The holiday season is in full swing. 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 25 of our favorite events. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, where you'll find a list of each week's highlighted events as well as information for great giveaways. 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 Festival, South Windsor
Now through Sunday, December 10
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 23
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.
The North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones, Norwalk
Now - Sunday, December 24
Santa and his friends Frosty, Reindeer and Penguin will be flying in to spread holiday cheer!
Greenwich Reindeer Festival, Greenwich
Now through Monday, December 25
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 30
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 Sunday, 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 Lights, Meriden
Now - Monday, 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 Monday, January 1
The 2-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 7
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 Museum, Hamden
Now - Sunday, January 14
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.
Lamplight Stroll, Milford
Friday, December 1
Enjoy a Classic New England Tradition at the 14th Annual Downtown Milford Lamplight Stroll. Visitors will enjoy a nostalgic holiday evening during this popular classic New England event.
Ridgefield Holiday Stroll, Ridgefield
Friday, December 1 - Saturday, December 2
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.
A Christmas Town Festival, Bethlehem
Saturday, December 2 - Sunday, December 3
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.
Menorah Workshop, Trumbull
Sunday, December 3
Kids can decorate their own menorahs, enjoy sufganiyot and latkes, and more.
Living Nativity, Litchfield
Sunday, December 3
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.
Paw Patrol Live, Stamford
Tuesday, December 5 - Wednesday, December 6
The beloved television show is now live on stage as Paw Patrol is on the case to rescue Mayor Goodway.
Festival of Lights, Mystic
Friday, December 8
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.
Holiday in the Depot, Washington Depot
Friday, December 8
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.
Three Centuries of Christmas, Wethersfield
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.
Santa Visit and Fireworks Display, Seymour
Saturday, December 9
Bundle up, sip some hot chocolate and meet Santa as he arrives at the Seymour Land Trust.
The Nutcracker at the Palace Theater, Stamford
Saturday, December 16 - Sunday, December 17
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 17
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 Sing, Mystic
Sunday, December 17
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.
First Night, Westport
Sunday, December 31
Over thirty events featuring performances for children, teens and adults are presented throughout downtown Westport during this communty-wide celebration.