December 19-21, 2014
All roads lead to holiday celebrations this weekend: Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Get your errands done early and leave plenty of time to Ride a Vintage Train to Visit Santa Claus at the Danbury Railway Museum (Saturday-Sunday). Experience the locomotive extravaganza and Holiday Train Show at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex (Friday-Sunday). It’s full steam ahead for Christmas at Santa Claus Station at the Milford Center for the Arts (Saturday).
Treat your family to an exciting getaway with the Zoo Package - Stay & Explore. Visit the Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo and enjoy an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Shelton; one of many great HGI-Shelton packages for you and your family. Package includes: Spacious accommodations for up to four people; full hot breakfast buffet; and four passes to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. Rates start at $119.
More must-see activities:
Holiday Memories: Tales & Traditions of an Early 20th Century Christmas - Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington 06032
Feel like an invited guest when you tour the country house, decorated for the holiday. Immerse yourself in the Pope family's holiday celebrations, and view objects from family archives as well as decorations inspired by early 20th century traditions (Friday-Sunday).
International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale – Mystic Seaport, Mystic 06355
Celebrate contemporary maritime art in this visually stunning juried exhibition. The exhibition showcases the most recent works of over 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawings, sculptures, scrimshaw and ship models depicting tall ships, sailing vessels, warships, along with scenes of the shoreline, marshes, beaches, harbors and the wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world (Friday-Sunday).
Northern Lights Limited - Train Rides With Santa – Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston 06787
Go on an evening holiday train ride with Santa at the Railroad Museum of New England and enjoy the Festival of Lights both inside and outside the train as children of all ages are invited to journey to Santa’s Train Workshop. Join Santa as he boards the train and greets everyone with a gift, during the train ride (Friday- Sunday).
Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center, Greenwich 06830
Welcome Santa and his LIVE reindeer to Greenwich with holiday refreshments, face painting, balloon artists and photos with Santa (Friday-Sunday).
Christmas Open Farm Weekends – Stone Bridge Farm, Griswold 06351
Mingle with the alpacas and browse through the farm shop. There are a lot of items that would make great gifts for the upcoming holidays and cold weather (Saturday-Sunday).
Santa’s Trolley Winter Wonderland – Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven 06512
Take a ride into the past and have your children visit with Santa. Enjoy complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Bring the entire family and the camera. All children receive a small gift from Santa. In the evening the museum transforms itself into a wonderland of festive display of holiday lights. No reservations needed. Trolleys run continuously throughout the day (Saturday-Sunday).
These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
December 19-21, 2014
December 19 - Shoreline Soup Kitchen Concert - Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook, 06475. Time: 8 p.m. Come be part of an exciting fund raising event featuring four amazing bands for a concert on the shoreline. Funds support the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries. Admission: $20. (877) 503-1286
December 19-21 - Winterfest & "The Tunnel of Lights" - Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Rd., East Windsor, 06088. Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Join hundreds of others and start your own family tradition with a visit to the Trolley Museum during Winterfest. Dress warm and bring blankets so you can enjoy a trolley ride on the open "electric" sleigh like they did years ago in Montreal. Join your motorman in singing traditional Christmas carols as you travel down the track. Admission: Adults $12, seniors $10, children (2-12) $8, under 2 $3. (860) 627-6540
December 19-21 - "Antarctica: Photographs by Diane Tuft" - Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, 06830. Time: Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This is a must-see exhibit featuring large-format photographs, many more than three feet wide, by Diane Tuft, a New York-based mixed-media artist and photographer, and selected from her new book Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land. The exhibition will also include a selection of invertebrate specimens on loan from Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History, representing some of the amazing life forms recently found in the Antarctic waters. Admission: Free with museum admission. (203) 869-0376
December 19-21- "A Christmas Carol" - Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford, 06103. Time: Call for schedule. Come see one of Connecticut’s favorite family holiday traditions and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment. Admission: $25-$85. (860) 527-5151
December 19-21 – Festival of Lighthouses – The Maritime Center at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, 06850. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come and see more than 20 hand-crafted working lighthouses displayed throughout the Aquarium. Visitors can follow these creative beacons through the galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite. Admission: Free with museum admission. (203) 852-0700
December 20 - POPS Series: "Holiday Cirque Spectacular" - The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, 06106. Time: 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of the season at this holiday extravaganza. Carolyn Kuan conducts the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular program of seasonal favorites, while Cirque de la Symphonie surrounds the stage with awe-inspiring aerialists, mind-boggling contortionists and breathtaking juggling acts. Admission: $22.50-$77. (860) 244-2999
December 20-21 - "The Nutcracker" - Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield, 06877. Time: Sat. 2 p.m. & 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Experience a holiday tradition that dazzles all ages. Enjoy Tchaikovsky's soaring score, graceful ballerinas, wooden soldiers who come to life and a bigger-than-life Christmas tree will make the holidays bright for young and old! Presented by the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. Admission: $15-$25. (203) 438-5795
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