20 Things to do with the Kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Connecticut

20 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Events in CT

It's here! The "most wonderful" time of year! The decorations are up, the menu is planned and most of the gifts are wrapped. After much research, and a little bit of panic, I was able to get our "media issues" resolved so that we can watch "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen (all by myself)! Bring it on, I'm ready for you Christmas! And I hope you are too (or are on your way to finishing up). No matter what you celebrate, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a combination of the above, may you have a wonderful holiday season. Here is a list of 20 events happening on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in case you are looking for something to do.

8th Annual Reindeer Festival & Santa's Village, Greenwich
​December 24, 2017
Santa and his reindeer will be on-site to see your childrenYou can have your picture taken with Santa and ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel. 

Holiday Model Train Show, Essex
December 24, 2017
This model train show fills the entire third floor of the Connecticut River Museum. Come see a running, 26-foot layout with scenery, people, and vehicles. 

Holiday Express Train Show, Fairfield
December 24, 2017
Come see the winter-wonderland train show. The annual tradition is back to delight child and adult both.

Holiday Light Fantasia, Hartford
December 24 and 25, 2017
This annual Hartford tradition is a favorite for families. The 2-mile drive through light show has over 200 individual displays and 1 million lights!

Gingerbread Lane, West Hartford
December 24, 2017
Come and decorate a gingerbread house to add it to the huge exhibit of houses at the Children's Museum. 

Three Centuries of Christmas with Daytime Tours, Wethersfield
December 24, 2017
The Webb-Dean-Stephen's Museum will offer their annual exhibit of how the Christmas holidays have changed over the last 300 hundred years. 

Public Ice Skating, West Hartford
December 24, 2017
Come put on skates and take to the ice the day before Christmas! Public skating begins at 1p.m.

A Connecticut Christmas Carol, Chester
December 24, 2017
Bring the family to see a beloved Charles Dickens story of redemption. This one features many famous Connecticut history, such as Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and P.T. Barnum.

Magic of Christmas, Old Lyme
December 24, 2017
Come experience the Magic of Christmas at the Florence Griswold Museum.  The Griswold House will be decorated for Christmas turn-of-the-century style and there will be many different Chrismas trees to see. 200 artists have donated painted pallettes for Miss Griswold's Artist Tree.

A Christmas Carol- Ghost Story of Christmas, Hartford
December 24, 2017
There will be a Christmas Eve showing of this annual classic presented by Hartford Stage. the 2 p.m. show runs about 1 hour and 45 minutes and is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Open Jump at Get Air, Stamford
December 24, 2018
For the entire day, you can bring the kids out to work off that pre-holiday energy.  

Sensory Sunday Jump Time at Sky Zone, Bethel
December 24, 2017
Especially designed for kids with sensory considerations, this Sunday morning jump time is one hour.  No big noises

Bruce Museum, Stamford
December 24, 2017
The Bruce Museum and all its wonderful exhibits is open on limited hours on Sunday, December 24 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Public Skating, Stamford Arena
December 24, 2017
Enjoy some family skating before the holiday arrives.  Stamford Arena will be open on Sunday, December 24 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Christmas Eve at Pump It Up, Norwalk
December 24, 2017
Jumping events and treats going on all day! Choose from the "Cookie, Cupcake, and Hot Chocolate Jump," the "Snowball Fight Jump," or the "Glowbuddy Jump."

Festival of Lights, Meriden
December 24 and 25, 2017
Come and see 350,000 twinkling lights. There will be 200 figures and building decorated for onlookers to enjoy.  

Public Skating, Westport PAL Rinks
December, 25, 2017
Yes, you can skate on Christmas Day!  From 11 am to 2 pm you can bring out your family to get some fresh air and exercise.

Scrooge Scramble, Rockville
December 25, 2017
The Silk City Striders will be running a race on Christmas morning. The Community Center will be open afterwards for warm drinks.  Bring a canned food item for their food drive!

Creches of the World- Peace on Earth, New Haven
December 25, 2017
See the beautiful displays at the Knights of Columbus Museum. There will be Hummel figurines and displays from Zimbabwe.  They will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.

Winterfest, Hartford
December 25, 2017
Come and ice skate out of doors at Bushnell Park from noon to 4 pm on Christmas day!

 

Originally published on 12-22-2011.
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Sam Bridge Nurseries
437 North Street
06807 Greenwich , CT 41° 4' 4.422" N, 73° 34' 48.7344" W
Connecticut
Connecticut River Museum
67 Main Street
06426 Essex , CT 41° 21' 5.5404" N, 72° 23' 11.7168" W
Connecticut
Fairfield Museum and Historical Society
370 Beach Road
06824 Fairfield , CT 41° 8' 28.6836" N, 73° 14' 55.5036" W
Connecticut
Holiday Light Fantasia
Goodwin Park 1130 Maple Avenue
06114 Hartford , CT 41° 43' 47.2728" N, 72° 41' 1.95" W
Connecticut
Gingerbread Lane
Children's Museum 950 Trout Brook Road
06119 West Hartford , CT 41° 45' 42.336" N, 72° 44' 13.7112" W
Connecticut
Webb-Dean-Stephens Museum
211 Main Street Three Centuries of Christmas
06109 Wethersfield , CT 41° 42' 44.5428" N, 72° 39' 13.9932" W
Connecticut
Veteran's Memorial Ice Rink
56 Buena Vista Rd
06107 West Hartford , CT 41° 45' 1.044" N, 72° 46' 5.2716" W
Connecticut
Norma Terris Theater
33 North Main Street A Connecticut Christmas
06412 Chester , CT 41° 24' 21.6432" N, 72° 27' 9.9792" W
Connecticut
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street The Magic of Christmas
06371 Old Lyme , CT 41° 19' 32.5452" N, 72° 19' 36.6708" W
Connecticut
Hartford Stage
50 Church Street The Ghost Story of Christmas - A Christmas Carol
06103 Hartford , CT 41° 46' 8.0904" N, 72° 40' 28.2144" W
Connecticut
Open Jump at Get Air
11 Riverbend Drive South
06907 Stamford , CT 41° 4' 58.8828" N, 73° 31' 2.2404" W
Connecticut
Sensory Jump at Sky Zone
13 Francis J. Clarke Circle
06801 Bethel , CT 41° 21' 37.5696" N, 73° 25' 35.1948" W
Connecticut
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
06830 Greenwich , CT 41° 1' 11.4852" N, 73° 37' 22.5552" W
Connecticut
Stamford Twin Rinks
1063 Hope Street
06907 Stamford , CT 41° 5' 42.4932" N, 73° 31' 4.6344" W
Connecticut
Pump ItUp
145 Main Street
06851 Norwalk , CT 41° 7' 27.6852" N, 73° 25' 3.0072" W
Connecticut
Festival of Llights
1000 West Main Street Hubbard Park
06451 Meriden , CT 41° 32' 48.732" N, 72° 50' 8.2968" W
Connecticut
Westport PAL Rink
260 Compo Road South
06880 Westport , CT 41° 6' 35.658" N, 73° 22' 7.914" W
Connecticut
Scrooge Scramble
Cornerstone Foundation Community Center 9 Prospect Street
06066 Rockville , CT 41° 52' 8.4324" N, 72° 26' 38.7528" W
Connecticut
Knights of Columbus Museum
1 State Street
06511 New Haven , CT 41° 18' 7.5492" N, 72° 55' 26.49" W
Connecticut
Winterfest Bushnell Park
Trinity Street
06106 Hartford , CT 41° 45' 50.85" N, 72° 40' 49.908" W
Connecticut