The holiday season is right around the corner and there are many festive activities around the state.
- The Christmas Town Festival will be held on Dec. 1 and 2. Admission is free. The event is happening at several locations.
- Head to the Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden to tour the house, sip hot cider and enjoy a children’s craft activity. Admission is $5, but children under 5 get in free.
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.
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.
- Holiday Light Fantasia runs from Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 at Goodwin Park Admission is $15 per car for up to 10 passengers, $25 per limousine, $50 per mini-bus or $100 per full-size bus.
- Festival of Trees at the Wadsworth Atheneum runs from Dec. 1 to 10. Items are for sale. There is an extra fee above museum admission price for the exhibit.
- The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will perform “Masterworks: December Dreams” to get you in a festive mood from Dec. 8 to 10 at the Belding Theater at the Bushnell. Tickets range from $35 to $68.
- The HSO Pops: Holiday Cirque Spectacular will be at the Bushnell on Dec. 16.
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.
- Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Olde Mistick Village on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.
- Festival of Lights will be on Dec. 8, when luminaries light the walkway of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium.
- 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.
- See Santa at the Martitime Aquarium of Norwalk in December. Visit Santa in his fishing village as the Go Fish exhibit is transformed.
- Santa will also dive with the sharks in the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit. Tickets to the aquarium are $22.95 for adults, $15.95 for children 3 to 12, $20.95 for children 13 to 17 and $20.95 for seniors 65 and up.
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.
- The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will perform” A Connecticut Christmas, featuring ‘Peter and the Wolf’” at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3. Tickets range from $20 to $55
- Woodbury Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 16 at the Palace Theater. Tickets range from $33 to $53.
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