Holiday spirit is in the air this December as local events kick off the winter festivities. Here are 30 ideas of how you can get through the chilly months without turning into a Scrooge. Add your favorite holiday events to the comment section below!
Magic of Christmas (Old Lyme), Dec. 5 – Jan. 4, Florence Griswold Museum
- Christmastime Teas (Dec. 5 – Dec. 20)
- Sunday Holiday Arts and Crafts (Dec. 7 – Jan. 4. 1-5 p.m.)
- Art/Bar Happy Hour – an evening of holiday crafting for adults (Dec. 9)
- Snow Queen’s Christmas Crafting and Holiday Party (Dec. 13)
Lantern Light Tours (Mystic)
“Set on Christmas Eve in 1876, this play unfolds through five scenes in exhibits around the Museum’s 19th-century maritime village. Both young and old will enjoy seasonal delights that include a horse-drawn carriage ride, a spirited holiday dance, the beautiful glow of lanterns that light the way and, just perhaps, a visit with old St. Nick!”
Community Carol Sing (Mystic)
Free admission with the donation of a canned food item.
Led by former Ledyard High School coral director Jamie Spillane and backed by the Museum carolers and a brass quartet
A Christmas Carol (Newtown)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 14
A unique telling of the classic Christmas tale of love, sharing and goodwill toward men.
A Christmas Carol Reading (Madison)
Reading by Jennifer Munro Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Santa’s Crazier Christmas, Nutcracker Suite, Christmas with the Celts (Bridgeport)
The Bijou Theatre offers a variety of Christmas plays throughout the holiday season
Deck the Walls (Old Lyme)
Nov. 14 – Jan. 3
“Work by Newly Elected Artists,” group show
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Sherman)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 28
Inspired by the film It’s a Wonderful Life.
Performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience.
Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend
Dec. 6 – Dec. 7
“Over 110 participating merchants offering holiday promotions and refreshments. Live Nativity featuring nine animals and Greenwich area churches, two different horse drawn carriage rides, horse petting station at Wine Wise, live music entertainment tent featuring outstanding singing performances, professional ice sculpture demos, the Kempo Academy Bouncy Castles, a food truck village on Greenwich Avenue, food trucks on East Putnam, Greenwich Arts Council holiday art workshops, letter writing to Santa and much more.”
Kent Gingerbread Festival
Dec. 5 – Jan. 5
“Gingerbread Houses of all shapes and sizes will be on display in over 40 beautifully decorated shop windows for one month.” Visitors can download a Gingerbread Manhunt Map and check them off as they see them.
Connecticut Trolley Museum Winterfest (East Windsor)
The trolley will travel through the Tunnel of Lights
Gingerbread Festival (South Windsor)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 13
Local artisans and bakers can make gingerbread houses
A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman (New Britain)
The New Britain Youth Theater
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Firelight Festival - featuring outdoor fires, luminaries, roasted marshmallows and chestnuts, s’mores, hot cider and cocoa, pine cone ornaments and a reading of The Night Before Christmas.
Greenwich Reindeer Festival
Nov. 28 – Dec. 24
Take a photo with Santa and see his live reindeer
Mother Goose’s Golden Christmas (Chester)
A musical comedy presented by Madhatters Theatre Company.
Dec. 12 – Dec. 14
Christmas Open Farm Weekends (Stone Bridge)
Stone Bridge Alpaca Farm
Starts Nov. 29
On a Winter’s Night Holiday Tour – Jim Brickman (New Haven)
Hits include "Valentine,” “If You Believe,” “The Gift," “Angel Eyes,” and "Sending You A Little Christmas.”
Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival
Dec. 4 – Dec. 7
Visitors can stroll through the historic Burr Homestead will be decorated by local interior decorators and artists while drinking complimentary hot cider.
The Christmas Schooner
Connecticut Theatre Company
Dec. 12 – Dec. 21
“Tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago.”
Fantasy of Lights (New Haven)
Check out more than 60 attractions that include animated and LED light displays
Winterfest Ice Skating (Hartford)
Free skating all week on the east side of Bushnell Park
Holiday Light Fantasia (Hartford)
A two-mile winter wonderland in Goodwin Park
Drive-through admission starts at $12/car
Open through Jan. 1
A Christmas Carol (Hartford)
A ghost story of Christmas
Nov. 28 - Dec. 28
Pay What You Can: Christmas on the Rocks (Hartford)
An off-beat collection of twisted holiday tales
“It's Christmas Eve in a rundown local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself mixing drinks for a parade of surprising guest - children from your favorite holiday specials - now all grown up! Tiny Tim, Charlie Brown, Cindy Lou Who and a host of other favorites pour out their Christmas woes in this delightful parody.”
Holiday Artist’s Showcase (Darien)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 24
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday
Features unique and affordable paintings by 11 of the region’s most well-known and respected artists
Boston Pops Holiday Concert (Storrs)
Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
Wizards of Winter - A Trans Siberian Orchestra Experience
“Performing Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s 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.”
A Darlene Love Christmas – Love for the Holidays
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love performs
Lamplight Stroll (Milford)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 6
Holiday-themed activities will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and again from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Attendees will enjoy free horse and carriage rides, Christmas Holiday Carolers, the Christian Cornerstone Choir, Christmas Spirit of Milford Ghost Walks, Santa's arrival via train, holiday sing-a-longs, performances by the Creative Movement Dance Company, face painting with Jammie the Gentle Clown and more.