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Connecting You to Holiday Events Throughout Connecticut

2016 Holiday Events, Activities and Displays

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Looking to get out and about in the community for the holidays? We’re Connecting You to Joy with a list of spirited activities across the state.

    Bethlehem:

    Christmas Town Festival
    Friday, December 2, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The Bethlehem Green at Route 132 and Route 61

    Bridgeport:

    Christmas Tree Lighting
    Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    The McLevy Green

    Bristol:

    Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce
    Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 18 Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Lake Compounce, 186 Enterprise Dr

    Lights on Rosewood
    Saturday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec, 25 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    111 Rosewood Drive

    East Windsor:

    Winterfest at the CT Trolley Museum
    Friday Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 23 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 - Sunday Dec. 30 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Essex:

    Santa Special at Essex Steam Train
    Saturdays Dec. 4 through Dec. 18, Friday Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 27. Trains depart from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    *Varies depending on day, ticket required
    1 Railroad Avenue

    Fairfield:

    Wonderland at Roseville
    Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 31, Sunday - Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    226 Roseville Terrace

    Groton:

    Holiday Lights Parade
    Saturday, December 3, at 5 p.m.
    Starts at Route 1 and South Road

    Guilford:

    Annual Tree Lighting
    Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    The Guilford Green

    Hamden:

    Silverbells Celebration
    Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 p.m.
    Free events at 2761 Dixwell Ave.

    Breakfast with Santa
    Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. *Requires reservation
    480 Sherman Ave.

    Hartford:

    Winterfest
    Friday, Nov. 25, to Sunday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. *Times may vary for holidays
    Bushnell Park

    Madison:

    Annual Tree Lighting
    Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m.
    26 Meeting House Road

    Meriden:

    Winter Wonderland Celebration
    Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    133 Parker Avenue

    Christmas in the Village
    Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Main Street

    Hubbard Park Silver Lights
    Now through Tuesday, Jan. 3, 5 p.m. to midnight
    Hubbard Park

    Middletown:

    Holiday on Main Street
    Saturdays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 17, From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Downtown Middletown

    Mystic:

    Holiday Carnival
    Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.
    27 Coogan Boulevard (Olde Mystick Village)

    Olde Mistick Village Festival of Lights
    Friday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m.
    27 Coogan Boulevard (Olde Mystick Village)

    New Britain:

    New Britain Downtown City Christmas Tree Lighting Event
    Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Central Park

    Christmas House
    Friday, Dec. 16 through Friday, Dec. 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Lexington Street

    New Haven:

    New Haven Tree Lighting
    Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    The New Haven Green

    New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting 2015New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting 2015New Haven kicked off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony on the green. (Published Monday, Nov. 28, 2016)

    Winter Festival on the Green
    Saturdays Dec. 3, through Dec. 17, noon to 4 p.m.
    The New Haven Green

    Easter Seals Goodwill Industries' 22nd Annual Fantasy of Lights
    Friday Nov. 18 through Sunday Jan 1. Open Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Lighthouse Point Park

    Fantasy of Lights 2014Fantasy of Lights 2014It's a sure sign of the holidays in New Haven. (Published Monday, Nov. 28, 2016)

    North Haven:

    Tree Lighting
    Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    North Haven Town Green

    Norwalk:

    Holiday Tree Lighting at Norwalk City Hall
    Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.n. to 7:15 p.m.
    Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue

    Plainville:

    Hillscrest Road Holiday Display
    Sun. Dec. 4, through Tues. Jan. 3, Monday through Friday 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm
    15 Hillscrest Road

    Southington:

    White Christmas in the Community
    Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Downtown Southington and Plantsville

    Stratford:

    Holiday Tree Lighting Festival
    Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
    Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main St.

    Torrington:

    The Christmas House
    Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 25. Open inside 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and outside 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    85 Main St.

    69th Season of Christmas Village
    Sunday, Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon
    Carl Bozenski's Christmas Village, 150 Church St

    West Hartford:

    Holiday Stroll
    Thursday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square

    Fire on Ice
    Sunday, Dec. 25, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Blue Back Square

    If you know of a great winter event or display that’s not on the list, let us know by emailing the information to news@nbcconnecticut.com.