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ScreenHunter_378 Nov. 24 19.01

Fantasy of Lights

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_261 Nov. 03 12.47

22nd Annual Train Show

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_294 Nov. 13 12.47

Winterfest Hartford 2015

Happening until Sunday, January 24th 2016  Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m Free Admission 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 ...
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ScreenHunter_267 Nov. 06 11.51

A Billion Bricks 3: Galactic Travels

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 ...
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Branford Rotary & Y Family Run & Walk

Thanksgiving Morning November 26 • Branford Rotary & YMCA 5k Walsh Intermediate School 185 Damascus Road, Branford When: Thanksgiving, November 26, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m. Where: Walsh Intermediate School, 185 Damascus Road, Branford, CT TECH TEES to the first 900 entrants! Cotton tees for remaining ...
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Southbury Turkey Trot

November 26, 2015 Race begins at 8:30 am Kids Fun Run begins at 8:00 am The Gym, Main Street S., Southbury Registration is now open! The Southbury Women's Club is the host to the Southbury Turkey Trot, an annual 5K on Thanksgiving morning in Southbury, ...
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Holiday Light Fantasia 2015

Join us at Holiday Light Fantasia 2015 between November 26 and January 1, 2016! HOURS 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 ...
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ScreenHunter_269 Nov. 06 12.46

Gingerbread House Festival Extravaganza!

  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 ...
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First Light Celebration

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

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 ...
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7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Holiday Stroll Weekend 2015

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 ...
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Lantern Light Tours

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 ...
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Black Friday with Santa and Mrs Claus

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 ...
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Santa’s Visit & Behind the Scenes Tour

Friday, November 27 at 10:00am - 5:00pm Annual Santa Visit & Behind the Scenes Tour on Friday, November 27th, 2015, the day after Thanksgiving. Santa will meet and pose for photos with children. Santa will also have a gift for each ...
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Turkey Days

November 27, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm How well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version at your Thanksgiving dinner was derived? What is a turkey’s snood? What is a Jake? Do ...
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Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 27th, 2015 Time: 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM Come downtown for a Christmas Treat! Take a ride around historic downtown Bethel in a Horse Drawn Carriage, Stroll along and shop all of the local merchants, sip on hot cocoa, hot soup ...
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Tellabration!: Stories of Celebrations Around the World for the Whole Family

November 27 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm 11:30am • Gail Zeiba, Storyteller 2:30pm • Ann Shapiro, Storyteller Tellabration! is a Connecticut-born, world-wide celebration of storytelling. Every November, thousands of tellers and listeners gather across the globe to enjoy the age-old art of ...
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Santa’s Trolley Winter Wonderland

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_400 Nov. 24 20.46

Ridgefield Annual Tree Lighting

Friday 28th, 2015 - 6:00pm Main Street trees will become illuminated by a magic switch to the backdrop of singing as the community gathers to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus. Come and join the fun! 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT https://www.facebook.com/events/947989385271562/ ...
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ScreenHunter_395 Nov. 24 20.29

New Milford Festival of Lights / Tree Lighting Ceremony

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_281 Nov. 08 19.39

Trot Off Your Turkey!!

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 ...
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Santa’s Arrival Fairfield 2015

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_365 Nov. 24 18.05

Tree Lighting and Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

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 ...
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Santa Arrives by Tugboat

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 ...
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Simsbury Celebrates 2015!

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, ...
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12th Annual Holiday Stroll

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_300 Nov. 13 14.08

Run Santa Run 5K Race

Date: November 28, 2015 Time: 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM It's time for the 5th Annual "Run Santa Run" 5K Register here 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 ...
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ScreenHunter_291 Nov. 13 12.10

Celebration of Lights and Song on Small Business Saturday 2015

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_258 Nov. 03 11.56

Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_385 Nov. 24 19.46

Stew Leonard’s Danbury store celebrates the Holidays

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_399 Nov. 24 20.40

Holiday Lighting Festival

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_383 Nov. 24 19.32

Stew Leonard’s Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremonies

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_371 Nov. 24 18.34

Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_391 Nov. 24 20.14

Evening with Santa

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_283 Nov. 08 19.44

42nd Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_379 Nov. 24 19.11

Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival

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, ...
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ScreenHunter_260 Nov. 03 12.43

The Grinch Festival

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_389 Nov. 24 20.02

Holiday Carnival & Gingerbread House Contest

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 ...
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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 ...
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ScreenHunter_369 Nov. 24 18.29

2nd Annual Sacred Heart School Christmas Bazaar

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_368 Nov. 24 18.24

Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm Holiday fun at Ray of Light Farm! WAGON RIDES! 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 ...
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ScreenHunter_360 Nov. 24 17.54

Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_298 Nov. 13 13.51

10th Annual Holiday Express Train Show

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. Admission Fairfield Museum and History Center Members: Free. $5 Adults; $3 ...
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ScreenHunter_367 Nov. 24 18.20

1st Annual Connecticut Christmas Gift Show

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_390 Nov. 24 20.09

Sing-Along with Santa

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_348 Nov. 24 17.09

3nd Annual Fairfield Holiday Shop & Stroll Event

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_375 Nov. 24 18.44

Pancake Breakfast with Woodland Santa

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_366 Nov. 24 18.08

Shubert FREE Family Fun Day!

Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 10:00am - 2:00pm Join us for a FREE Family Fun Day with: •Holiday Themed Arts & Crafts •Face Painting •Holiday Film Shorts •Snacks and Refreshments •...and be sure to bring your camera for a picture with SANTA CLAUS!! COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE The New ...
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ScreenHunter_352 Nov. 24 17.20

East Lyme Winterfest & Light Parade

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_392 Nov. 24 20.17

Santa’s Farm

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_356 Nov. 24 17.42

Meet Theresa Easley, author of The Secret Snowflake: A Christmas Story

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_398 Nov. 24 20.33

JWC of Milford Presents Breakfast with Santa

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_297 Nov. 13 13.40

Holiday Story Hour “A Pete the Cat Holiday Special”

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 ...
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Breakfast with Santa

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 ...
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ScreenHunter_344 Nov. 24 16.51

Disney on Ice- Let’s Celebrate!

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 ...
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