It's the first weekend for the Festival of Silver Lights in Meriden. Photo by Clementina Verge
It's the first weekend for the Festival of Silver Lights in Meriden. Photo by Clementina Verge

Thanksgiving Weekend Best Things To Do in Connecticut: Silver Lights, Reindeer Festival, Holiday Trains

Thanksgiving week is finally here, and Connecticut families will be looking for things to do close to home. Kids can find turkeys on scavenger hunts and strolls, or turn their attention to all things reindeer: There's the annual Reindeer Festival in Greenwich and reindeer-themed train rides starting up in Essex. Holiday trains are leaving the station in East Windsor and East Haven, too. Christmas lights are turning on across the Nutmeg State; we'll be at Hubbard Park, which is all decked out for the fabulous Festival of Silver Lights.

Looking for even more seasonal fun to have with kids? It's time to plan that family ski trip at a local mountain or take advantage of the gorgeous crisp weather on a family-friendly hike. Get ahead on holiday plans by booking a holiday train ride with Santa or making a reservation to see a drive-thru Christmas light display. Just remember to bring your masks and practice social distancing whenever out and about with your family. If your snuggling in at home, make sure to check out our free November online events and classes to stream virtually. As always, keep tabs on our Connecticut events calendar for daily updates on local events and virtual opportunities to make memories with your kids.

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find something else to do.


Hubbard Park
1000 West Main Street
Meriden , CT 06451

Olde Mistic Village
27 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355

Maritime Aquarium
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
437 North Street
Greenwich, CT

Evergreen Walk
501 Evergreen Way
South Windsor, CT 06074

Roaring Brook Nature Center
70 Gracey Road
North Canton, CT

Essex Steam Train
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, 06426

Fairfield Museum and Historical Society
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 North Road
East Windsor, CT

Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport , CT 06610

Shubert Theater
247 College Street
New Haven, CT

Wojtusik Nursery
750 Terryville Ave. Route 6
Bristol, CT 06010

Adventure Park
4450 Park Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Essex Steam Train
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, 06426

Bradley Mountain Farm
537 Shuttle Meadow Road
Southington, CT 06489

Hillstead Museum
35 Mountain Rd
Farmington , CT 06032

Lockwood Mathews Mansion
295 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT (203) 838-9799

MoCA Westport
19 Newtown Turnpike
Westport, CT

Aldrich Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512

Oakdale Theater
95 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT

Canton Historical Museum
11 Front Street
Collinsville, CT 06019

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Connecticut Trolley Mueum
58 North Rd
East Windsor,, CT 06088

Polar Express
70 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Hobo Railroad
64 Railroad Street
Lincoln, NH 03251

Conway Scenic Railroad
38 Norcross Circle
North Conway, NH 03860

Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Rd
New Haven, CT

Wonderland at Roseville
226 Roseville Terrace
Fairfield, CT

Hawleyville Fire Station
34 Hawleyville Rd
Newtown, CT 06470

Danbury Green
170 Main St
Danbury, CT 06810

House of Lights
68 Lewelyn Rd
Stamford, CT 06902

That House in Milford
75 Meadows End Road
Milford, CT 06460

Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Henry Whitfied State Museum
248 Old Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437

Fantasy of Lights
2 Lighthouse Road Lighthouse Point Park
East Haven, CT 06512

Light up Middletown
Middletown, CT

Holiday Light Fantasia
1130 Maple Avenue
Hartford , CT 06114

Winerfest
99 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Festival of Silver Light
999 West Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450

Holiday Lights
186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010

Winterfest
58 North Road Conn. Trolley Museum
East Windsor, CT 06016

Torchlight Parade
West Street Noden Reed Park
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Firelight Festival
248 Old Whitefield Street Henry Whitfield State Museum
Guilford, CT 06437

Fantasy of Lights
2 Lighthouse Road Lighthouse Point
NewHaven, CT 06512

Torchlight Parade
Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Quiet Corner Christmas
251 Wauregan Road
Brooklyn, CT 06234

Sand Hill Road Holiday of Lights
263 Sand Hill Road
MIddletown, CT 06023

Bethlehem Town Festival
Bethlehem Town Green Route 132 and Route 61
Bethlehem, CT 06751

First Congregational Church of Meriden
62 Colony St
Meriden, CT

New Milford Green
25 Main Street
New Milford, CT 06776

Bethlehem Town Green
Route 132 and Route 61
Bethlehem, CT

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, CT 06355

Mystic River Park
Cottrell Street
Mystic, CT 06355

Fantasy of Lights
2 Lighthouse Point Road Lighthouse Point Park
New Haven, CT 06512

The Klein
910 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605

Connecticut Trolley Mueum
58 North Rd
East Windsor,, CT 06088

Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Essex Steam Train
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, 06426

Winterfest at the Bushnell
Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Lake Compounce Theme Park
186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010

Wood Library and Museum
783 Main Street
South Windsor, CT 06074

Shubert Theater
247 College Street
New Haven, CT

Angevine Farm
40 Angevine Road
Warren, CT 06754

The Bushnell Center for Perf Arts
166 Capitol Ave 166 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106

Lakewood-Matthews Mansion2
299 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850

Holiday Light Fantasia Goodwin Park
1130 Maple Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Indian Rock Nature Preserve
501 Wolcott Road (Rte 69)
Bristol, CT 06010

St. Clement's Castle & Marina
1931 Portland-Cobalt Rd
Portland, CT 06480

Ridgefield Play House
80 east ridge rd
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Henry Whitfied State Museum
248 Old Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437

Torrington Christmas House
258 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790

Lachat Town Farm
106 Godfrey Road West
Weston, CT 06883

Milford Arts, The MAC
40 Railroad Avenue South Former Train Depot
Milford, CT 06460

Sam Bridge Nurseries
437 North Street
Greenwich, CT 06807

New Haven Green
New Haven, CT

Hunt Hill Farm Silo Cooking School
44 Upland Road CT
New Milford, CT 06776-2138

Intstitute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Rd
Washington, CT 06793

Sharon Audubon Society
325 Cornwall Bridge Road
Sharon, CT 06069-2512

Railroad Museum of New England
242 East Main St CT
Thomaston, CT 06787

Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790-5390

Avrill Farm
250 Calhoun Street
Washington, CT 06794

Kent Boarding School
1 Macedonia Road
Kent, CT 06757

Angevine Farm
40 Angevine Road
Warren, CT 06754

Three Monkeys and Me Boutique
7 Fulling Lane
Kent, CT 06757

Flanders Nature Center
5 Church Hill Road
Woodbury, CT

Planet Play
17 PICKETT DISTRICT ROAD
New Milford, CT 06776

Village Center for the Arts
12 Main Street
New Milford, CT 06776

Digital Networking Arena
51 Water St
Torrington, CT 06790

Belgique
1 Bridge Street
Kent, CT 06757

Abbey of Regina Laudis
273 Flanders Road CT
bethlehem, CT 06751-2210

The New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Avenue
Bristol , CT 06010-6390

Bank Street Theater
48 Bank Street
New Milford, CT 06776

The Gunnery
99 Green Hill Road
Washington, CT 06793

Mohawk Mountain
46 Great Hollow Rd
Cornwall, CT 06753

Woodbury Ski Area
785 Washington Road
woodbury, CT 06798

Woodbury Yoga Centre
122 Westside Road
woodbury, 06798-2627

John J. McCarthy Observatory
new milford, CT

White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

Arethusa Dairy Farm
556 South Plains Road Milk Barn
Litchfield, CT 06759

Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market
421 Bantam Rd
Litchfield, 06759

Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield,, CT 06759-3002

Southwind Farms
223 Morris Town Line Road
Warren, NY 06795

Clarke Outdoor River Guides
163 Route 7
West Cornwall, CT 06796

Action Wildlife
337 Torrington Road (Rt. 4)
Goshen, CT 06756

Lee's Riding Stables
57 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, CT 06759-2800

R&B Sportsworld
19 Rowley St # 4
Winsted, CT 06098-6015

Lime Rock Park
497 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville , CT

Lake Waramaug
30 Lake Waramaug Road
new preston, CT

Sloane-Stanley Museum
31 Kent-Cornwall Road
kent, CT 06757

Lake Compounce
271 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010

Pratt Nature Center
163 Paper Mill Road
New Milford, CT 06776-5336

Waldingfield Farm
24 East Street
washington, CT 06793

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm
461 Cornwall Bridge Road
sharon, CT 06069

Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center
Garden State Parkway, Exit 116
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Skyland Stadium Christmas Light Show
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822

South Jersey Holiday Light Show at Bridgeport Speedway
83 Flood Gate Road
Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512

Magic of Lights, Toyota Oakdale Theater
95 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT

Goodwin Park, Holiday Light Fantasia
1130 Maple Avenue
Hartford, CT 06114

India Rock Nature Center, Santa Lights Up the Lake
501 Wolcott Road
Bristol, CT 06010

ShadyBrook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Kensico Dam Park
1 Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Ct
West Berlin, NJ 08091

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
200 Hurd Road
Bethel , NY 12720

Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA 19047

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
778 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY 12487

Lehigh Parkway
Lehigh Parkway E
Allentown, PA 18103

Jones Beach State Park
1 Ocean Pkwy
Wantagh, NY 11793

Smith Point County Park
1 William Floyd Pkwy.,l Girl Scouts Of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show
Shirley, NY

Long Island Sports Park
149 Edwards Ave.
Calverton, NY 11933

Herr's Snack Factory
Route 1 and 272
Nottingham, PA

The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Phestival of Trees 100 Station Ave
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Orange County Fairgrounds
239 Wisner Ave
Middletown, NY 10940

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
82nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11209

LuminoCity
20 Randall's Island Park
New York, NY 10035

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

Bretton Woods Ski Area
99 Ski Area Road
Bretton Woods, NH 03575

Waterville Valley Ski Area
1 Ski Area Road
Waterville Valley, NH 03215

Loon Mountain Resort
60 Loon Mountain Rd
Lincoln, NH 03251

Stratton Mountain Ski Resort
5 Village Lodge Road
South Londonderry, VT 05155

Sunday River Resort
15 South Ridge Road
Newry, ME 04261

Butternut Ski Area
380 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Hunter Mountain Ski Resort
64 Klein Avenue
Hunter, NY 12442

Camelback Mountain
301 Resort Drive
Tannersville, PA 18372

Jack Frost and Big Boulder Moutain
357 Big Boulder Drive Lake
Harmony, PA 18264

Massanutten
1822 Resort Drive
McGaheysville, VA 22840
A Christmas Town Festival
Bethlehem Town Green - various times Pick
Reindeer Festival
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses - 8:30 AM
Holiday Express Train Show
Fairfield Museum and Historical Society - 10:00 AM
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