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Upcoming Events:

Welcome Santa to his new Home!

November 8, 2014 through November 22, 2014 Celebrate Santa’s Arrival! November 8, 15 & 22 at 10am near center court! Nov. 8 – Frozen Sing-Along and meet great after the show. The Ice Queen and Ice Princess will be here….just bundle up….it may get cold! Nov. 15 – Jake, everyone’s favorite pirate is coming to [...] Read More »

Fantasy of Lights

November 21, 2014 – January 6, 2015 The Fantasy of Lights has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families and friends in Connecticut. Guests are invited to drive through Lighthouse Point Park and be dazzled by over 60 festive light displays! The Fantasy of Lights is the perfect place to go to see a [...] Read More »

Holiday Train Show presented by The Connecticut River Museum

November 21, 2014  until February 17, 2015 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm The magic returns with the 21st Annual Holiday Train Show.  The family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.  Visitors are challenged to complete the [...] Read More »

The 5th Annual Hot COCO 5K

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 10:00 AM (EST) Race T-Shirts: Technical running shirts will be given out to the 1st 500 entrants. Cotton t-shirts will be given out to all Kids Fun Run entrants and all 5K entrants over 500. Timing: B-Tag timing, a state of art timing system, will be used. Awards: The top [...] Read More »

A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships!

  Saturday, November 22 – January 25, 2015 GO! GO LEGO®! Brick monorails, helicopters, subways, ships, and shuttles will transport your imagination at full speed across a three-dimensional landscape built entirely out of LEGO® bricks. Bill Probert & I LUG (LEGO® Users Group) NY return to the Museum Galleries at the Stamford Museum & Nature [...] Read More »

Kids' Carnival

Saturday 22 November 2014, 11:00am – 04:00pm We are proud to present our first ever Kids’ Carnival at the Carousel Museum! The New England Carousel Museum is home to over 100 antique carousel animals, two art galleries, the Museum of Fire History, and a working carousel ride. On Saturday, November 22nd, we will be transforming [...] Read More »

UBS Parade Spectacular

2014 UBS Parade Spectacular Presented by Stamford Town Center and The Advocate November 23, 2014, 12 noon in Stamford Downtown Balloon Inflation Sponsored by SAC Capital Advisors, LP Saturday, November 22, 2014 3-6 p.m. Summer & Hoyt Streets Something Gigantic Is Coming to Stamford Downtown! Something gigantic is coming to Stamford Downtown. The UBS Parade [...] Read More »

Branford Rotary & Y Family Run & Walk

Thanksgiving Morning November 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. Walsh Intermediate School 185 Damascus Road, Branford Raceday Schedule: 7:30 a.m. – Registration begins 8:00 a.m. – Kids carnival activities & face painting 9:00 a.m. – Kids Fun Run Starts 9:10 a.m. – 5K Starts 9:40-11:00 a.m. – Post race snack and awards FOOD DRIVE During packet pick-up and on [...] Read More »

Southbury Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 27th, 2014. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Kid’s Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. NEW THIS YEAR: This year we are having a team competition. Teams have a minimum of 3 participants but no maximum. You must register a team name during the registration process to be eligible. Also new this year [...] Read More »

Gingerbread House Festival Extravaganza!

Show runs November 28th through December 13th, 2014. Show hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday 10-8 Saturday & Sunday 10-6 (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) Closing Day December 15 at 2PM – all houses picked up by 6PM New England’s biggest display of sweet and spicy Gingerbread Houses is returning to South Windsor’s Wood Memorial Library and Museum [...] Read More »

Stew Leonard’s Newington Store Celebrates the Holidays with “12 Days of Stew’s”

November 28th until December 24th, 2014 Stew Leonard’s Newington Store Celebrates the Holidays with “12 Days of Stew’s” Kids Cooking Classes, Elf Workshops, and Visits from Santa Ring in the Season Stew Leonard’s in Newington is ringing in the holiday season with a slate of twelve family-friendly activities starting the day after Thanksgiving! Elf Workshops, [...] Read More »

Winterfest Hartford

Winterfest is a free skating rink in Hartford’s Bushnell Park open to the public from  11/28 – 2/1 Skate for free 7-days-a-week at the Winterfest ice rink on the east side of Bushnell Park near the Pump House. Come after work, on your lunch break or as a part of a trip downtown to see some [...] Read More »

Greenwich Reindeer Festival

GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL & SANTA’S WORKSHOP ™ Date: November 28 – December 24, 2014 Location: McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT Photos with Santa Hours: Monday – Friday: 12noon – 6pm Saturday: 9am – 6pm Sunday: 9am – 5pm SANTA CLAUS AND HIS LIVE REINDEER ARE COMING TO TOWN! The town [...] Read More »

Simsbury Celebrates!

Simsbury Celebrates is a FREE Community Holiday Celebration, traditionally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  This year, we are Celebrating the 13th Anniversary of the event  on Saturday, November 29th from 4:30-8:30 p.m., with a variety of events, culminating with a spectacular fireworks show on Iron Horse Boulevard. 2014 Program Schedule: Lions Club Trolley Rides Step [...] Read More »

Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle

Saturday, November 29, 2014 Hikes at 10:30A.M., 11:30A.M. & 1:00P.M. Grab the entire family (and any lingering holiday visitors too!) and stroll on down to the New Canaan Nature Center! Work off that holiday meal by joining the NCNC Naturalists for a healthy, invigorating Discovery Trail Trek. While “waddling” the trails, we’ll search for some [...] Read More »

Norwich Winterfest 5K

Saturday – November 29, 2014 Norwich Free Academy, 305 Broadway, Norwich, CT Start Time: Kids 10:30 AM, 5K 11:00 AM Come check out this great new 5K, put on to benefit Reliance House, Inc. Additional race day activities will include a meet and greet with Amby Burfoot (1968 Boston Marathon winner and Runner’s World editor), kid [...] Read More »

Lantern Light Tours

2014 Performance Dates: November 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27. Snow Date: December 28 Join us for the 35th annual theatrical production of Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport. Set on Christmas Eve in 1876, this play unfolds through five scenes in exhibits around the Museum’s 19th-century maritime village. [...] Read More »

Annual Holiday Stroll

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 11th Annual Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features horse-drawn carriage rides, professional holiday carolers strolling the quaint shop-lined streets of Niantic, complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the green, a “Snow-Flake Drop” featuring discounts and giveaways at [...] Read More »

Bethel WinterFest

The fun kicks off with the Stony Hill Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Food Drive on Saturday November 22nd.  Food Drive begins at 10am and Tree Lighting is at 6pm.  Stony Hill Tree Lighting hosted by the Stony Hill 4 Corners.  www.stonyhill4corners.com Friday November 28th Downtown Bethel Tree Lighting Ceremony 2 pm to 6pm Horsedrawn Carriage [...] Read More »

Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival

December 4 – 7, 2014 All events held at the historic Burr Homestead in Fairfield, CT Friday & Saturday 10 am — 7 pm Sunday 10 am — 4 pm General Admission Price: $10 adults/$5 children and seniors Each year hundreds of dedicated volunteers magically transform the historic Burr Homestead in Fairfield, Connecticut into a [...] Read More »

Whoville Spectacular: First Friday Family Festival

Friday, December 5, 2014 – 17:00 to 20:00 Family Festival – THE GRINCH Embark on a magical holiday journey as the Imagine Nation Museum, located at One Pleasant Street in Bristol, is transformed into Dr Seuss’ Whoville! A wacky and wonderful festival complete with festive face painting, Whoville hair styling, crafts, music and sing-alongs! “Who-pudding”, [...] Read More »

Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival

FRIDAY, DEC. 5, from 5 pm – 10pm SATURDAY, DEC. 6, from 10 am – 4 pm on The Green (Rte. 132 and Rte. 61) Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration all around the Bethlehem Green. There will be musical performances, a tree lighting, photos with Santa, horse-drawn hayrides, shopping, a book and bake [...] Read More »

Ellington Annual Winterfest & Tree-Lighting Ceremony

 December 6, 2014 Established in 2004, Ellington Annual Winterfest & Tree-Lighting Ceremony is held thefirst weekend in December.  The weekend includes a series of events to promotecommunity and holiday spirit in the Town of Ellington.  Events include: Tree-Lighting assisted by two Ellington children Ellington Singers Holiday Concert Open House at the Nellie McKnight House Torch Light Parade Festival of Trees and Open House at the Hall Memorial Library Church Choirs Christmas Play by the Ellington High School Drama Department Appearances by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman For more info, contact Ellen Karadimas, Winterfest Facilitator, at 860-875-3885. Location: Ellington Town Hall – 55 Main St, Ellington, CT 06029 http://ellington-ct.gov/Plugs/winterfest.aspx Read More »

Olde Mistick Village Holiday Carnival

Saturday, December 06, 2014 12:00 PM Family fun indoors and outdoors, throughout Olde Mistick Village Back by popular demand is the horse drawn wagon ride by Fox Glove Farm from Old Lyme. Bring the whole family for a FREE ride around the Village. Don’t forget – Santa will be on the Village Green to have [...] Read More »

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