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Happening until January 6, 2016
Sun.-Thu. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
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 ...Read More
Happening until February 15, 2016
The magic returns with the 22nd Annual 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 ...Read More
Happening until Sunday, January 24th 2016 Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m
Open daily from 11am-8pm with special hours on holidays. Learn to skate program on Saturdays at 10am. Skating and skate rental are free!
Tours of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch – closed ...Read More
Happening until February 7th, 2016
An amazing new LEGO® universe! A long time ago, in a "gallery" far, far away... It's the 15th anniversary of LEGO Star Wars®! Come and see the completely re-designed LEGO galactic landscape and enjoy an up-close view ...Read More
Join us at Holiday Light Fantasia 2015 between November 26 and January 1, 2016!
Sunday - Thursday
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Holiday Light Fantasia, Connecticut’s must-see family light show, is back for the 2015 holiday season! A beautiful collection of ...Read More
November 27th through December 12th, 2015.
The Wood will once again deck its halls and throw open its doors for one of the largest Gingerbread House Festivals in all of New England. The show opens Thanksgiving weekend and will run from ...Read More
Come celebrate the start of the new season; First Light for the mountain on Black Friday. Activities everyday on November 27, 28 & 29 from noon to 6 p.m.
Come play with our instructors! A free, fun informative way to learn ...Read More
November 27th, 2015 to December 18th, 2015
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, with activities like making holiday greeting cards and Christmas tree ornaments, are ...Read More
Date: November 27 - December 24, 2015
Location: McArdle's Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT
The town tradition continues for the seventh year! From November 27 until Christmas Eve, Santa's LIVE Reindeer will be in town.
Join us Friday, November ...Read More
November 27 to December 20 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Join us for the 36th 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 ...Read More
Friday, November 27 - Saturday, November 28, 2015
Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children of all ages from 12-3 in the Meeting House – bring your cameras!
Olde Mistick Village
27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, Connecticut 06355
http://www.oldemistickvillage.com/event.aspx?id=134 ...Read More
Nov. 27-28-29 and Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2015: 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Santa on the Trolley 1Take a ride into the past at The Shore Line Trolley Museum and have your children visit with Santa! Inspect our antique trolleys decorated ...Read More
Saturday 28th at 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Festival of Lights / Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 28th at 5:30 p.m. on the Village Green. Highlights of the evening will include ...Read More
Saturday, November 28
10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.
$2 per person; age one and under free
Join our naturalist on a 1.5 mile hike through the Center at Fairfield’s Larsen Sanctuary. Activate all your senses while seeing how nature ...Read More
Date: November 28, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mouthwatering hot chocolate, wreaths, holiday cards and ornaments … plus so much more will be available at the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Santa’s Arrival.”
Location: Town Green 611 Old Post Road, Fairfield ...Read More
Saturday 28th, 2015 at 6:00pm
Named as one of the Top 5 Best Holiday Light Displays in New England by Yankee Magazine!
Get in the holiday spirit at 6 pm when the Christmas tree will be officially lit in Mystic River Park ...Read More
Saturday 28th, 2015 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Santa is giving the reindeer a day off and is hoping aboard the tugboat JOHN PAUL for his visit to Mystic! Join Santa and company as he sails into downtown Mystic to greet the ...Read More
Saturday, November 28th, 2015!
Simsbury Celebrates is a FREE Community Holiday Celebration, traditionally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, we are Celebrating the 14th Anniversary of the event on Saturday, November 28th from 4:30-8:30 p.m., with a variety of events, ...Read More
Saturday, November 28th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.
Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 12th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the green, a "Snow-Flake ...Read More
Date: November 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
It's time for the 5th Annual
"Run Santa Run" 5K
It's time for the 5th Annual Run Santa Run, A Christmas Story!
One of Santa's favorite aspects to the Fun Run is the decorative ...Read More
Saturday, November 28th at 3:00 pm
It’s time to celebrate! Join us in downtown New London on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Parade Plaza.
3pm - Visit with Santa Claus at the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse
4pm - Free holiday concert by Steve Elci ...Read More
Saturday, November 28 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Grab the entire family (and any lingering holiday visitors too!) and head on down to the New Canaan Nature Center! You won’t want to miss this awesome annual event, a long-time favorite for both ...Read More
Stew Leonard’s Danbury store celebrates the Holidays with 12 Family-Friendly Activities
Stew Leonard’s in Danbury is ringing in the 2015 holiday season with a slate of family-friendly activities!
Customers must sign their children up for the Elf Workshop Activities in advance at ...Read More
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 5:30pm
Town of Stratford's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. Childrens show at the Stratford Library at 4pm. Holiday Tree Lighting at 530p with music from Eli Whitney Elementary School and the Stratford High School Choir. Santa and ...Read More
Stew Leonard’s Norwalk store invites the community to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah this year with its annual Tree and Menorah Lighting celebrations:
Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 5:30 P.M.
Stew Leonard’s Norwalk store is kicking off the 2015 ...Read More
December 3 - 6, 2015
Friday, 10am — 7pm
Saturday, 10am — 5pm
Sunday, 10am — 4pm
Admission pricing: $10 adults / $5 children and seniors
All proceeds of the 2015 Festival benefit Norwalk Grassroots Tennis.
Each year hundreds of dedicated volunteers magically transform the historic ...Read More
Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Santa Claus is coming to Holdridge’s!
The kids can tell Santa what they would like for Christmas while you get their annual holiday picture for free. Bring your own camera or we can take ...Read More
December 4 - December 13
The most wonderful time of year will be here before we know it!
Celebrate the holiday season with the Wadsworth Atheneum at the 42nd Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions! Enjoy musical entertainment and festive family activities ...Read More
FRIDAY, DEC. 4th, from 5 pm - 10pm
SATURDAY, DEC. 5th, from 10 am - 4 pm
The Bethlehem Green (Rte. 132 and Rte. 61)
Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration all around the Bethlehem Green. There will be music performances, ...Read More
Friday, December 4th at 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Embark on a holiday journey as Imagine Nation is transformed into Dr. Seuss' Whoville on Friday, Decmeber 4 from 5:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday, December 5 from 10:00am-1:00pm. Join us for a joyful holiday celebration complete ...Read More
Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 12:00pm
Family fun indoors & 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 ...Read More
Saturday, Dec 5th - 10 am to 6 pm & Sunday, Dec 6th - 12 noon to 5 pm
Location: Downtown Greenwich
Shop, Dine, Save and Be Merry as you stroll downtown Greenwich with family and friends to celebrate the 7th Annual Greenwich ...Read More
Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sacred Heart School (Groton, CT) will host its 2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday December 5th from 9 am to 5 pm. Entry fee is by donation. If you make a donation at ...Read More
Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Holiday fun at Ray of Light Farm!
Come join us for a hay ride into the woods. Hop off the wagon at the bonfire for hot chocolate and caroling. Once you've had enough ...Read More
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 1pm & 4pm
Disney Junior stars Genevieve and DC are bringing their fun, hip brand of kids' music to the stage with CHOO CHOO SOUL! Based on the popular shorts airing daily on Disney Junior, Genevieve ...Read More
December 5, 2015 – January 3, 2016
A Fairfield Museum holiday tradition! Kids and adults alike will delight in the magic of this wondrous display of model trains winding around beautiful holiday scenery.
Fairfield Museum and History Center Members: Free.
$5 Adults; $3 ...Read More
Sunday, December 6th, 2015 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
Come shop almost 150 vendors of every category imaginable December 6th from 10am to 5pm at the Aqua Turf in Southington!
There will be something special for everyone on your list: Crafts, food and ...Read More
Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 6:00pm
Join us at the Bill Memorial Library, in the City of Groton, on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for an evening with Santa Claus. Santa will visit with all the children before leaving ...Read More
Enjoy the 3nd Annual Fairfield Holiday Shop & Stroll Event
Thursday, December 10, 2015 Shopping, Food, Music and More!
First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that the Town of Fairfield and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Fairfield ...Read More
Saturday, December 12th at 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Indulge in a delicious pancake breakfast at the Nature Center that includes locally produced Maple and Shagbark Hickory syrups, hot cocoa, coffee and juice! Enjoy Christmas music and carols, and then relax ...Read More
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 10:00am - 2:00pm
Join us for a FREE Family Fun Day with:
•Holiday Themed Arts & Crafts
•Holiday Film Shorts
•Snacks and Refreshments
•...and be sure to bring your camera for a picture with SANTA CLAUS!!
COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE
The New ...Read More
The 2015 Niantic Light Parade will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 6:00p.m. with a Rain Date of Sunday, December 13th at 5:00p.m.
Celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2015, the Annual East Lyme / Niantic Light Parade is the largest ...Read More
Saturday December 12, 2015 at 11:00am - 3:00pm
A fun day for the entire family! Take a hay wagon ride to have your photo taken with Santa. Visit animals and see our waterfall and great hall of decorated Christmas trees.
Write a ...Read More
Saturday, December 12 at 11:00am - 3:00pm
Children's author Teresa Easley visits the Apple Barrel on Saturday, December 12th, from 11am-3pm to autograph her new book, The Secret Snowflake: A Christmas Story, a beautifully illustrated story about an eight-year-old boy whose ...Read More
Sunday, December 13 at 9:00am - 12:00pm
Join us for a pancake breakfast, juice and coffee for $5 pp or $20 max for a family. Those under 2 are free. There will be carolers, storytime with Mr Elf, crafts and fun!!
You ...Read More
Thursday, December 17
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Children of all ages are invited to come to The Wood’s annual evening holiday story time at Wood Memorial Library on Thursday, December 17th at 6:30 P.M. Join Mr. Al deCant, award winning and ...Read More
Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, December 19, 2015
Please join us for “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 19, at the United Methodist Church of Monroe.
Enjoy a breakfast of baked goodies, fruit, mini bagels, cereal, fruit juices, hot chocolate, tea and coffee. Bring ...Read More
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LET’S CELEBRATE! PRESENTED BY STONYFIELD YOKIDS ORGANIC YOGURT
IS COMING TO BRIDGEPORT, CT JANUARY 7th-10th!
Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt brings more than 50 Disney ...Read More
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