2016 Holiday Events, Activities and Displays

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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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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 kicked off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony on the green.

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

It’s a sure sign of the holidays in New Haven.

North Haven:

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


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


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


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


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


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.

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