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20 Family Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations in Connecticut

I have crossed over. Dreams of elegant parties and midnight champagne toasts have been replaced with longing for easy bedtimes and a good night's sleep. But it feels wrong not to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another without some sort of revelry. Happily, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve together as a family: no baby sitter required! Whether you're interested in bowling or skating (ice or roller), museums or light shows, there's something for everyone. The First Night events in Hartford and Westport offer a little bit of everything including fireworks, music, and more.

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Things to Do on New Year's Day in Connecticut

Sure, you had amazing plans watching the clock strike twelve, but if your kids are anything like mine -- they will still be up at the crack of dawn on New Year's Day looking for something to do. Whether you choose to bundle up and head outdoors or leave the coats at home and check out an indoor activity, there is tons to do in every corner of the state. Spend a nice day with your family skating by the Sound, or take in the IMAX at the Maritime Aquarium. From First Day Hikes to the Science Center, there is something on this list to make sure everyone starts the New Year off right. 

Litchfield County Restaurants Open During the Holidays

Over the holiday break you may desire a reprieve from the kitchen or just a nice night out with the family. We've rounded up some of the more popular restaurants in Litchfield County that are suitable for families. Some will be serving up special holiday menus and others will just continue with their regular menu. Don't forget to call for reservations! We've also listed restaurants open on Christmas day in Fairfield County and the Hartford area.

Connecticut's Christmas Light Dispays

There is something magical about a holiday light display. Generation after generation have made a ritual of going to see the displays each season. I have so many fun memories of bundling up in the backseat and driving around town searching for the best Christmas lights in town. New Haven has its Fantasy of Lights, Fairfield has several houses that make the holidays special, and Hartford has a huge list of special places to visit.

The Top 10 Things to do with Preschoolers this Holiday Season

From Pinterest-perfect teacher presents to waiting online for those coveted tickets, the Christmas season can be, well, stressful. There's the Christmas parties, the Christmas cards, and then the presents. And the shopping for the presents. We all seriously need a vacation by 5 p.m. on December 25th. But, when you see those little faces light up when they see the guy in red or when they come across an actual living, breathing reindeer, or when they hear that whistle blow. Every second is worth it. We've rounded up the top 10 things to do with your preschooler during the holidays. So get out there and embrace the magic of the season and make yourself some memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to check out our CT Holiday Guide for even more holiday fun. 

5 Family Ski Resorts In and Near Connecticut: The Lowdown

Winters in Connecticut are much more fun if you stay active and enjoy the outdoors and our Winter Fun Guide has plenty of ways to do just that! Below is a comparison of five family friendly area ski resorts. Tip: If you want to avoid lines head to any of these mountains FIRST thing in the morning and be pleasantly surprised. I was at Mohawk one morning and had the lodge to myself! Going on a weekday always helps too. If cross country skiing is more your thing check out these recommendations in Hartford and Fairfield Counties. For even more skiing and snow sports ideas please check out our Ski and Snow Sports Guide.

Scenic Sunday Drives for Leaf Peeping this Fall in Connecticut

Finally. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. We have on our booties and flannel. We have been sipping our PSLs for days (weeks.) We are ready. And now, the season’s main event has finally begun and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s leaf peeping season and us New Englanders, well, we live for this kind of stuff. It’s just part of our DNA. (That and Pumpkin Spice) We’ve rounded up some of our favorite routes throughout the state with optimal leaf peeping views for your enjoyment. And, be sure to check out our CT Halloween & Fall Fun Guide for Kids.

Frightfully Fun Flashlight Corn Mazes to Check Out

If you have never been inside a corn maze, imagine entering a twisting, winding dirt-paved series of paths cutting through a giant field of corn stalks. Should you go left, right, or straight ahead? Remember, only the right decision will get you out of the maze. Now, try navigating through the maze at night time amid sounds of rustling cornstalks and shadows along the path. Spooky, right? Check out our roundup of flashlight corn mazes throughout the state for some spooktacular fun. And, for more autumnal adventures, check out our Fall and Halloween guides. 

All Aboard for Fall Foliage at the Railroad Museum of New England

When you live in New England, you tend to get really excited about all of the fall things. From country fairs to cider donuts, pumpkin patches to corn mazes—fall is our very favorite. Which brings me to the season’s main event: leaf peeping. This fall, why not try riding as a passenger a New England’s vintage railroad, and really wrap yourself up in autumn’s patchwork quilt of colors. For the ultimate leaf-peeping experience (with heaping slice of nostalgia) climb aboard a railcar at the Railroad Museum of New England tucked in the upper Naugatuck Valley. For more seasonal fun, check out our guide to Fall activities and subscribe to our newsletter for even more ideas delivered straight to your inbox.

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