker, and local traditions, like the festive lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. Lodgings offer plenty of ways to combine a holiday getaway with pastimes like skiing, shopping, or theater-hopping.

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All Ages

Kent Holly-Days - Kent, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015 Main Street Kent, CT
A month-long series of events to celebrate the holiday season. Includes a Champagne Stroll (November 28-29), Street Andrews Christmas Tree sale (November 30), a Gingerbread Festival (December 5-January 5), the tree lighting (December 6), horse drawn carriage rides (December 7), pictures with Santa (December 7), Stuff-a-Truck and a Parade of Lights (December 13).
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 860-592-0061

First Night Hartford 2014 - Hartford, various locations, CT

Dec 1, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015 Hartford, various locations, CT
first night hartford 2014 Hartford's premiere New Year's Eve party. A family-friendly, multcultural, artistically unique, alcohol free New Year's experience with countless professional musicians, artists, performance groups and exhibits that inspire thousands of people of all ages to attend each year. Two spectacular fireworks shows in Bushnell Park at 6 p.m. and midnight. Grand Procession from City Hall to Bushnell Park at 5:15 p.m. See event website for detailed schedule.
Time: 2 p.m.-1 a.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; youth age 3-15, $3
Telephone: 860-727-0050

Children & Families

Santa’s Trolley Winter Wonderland - East Haven, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River Street East Haven, CT
Families are welcome at the Trolley Museum on these special holiday dates. This festival features decked-out antique trolley displays, free cookies and hot chocolate, model trains, and a gift from Santa. Come nightfall, the Museum lights up with holiday lighting and Christmas cheer. Dates: November 28-30 and December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
Time: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; kids, $6

Santa Special on the Essex Steam Train - Essex, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 23, 2014 1 Railroad Avenue Essex, CT
Enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive rail cars adorned with vintage decorations. Santa promises to visit each child, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be onboard for holiday cheer. Each child will receive a small holiday gift from Santa's elves.
Time: Departures: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Admission: Parlor car tickets $40; coach $20.
Telephone: 860-767-0103

Northern Lights Limited Train Rides With Santa - Thomaston, CT

Nov 29, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Railroad Museum of New England, 242 East Main Street Thomaston, CT
This is an evening holiday train ride with Santa at the Railroad Museum of New England with a Festival of Lights both inside and outside the train and at historic 1881 Thomaston Station. Santa will board and greet everyone during the hour and 20-minute train ride. The vintage passenger coaches are warm and comfortable and parking is free. Rides sell out; purchase tickets online or call 860-283-7245 to purchase your tickets early.
Time: 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Admission: $25; children age 2 and younger, free
Telephone: 860-283-7245

Washed Ashore Weekends at Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, CT

Dec 5, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015 Mystic Aquarium 55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT
This holiday season, guests are invited to experience Mystic Aquarium’s Washed Ashore Wonderland. Mystic Aquarium will be adorned with festive holiday décor of recycled material. On weekends throughout December, children can build holiday crafts from recycled materials in the Aquarium’s Washed Ashore Holiday Workshop. Visitors to Mystic Aquarium can also meet Santa Claus and enjoy the holiday classic Polar Express as conductors read the whimsical tale.
Munchkin Morning with Santa is December 5 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Children will meet Santa Claus and do seasonal and animal-themed crafts and activities. This VIP program begins before normal business hours. Pre-registration is required. For pricing and reservations, visit mysticaquarium.org.
Mystic Aquarium joins Olde Mistick Village for Festival of Lights on December 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. The outdoor paths of Mystic Aquarium will be illuminated by hundreds of luminaria as guests enjoy seasonal entertainment, face painters, story tellers, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Entertainment will be provided by local musical groups.
Time: Times vary; see event website
Telephone: 860-572-5955

"The Christmas Schooner" - New Britain, CT

Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 The Repertory Theatre, 23 Norden Street New Britain, CT
The entire family will enjoy this heart warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. This critically acclaimed musical features a powerful, moving story, and a beautiful score of both original music and some traditional holiday favorites. Dates: December 12-14, 19-21.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors and students, $18

Comedy

Comix Countdown 2015 at Foxwoods - Ledyard, CT

Dec 31, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014 Comix at Foxwoods Comedy Club, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Ledyard, CT
Comix at Foxwoods Comedy Club will welcome the New Year with its 2015 Comix Countdown, hosted by comedian “Big” Jay Oakerson. An evening of comedy, drinking, dancing and great times. Guests will enjoy a comedy performance from Oakerson, followed by a fan favorite. Email: derek@dpacommunications.com
Time: 8:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Admission: $60-$150
Telephone: 413-244-8999

Farms

Christmas Open Farm Weekends - Griswold, CT

Nov 29, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Stone Bridge Farm, 116 Crary Road Griswold, CT
Mingle with the alpacas and browse through the farm shop, with items that would make great gifts: hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, shawls, socks, woven rugs and much more.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Free
Telephone: 860-376-5027

Historic

A Grand Holiday at the Mansion - Norwalk, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue Norwalk, CT
This exhibit traces the development of the holiday traditions during the Victorian era in America. The museum also explores the mansion during the 1930s, and the decorations and gift-giving traditions during Florence Mathew's era.
Time: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 8-18, $6.
Telephone: 203-838-9799

Lantern Light Tours - Mystic, CT

Nov 29, 2014 - Dec 27, 2014 Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT
lantern light tours Step back in time to Christmas Eve 1876 for a guided tour of the town of Greenmanville. This 70-minute progressive play throughout the town features a traditional tavern dance, a horse-drawn carriage ride and the beautiful glow of hundred of lanterns that light the way.
Lantern Light Tours require a special ticket in lieu of admission. Pre-registration is encouraged.


Time: Tours begin at 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $30; youth ages 5-17, $23; children ages 4 and younger admitted for free
Telephone: 860-572-5331

Hobbies

Holiday Train Show - Essex, CT

Nov 21, 2014 - Feb 17, 2015 Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street Essex, CT
The exhibit features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises in the fully operating 26-foot model train layout. Visitors are invited to find a scavenger list of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set can get hands-on at an American Flyer layout designed for toddler-size viewing.
Time: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Please call ahead to see if the museum is open.
Admission: 860-767-8269

The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit - Wilton, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Jan 19, 2015 Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road Wilton, CT
Wilton Historical Society’s 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with eight train layouts winding through tiny towns with many kinds of buildings, tunnels and two working Ferris wheels! The interactive display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable train engineers on hand to talk trains. Thomas the Tank Engine hands-on train room is open to the youngest visitors.
Exhibit Opening Day si November 28, noon to 4 p.m. with guest appearance by Tom Hooker Hanford, performing children's folk songs of Old New England. Exhibit will run from November 28 to January 19.
Time: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; children, free
Telephone: 203-762-7257

Home & Studio Tours

Three Centuries of Christmas Tours - Wethersfield, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main Street Wethersfield, CT
New England fishing boat and lighthouse

Each year, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s “Three Centuries of Christmas” tours show in fascinating detail how the American holiday season has evolved over the past 300 years. This year, two evening candlelight tours, with costumed guides, have been added for viewing the three elegant historic houses that comprise the museum.

Time: Candlelight tours on December 12 and 19, 5 to 8 p.m. Daylight tours Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m
Admission: $12 adult, $10 senior, $6 student/children, $28 family (2 adults, 2 children).
Telephone: 860-529-0612

Museums

Magic of Christmas at Florence Griswold Museum - Old Lyme, CT

Dec 5, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT
December is particularly delight-filled at the Museum. The Museum now has so many artist palettes that they’ve had to turn Miss Florence’s Artist Tree into two! Over the past 10 years, visitors from across the region have admired the painted palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Tree. More than 150 noted artists from across the country have donated works to these unique holiday icons. Visitors can also enjoy three fantasy trees in Florence Griswold House.
Time: Consult event website

Music

Christmas Angelicus Concert - Simsbury, Torrington, Litchfield, Hartford, Salisbury, CT

Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Simsbury, Torrington, Litchfield, Hartford, Salisbury, CT
Churches and chapels across Northwest Connecticut will once more ring with the music of the season, as this tradition continues to draw packed houses. Old and new arrangements of carols and seasonal songs will be craftily executed by the pure voices of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, along with traditional carols for the audience delight.
Simsbury United Methodist Church, 799 Hopmeadow Road, Simsbury, December 12 at 7:30 p.m..
Trinity Episcopal Church,, 220 Prospect Street, Torrington, December 14, 3 p.m.
St. Michael's Church, 25 South Street, Litchfield. December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Patrick-St. Anthony's Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford. December 20 at 6 p.m.
Salisbury Congregational Church, 30 Main Street, Salisbury. December 21 at 4 p.m.
Time: 7:30 pm
Admission: Priority, $40; general, $25; students, $10
Telephone: 860-496-8841

Candlelight & Carols Concert with Connecticut Choral Society - Watertown, CT

Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 First Congregational Church, 40 DeForest Street Watertown, CT
The Connecticut Choral Society will be joined by the Chime In hand bell choir and will be accompanied by harp, piano, organ, and timpani. The program will feature the opening musical number from the movie "Frozen," the world premiere of "Prayers from the Manger"and traditional and contemporary holiday songs. The audience is invited to join in singing selected carols.
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Admission: General admission, $25; seniors, $20; youth under 18, $15 (
Telephone: 888-927-2933

Community Carol Sing at Mystic Seaport - Mystic, CT

Dec 21, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Mystic Seaport, Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT
Lift your voice in song at Mystic Seaport’s 59th annual Community Carol Sing. Visitors from near and far return year after year to participate in this popular holiday carol sing. The Mystic Seaport carolers will perform a holiday concert in the Greenmanville Church at 2 p.m. and the carol sing will commence in Anchor Circle at 3 p.m.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Free admission from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with the donation of a canned food item

Cappella Cantorum Chorus Sing-Along - Old Saybrook, CT

Dec 21, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Katherine Hepburn Arts Center, 300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT
Chime in and sing along with the local chorus at this friendly and relaxed event, which is a Messiah Sing-Along featuring traditional Christmas carols and hymns performed by Cappella Cantorum and chorus.
Time: 4 p.m.

Donny & Marie: Christmas at Foxwoods - Ledyard, CT

Dec 23, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014 Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Ledyard, CT
Join Donny and Marie in celebrating the holidays this year. It is going to be an experience, not just a show but a holiday experience. After giving it a try on Broadway and in Chicago and Los Angeles the past few years, they are really hitting their stride. Dates: December 23, 27 & 28
Time: Tuesday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.
Admission: $50 - $150

Festival of Light - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 28, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
Matisyahu's Festival of Light celebrates the Jewish holiday during the winter months. An American reggae rapper and alternative rock musician, Matisyahu's performance features sets that include material spanning his entire career.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $47.50
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Outdoor Activities

Festival of Silver Lights - Meriden, CT

Nov 21, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Hubbard Park, West Main Street Meriden, CT
A spectacular display with 200,000 white lights and more than 300 lighted characters throughout the Park. Displays in trees, on the ponds and nestled in the natural habitat. .
Time: Open daily, 24 hours
Admission: Free
Telephone: 203-630-4259

Fantasy of Lights 2014 - New Haven, CT

Nov 21, 2014 - Jan 6, 2015 Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road New Haven, CT
Drive through an enchanting land of spectacular, sparkling light displays during this festive and magical holiday season, delighting children and adults with more than 60 enchanting images on display.
Time: Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
Admission: Cars, $10; mini-bus, $25
Telephone: 203-777-2000

Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park - Hartford, CT

Nov 27, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015 Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Avenue Hartford, CT
Holiday Light Fantasia, a must-see family light show, is back at Hartford's Goodwin Park! This illuminated drive-through display will open Thanksgiving Day and run nightly through New Year’s Day. All proceeds will benefit the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
Time: Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m; weekends, 5-10 p.m.
Admission: $15
Telephone: 860-742-2267

Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce - Bristol, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Lake Compounce, 186 Enterprise Drive Bristol, CT
Festive activities include a giant holiday light show with thousands of lights accompanied by holiday music, and children's and family-themed rides. A selection of children's and family rides are open.
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Admission: General admission, $14.99; children age 4-10, $10.99
Telephone: 860-583-3300

Winterfest Tunnel of Lights at Connecticut Trolley Museum - East Windsor, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 30, 2014 Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road East Windsor, CT
Enjoy a open trolley ride and join your motorman in singing traditional Christmas carols as you travel down the track. Dress warmly and bring blankets. Inside the museum’s visitors center there are model trains, decorations, entertainment and Santa (through December 21).
Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; December 26-30, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Call for ticket information.
Telephone: 860-627-6540

Winter Solstice Luminaria Walk - Mystic, CT

Dec 21, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road Mystic, CT
Explore the winter beauty of nature center trails lit by the soft glow of luminaria and guided by the staff. Walks depart at 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. The grounds of the Nature Center will also be lit. A roaring campfire will warm noses and toes, and we will offer hot beverages to make the celebratory solstice evening complete.
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Downtown Mystic Luminaria - Downtown Mystic, CT

Dec 21, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Downtown Mystic, CT
Celebrate the winter solstice amongst hundreds of glittering luminaries lining Downtown Mystic. Wonder and entertainment on the shortest, but brightest night of the year! Enjoy the splendor while you walk through town, listen to the sounds of the season and do some last minute holiday shopping.
Time: 5 p.m.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

"A Christmas Carol" - Hartford, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014 Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street Hartford, CT
A Christmas Carol Hartford
Re-designed costumes, enhanced special effects and dazzling lighting bring new life to the holiday classic that has thrilled thousands of people for the past 16 years.

Come see one of Connecticut’s favorite family holiday traditions.
Time: Please call for schedule of performances
Admission: $25-$85
Telephone: 860-527-5151

"A Christmas Carol" - Shelton, CT

Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Center Stage Theater, 54 Grove Street Shelton, CT
“A Christmas Carol” infuses the Charles Dickens holiday classic with music the entire family with cherish. This musical favorite tells the timeless story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Time: Call for times and admission prices.
Admission: Call for times and admission prices.
Telephone: 203-225-6079

Mohegan Sun presents Albano’s “Nutcracker” - Uncasville, CT

Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun presents Albano’s “Nutcracker” The Albano Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker is a holiday favorite at Mohegan Sun. See the astounding 35-foot LED glowing Christmas tree. Share its magic as it grows on high! Lavish costumes, new theatrical scenery, international stars and a cast of over 100 dancers bring to life the story of a beautiful Nutcracker Christmas gift that transports a child named Clara to a magical world with giant mice, a Cavalier Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Dates: December 12-14, 19-21.
Time: December 12, 7 p.m.; December 13, 2 & 7 p.m.; December 14, 6 p.m.; December 19, 7 p.m.; December 20, 2 & 7 p.m.; December 21, 1 & 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $32-$38; children, $26-$32
Telephone: 800-745-3000

“The Nutcracker” - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street Ridgefield, CT
Nutcracker at Ridgefield Bring the whole family for a day of holiday magic. “The Nutcracker” is a classic Christmas story featuring beautiful dance numbers and a popular score by famous composer Tchaikovsky. Meet the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairies, and the Nutcracker Prince.

Time: Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors & kids, $15
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Irving Berlin's “White Christmas” - New Haven, CT

Dec 30, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
Irving Berlin’s classic holiday movie comes to life on the Shubert Theater stage. This show is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its jazzy melodies and exciting dancing. Featured songs include “Happy Holidays” and “Sisters”.
Time: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 p.m.; Thursday, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $12-$117
Telephone: 203-562-5666