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Free things to do in January are perfect for Connecticut families after a busy (and probably expensive!) holiday season. There's plenty of time left to see the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Olde Mystic Village and the Festival of Silver Lights at Hubbard Park in Meriden. But if you are ready to move on to New Year's fun, try a First Day Hike at Fort Griswold. Winnie the Pooh fans will the Hunny Pot Glitter Slime Workshop. And January 2024 brings plenty of chances for Bald Eagle Viewing at Shepaug Dam.
These are just a few of our favorite things to do in Connecticut this January—we're adding more events to the Connecticut Events Calendar every day.
Resolutions can wait! It's New Year's Eve Weekend 2023 in Connecticut and there is something to do in every single corner of the state. Start 2024 with plenty of celebrations, like Noon Year's Eve and Countdown to Noon. All the "swifties" will be ringing in the New Year with the Taylor Made: Holiday Edition Dance Party. Spend the holiday hanging out at Kid's New Year's Eve at Lake Compounce or at the Frozen Sing Along! in Stamford. Basketball fans will be happy to know tickets are on sale right now for the Harlem Globetrotters.
See all our picks for New Year's Eve Fireworks, Parades, and Other CT celebrations kids. And, for those inclined to stay in this year, see our 15 Ideas for Celebrating New Year's Eve at Home with Kids.
Is the Children's Museum in West Hartford worth a visit? Yes! Imagine a museum where you and your toddler or preschooler could spend the morning exploring chemistry, geology, entomology, and more. Where all the displays are immersive, interactive, and STEAM-based. Best of all, the exhibits at the Children's Museum are hands-on.
Looking for the best things to do in Connecticut this Christmas weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for the holiday weekend.
The kids are off from school starting this weekend, and even though it's Christmas weekend, there is still a calendar-full of fun events to squeeze in before the big day. If you like ice skating (or want to try it with the family) there are several places offering public skate this weekend from Westport to Stamford. But if you'd rather leave it to the professionals, Disney on Ice: Find Your Hero is sliding into Bridgeport. For all those Buddy fans, stop in to see Elf! The Movie @ Merry Movie Night or experience Elf in Concert with the Hartford Symphony. If you still haven't seen Saint Nick in person, this is your last change to see Shark-Diving Santa at the Maritime Aquarium.
Need to know what's open on Christmas? Check out our updated list of What's Open on Christmas Day in Connecticut.
If you are wondering what's open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve in Connecticut, there are light shows and fun things to do and see. When the "most wonderful" time of year is here, and decorations are up, menus are planned, and most gifts are wrapped, you may be thinking about some activities that will help you cherish family time. This list of 17 events happening on and around Christmas Day in Connecticut is sure to have something for everyone, from Christmas Eve skating and a reindeer festival to a much-loved free light show.
With media issues fixed and "It's a Wonderful Life" cued up, I'm ready for Christmas! No matter what you celebrate, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a combination, have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy as much as you can with our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Connecticut Families.
It's great to know there are restaurants open on Christmas in Connecticut to serve customers a delicious holiday meal. These restaurants are really pulling out the stops in 2023 with menus that will make your tastebuds happy. Choose from many different picks from the sea, delicious entrees, sides, drinks and of course...desserts, the best part. Happily, many have kids menus, too.
If you'd rather eat in the comfort of your own home, there's several wonderful locations preparing Christmas takeout, too. Many of them will deliver holiday meals to your door. You never know, ordering Christmas dinner in might become one of your family's newest memory-making traditions!
And with all that spare time not preparing Christmas dinner, you can try some of these 101 Christmas Activities for Kids. If you're looking for fun seasonal experiences, explore the Must do Holiday Events in Connecticut This Season.
'Tis the season for free holiday and Christmas events in Connecticut for kids. Are you a fan of sparkling lights, sweet gingerbread treats, or decorated trees? With so much holiday fun, December in Connecticut offers it all! Families will love attending a tree lighting or Santa parade. You can spy the intricate details on dozens of gingerbread houses and visit Santa's workshop with several locations in Connecticut. Maybe singing carols together or making Chanukah crafts is more your style. Chilly nights are perfect to drive through a magical light display. Connecticut's free holiday activities offer something for everyone this December.
If you can't get enough of the sparkle of holiday lights, consult our list of Connecticut's Best Holiday Drive-Thrus and Christmas Lights. For more holiday adventures, consult our Holiday Fun Guide and region's 25 Top Holiday and Christmas Activities.