Take photos with Santa after seeing holiday lights. Photo courtesy of Lake Compounce
Take photos with Santa after seeing holiday lights. Photo courtesy of Lake Compounce

52 Awesome Santa Activities for Kids in Connecticut

Shopping mall Santas have been de rigueur since store owner James Edgar donned a red suit and snowy beard to entertain children in 1890. Today the tradition is alive and well in many, many different kinds of places from zoos, to museums to farms! If you're looking to mix it up with a Santa outing that's a little bit different, we have rounded up our 52 favorite Santa activities across the state.

Some events are free and require no preregistration, but many of those that do require advanced tickets are very popular and can sell out early, so you'll want to buy tickets as soon as possible. If a meal with Santa sounds like a delicious option, check out our post of Santa Breakfasts in Connecticut.


Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
437 North Street
Greenwich, CT

Lachat Town Farm
106 Godfrey Road West
Weston, CT 06883

Downtown New Canaan
91 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

Downtown Ridgefield
Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Fairview Tree Farm
484 Walnut Tree Hill Road
Shelton, CT 06484

Total Mortgage Corporate Center
185 Plains Road Cafeteria
Milford, CT 06460

Downtown Stamford
Landmark Square and Latham Park
Stamford, CT

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

Greenwich Historical Society
39 Strickland Road
Cos Cob, CT 06807

Brass Mill Center
495 Union Street
Waterbury, CT 06706

The Shops at Yale
56 Broadway
New Haven, CT 06511

The Shops at Yale
56 Broadway
New Haven, CT 06511

First Congregational Church of Meriden
62 Colony St
Meriden, CT

Palace Theater
61 Atlantic Street
Stamford, CT 06901

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Downtown Milford
River Street
Milford, CT 06460

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue United States
Bridgeport, CT 06610

The Klein
910 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT

Lyman Orchards
32 Reeds Gap Road
Middlefield, CT 06455

The Woodwinds
29 Schoolground Road
Branford, CT 06405

Lake Compounce
186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010

Harbor Park Landing
80 Harbor Drive
Middletown , CT 06457

Bushnell Park
Trinity Street at Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Pond House Cafe
1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Flamig Farm
7 Shingle Mill Road
West Simsbury, CT 06092

Saint Clements Castle
1931 Portland-Cobalt Rd
Portland, CT 06480

Indian Rock Nature Preserve
501 Wolcott Road Rt. 69
Bristol, CT 06010

Downtown Collinsville
4 Market Street Corner of Rt 179 and Main Street
Canton , CT 06019

Meriden YMCA
110 West Main Street
Meriden, CT

Flamig Farm
7 Shingle Mill Road
West Simsbury, CT 06092-2311

Stew Leonard's of Newington
3475 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111

Holcomb Farm
113 Simsbury Road
West Granby, CT

Maneeley's Grand Ballroom
65 Rye Street
South Windsor, CT

Railroad Museum of New England
242 East Main Street
Thomaston, CT 06787

Bethlehem Town Green
Route 132 and Route 61
Bethlehem, CT

Landmark Community Theatre
158 Main Street
Thomaston, CT 06787

Main Street, Newtown
Main Street
Newtown, CT 06482

Washington Depot
The Green
Washington Depot, CT 06793

Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

Essex Steam Train
One Railroad Avenue
Esssex, CT 06426

Mystic River Park
28C Cottrell Street
Mystic, CT 06355

Niantic Town Green
Niantic, CT

Water's Edge
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard tent located in front of the aquarium
Mystic, CT 06355

The Bradley Playhouse
30 Front Street
Putnam, CT

Olde Mistick Village
27 Coogan Blvd
Mystic, CT 06355

Saint Clements Castle
1931 Portland-Cobalt Rd
Portland, CT 06480

Bushy Hill Nature Center
253 Bushy Hill Road
Deep River, CT

The River House
55 Bridge Street
Haddam, CT

Waters Edge Resort and Spa
1525 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498

Bank St
Bank St
New London, CT 06320

Olde Mystick Village
27 Coogan Blvd
Mystic, CT 06355

Bank St
Bank St
New London, CT 06320