December is here, with holiday activities across Connecticut!
Latest posts by Jennifer Coe
The best holiday lights drive-thrus and Christmas light shows in Connecticut have arrived for 2023! Light displays are one of the most magical experiences that Connecticut offers during the holiday season. There is nothing like sparkling lights and imaginitive displays to put a whole family in a festive mood. You won't hve far to drive for one of these big, special events, from Stamford to Mystic. Christmas light shows return again to Hartford and New Haven. So Read on for our picks for the best holiday lights drive-thrus and Christmas light shows in Connecticut.
There are also Spectacular Neighborhood Holiday Lights and Christmas Lights in Connecticut to enjoy this season. If you are looking for more things to do this holiday season, be sure to check out the Top Holiday Activities and Christmas Events for Connecticut Kids. Want even more holiday fun? Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for updated events.
Looking for the best things to do in Connecticut on Thanksgiving Day weekend 2023? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list!
There is a full roster of holiday activities this Thanksgiving weekend in Connecticut 2023. All the seasonal events are starting this weekend! First of all, run off all those mashed potatoes at one of the road races taking place on Thanksgiving Day. Stop in at one of the several light shows that kick off this weekend in Meriden, East Hartford, Bristol and New Haven. Then feel the magic of the season at the Wood Memorial Gingerbread Exhibit or at the Night of Lights Hayride. Don't worry, if you can't fit it all in this weekend, many of these events will be running for the next few weeks.
Hopefully, you will have a chance to enjoy the company of friends and family. Have safe and easy travels if you are on the road this holiday weekend. Pass the downtime by checking out our Connecticut Holiday Fun Guide, updated with all the latest Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's Eve events for the 2023 season. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Mommy Poppins!
The best neighborhood Christmas lights in Connecticut feature thousands of lights, stars, Christmas trees, cartoon characters and more. Connecticut neighborhoods go all out to create a flashy, bright and cheerful holiday light show, sometimes complete with music. This truly is some of the most wholesome (and yes, FREE) entertainment for the 2023 holiday season. Besides that, many of them are collecting cash and non-perishable food items for local charities. Special note: check social media pages prior to traveling to check their schedule, and find out the radio station you can tune to for accompanying music.
The 2023 holiday season is upon us and Santa events for Connecticut families—like breakfasts with Santa and photos with Santa—are happening all over the state. The man in red is busy this time of year, but not too busy to make the rounds of breakfasts, festivals and nature spots. Maybe you can catch sight of him arriving on a tugboat or on a short train ride. Santa loves pancakes and sometimes he likes to indulge in a donut (or three). He also loves farm animals as much as your kids do!
Tip: Book seats for your little elves now, because some of these events with Santa fill up fast! Check to see if photo opportunities require pre-registration, as many of them do. For other Santa sightings around Connecticut, check out our favorite New England holiday activities. And go for a holiday drive through one of the Best Holiday Light Drive-Thru Displays.
Local families love the best museums for kids in Connecticut; children's museums that are interesting, fun, and always hands-on! Connecticut offers all sorts of special places to take your kids. There is STEM-related fun in Hartford, historical exploration in Mystic, and CT children's museum excitement in Niantic, Norwalk, and beyond. So whatever your child is interested in, you can find interactive fun to fill up an entire day. Many of the museums offer regular classes and meet-ups that will become a part of your week. Some turn down the lights and music and offer sensory-friendly hours.
Be sure to look through our list of Free Museums in Connecticut to Visit with Kids for bargain-priced museum fun. And be surte to explore our Connecticut Museums Guide and Indoor Fun Guide for family activities in any kind of weather!
This weekend is the special time when Connecticut families will celebrate Veteran's Day. Grandpas, Uncles and Aunties, Sisters, Brothers, Dads and Moms will all be honored at several ceremonies all over the state from New Britain to Newington to New Haven. Other ways to honor those who have served include free admission at the New England Air Museum and running in a 5k. This is also the weekend when you can get outside to snuggle with a piglet, gaze at the stars and get out into nature. The temperatures may be dropping, but there's plenty to for kids of all ages!
Be sure to check out our guide to the Best of November: Top Things To Do in Connecticut with Kids. For even more ideas, make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun. Have a great weekend!
The top holiday activities and Christmas events in Connecticut for kids are here! As we all know, kids want to make the most of the 2023 holiday season. With a variety of festive activities these to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. See one of the amazing light shows or displays around Connecticut. If you are a train lover, this is the time of year to see amazing train displays. And lastly, if you have been meaning to get share live theater with you kids, all kinds of Christmas shows will surely win them over!