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Shark-Diving Santa at The Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

Shark-Diving Santa @ The Maritime Aquarium

November 23 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday, repeating until December 29, 2017

On select dates in December, Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. Santa will strap on scuba gear and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, which is home to 7-foot sharks. It’s all part of a regular program, in which Aquarium visitors can see and talk with volunteer divers swimming in the exhibit on most Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. The…

Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Village

Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village

November 24 @ 9:00 am - December 22 @ 6:00 pm
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One event on November 24, 2017 at 12:00pm

Santa and his LIVE reindeer - Dancer, Dasher and Prancer - are coming back for the 9th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Village and return to, "the North Pole on North Street," Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street, Greenwich, Connecticut, from November 24 to December 23, 2017. The cherished town tradition continues at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and…

Santa @ Essex Steam Train

Santa Special Train @ Essex Steam Train

November 24 @ 9:30 am - November 26 @ 1:00 pm
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One event on December 16, 2017 at 9:30am

One event on December 17, 2017 at 9:30am

One event on December 23, 2017 at 9:30am

All aboard the Santa Special for a one-of-a-kind, daytime holiday experience. Make sure you’re camera-ready for that special moment when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit each child! Enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations. Rudolph and Pablo the Penguin will be on board to spread holiday cheer. Each child receives a small holiday gift from Santa’s Elves! Take your family pictures in Santa’s sleigh Enjoy Fresh…

Henry Whitfield State Museum Harvesting History Event

November 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Reproduction trade items, samples of 17th-century foods, “Make Your Marke” quill pen activity, reading of the Pilgrim Cat storybook each hour, and tours of the Holidaze exhibit will be featured at the Henry Whitfield State Museum Harvesting History Event Included with admission.

Lantern Light Tours Mystic Seaport

Lantern Light Tours: A Christmas Ghost Story @ Mystic Seaport

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on December 1, 2017 at 5:00pm

An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 23, 2017

One event on November 25, 2017 at 5:00pm

One event on December 17, 2017 at 5:00pm

One event on December 8, 2017 at 5:00pm

One event on December 1, 2017 at 5:00pm

A New England Holiday Tradition awaits at Mystic Seaport. Mystic Seaport invites you to join us for an evening of seasonal cheer with Lantern Light Tours, "The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story." Set on Christmas Eve in the year 1876, the play unfolds through five scenes of historical hilarity featuring a gentlemen’s athletic contest, a spirited circle dance, a visit with old St. Nick, and a horse and carriage ride. As the story evolves, you’ll uncover the true Spirit…

The Christmas Elf @ Downtown Cabaret Theatre (Bridgeport)

November 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, repeating until December 23, 2017

An event every week that begins at 2:30pm on Saturday, repeating until December 23, 2017

One event on December 27, 2017 at 4:30pm

One event on December 28, 2017 at 4:30pm

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday, repeating until December 17, 2017

An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Sunday, repeating until December 17, 2017

One event on November 11, 2017 at 12:00pm

One event on November 12, 2017 at 1:00pm

Every Christmas, Santa employs countless helper elves to keep watch over the world’s kids to see who’s being naughty and who’s being nice, but not everyone wants Christmas this year. Find out what happens when one clever elf is met by some concerned toys who are worried about being replaced in this brand new musical where fun and imagination come to life this holiday season. The Downtown Cabaret Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission. Dates:…

Santa Arrives by Tugboat & Mystic Lighted Boat Parade

Santa Arrives by Tugboat & Mystic Lighted Boat Parade

November 25 @ 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in historic downtown Mystic. Thousands gather at the Mystic River Park on November 25th at 2p.m. to watch Santa arrive on a 60’ tug boat, the John Paul, to open his ears to the wishes of children waiting anxiously in line to see him. He even brings his head elf to distribute candy canes! After a brief break, festivities in the Park resume with the lighting of…

Free Niantic Annual Holiday Stroll

November 25 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come kick-start your holiday season in Niantic at the 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 Drop" featuring discounts and giveaways at local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least, the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village. SCHEDULE of…

Samuel Smith Farmstead Open House and Greenery Event (East Lyme)

November 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come tour the Samuel Smith Farmstead house which will be lit by electric candles, and smell our own hanging herbs as we decorate the Samuel Smith Farmstead. In our barn, we will offer Christmas wreaths (pine cone, grapevine and evergreen), swags, topiaries, burlap bags filled with assorted greens, beeswax hand-dipped candle pairs, hand-knitted and thrummed wool mittens, framed prints of the Samuel Smith Farmstead pen and ink by Steve Marks-Hamilton, note cards, also with pen and ink by Steve Marks-Hamilton…

Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing & Boat Parade (Essex)

November 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The holiday season kicks off in Essex with the annual TREES IN THE RIGGING Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade at the Connecticut River Museum The Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade, and the Essex Historical Society combine to present this annual event that includes a traditional, lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street where spectators are invited to bring their own lanterns or flashlights and join in with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and…

Holiday Wreath Making Connecticut

Girl’s Night Out Winter Wreath Making (Greenwich)

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Gather your girl friends for an evening of shopping, wine, and wreaths at McArdle's Florist and Garden Center in Greenwich! Michael, Director of Floral Design, will lead the class again this year. Michael will demonstrate different ways to customize your evergreen wreath.  He'll provide design inspiration based on the latest trends and traditional favorites so you can create a wreath that perfectly complements your home's decor. Come at 6:00 PM to sip and shop the store!  Class begins at 6:30…

New Haven Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 30 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The New Haven Tree Lighting is presented by Wells Fargo and is a Free event kicking off the holiday season in the downtown area. The annual celebration geared to the young and young at heart takes place on the city's historic Green and features live performances and a variety of children’s activities. Food and refreshments available. Broadcast Media Sponsor, NBC Connecticut

Munchkin Morning with Santa

December 1 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Delight in this Aquarium holiday tradition that your child will remember for years to come. Enjoy a memorable morning filled with fun seasonal and animal-themed crafts and activities, as well as a visit with the man in red himself, Santa! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the joy of morning! The program begins before we open to the public and is a great way to experience the Aquarium without the holiday crowds. Older siblings are welcome to attend…

Gingerbread Weekend in Downtown Putnam

December 1 @ 10:00 am - December 3 @ 3:00 pm

Downtown Putnam is once again decorating Main Street with Art Installations. Follow the trail to see over 40 GINGERBREAD House Creations! GINGERBREAD TRAIL MAPS will be available at The Flying Carpet Studio, Victoria Station Cafe, Putnam Visitors Center, and other Main Street shops and restaurants by December 1st. NEW THIS YEAR!! Gingerbread House CONTEST open to the public! Create your own Gingerbread House masterpiece and bring it to Ann Monteiro at The Flying Carpet Studio by 4:00 pm on November…

The Hops Company Annual Home for the Holidays Beer Event

The Hops Company Annual Home for the Holidays Beer Event (Derby)

December 1 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Connecticut’s only authentic beer garden, will host its 2nd annual “Road Home for the Holidays” charitable event on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 3pm until close. Partnering with Two Roads Brewery for the second year, the event will be a memorable night filled with fun, food, great beer, games and contests to benefit military service men and women. The Hops Company and Two Roads will donate $1 from the sale of each Two Roads pint of beer to the Helping…

Henry Whitfield State Museum Firelight Festival

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening of festive luminaria, lanterns, outdoor fires, popcorn, roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, hot cider at Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford. Connecticut's oldest house will feature the Holidaze display, natural holiday ornaments crafts, and a reading of The Night Before Christmas. Included with admission. Free parking. No rain/snow date. Cost: $8 adults, $6 seniors & students, $5 children (6-17), Free for children under 6

Flippign and Stones Make a Sign Workshop

Flipping and Stones Holiday Sip and Sign Workshop (Plainville)

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

If you haven’t tried Fusion Mineral Paint yet now's your chance! Join Flipping and Stones on Friday, December 1st from 7pm-9 pm for their NEWEST workshop, Holiday Sip and Sign. In this workshop you will be creating a 4 foot outdoor holiday sign. You will pick your design, color and finish to create your own personalized sign. Perfect to give as a gift (or keep for yourself). All materials included. Cost: $45 per person. BYOB is desired. Reserve our spot at…

Annual Gingerbread Village and Christmas Bazaar

December 2 @ 10:00 am - December 9 @ 4:00 pm

The holidays start early at St. George's Episcopal Church in Middlebury, Connecticut, most notably marked by the distinct warm scents of gingerbread and candies wafting through the halls. This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the beloved Gingerbread Village and Christmas Bazaar, and promises to be an extra special celebration full of both joy and delight. Fifty years ago, the village humbly began as a few small gingerbread houses in the corner of the church Christmas Bazaar. Today it has…

Winterfest with Rudolph & Friends

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

His shiny red nose has been spotted over Mystic Aquarium and we’re ready to welcome him for weekends during Winterfest! Meet the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph, and his snowy friend Bumble as they visit the Aquarium. Take a photo with Rudolph and Bumble that is worthy for your holiday cards then get your ticket to see the two star in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D. Enjoy local seasonal entertainment as you walk through our watery winter wonderland to visit…

Santa in the Fishing Village @ Maritime Aquarium

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on December 2, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 3, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 9, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 10, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 16, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on December 17, 2017 at 11:00am

Visit Santa Claus aboard a festive fishing boat on three special weekends in December as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk adds a bonus holiday exhibit to “fish” you a Merry Christmas! Santa Claus will be at the Aquarium December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17, all days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for him in what is normally the Aquarium’s “Go Fish” exhibit, which will be transformed into a holiday wonderland in December. Santa will accept children’s wish lists and…

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