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Your Guide to 2017 Holiday Events in Connecticut



    Your Guide to 2017 Holiday Events in Connecticut

    The holiday season is right around the corner and there are many festive activities around the state.


    Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce is held weekends from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. The park will be covered in hundreds of thousands of lights, with light shows every half hour. Tickets are $15.99 for adults, $11.99 for children 4 to 10 and seniors. Tickets sold before Nov. 24 are $10.99. The event is free with a 2017 or 2018 diamond or platinum season pass. New for 2017 is dinner with Santa. 

    The Festival of Trees runs from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 18 Old Ridgebury Road. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 and older and seniors. Children under 5 get in for free.

    East Haven
    Santa’s Trolley Winter Wonderland runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17 at the Shore Line Trolley Museum. Tickets are $10 per person. 

    Head to Essex for Trees In The Rigging Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade.  Take part in the lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street. The event ends with a parade of vessels in the Connecticut River. The boats are decorated in holiday lights.

    The Firelight Festival is on Dec. 1 at Henry Whitfield State Museum. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., view luminaria, enjoy popcorn, roasted marshmallows, hot cider and hot chocolate. There is also a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” The event is included with the price of admission, which is $8 for adults, 18 to 59; $6 for seniors 60 and over; $6 for college students with ID; $5 for children between 6 and 17; and free for children under 6. 


    Festival of Silver Lights at Hubbard Park begins on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes singing and a holiday lighting display at 6 p.m. The holiday lights will be on until Jan. 1.

    Lady Katharine Cruises has a “T’was the Night Before Christmas” cruise on Nov. 25 and Reindeer on the River on Nov. 26. The cruises on Dec. 2 and 3 are already sold out. 


    New Haven

    • Fantasy of Lights in New Haven runs from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31 at Lighthouse Point Park. Admission is $10 for a car or family van, $25 for a mini-bus or $50 for a full-size bus. 
    • Join NBC Connecticut for the New Haven Tree Lighting on the New Haven Green on Nov. 30.


    Old Saybrook
    There are several holiday events at the Kate, including “the Drifter: Holiday Magic,” “Twinkle: a Celestial Celebration” by the CT Gay Men’s Chorus, “A Christmas Carol,” “Nutcracker” and more. 

    The Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular is on Nov. 19. The parade steps off at noon and goes from Summer to Broad to Atlantic streets. 

    Nutcracker Spectacular will be at Mystic Dark Room from Dec. 2 to 17.  Tickets are $32 for children and $48 for adults.

    The Boston Pops Holiday Concert will be at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $65 to $75. 

    “It’s a Wonderful Life” is playing at the Landmark Community Theater from Nov. 24 through Dec. 10.  Tickets for adults are $25 and tickets for seniors and students are $22.


    What's your favorite holiday event? Let us know in the comments.