Holiday Events Calendar 2023-24

New England’s lively cities, snug towns, and snow-swept mountains are a perfect backdrop for holiday celebrations and traditions at the end of 2023. Come enjoy classic favorites, like stage performances of A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker, or local traditions such as the festive lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine. Lodgings offer plenty of ways to combine a holiday getaway with pastimes like skiing, shopping, or theater-hopping.

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Arts & Crafts Shows

Native American Holiday Arts & Crafts Market — Washington CT

Nov 25, 2023 - Dec 10, 2023 The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, 38 Curtis Road Washington, CT

Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from local vendors selling Native American crafts, jewelry, and artwork at the Native American Holiday Arts & Crafts Market. This is a great way to directly support local Native cultures & artists and check a few people off of your holiday shopping list (even if it's yourself that you're shopping for). Stop by to purchase gourds, pottery, jewelry, rattles, artwork, flutes, apparel, baskets, beadwork, and more. Donations to the museum are appreciated. Market open during regular museum hours on Saturday and Sunday. Dates: Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, and Dec. 9-10. A guided tour of the museum can be purchased for the price of admission: $12 for adults, $10 for Seniors, $8 for children; IAIS Members, free.

Children & Families

Cookies & Story Time with Mrs. Claus – Madison CT

Dec 9, 2023 - Dec 9, 2023 Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road Madison, CT

Get into the holiday spirit at this family friendly event with holiday story time with our friends from RJ Julia Booksellers. Event includes hot cocoa and cookies, story time with RJ Julia, photo time with Mrs. Claus, a to-go cookie decorating kit, the book "Cookies for Santa" (52 kid-friendly holiday baking ideas – 1 book included in $35 Parent/Adult & Child ticket package), and a holiday pop-up book seller table hosted by RJ Julia, a great opportunity to purchase other holiday books onsite.

Pricing info
Parent/Adult & Child Package: $35 – includes access to the event for 1 Adult & 1 Child and 1 Holiday Cookie Book ($17.50 per ticket min 2/max 2)
Add-On Tickets: $12 – available to add on for additional attendees in your party. Not available to be purchased separately.
Note: If you purchase an add-on ticket without a main event “Parent/Adult & Child” ticket package, your add-on ticket will be canceled.


Breakfast with Santa at Hilton Mystic

Dec 17, 2023 - Dec 17, 2023 20 Coogan Blvd Mystic, CT 06355

Ho, ho, ho! Get ready for a jolly good time at Breakfast with Santa! Join us at the Hilton Mystic, located at 20 Coogan Blvd, in beautiful Mystic, Connecticut, for a festive morning filled with holiday cheer, breakfast, and a visit with Santa! Bring your little ones and watch their eyes light up as they enjoy a delicious breakfast with the one and only Santa Claus himself! This in-person event promises a magical experience for the whole family. Don't miss out on this merry opportunity to create lasting memories with Santa. Book your spot now! Included: • Visit with Santa and Take Photos. • Share your Christmas Wishes • Every child goes home with a cookie decorating kit • Breakfast Breakfast Buffet • Seasonal Sliced Fruit and Berries • Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs • Smoked Bacon • French Toast, Maple Syrup, Fruit Compote • Cinnamon Rolls • Selection of Bakery Specialties • Whipped Butter • Fruit Preserves • Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Cocoa
Tickets: Four Pack Bundle: $154 (min/max four tickets) • Adults: $49.00 • Children: $38.50 *Pricing includes gratuity and sales tax. Event Brite Ticketing Fees additional. Ticket link

Food, Wine, Beer

Breakfast with Santa at Foxwoods Resort Casino – Ledyard CT

Dec 2, 2023 - Dec 17, 2023 Cedars Steak & Oysters at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Ledyard, CT

Kids of all ages can enjoy a magical Breakfast with Santa at Cedars Steak & Oysters on Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. Santa will take a break from his busy workshop to snap photos and supply a special holiday menu, including candy canes and gingerbread houses that guests can take home.

Boozy Brunch Hosted by The Grinch – Ledyard CT

Dec 3, 2023 - Dec 10, 2023 Cedars Steak & Oysters at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Ledyard, CT

Boozy Brunch Hosted by The Grinch will take place at Cedars Steak & Oysters on Dec. 3 and 10, where guests 21 and over will have the chance to raise their spirits – and their glasses – over delicious cocktails and menu items.

Winter Princess Holiday Tea – Madison CT

Dec 10, 2023 - Dec 10, 2023 94 W. Wharf Road Madison, CT 06443

Ring in the holiday season with a family friendly children's princess holiday tea. Taffeta, patent leather Mary Janes, and fancy hats encouraged, or dress as your favorite princess. The tea party will feature pastries, tea sandwiches, scones, tea & a hot cocoa beverage station.

Breakfast with Santa – Madison CT

Dec 17, 2023 - Dec 17, 2023 Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road Madison, CT

Breakfast with Santa is a magical holiday event where children can enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa Claus himself! This is a special opportunity to meet Santa in person, tell him your Christmas wishes (have your child write a letter to Santa ahead of time so they can tell him what they want for Christmas!), and have a photo taken with him. Ticket includes breakfast, meet-and-greet/photo op with Santa, and a special treat bag. Among the chef-created menu items are a waffle bar, spinach and mushroom quiche, French-style scrambled eggs, applewood-smoked bacon, assorted pastries, and a hot cocoa station. A cash bar will also be available. Seating is open and reserved by groups. Tables will be shared, communal-style. Complimentary valet parking offered.


Festival of Trees & Traditions 2023 – Hartford CT

Nov 30, 2023 - Dec 10, 2023 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT

Celebrate the season and support the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art during this major holiday fundraiser. Each year, community members, artists, and volunteers from local organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths, turning the galleries into a winter wonderland. All items are for sale and profits support the museum’s special exhibitions, programs, and operating expenses. Bring home the holiday cheer or donate your purchase to a local charity.

Parties & Dances

Big Holiday Bash at Madison Beach Hotel – Madison CT

Dec 14, 2023 - Dec 14, 2023 94 W Wharf Rd Madison, CT 06443

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable night filled with non-stop entertainment. The talented musicians from Savage Pianos will be taking the stage, engaging in an epic duel that will leave you amazed. With their energetic performances and ability to play any song you request, they are sure to keep the party going all night long. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to dance, sing along, and enjoy a night of pure fun.

Big Little Holiday Party 2023 – Ledyard CT

Dec 16, 2023 - Dec 16, 2023 Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Ledyard, CT

‘Tis the season to gather with good friends, family, and your team to eat, drink and be merry at the Big Little Group Holiday Party. Organizations big and little are welcome to celebrate the joyous party season surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. Warm your spirits with savory dishes and delicious desserts from award-winning chefs. Cap off the day with a visit to the Foxwoods Rink and Winter Patio to truly capture the magic of the season. Email Resort_Sales@Foxwoods.com or call 860-312-4238 to purchase tickets.

Performing Arts and Theater

A Christmas Carol Cocktail Party & Benefit Reading — Southport CT

Dec 9, 2023 - Dec 9, 2023 Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue Southport, CT

Join Shakespeare on the Sound for a delightful evening at the Pequot Library in Southport as we bring Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol to life. Get ready to be whisked away on a heartwarming journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounters with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. This in-person event promises to transport you to the enchanting world of Victorian England, filled with festive cheer, unforgettable characters, and valuable life lessons. Funds raised from this benefit will go toward a new sound system for Shakespeare on the Sound's annual Summer Show, Educational Tours, and Educational Program for underserved communities. Don't miss out on this magical one-night-only holiday experience.

Workshops & Classes

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating & Wine Nights – Madison CT

Nov 28, 2023 - Dec 19, 2023 Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road Madison, CT

Take some time for you and your friends to decorate giant house-made gingerbread cookies while sipping wine. (This is an Adult Event 21+). Each attendee will receive four cookies to decorate – two 6-inch gingerbread cookies and two large sugar cookie cut-out cookies to decorate and take home. Enjoy sipping wines while you decorate your cookies. Ticket includes one glass of wine.
Dates: Nov. 28, Dec. 6, Dec. 12, Dec. 19