All the Pretty Houses

During the holidays, many of Connecticut’s historic homes sparkle with seasonal finery. Get your reindeer and sleigh ready - here’s a tour of notable chimneys to slide down.

1-2 days

  • Holidays
  • Winter

  • Stowe and Twain’s Olde-Fashioned Christmas
  • Old Wethersfield
  • Festivals of Light
  • Stars in the West
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

Stowe and Twain’s Olde-Fashioned Christmas

The Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House join forces and open their doors to families for an old-fashioned Christmas experience as the clans of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain might have enjoyed them. Both houses, which are located on adjacent lots, will be decked with family decorations, Christmas trees, garlands and more – with many special events as well.

Webb Deane Stevens Museum, Wethersfield

Old Wethersfield

Next, get to nearby Wethersfield, where the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will be holding “Three Centuries of Christmas” tours through December. The museum sits at the center of one of Connecticut’s most notable historic districts, including 50 houses built before the American Revolution.

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Lake Compounce Amusement and Water Park, Bristol

Festivals of Light

After dark, Lake Compounce in Bristol will be ablaze with a Holiday Lights. Here, enjoy Connecticut's tallest Christmas Tree, spectacular light shows around the park set to your favorite holiday music, and meet your favorite holiday characters. In addition, The Festival of Silver Lights is on view in Meriden’s Hubbard Park.

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, Ridgefield

Stars in the West

Next day, you can head west to Torrington, where the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum is festooned with traditional Victorian garlands, decorated trees and floral arrangements. The mansion itself is a spectacular sight as well. Another holiday highlight can be found further west, where the 18th-century Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield features holiday decorations, special luncheons and a seasonal boutique.