Holiday Happenings in Fairfield County, CT

Holiday Events in Fairfield County, Connecticut: Menorah Lightings, Gingerbread Houses and Christmas Tree Lightings

 Horse-drawn sleigh rides, nostalgic model trains, roasting marshmallows on an open fire--yup, it's  finally that time again. Christmas in Connecticut. From winter wonderlands to festivals of light, we have rounded up some wonderful holiday happenings this holiday season in Fairfield County, CT. For more holiday fun check out our Holiday Guide.

Visit with Santa’s Reindeer, Greenwich
With a brand new location at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, the 8th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa's Village opened on November 25th.  Santa’s reindeer (real live reindeer!) are coming to town right up through December 23rd.  Come visit them – feeding times are daily at 9 and 3:30pm.

437 North Street, Greenwich

Festival of Lights, Norwalk
Celebrate "Festival of Light" traditions from around the world at Stepping Stones Museum. The program is offered on Sundays afternoons from 1-1:30pm through December 18th. 

303 West Ave, Norwalk

Annual Holiday Express Train Show, Fairfield
The Fairfield Museum opens its 10th annual holiday train show on December 5th.  The wondrous display of nostalgic model trains winding through festive holiday scenery will be up for the holiday season through January 3rd.

370 Beach Road, Fairfield

Menorah Lighting, Norwalk
Come to Stew Leonard's in Norwalk for the 25th annual lighting of the Hanukkah menorah. The 18 foot menorah will be lit by Rabbi Hecht of Beth Israel, and the lighting will be be followed by traditional songs, dances and refreshments.  

100 Westport Avenue, Norwalk

Winter Wonderland, New Canaan
The New Canaan Nature Center transforms itself into a winter wonderland on December 17th with fun and exciting seasonal activities like a gingerbread house creation contest, a wacky winter scavenger hunt and roasting marshmallows on an open fire. Come down to the nature center for pictures with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides and a holiday express model train display.

144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan

Breakfast with Frosty, Bridgeport
Frosty the Snowman will be joining Stripes (the zoo's mascot) and Thirsty, Aquarion's penguin, at the Beardsley Zoo's annual holiday breakfast. Enjoy waffles or pancakes, eggs, meats, juice and hot chocolate with your favorite snowman. Advance reservations strongly recommended. 

1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport

Santa's Railyard, Danbury
Hop on a train to Santa's Toyland at the Danbury Railway Museum this holiday season. Each train ride includes a gift for each child, a coloring station, temporary tattoos and more. Trains depart every half-hour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Evening train rides through the lighted rail yard are offered on Saturdays at 4:30 pm

120 White Street, Danbury

Shark-diving Santa, Norwalk
Watch as Santa Claus straps on his scuba gear and joins The Maritime Aquarium's dive team into the shark tank. Offered most Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 26th through December 22nd, Santa will dive with the sharks and offer a photo op for Aquarium guests. 

10 North Water Street, Norwalk


New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
06840 New Canaan , CT
Phone: 203.966.9577
41° 9' 11.9088" N, 73° 29' 57.3468" W
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
437 North Street
06830 Greenwich , CT
Phone: 203.869.3418
41° 3' 53.4348" N, 73° 37' 26.544" W
Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Road
06824 Fairfield , CT
Phone: 203.259.1598
41° 8' 29.742" N, 73° 14' 49.8588" W
Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Ave
06610 Bridgeport , CT
Phone: 203.394.6565
41° 12' 31.9284" N, 73° 11' 1.9176" W
The Maritime Aquarium
10 N. Water Street
06854 Norwalk , CT
Phone: 203.852.0700
41° 6' 3.6828" N, 73° 24' 59.9472" W
Stew Leonard's
100 Westport Avenue
06851 Norwalk , CT
Phone: 203.847.7214
41° 7' 20.8164" N, 73° 24' 7.38" W
Danbury Railway Museum
120 White Street
06810 Danbury , CT
Phone: 203-778-8337
41° 23' 52.854" N, 73° 27' 0.2844" W
Stepping Stones Museum
303 West Ave
06850 Norwalk , CT
Phone: 203.899.0606
41° 6' 35.6436" N, 73° 24' 57.1104" W