Family Friendly Holiday Events in Connecticut (Hartford County)

The malls are packed with holiday shoppers, decorations are up, and Santa is ringing his bell at every store entrance. With Christmas less than three weeks away the festivities are commencing and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy a holiday themed event with your family. With a variety of activities like classic theater shows to holiday lights it will surely feel more like Christmas with these great events!

Countdown to Christmas: Advent Calendars

Waiting and preparing for Christmas can be almost as magical and fun as the holiday itself. The Advent period or the season of preparation which was originally observed in many Western Christian churches emphasizes this tradition - even without the religious content. One of the sweetest - sometimes in the literal sense of the word, too - prop of the season is the Advent calendar. Counting down the days with suspense for the big holiday rewards you with a little surprise for each day of patience in the long, cold month of December. There are many types of advent calendars and you can read more for our break down.

Nutcracker Ballet Holiday Shows in Connecticut

With the delicious holiday of Thanksgiving behind us, we are entering the most beautiful winter period of the year: the time of preparation and expectant waiting for Christmas itself. There is no other theatrical event than the two-act ballet of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker that more suitably expresses the beauty of the season.

Tchaikovsky's music is easily accessible for all: the dreamy costumes and gracious dance appeal to all little would-be prima ballerinas, the enchanting props and scenery mesmerize young and old alike. The action-packed scenes never fail to amaze our young grade school boys either.

Throughout the month of December, this classical ballet will be performed in many towns across Connecticut. The shows will be as diverse as our communities: young aspiring ballet students from dance conservatories, amateur and professional companies will put up their own interpretations of the show. Some perform the traditional plot and choreography, others dream up new readings of the original story and new dances to the well-known music. Below you can read a round-up of upcoming shows. Please, check the venues' or companies' websites for exact show times and ticket prices.

Free and Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend in Connecticut 12/3-12/4/11: Gingerbread, Santa, Tree Lightings and Legofest

Do you have grand ideas of getting that special tree this weekend? Don't cut down a thing until you've read our round ups of Cut Your Own Tree Farms in both Litchfield and Fairfield Counties. If you are just looking for pure kid fun without celebrating the holidays just quite yet, the LEGO Kidsfest is happening all weekend in Hartford. You can also learn about shelter dogs at the Stepping Stones Mutt-i-grees event or catch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs playing in Bridgeport.

Rumor has it that you can see Santa for breakfast at the Bushnell and then later on at Angevine Farm this weekend. Many towns are hosting their own Christmas tree lightings and Ridgefield, Stamford, Riverton, Mystic and Kent are no exception.

Hop aboard a Holiday train ride at one of these great places: Essex Steam Train Museum, Connecticut Trolley Museum or the Danbury Railway Museum or just watch a free screening of Polar Express at the Avon Theatre! It's Gingerbread Day all weekend at the Noah Webster House, Visions of Gingerbread in Stamford and an entire Gingerbread Festival awaits you in Kent. For those of you who feel like making something, Pratt Nature Center is creating holiday crafts or you can attend this Wreath Making Workshop in Norfolk. Lest we not forget our troops over the holidays, join No Drama Mama & Papas at the East Norwalk Library as they create cards to send overseas this Holiday Season.

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Black Friday Deals 2011: Toys and Games

If you are ready to take the Black Friday plunge and throw yourself into the shopping frenzy to find the perfect - or most affordable - toy or game for your kids, read through our round-up of the big stores' deals for Black Friday 2011.

What is hot?

In case you do not have a ready and vetted 'wish list' supplied to Santa by the main beneficiaries and are uncertain what the most desired items are this year, here is what seems to be most popular in the sales circulars.

Things To Do Over Thanksgiving Break in Connecticut (Litchfield County)

Before the wacky snow storm hit CT by surprise our school gave the kids the entire week of Thanksgiving off. In order to make up for lost school days they now have to attend on Monday and Tuesday. That's okay, we still have 5 days off. Plenty of time to celebrate by doing one or two of these fun activities in Litchfield County. Have a happy (and hopefully snowless) Thanksgiving everyone!

Family 4-pack GIVE-AWAY to BEING ELMO on Thanksgiving Weekend

We have a fun give-away for you just in time to celebrate the newest Muppet movie that is coming out next week. Over Thanksgiving weekend choose a day to take the family to see Being Elmo, an award winning documentary about Elmo and his creator. Shows are at noon on the 25th, 26th and 27th. The winner chooses the date that works for them at the beautiful Avon Theatre in Stamford.

Fun Things To Do with Kids in CT This Weekend: The Original Muppet Movie, Parade Spectacular, Gingerbread 11/19-11/20/11

The Holiday Craze is just upon us and this is the last weekend before everything officially starts. We've covered lots of Thanksgiving topics however to help you with your plans over the break. This week we've written about Things to Do During Thanksgiving Week in Hartford County and some restaurants that are open on turkey day in Fairfield and Litchfield Counties. We also suggested some great Thanksgiving Books and Games for your family to enjoy.

Connecticut's largest parade is in Stamford this weekend while a gingerbread display is happening at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. If you are looking for a family fun show, we reviewed Stepping Stones' Global Energy Musical  and Seussical the Musical is playing in Ridgefield. In the mood for a classic? Check out the original Muppets Movie or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs play.

Not ready for holiday fun quite yet? There are plenty of other options listed in our events calendar. Why not try a mommy and me yoga class?  Don't forget to enter our 4 Pack Ticket GIVE AWAY to see Being Elmo, a documentary for the family about Elmo and his creator that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

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2011 Thanksgiving Events in Connecticut (Hartford County)

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner and as you prepare for the grand feast with your family there are also many events to help celebrate. With a list of craft events, physical activities and ways to give back in Hartford County you’ll be able to find something to keep the kids busy during the holiday break. Many of the events are free so while you're still entertaining your child you can save some cash for the upcoming holiday shopping season!

Thanksgiving Books and Games: For Your Children and Family

The weather is crispy, the evenings are long and dark, but the winter holidays are upon us. Why not get into the holiday spirit by curling up with your little ones on the sofa of the brightly lit, warm living room, with hot chocolate and a good, sweet, colorfully decorated holiday book? This Thanksgiving season you can read about silly turkeys, pay a visit to the Pilgrims, their Native-American neighbors or a fellow American family preparing for their Thanksgiving.


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