December GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Best Things to Do With Kids in Connecticut In December

Connecticut families looking for fun don't have to look far this December. There are lots of great shows, holiday festivals, Santa Claus visits, reindeer sightings, and holiday strolls in our GoList. So many that we've rounded up 28 of our favorite events. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, where you'll find a list of each week's highlighted events. And for even more holiday fun, including where to find that perfect Christmas tree, be sure to check out our CT Holiday Fun Guide. Happy Holidays!

Wood Memorial Library Gingerbread FestivalSouth Windsor
Now through Sunday, December 15
New England's biggest display of sweet and spicy Gingerbread Houses is returning to South Windsor's Wood Memorial Library and Museum again this year. A holiday favorite, the show opens Thanksgiving weekend. Admission is FREE.

Lantern Light Tours—Mystic
Now through Saturday, December 22
This 70-minute moving performance tour meanders through the Museum’s 19th century maritime village. Both young and old will enjoy seasonal delights that include a traditional tavern dance, a horse-drawn carriage ride and the beautiful glow of hundreds of lanterns that light the way.

Greenwich Reindeer FestivalGreenwich
Now through Monday, December 24
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen will be available at the Greenwich Downtown area at McArdle's Florist and Garden Center for all to enjoy until Christmas.

A Christmas Carol—Hartford
Now - Saturday, December 29
The magic of Charles Dickens' returns for its 20th season. Spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.

Fantasy of Lights—New Haven
Now through Monday, December 31
This bright and colorful light display illuminates Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven for the holiday season. The mile long route features displays that range from a gingerbread house to a holiday dragon.

Festival of Silver LightsMeriden
Now through Tuesday, January 1
Witness the illumination of more than 350,000 twinkling white lights. Enjoy more than 200 figures and buildings decorated with the lights in this spectacular display.

Holiday Light Fantasia—Hartford
Now through Tuesday, January 1
The two mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over one million lights. ​

Winterfest at Bushnell Park—Hartford
Now through Sunday, January 6
There is FREE skating seven days a week at Winterfest on the east side of Bushnell Park over by the Pump House. Don’t have your own skates? Winterfest has free skate rentals too.

Mr Gilbert's Railroad at the Eli Whitney MuseumHamden
Now - Sunday, January 13
Each year, the Eli Whitney Museum delves into New Haven's past to bring back a special tradition dating back more than 60 years: The AC Gilbert American Flyer Train collection. At one time more than 3,000 people worked at the Gilbert factory in Fair Haven. His products shaped imagination for three generations of American children.

Ridgefield Holiday Stroll—Ridgefield
Saturday, December 1
In addition to the music and carriage rides, some traditional Stroll favorites are back including ice sculpting, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and children’s performances at the Ridgefield Library, along with in-store raffles, holiday promotions and refreshments offered at the many local businesses and organizations.

Woodmont Winter Wonderland —Milford
Saturday, December 1
Enjoy the first annual Woodmont’s Winter Wonderland indoor and outdoor Holiday Craft Sale.

Snowkus PokusRidgefield
Saturday, December 1

This snowy cirque show tells the story of young Brianna who is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit a magical world.

Chanukah Wonderland—Stamford
Sunday, December 2
Join Chabad of Stamford for music, arts and crafts, storytelling, and even a chance to meet Judah Maccabee.

Living Nativity—Litchfield
Sunday, December 2 
Candlelight Carol Sing, and a re-enactment of the Nativity with live animals, little angels, shepherds, choristers and a real Baby Jesus will take place.

A Christmas Town Festival—Bethlehem
Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8
Join for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration all around the Bethlehem Green. There will be musical performances, a tree lighting, photos with Santa, horse-drawn hayrides, shopping, a book and bake sale, crafts and gifts galore (indoors and out), food and refreshments, strolling carolers, and holiday characters, Santa's workshop, and activities for the whole family.

Festival of Lights—Mystic
Friday, December 7 
Paths will be illuminated by hundreds of luminaria as guests enjoy seasonal entertainment, face painters, story tellers, hot chocolate, and even a visit from Santa.

Bethehem Christmas Festival—Bethlehem
Friday, December 7 - Saturday, December 8
This Christmas celebration features music performances, tree lighting, photos with Santa, horse-drawn hayrides, a book and cookie sale, crafts and gifts galore - indoors and out!
New Britain YWCA Winter Wonderland—New Britain
Saturday, December 8
The Yule boutique will feature free children’s activities between that will include holiday crafts, face painting, letters to Santa, children’s shopping boutique, pictures with Santa, and more!
Jingle Jam—Norwalk
Saturday, December 8
Make some holiday art and enjoy some festive tunes at JAM.
Festival of Trees and Traditions—Hartford
Now through Sunday, December 9
Musical entertainment and festive activities, surrounded by decorative trees and wreaths decorated by local community organizations. 

Three Centuries of ChristmasWethersfield
Friday, December 9 - Sunday January 7
These “Three Centuries of Christmas” tours show in detail how the American holiday season has evolved over the past 300 years. Two costumed guides will provide a candlelight tour of the three elegantly appointed historic houses that comprise the museum. Check for actual dates.

Sunday, December 9
Children ages birth to 7 (older siblings welcome!) come in pajamas for a fun-filled afternoon of Chanukah holiday activities and treats.

Holiday in the Depot—Washington Depot
Friday, December 14
Festivities will kick off with the lighting of the town Christmas tree by a special guest at Bryan Memorial Town Hall. Caroling, goodies, photos with Santa, and lots of other fun.

The Nutcracker at the Palace Theater—Stamford
Saturday, December 15 - Sunday, December 16
Connecticut Ballet’s annual holiday blockbuster returns to downtown Stamford! Called ‘beguiling and a feast for the eyes,’ Brett Raphael’s production features a cast of 60 dancers and guest stars from American Ballet Theatre.

Sunday, December 16
Join the Greenwich Historical Society for a festive holiday evening when costumed interpreters lead “candlelight” tours through Bush-Holley House, Greenwich’s only Registered National Historic Landmark. There will be live music, hot chocolate, seasonal goodies, winter-themed crafts for kids and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Community Carol SingMystic
Sunday, December 16
Visitors from near and far return year after year to participate in this popular holiday carol sing, which is led by former Ledyard High School choral director, Jamie Spillane, and backed by the Museum carolers and a brass quartet. There will also be exhibits, activities, and crafts at the Seaport.

Sensory Friendly Breakfast with Santa—Fairfield
Sunday, December 16
Celebrate the season at the Pilot House Special Needs Center for a Sensory Friendly Breakfast with Santa! A pancake breakfast will be served surrounded by a Winter Wonderland.
Now through Sunday, December 23
The Shops at Yale celebrate the holiday season on the Green. Santa will visit and read stories to children and take photos with families.