Christmas & Holiday Events

Nubble Light at Christmas 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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Holiday Gingerbread House Festival at Wood Memorial Library - South Windsor, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014 Wood Memorial Library & Museum, 783 Main Street South Windsor, CT
Gingerbread house at Wood Library CT Start the holidays off right at the Wood Memorial Library's gingerbread house festival. Wander through a winter wonderland where the spicy aroma of gingerbread permeates the air and local artisans and bakers show off their talents with a dizzying array of candy-covered houses, trains, trees, and even entire farms. The library will provide the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations, many of which will be for sale along with other holiday themed gifts and treats in the Gingerbread Shop.
Time: Monday, Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 860-289-1783

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

Trees in the Rigging - Essex, CT

Nov 30, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014 Town Hall & Connecticut River Museum, Main Street Essex, CT
Annual community carol sing and boat parade steps off at 4:30 p.m. at Essex Town Hall with a lantern-lit stroll down Main Street accompanied by the Sailing Master of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and a parade of antique cars. The stroll ends at the Connecticut River Museum, where boats decorated with festive lights and holiday themes pass by, then Santa arrives for visits with children.
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 860-767-8269

Firelight Festival - Guilford, CT

Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014 Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield Street Guilford, CT
Festive luminaries, outdoor fires, popcorn, roasted marshmallows, s’mores, hot cider, hot chocolate, Connecticut’s oldest house after dark, the exhibit Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas, holiday ornament crafts, and a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors & college students, $6; children age 6-17, $5
Telephone: 203-453-2457

Ivoryton Illuminations - Ivoryton, CT

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014 Ivoryton Village Ivoryton, CT
Light up the season with more than 200,000 lights in the heart of Ivoryton village. Lots of family activities, great food and music and of course, a visit from Santa. See event website for more details.
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 860-767-7318


Greenwich Historical Society’s Antiquarius 2014 - Greenwich, CT

Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 10, 2014 Various locations; see description Greenwich, CT
Greenwich Historical Societys Antiquarian This series of holiday events -- a antique show, house tour, and preview parties -- is Greenwich Historical Society major annual fundraiser.
December 5 -- Sugarplums and Snowflakes Gala is a Nutcracker-themed party where guests can preview the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show while enjoying entertainment, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a light buffet supper. Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $150 per person; tickets must be purchased in advance.
December 6-7 -- The Greenwich Winter Antiques Show showcases more than 40 prominent American dealers in fine art, period to mid-century antiques and exceptional jewelry.Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 per person; $12 for seniors. Buy tickets at the door.
December 9 and 10 -- Antiquarius Holiday Boutique will offer an exciting mix of new vendors and perennial favorites guaranteed to cover everyone's holiday list. Christ Church Parish Hall, 254 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. Tuesday, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
December 10 -- Holiday House Tour will feature five spectacularly decorated Greenwich homes: a farmhouse retreat, a stately Colonial, a grand Federal-style home, a vintage jewel updated with classic American style. Transportation will be provided by shuttle bus from designated parking areas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $100 per person.
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 203-869-6899

Children & Families

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Hartford, CT

Nov 25, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014 The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT
Rudolph show
The beloved story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.

Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $21-$59
Telephone: 860-987-5900

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

"Mother Goose's Golden Christmas" - Chester, CT

Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014 Chester Meeting House Liberty Street Chester, CT
A musical comedy adventure presented by Madhatters Theatre Company.
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m; Sunday 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; children age 12 and younger, $15
Telephone: 860-395-1861

"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


Holiday Madness Dinner Cruise with Lady Kate Cruises - Hartford, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014 Charter Oak Landing, 104 Reserve Road Hartford, CT
Gather a group of friends and join Lady Kate Cruises for an evening of great dining and dancing. A festive dinner buffet will be served. Mike Stacy will play favorite holiday music and there will be plus contests, prizes and give-a-ways.
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Admission: Adults $61.95 (includes gratuity)
Telephone: 866-867-4837


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

Wagon Rides with Santa - Orange, CT

Nov 30, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014 Maple View Farm, 603 Orange Center Road Orange, CT
Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride with Santa at this historic farm along with hot chocolate and cookies, and a holiday boutique. Reservations required.
Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: $5
Telephone: 203-799-6495

Food, Wine, Beer

Kent Holiday Champagne Stroll - Kent, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014 Main Street Kent, CT
For $10 you can sample over 30 champagnes at the more than 30 participating businesses.
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Admission: $10
Telephone: 860-592-0061


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

Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival - Fairfield, CT

Dec 4, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014 Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road Fairfield, CT
Come enjoy a cup of hot cider while you stroll through the Burr Mansion and see rooms decorated by interior decorators and artists. Trees and one-of-a-kind live wreaths are for sale. The Holiday Boutique is full o ffestive gifts and ornaments. Bring the kids to visit Santa! All proceeds of the festival benefit The Center for Family Justice.
Thursday, December 4 is A Night of Celebration Holiday Preview Gala. 7-10 p.m. $150 per person
Friday, December 5 is Let’s Build A Snowman for children. 5-7 p.m. $15 per adult, $10 per child.
Saturday, December 6 is Christmas Around the World with food, wine and beer from different countries. 7-10 p.m. $75 per person
Sunday, December 7 is Holiday Tea. Enjoy high tea with those special people in your life. Noon-2 p.m. $50 per person
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; children and seniors, $5

Ivy Home for the Holidays Tours at the Phelps-Hatheway House - Suffield, CT

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014 Hatheway House, 55 South Main Street Suffield, CT
Experience the season's splendor at the Phelps-Hatheway House with an English ivy and wintergreen-inspired palette. Children's activities are held throughout the weekend. The Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden highlights the luxurious lifestyle enjoyed by wealthy 18th-century Connecticut Valley families. From the sheer size of the house to the French wallpaper, the style and layout of the rooms and the grand staircase, the house represents the ultimate in high-style for early Federal architecture.
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; children age 6-18, $10; children under age 6, free
Telephone: 860-247-8996

Victorian Holiday Open House - Norwalk, CT

Dec 14, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014 Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum 295 West Avenue Norwalk, CT
Santa Claus, storytelling, music, refreshments, family entertainment, a Teddy Bear and Doll Victorian Tea, and more. Advance ticket reservation and purchase required for the Tea.
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Admission: $5
Telephone: 203-838-9799


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

Shubert Holiday Open House - New Haven, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
This community theater opened in 1914 and is still going strong in its hundredth season – that warrants a celebration, and everybody’s invited! Gather at the historic Shubert Theater for family-friendly activities like arts and crafts, face painting, portraits with Santa Claus, and more. There will be refreshments and plenty of entertainment on-site.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 203-562-5666

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


Holiday Prelude Concert - Danbury, CT

Nov 23, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014 First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue Danbury, CT
The concert opens the seasons with an eclectic choice of festive music, like “A Carol Fantasy” by John Alexander; works by John Rutter, Brad Ellingboe, and Amy Grant; a special Christmas in New Orleans tribute to Louis Armstrong; steel drum and Hanukkah music; a rousing gospel finale; and other festive selections. Accompanied by Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass.
Time: 3 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Telephone: 203-743-0473

Brian Setzer Orchestra - Mashantucket, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 28, 2014 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Brian SetzerThe Brian Setzer Orchestra returns with its Christmas Rocks tour. The concert will include Setzer’s legendary guitar magic on hits such as “Rock This Town,” “(She’s) Sexy + 17,” “Stray Cat Strut,” “Jump, Jive and Wail” and lots more, as well as his re-imagined and acclaimed holiday classics.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $20-$40
Telephone: 800-200-2882

Concert of Carols - Branford, CT

Nov 30, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014 Branford United Methodist Church, 811 East Main Street Branford, CT
The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will fill the winter air with the bright sounds of the season, singing traditional and contemporary Christmas music a capella in four-part harmony to bring holiday cheer to young and old alike. Refreshments will be served.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Suggested donation of $10.
Telephone: 203-673-9485

4 Girls 4: A Christmas Together - Hartford, CT

Dec 1, 2014 - Dec 1, 2014 Belding Theater of The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT
Four award-winning musical stars from Broadway, film, TV and recordings come together for one night on the same stage to celebrate the holiday season. They are Andrea McArdle, Broadway's original Annie, Maureen McGovern, who recorded the gold record"The Morning After", Donna McKechnie of “A Chorus Line,” and Faith Prince of “Guys & Dolls” and "Drop Dead Divs."
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 860-987-5900

A Seraphic Fire Christmas - Storrs, CT

Dec 2, 2014 - Dec 2, 2014 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road Storrs, CT
From the traditional opening strains of “Adeste Fideles,” Seraphic Fire’s annual a cappella candlelight Christmas concerts are one of the highlights of the cultural season. Widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the United States.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $28-$32
Telephone: 860-486-4226

Yale Jazz Ensemble: The Nutcracker Swings - New Haven, CT

Dec 3, 2014 - Dec 3, 2014 470 College Street New Haven, CT
The Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas C. Duffy, will present a seasonal concert featuring Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn’s arrangement of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker Suite."
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 203-432-4113

Christmas with the Celts - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 4, 2014 - Dec 4, 2014 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Ridgefield Ridgefield, CT
This upbeat holiday performance features traditional Scottish and Irish carols, and some original pop music, too. Take in the sights and sounds of the winter season with lively Celtic song and dance. The Celts have recently been seen on PBS.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $47.50
Telephone: 203-438-5795

KLOVE Christmas Tour - Stamford, CT

Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014 The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT
Celebrate the season with KLOVE Christmas featuring Jeremy Camp, Plumb, Chris August and Love & The Outcome. Enjoy a night of Christmas favorites as well as a few of the artists’ popular songs!
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $44, $27 (plus fees)
Telephone: 203-325-4466

Boston Pops Holiday Concert - Storrs, CT

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road Storrs, CT
There are many stirring traditions during the holiday season, but none as magical as the Boston Pops performing their own highly acclaimed arrangements of Christmas and seasonal music. Perfect for families and music lovers of all ages, the Pops conclude the evening with an audience sing-along and a surprise visit by Jolly Old Street Nick.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $36-$6
Telephone: 860-486-4226

Mark O'Connor’s Appalachian Christmas - New London, CT

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014 The Garde, 325 State Street New London, CT
This multi-Grammy winning musician and composer, most known for his million-selling composition Appalachia Waltz, was recently voted in the top five jazz violinists by New York jazz music critics. An Appalachian Christmas features on stage some of his favorite musicians, including Carrie Rodgriguez, Cia Cherryholmes, Forrest O’Connor, Hans Holzen, Kyle Kegerreis, and songs from the country/bluegrass, pop, classical and jazz worlds of his musical journey. "
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $36-$46

“Wizards of Winter” with Trans Siberian Orchestra - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 7, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT
Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs its greatest hits, including Christmas Eve in Sarajevo, Mad Russian, Christmas in the Air, Old City Bar, Queen of the Winter Night and others plus music from our own rock opera “Tales Beneath a Northern Star.” This 11-member ensemble blends a heavy metal, progressive rock vibe with the heartwarming sounds of the season.
Time: 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $45
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Handel's Messiah with the Hartford Chorale - Hartford, CT

Dec 10, 2014 - Dec 10, 2014 Mortensen Hall of The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT
Hartford Chorale presents one of the most famous choral works ever written – Handel’s Messiah. This performance will feature the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and four guest soloists peforming with the Chorale's 160 members.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 860-987-5900

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas - Stamford, CT

Dec 11, 2014 - Dec 11, 2014 The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, now in its 30th year, is still met by sold-out audiences. The shows will feature the favorite Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate setting.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $115, $85, $75, $50 (plus fees)
Telephone: 203-325-4466

Sounds of the Season With the Jubilate Ringers and Festival Chorus - Wilton, CT

Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 12, 2014 St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road Wilton, CT
Music on the Hill's Jubilate Ringers join the Festival Chorus for a traditional Christmas concert, including favorite carols sung with the audience. Highlights from past concerts include Gustav Holst's "Christmas Day" arranged for chorus with handbells and organ, as well as an original composition, "A Star," by Artistic Director David H. Connell.
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Admission: $20; children admitted for free.
Telephone: 203-536-2601

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

Darlene Love Holiday Show - Ridgefield, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Ridgefield, CT
Darlene Love is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose holiday repertoire includes “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” and other classic hits, which she will perform with her signature passion for music!
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $55 & $65
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Jim Brickman: On A Winter's Night - New Haven, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
Jim Brickman’s classic voice will sing some winter lullabies and traditional holiday classics, as well as his own popular hits.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $40-$70
Telephone: 203-562-5666

Pro Arte Singers - New Canaan, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014 First Presbyterian Church, 178 Oenoke Ridge Road New Canaan, CT
The Lucia Fest, Sweden's traditional Christmas celebration with the Lucia queen and her court, will highlight Pro Arte's annual, beloved candlelight holiday concert.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20-$25
Telephone: 203-322-5970

Jackie Evancho with Musicians of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra - Hartford, CT

Dec 14, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014 Mortensen Hall of The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT
Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age 10 gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent." Her wide-ranging achievements caused Billboard to include her on its list of “music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21” in 2011 and 2012.
Time: 3 p.m.
Telephone: 860-987-5900

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.

Community Carol Sing - Mystic, CT

Dec 21, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014 Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT
Lift your voice in song at the 59th annual Community Caro SIng. Visitors from near and far return year after year to participate in this popular holiday carol sing. Free admission is given to museum visitors all day with the donation of a canned good item or cash donation that is then donated.
Time: Museum open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Carol sing at 3 p.m.
Admission: Free with donation of canned food good.
Telephone: 860-572-0711

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

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 - Hartford, CT

Nov 27, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015 Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Avenue Hartford, CT
A beautiful collection of over 1 million lights are situated along a two-mile drive through Goodwin Park. Whimsical holiday sights, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in 200 displays. The lighted animations celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and Three Kings Day.
Time: Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Admission: $15 per car, $50 for mini-buses
Telephone: 860-742-2267

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

Holiday Stroll in East Lyme - East Lyme, CT

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014 East Lyme, CT
This family day features horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, complimentary hot cocoa and cider, and the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m.
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Telephone: 860-333-4337

Lamplight Stroll - Milford, CT

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014 5 Broad Street and Downtown Milford, CT
Downtown Milford's small business-owned shops will greet visitors with refreshments, holiday cheer and holiday shopping opportunities! Free horse and carriage rides, 19th-century-garbed carolers, the Christian Cornerstone Choir and the Senior Center Chorale Group, and more.
Time: 2-9 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Telephone: 203-530-0103

The Ugly Sweater Run - Hartford, CT

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014 Bushnell Park, 88 Trinity Street Hartford, CT
New England fishing boat and lighthouse Don we now, our worst apparel... Ugly Sweaters! Join us as thousands of very merry runners take to the streets of Hartford for a 5K with a holiday twist. The event will feature a 3.1-mile fun run with holiday music, hot chocolate aid stations, inflatable decorations, and an abundance of ugly sweaters! With registration, participants will receive a custom knit vintage hat, and those who are over 21 will also receive a free Sam Adams Boston or Winter Lagers or Angry Orchard Hard Cider.
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $35 per person, children under five are free

Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend - Greenwich, CT

Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014 Downtown Greenwich Avenue Greenwich, CT
A new attraction this year is a live nativity at First United Methodist Church of Greenwich featuring a camel, llama, cow, donkey and five sheep. This annual event also will include horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, musicians, ice sculptors, bouncy castles for children, food vendors, a family art workshop and many special promotions from retailers and restaurants.
Time: Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Telephone: 203-531-3047

Holiday Hike & Social - Hamden, CT

Dec 7, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014 Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mount Carmel Avenue Hamden, CT
Hike along and discover the beauty and serenity of the Giant in the winter. Hike is followed by refreshments, carols, a warm fire and good cheer. Hike about one and half hours, wear comfortable, supportive shoes, bring snacks and water.
Time: Hike begins at 1:30 p.m., social and caroling 3 p.m.
Admission: Free.

Parades & Fireworks

Lighted Holiday Boat Parade - Mystic, CT

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014 Mystic River & Mystic River Park, 10 Cottrell Street Mystic, CT
Decorated vessels parade down Mystic River and return to the Mystic River Park, where spectators and judges gather. Boats are judged on creativity and team spirit.
Time: 6:20 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 860-572-9578

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

“A Christmas Carol” - New Haven, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
The classic tale of a cold and fateful Christmas Eve features Ebenezer Scrooge, a cheapskate who has some lessons about life and friendship to learn. Watch this magical spectacle unfold onstage as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future pay a visit to Mr. Scrooge, forcing him to confront his greedy life and make a change of heart for the better! This musical performance features song and dance.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $15-$48
Telephone: 203-562-5666

"A Christmas Carol" at Thomaston Opera House - Thomaston, CT

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014 158 Main Street Thomaston, CT
Three spirits take the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey through his past, present, and future to teach him the true meaning of Christmas and life. This traditional re-telling of Charles Dickens’s timeless classic will enchant you and your family!
Time: November 28, December 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 8 p.m.; November 29 and 30, December 7 and 14 at 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $23.50; students and seniors, $19.50
Telephone: 860-283-6250

"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 One with Charles Dickens’s Descendant Gerald Charles Dickens - Wilton, CT

Nov 30, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014 Clune Center for the Arts, Wilton High School, 385 Danbury Road Wilton, CT
This heartwarming show of the season is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of literary master Charles Dickens. Gerald Dickens, an actor and producer hailing from Oxford, England, will be performing his captivating rendition of this timeless holiday classic.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person
Telephone: 203-761-8777

"It's A Wonderful Life": A Live Radio Show - Stamford, CT

Dec 3, 2014 - Dec 3, 2014 Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT
During this 1940s radio-style adaptation of Frank Capra’s film classic, a four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters and sound effects while saving its radio station from a winter blizzard’s doom. A heartwarming, uplifting gift for audiences.
Time: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $27.50
Telephone: 203-325-4466

"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

Nutcracker Spectacular with Mystic Ballet - Ledyard, CT

Dec 7, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Ledyard, CT
Nutcracker Spectacular follows the enchanting adventures of Clara with a time travel twist. Prepare to lose yourself in the magic, the excitement, the experience of dance, special effects and an interactive set. This is cutting-edge choreography ignited by a range of mind blowing visual effects. 
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $65- $33
Telephone: 800-200-2882

"Reckless" - New Britain, CT

Dec 11, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014 Hole in the Wall Theater, 116 Main Street New Britain, CT
RecklessIn true Hole in the Wall tradition, “Reckless” is an irreverent and hilarious holiday show. At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed by her guilty husband that he has hired a hit man to kill her, and she must flee for her life, which she does by scrambling out the kitchen window and into the snowy night. Thus begins a series of picaresque escapades involving unusual characters, numerous psychiatrists and, eventually, an ill-fated reunion with her husband. Dates: December 11-14, 18-20.
Time: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: General admission $20, seniors and students, $15.
Telephone: 860-229-3049

Eastern Connecticut Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" - New London, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014 Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street New London, CT
In this classic holiday tale with a seafaring twist, New York City Ballet principal dancers Sara Mearns and Jared Angle will delight audiences alongside ballet students from local communities. With musical accompaniment by the Eastern CT Symphony Orchestra, dancers showcase a fantasy world where toys and treats come to life, flowers can waltz and holiday memories are made.  
Time: Saturday, 1:30 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Admission: $22-$47
Telephone: 860-444-7373

“The Nutcracker” - Hartford, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014 Belding Theater of The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT
The Nutmeg Ballet's Nutcracker returns to The Bushnell’s family series. Enjoy yourself this yuletide season as you travel with young Clara to the enchanted Land of Sweets. Family friendly prices!
Time: 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. both days
Telephone: 860-987-5900

“The Nutcracker” - New Haven, CT

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 15, 2014 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
This holiday classic is performed by the students of New Haven Ballet and features the New Haven Ballet Orchestra along with guest artists Maria Kowroski, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Charles Askegard, formerly with the New York City Ballet.
Time: Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 1 & 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 & 5 p.m.
Admission: $18-$53

Holiday Cirque Spectacular - Hartford, CT

Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014 Mortensen Hall of The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT
Celebrate the spirit of the season at this holiday extravaganza. Carolyn Kuan will conduct the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular program of seasonal favorites, while Cirque de la Symphonie surrounds the stage with awe-inspiring aerialists, contortionists and juggling acts. This is part of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra POPS! Series
Time: 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 860-987-5900

“A Christmas Carol” - Old Saybrook, CT

Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014 Katherine Hepburn Arts Center, 300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT
The classic tale of a cold and fateful Christmas Eve features Ebenezer Scrooge, a cheapskate who has some lessons about life and friendship to learn. Watch this magical spectacle unfold onstage as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future pay a visit to Mr. Scrooge, forcing him to confront his greedy life and make a change of heart for the better! This musical performance features song and dance, and a unique feat: One actor, Will Rhys, will play every character.
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; children, $1 877-503-1286

“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