It's the hap-happiest time of year, the season with no shortage of entertainment to put you in the holiday spirit. So here's a list, our gift to you, of the joys ahead.
Nekita Walker and Tuba Christmas: Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. at New Britain Museum of American Art. Christmas concert performed by tubas and lower brass, conducted by Walter Gibson. $15, $10 members. nbmaa.org.
Will & Anthony Broadway Holiday: Dec. 2, 8 p.m. at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St. in Old Saybrook. Nunziata brothers sing Christmas songs. $53-$58. thekate.org.
A Wish Come True: Dec. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. Hartford Gay Men's Chorus holiday show. The 50-member chorus will be accompaniedby a percussion ensemble. $30, $45. hartfordgaymenschorus.org.
Tartan Terrors: Christmas Celtic Style: Dec. 3, 8 p.m. at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. Evening of comedy, music and dance. $25. thekate.org.
Band of Merrymakers: Dec. 3, 8 p.m. at Ridgefield Playhouse. Performance by Sam Hollander and Kevin Griffin with guests Lisa Loeb, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), and Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees). $75. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Trans Siberian Orchestra: Dec. 18 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.: The holiday rock concert returns to the XL Center. Tickets start at $69. xlcenter.com
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis: Dec. 4, 4 p.m. at Palace Theatre in Waterbury. $34.50, $44.50, $54.50, $74.50, $89.50, $109.50. palacetheatrect.org.
Melissa Etheridge Holiday Trio: Dec. 5, 8 p.m. at Ridgefield Playhouse. $125. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Tiempo Libre — A Cuban Holiday: Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at Ridgefield Playhouse. Afro-Cuban music group performs salsa, funk/R&B and timba. $25. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Home for the Holidays with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings: Dec. 8, 8 p.m. at Ridgefield Playhouse $85. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Christmas with The Celts: Dec. 9, 8 p.m. at Ridgefield Playhouse. Christmas favorites and ancient Irish and Scottish carols, with Ric Blair and Laura McGhee and dancers. $47.50. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
A John Denver Christmas: Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at Infinity Hall, Norfolk. Chris Collins covers Christmas favorites. $29, $39. infinityhall.com.
Christmas with CONCORA! Favorite Christmas Carols: Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, New Britain. $55 premium; $35 general admission; $30 senior; $15 student. Snow date: Dec. 12, 7 p.m. concora.org.
Holiday Pops Concert: Dec. 11, 4 p.m. at Ridgefield Playhouse. Chorale performs holiday classics, to benefit Women's Center of Greater Danbury. Suggested donation $15, $10 seniors and students. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
A Darlene Love Christmas: Love for the Holidays: Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. at Ridgefield Playhouse. Legendary singer performs with the DL Singers. $60. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Christmas with the Celts: Irish and Scottish holiday music. Dec. 15, 8 p.m. at Infinity Hall, Hartford. Christmas favorites and ancient Irish and Scottish carols, with Ric Blair and Laura McGhee and dancers. $39-$64. infinityhall.com.
Soulful Sounds of Christmas: Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at Palace Theatre, Waterbury. Holiday tunes performed by Will Downing and Najee. Followed by dance party. $41.50, $61.50, $81.50. palacetheatrect.org.
A Motown Christmas Spectacular: Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Warner Theatre, 68 Main St. in Torrington. Concert with Motortown All-Stars and the Original Vandellas. $34-$54. warnertheatre.org.
Michéal Castaldo: Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St. in Waterbury. Italian tenor sings holiday songs. $165, $35. mattatuckmuseum.org.
Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas: Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. Vocals, instrumentals, step dancing. $38-$44. thekate.org.
Christmas on Minnechaug Mountain: Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:45), Buckingham Congregational Church, Glastonbury. Amy Gallatin leads the annual Christmas show with her partner, guitarist Roger Williams, along with the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass band and vocalist Karen Lincoln Wilbur. $15 or $5 children under 12. 860-633-7992.
Merry Mozart: Dec. 9 to 11, 3 and 8 p.m. and at Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford. Works by Mozart, Steven Mackey and Pablo de Sarasate, performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. $38-$62. hartfordsymphony.org, 860-987-5900.
AMERICANO's Rockabilly Christmas Extravaganza: Dec. 10, 2 p.m., Cheney Hall, Manchester. This Brian Setzer Orchestra tribute band performs hits of the season rockabilly style. $18; $12 for 12 and under. 860-647-9824, littletheatreofmanchester.org.
Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols: Dec. 4, 4 and 7 p.m., Trinity College Chapel, Hartford. trincoll.edu, 860-297-2199.
Candlelight Christmas Concert: Dec. 11, 4 p.m., First Church (UCC), Middletown. Classical, modern gospel, and spiritual selections. Reception follows. 860-346-6657.
Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Dec. 11, 3 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford. Suggested donation of $20. Reception follows. reddoormusic.org, 860-523-5201.
96.5 TIC All-Star Christmas: Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. with Meghan Trainor, OneRepublic, James Bay and Lindsey Stirling. $48-$75. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. mohegansun.com, 800-745-3000.
"A Voce Christmas" with VOCE: Dec. 17, 7 p.m., St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 197 Bushy Hill Rd, Simsbury and Dec. 18, 3 p.m. Mark Singleton, artistic director. Traditional carols of the holiday season. This concert will feature a performance by Primi Voci, the premier ensemble of the Connecticut Children's Chorus. Visit website for tickets. voce.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CitySingers presents Jubilo!: Dec. 10, 4 p.m., Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church St., Manchester and Dec. 11 and 17, 4 p.m., First Church Of Christ, 12 S. Main St., West Hartford. A montage of seasonal motets from the Renaissance period to the present, as well as carols inspired by traditional folksongs. Admission is free for the Manchester concert; donations accepted at the West Hartford concert. citysingers.org, email@example.com
Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus: Christmas Stories: Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. $25. The Theater at the Co-Op, 177 College St., New Haven. ctgmc.org
Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra: Two performances of its Annual Family Holiday Pops Concert: Dec. 10, 3 p.m. at First Church of Christ Congregational, Farmington; and Dec. 17, 3 p.m., at First Church of Christ Congregational, Simsbury. The child-friendly program will feature holiday favorites and more. $18 online; $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. fvso.org
Handel's Messiah by Danbury Symphony Orchestra: Dec. 3, 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, Danbury. danburymusiccentre.org.
Handel's Messiah Dec. 4, 3 p.m., John Winthrop Middle School, Deep River. The Cappella Cantorum MasterWorks Chorus and the Old Lyme Congregational Church Choir. $25. CappellaCantorum.org, 860-388-2871.
New Haven Symphony Orchestra's Handel's Messiah: Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., at Woolsey Hall; Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart University Chapel; Saturday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Madison; and Dec. 18, 5 p.m., Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School. Featuring William Boughton, conductor; Christ Church Choir Hallelujah! Call for tickets. 203-865-0831, Ext. 20; newhavensymphony.org.
Handel's Messiah: Sing Or Listen: Dec. 18, 4 p.m. at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. Sung by Cappella Cantorum and any audience member who wants to join. Singers should arrive at 3:30 p.m. $10. thekate.org.
Christmas portion of G. F. Handel's Messiah: Nov. 27, 4 p.m., Church of St. Jerome, 1010 Slater Road, New Britain. Presented by The New Britain Musical Club, with chorus, soloists and orchestra.
Frosty the Snowman: Through Dec. 29 at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport. $19 to $23. 203-576-1636 and dtcab.com.
The Santaland Diaries: Nov. 25 to 27 at the Shubert, New Haven. Barbed-wit one-man show based on the experiences of NPR humorist David Sedaris. 203-562-5666, shubert.com.
Christmas on the Rocks: Nov. 26 to Dec. 23 at TheaterWorks, Hartford. One-act comedies by contemporary playwrights, showing whatever became of some beloved Christmas characters. $40-$65. 860-527-7838, theaterworkshartford.org.
Ebeneeza: A Hartford Holiday Carol: Dec. 1-11 at the Carriage House theater, Hartford. A multi-cultural retelling of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." $25; $20 students, seniors and Let's Go Arts members. 860-548-9144 and hartbeatensemble.org.
A Merry Mulberry Street Musical: Dec. 1-17 at Curtain Call Inc., Stamford. Seasonal heartwarming comedies about two families gathering for the holidays in 1944. $25. 203-329-8207, curtaincallinc.com.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas — The Musical: Dec. 1-18 at Chestnut Street Playhouse, Norwich. $25. 860-886-2378, chestnutstreetplayhouse.org.
The Christmas Schooner: Dec. 2-18 at Connecticut Theatre Company, New Britain. Seafaring saga. $25. 860-223-3147, connecticuttheatrecompany.org.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus: Dec. 2-18 at the Milford Center for the Arts. Presented by Pantochine Productions. Biodrama about a jolly toymaker. $20. 203-937-6206 and pantochino.com.
The Santaland Diaries: Dec. 2 to 4 at the Farmington Valley Stage Company, Collinsville. Barbed-wit one-man show based on the experiences of NPR humorist David Sedaris. fvstage.org.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — The Musical: Dec 9-11 at The Bushnell, Hartford. $16.50-$76.50. 860-987-5900 and bushnell.org.
It's a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play: Dec. 9-18 at Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk. . $30-$55. 203-454-3883, musictheatreofct.com
The Santaland Diaries: Dec. 8 to 11 at the Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse, Meriden. Barbed-wit one-man show based on the experiences of NPR humorist David Sedaris. 800-838-3006, castlecraig.org.
Mama D's Christmas Stocking: Dec. 9-30 at Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, West Hartford. Saucy adult-oriented seasonal frolic. BYOB. Tickets: $25. 860-523-5900 and playhouseonpark.org
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Dec. 10-18 at Warner Theatre, 68 Main St., Torrington. Live stage musical based on the Peanuts cartoon. $11. 860-489-7180 and warnertheatre.org.
Frosty: Dec. 11 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St. in Old Saybrook. Adaptation of "Frosty the Snowman" by Theaterworks USA. $12 to $20. 860-510-0473 and thekate.org
Holiday Cirque Spectacular: Dec. 17 at Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford. Carolyn Kuan conducts the Hartford Symphony Orchestra alongside the acrobatic exploits of Cirque de la Symphonie. $25-$84; $10 students. 860-987-5900 and bushnell.org
A Very Electric Christmas: Dec. 18, 1 and 4 p.m., Westport Country Playhouse. A young bird has a holiday adventure. Music score ranges from Tchaikovsky to Nat "King" Cole. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $20. 203-227-4177, westportplayhouse.org
A John Waters Christmas: Dec. 19 at Ridgefield Playhouse. The "Pink Flamingos" filmmaker, live. $36-$105. 203-438-05795 and ridgefieldplayhouse.org
Elf — The Musical: Dec. 20-24. Shubert Theater, New Haven. National tour of the musical comedy based on the Will Ferrell film. $30-$105. 203-562-5666, shubert.org
A Christmas Carol: Nov. 18-20 at The Shubert, 247 College St., New Haven. Annual visit from the Nebraska Theatre Caravan troupe. $25-$55. 203-562-5666 and shubert.org
Scrooge — The Musical: Nov. 18 to Dec. 17 at Curtain Call Inc., Stamford. Based on the 1970 film musical, with songs by Leslie Bricusse. 203-461-6358 and curtaincallinc.com
A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas: Nov. 25 to Dec. 31 at Hartford Stage. Michael Wilson's adaptation of the Dicken's classic, an annual treat since 1998, starring Bill Raymond as Scrooge for his final year. $25-$90. 860-527-5151 and hartfordstage.com
A Christmas Carol: Dec. 2-18 at the Bradley Playhouse, Putnam. Adapted by John Mortimer, "with a steampunk twist." $15-$19. 860-928-7887. thebradleyplayhouse.org
Albano Ballet's Nutcracker: Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at Middletown Performing Arts Center; Dec. 3-4, 3 p.m. Central Connecticut State University, in New Britain; Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 1 and 6 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Cabaret. $25-$40. albanoballet.org.
Nutcracker Spectacular: Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 1 and 4 p.m.; Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 1 p.m. at 325 Mistuxet Ave. in Stonington. Classic show with time-travel twist, performed by Mystic Ballet, in its "Dance Me a Story" family series. $32-$48. mysticballet.org.
Hip Hop Nutcracker: Dec. 4, 4 p.m., Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford. With Guest MC Kurtis Blow, choreographed by Jennifer Weber. $19.50, $29.50, $42.50, $69.50. bushnell.org.
Nutcracker Suite & Spicy: Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., Dec. 11 at 2 p.m., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford. Presented by CONNetic Dance. $25, $30, $45. conneticdance.com.
New Haven Ballet's Nutcracker: Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Dec. 10-11, 1 and 5 p.m., Shubert Theatre, New Haven. $29-$68. shubert.com.
Danbury Music Centre Nutcracker: Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Danbury High School. danburymusiccentre.org.
Nutmeg Conservatory Nutcracker: Dec. 10, 2 and 7 p.m., and Dec. 11, 2 p.m., at Warner Theatre, Torrington. $35-$45. warnertheatre.org.
Connecticut Concert Ballet's Nutcracker: Dec. 10-11, noon and 4 p.m., Manchester High School. $15-$35. ctconcertballet.org.
Eastern Connecticut Ballet Nutcracker: Dec. 10, 1:30 and 7 p.m., Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m., at Garde Arts Center, in New London. $25-$50. gardearts.org.
New England Ballet Company's Nutcracker: Dec. 10, 1 and 7 p.m., Dec. 11, 1 p.m., the Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport. $20, $30, $40, $50. theklein.org.
Ballet Theatre Company's Nutcracker: Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, 1 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18, 1 and 4:30 p.m., Hoffman Auditorium, University of St. Joseph, in West Hartford $20-$30. ballettheatrecompany.tix.com.
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance's Nutcracker: Dec. 16, 6 p.m.; Dec. 17, 2 and 6 p.m.; Dec. 18, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ridgefield Playhouse. $25, $20. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Woodbury Ballet's Nutcracker: Dec. 17, 4 p.m., Palace Theatre, in Waterbury. $33, $43, $53. palacetheatrect.org.
Nutmeg Ballet's Nutcracker: Dec. 17 and 18, 12:30 and 4 p.m., Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, in Hartford. $28-$58. bushnell.org.
Connecticut Ballet's Nutcracker: Dec. 17, 2 and 6 p.m.; and Dec. 18, 1 and 5 p.m., Palace Theatre, Stamford. Veronika Part, Hee Seo, Blaine Hoven of American Ballet Theatre and Amar Ramasar of New York City Ballet will alternate in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier. $75-$40 (plus surcharges). 203-325-4466, palacestamford.org; 203-964-1211, connecticutballet.org.
Festival of Lighthouses: Until Jan. 16. Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Seventeen handcrafted lighthouses. Public votes for the best. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. $22.95, $20.95 senior and teen, $15.95 child. maritimeaquarium.org.
Festive Holiday Decor: Until Dec. 23, the 1884 Katharine Seymour Day House portion of the tour of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford. $14, $12 senior and student, $8 children 5 to 16, free for children younger than 5. harrietbeecherstowe.org.
Holiday Wreath Making: Nov. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. and Nov. 29 3 to 5 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem. $25. ctlandmarks.org.
Magic of Christmas: Dec. 1 to Jan. 8. Miss Florence's Artist Trees at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme feature palettes painted by local artists used as ornaments. Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. $10, $9 seniors, $8 students, free for 12 and younger. flogris.org.
Festival of Trees and Traditions: Dec. 2-11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. $3 surcharge added to museum admission. thewadsworth.org.
Creches of Germany: Tradition & Faith: Through Jan. 29 at Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven. Collection of German-made nativity scenes. Free. kofcmuseum.org.
Three Centuries of Christmas: Preview party Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m., candlelight guided tours Dec. 16 and 17 5 to 8 p.m. and daytime guided tours Dec. 10 to 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Sundays, which are 1 to 4 p.m., and closed Tuesdays. Tours 90 minutes long. Historic holiday decorations spanning 300 years of decorating trends. Party: $35, $30 members. Tours $12. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield. webb-deane-stevens.org.
Light Up the World: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford. Family day with holiday music and ornament making. Free. thewadsworth.org.
Mark Twain House & Museum's 36th Holiday House Tour: Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with five private homes in West Hartford, Hartford and Bloomfield, the nonprofit tour also includes Mark Twain's 19-room home in Hartford. All of the homes will be decorated festively for the holidays and will feature live music and floral arrangements. The Mark Twain House will be decorated for a late 19th century Christmas. Advance tickets are $30; day of tickets are $35. 860-280-3130, marktwainhouse.org.
Deck the Walls Holiday Show: Through Jan. 6, Lyme Art Association. More than 200 original works of art by member artists will be on display and priced to sell as holiday gifts. All subjects and mediums will be featured. Features a wide variety of appealing subjects at affordable prices that are great for holiday shopping. 860-434-7802 or lymeartassociation.org.
The Muppet Christmas Carol: Nov. 26, 1 p.m. at Warner Theatre, Torrington. PG. Free. warnertheatre.org.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Nov. 26, 7 p.m. at Warner Theatre, Torrington. Chevy Chase 1989 holiday comedy. $5. PG-13. warnertheatre.org.
Love Actually: Dec. 1, 8 p.m. at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. Emma Thompson-Hugh Grant 2003 collection of Christmas stories. R. $7-$9. thewadsworth.org.
White Christmas: Dec. 3 and 4, 11:30 a.m., Criterion Cinemas, Temple and George streets in New Haven. Bing Crosby-Danny Kaye 1954 holiday musical. $5. bowtiecinemas.com.
The Polar Express: Nov. 25, and then runs Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18. Also on Dec. 23 and daily from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. All screenings begin at 5 p.m. Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. $11.50; $10.50 for ages 13 to 17; and $9.50 for ages 65-plus and ages 3 to 12. maritimeaquarium.org and 203-852-0700.
The Polar Express: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. at Avon Theatre, Stamford. Animated 2004 story of a magical train. Free. PG. avontheatre.org.
A Christmas Story: Dec. 10 and 11, 11:30 a.m., Criterion Cinemas, Temple and George streets in New Haven. Christmas comedy from 1983 about a boy who wants a BB gun. PG. $5. bowtiecinemas.com.
A Christmas Carol: Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m. at Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens holiday classic. Free. britishart.yale.edu.
Baraka: Dec. 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., Cinestudio, 300 Summit St., at Trinity College in Hartford. Documentary from 1992 about all the world's peoples and religions. $8-$10. cinestudio.org.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue: Dec. 18, 2 p.m. at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. Holiday classic from 1947 about a homeless man who moves into a mansion. $7-$9. thewadsworth.org.
It's a Wonderful Life: Dec. 18-24, 7:30 p.m. daily with 4:30 p.m. matinee Dec. 18 at Cinestudio, 300 Summit St., at Trinity College in Hartford. $8-$10. cinestudio.org.
It's a Wonderful Life: Dec. 17 and 18, 11:30 a.m., Criterion Cinemas, Temple and George streets in New Haven. $5. bowtiecinemas.com.
Little Women: Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m. at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St. in Old Saybrook. Katharine Hepburn 1933 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott novel. $8. thekate.org.
Holiday Markets And Craft Fairs
Holiday African Marketplace: Nov. 25, noon to 8 p.m. and Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Holiday Inn, East Hartford. Bring a non-perishable food item or a new or gently worn coat to help those of are less fortunate. Donations will go to the House of Bread. 860-916-8965.
Wesleyan Potters 61st Annual Exhibit & Sale: Nov. 25 through Dec. 11, Wesleyan Potters, Middletown. Featuring the work of members as well as invited craftsmen. Sale hours are Saturday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 860-347-5925, wesleyanpotters.com.
Sixth annual "Fez"tival of Trees & Craft Fair: Nov. 25 through Dec. 4, The Melha Shrine Center, 133 Longhill St., Springfield. More than 60 decorated trees that will be raffled, a silent auction room, craft fair, food and pictures with Santa. $2 adults and children under 12 free. Melhafeztivaloftrees.com.
Flanders Artisans Marketplace: Nov. 19 through Dec. 18, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Van Vleck house, corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads, Woodbury. 203-263-3711, flandersnaturecenter.org.
Winter Market at Old Sturbridge Village: Nov. 25 to 27, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 30 vendors of hand-made crafts Included with admission to the Village, or $5 for market only. Members free. osv.org or 800-SEE-1830.
Mystic Museum of Art Holiday Gift Show: Daily through Dec. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Holiday Market will be Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. mysticmuseumofart.org
Holiday Arts and Crafts Showcase: Dec. 10, 4 p.m., Silk Room at Cheney Hall, Manchester. cheneyhall.org
36th Annual Szopka Festival & Competition: Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Polish National Home, Hartford. Polish food, amber and stoneware pottery, jewelry, ornaments, honey, books, and hand-made crafts for Christmas gift-giving. Polish buffet available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. polishculturalclub.org, 860-659-0356.
Tree Lighting With Santa Claus: Nov. 25 4 to 6 p.m., Stew Leonard's, Newington. Complimentary face painting, cookies, and hot cocoa. The tree will be lit at 5 p.m. Free. 860-760-8100.
Brunch with Santa: Nov. 26, 9:30 a.m to 1 p.m. and Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pond House Cafe, West Hartford. Children can decorate their own gingerbread house. Adult buffet is $24.98; children's buffet is $20.98 (age 12 and older). Plus tax and service charge. Reservations required for brunch: 860-231-8823.
Munchkin Morning With Santa: Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m., Mystic Aquarium. Animal-themed crafts and activities, visit with Santa. For ages 2 to 5. $30 adult, $18 child, members $12 adult, $8 child. mysticaquarium.org.
North Pole Comes to Stepping Stones: Dec. 3, 10, 17, 20 through 24, 11 a.m. to noon, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, Norwalk. Meet and greet with Santa, take pictures and meet Santa's friends. $15 adults and children; $10 seniors. Children under 1 free. steppingstonesmuseum.org.
Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 3, 8 and 10 a.m., The Bushnell, Hartford. Gather your family and friends for a memorable morning at The Bushnell. Take a photo with Santa and visit with Santa's elves and Mrs. Claus. Breakfast, carolers, crafts and more. $24 children, $27 adults. bushnell.org.
Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus: Sundays, Dec. 4 through 18. Seatings at 10, 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Lyman Homestead, Middlefield. $34.99 adults; $17.99 ages 6 through 12; $6.99 ages 3-6; free for toddlers ages 2 and under. Pre-paid reservations required: 860-349-6043.
Wood Acres Farm 18th annual Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 17 and 18, seatings at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m., 68 Griffin Road, Terryville. Pancake breakfast in the Banquet Barn, visit with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, a horse-drawn hayride or sleigh ride. $16 advance; $20 at the door. Children 3 and under free. 860-583-8670, woodacresfarm.com.
33rd annual Santa's Workshop at Wickham Park: Dec. 10 to 11 and 14 to 23, Wickham Park, Manchester. Children of all ages enjoy visits with Santa and his elves and refreshments with Mrs. Claus. Guests are welcome to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to area food pantries. 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Free. wickhampark.org.
Santa's Flight Academy: Through Dec. 24, Westfarms Mall, West Hartford. An interactive journey that transforms children into key members of Santa's flight crew. November hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving. Open Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. December hours: Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests must be in line to receive a ticket by 4 p.m. when line closes. Packages range $23 to $56.
Pet Photo Nights with Santa: Dec. 11, 8 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 12, 9 to 10 p.m., Crystal Mall (Santa is located in Old Navy Court), Waterford. All pets must be leashed or crated. simon.com/mall/crystal-mall; reservations: simon.com/petphoto
Santa Claus Visits the New England Air Museum: Nov. 25 and Dec. 3, Windsor Locks. Santa Claus will meet with children in a Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Photos encouraged, and Santa will distribute a special gift to each child. Children and families will also have the opportunity to create holiday cards for members of the U.S. military. Activities include hands-on build & fly challenges, Aircraft Quest scavenger hunts and computerized flight simulators. Admission is $7-$12.50. neam.org.
Santa Sunday at the New England Carousel Museum: Sunday, Nov. 27, 3 to 5 p.m., 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. Includes visits and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa and his elf, carousel rides, kids crafts, refreshments, games and more. 860-585-5411, thecarouselmuseum.org.
Holiday Lights Fantasia: Goodwin Park, Hartford, Nov. 24 through New Year's Day. Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. Open Christmas Eve, Christmas night, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. $15 per car; more for larger vehicles. holidaylightfantasia.org
Easter Seals Goodwill's Fantasy of Lights: Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, Nov. 18 through Jan. 1. Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. $10 vehicles; $25 mini-bus; $50 bus. eastersealsgoodwill.org, 203-777-2000.
Bright Nights at Forest Park: Springfield, Mass. Nov. 23 through Jan. 1. Closed Nov. 28 and 29. Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and holidays, 5 to 11 p.m. Opening night, Nov. 23, $6 per car. Monday through Thursday, $18; Friday through Sunday and holidays, $21; mini buses (seating capacity of 17-31), $75. brightnights.org
Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce: Nov. 25 through Dec. 18, Lake Compounce, Bristol. Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sundays, 4 to 9 p.m. Features at 100-foot-tall Christmas tree; nightly tree ceremony featuring special guests at opening each night. $14.99 at the gate for adults; $10.99 senior citizens and children 10 and younger; children 3 and under are free. lakecompounce.com/holidaylights
Swingin' Latke-Vodka Holiday Dance Party: Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., Latkes, cocktails and dance. $15, $7 members. nbmaa.org.
Chanukah fair: Dec. 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Free and open to the community. Pre-registration requested: 860-231-6342, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winterfest Rink in Bushnell Park: Hartford. Opens Nov. 25. 11 a.m. to 8 9 p.m. daily through Jan. 2. Free ice skating, free skate rentals and free learn to skate classes. hartford.com/event/winterfest.
Downtown Hartford SantaCon 2016: Dec. 3, 5 to 1 p.m.. Registration 5 to 7 p.m. at the Russian Lady. The crawl moves to the Pigs Eye Pub from 6 to 7 p.m; Black Bear Saloon from 7 to 8 p.m.; Angry Bull from 8 to 9 p.m.; and back to Russian Lady from 9 p.m. to close. $15 early bird, $20 general admission. eventbrite.com
Ugly Sweater Run: Dec. 3, 11 a.m. Put the "sweat" in your ugly sweater by joining this merry 5K in Bushnell Park. Includes massive inflatables, photo stations, a mechanical reindeer, games and holiday music. Post-event activities include awards for Best Ugly Sweater, Best Kids Sweater, Best Pet Attire and Best Real/Fake Mustache/Beard, plus an adults-only after party at these bars: the Angry Bull Saloon, Rocking Horse Saloon, the Russian Lady and Pigs Eye Pub. theuglysweaterrun.com/Hartford
Christmas by Candlelight: Dec. 2 to 4, 9 to 11, 16 to 18 and 23, 3 to 9 p.m. Celebration of New England holiday traditions, with decorations, music and Santa Claus. $22, $14 ages 4 to 12, free for 3 and younger. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Mass. osv.org.
Governor Mansion Open House: Dec. 2 to 4. Celebrate the season with Governor Dannel P. Malloy, First Lady Cathy Malloy and Santa at the annual Governor’s Residence holiday open house at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford. Local choirs and musicial groups will be providing entertainment, and the mansion, decorated with wreaths, six Christmas trees and seasonal plants, is open for tours on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s no charge to attend, but donations for Operation E.L.F accepted. More deals at courant.com/savvyshopper.
Historical Society Of Glastonbury's Holiday House Tour: Dec. 10, 2 to 6 p.m. Ten stops on the tour route open for viewing, directly in the heart of the Glastonbury Main Street Historic District. All attendees will receive a keepsake house tour booklet (4.25 x 5.5) with map, house descriptions, and pictures that also serves as a ticket for the event. $35 in advance and $40 day of tour. hsgct.org, 860-633-6890.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas Cruise: Dec. 3, starts boarding 10:30 a.m. Music, decorate cookies and more. All ages. $56.31 adults; $28.71 ages 5-10; 4 and under are free (but must pay tax and boarding fee, $2.13). Harbor Park, Middletown. 866-867-4837; ladykatecruises.com.
Reindeer on the River Cruise: Dec. 4, board at 11:30 a.m.; sail noon to 2 p.m., Harbor Park, Middletown. A magical afternoon aboard the Mystique. The family oriented brunch cruise features entertainment including a visit from Santa and a magician. For all ages. Limited tickets available: $56.31 adults; $28.71 ages 5-10; 4 and under are free (but must pay tax and boarding fee, $2.13). 866-867-4837; ladykatecruises.com.
Holiday Madness Cruise: Dec. 10, starts boarding 6:30 p.m. Charter Oak Landing, Hartford. Live entertainment, food, dancing and more. $79.71. 866-867-4837, Ext. 2; ladykatecruises.com.
Gingerbread House Workshops: Kids workshops on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 26 through Dec. 18 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adult workshops Dec. 1 to 22. $39.99. Lyman Orchards, Middlefield. $19.95. Pre-paid reservations required for both: lymanorchards.com
2016 Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis: Dec. 10, University of Hartford, West Hartford. Registration: jbr.org/hartford, 860-536-1177.
Snowman Canvas Workshop: Dec. 1, 4 to 5 and 6 to 7 p.m., Stew Leonard's, Newington. Ages 6 to 12. $15 per child. Paint a snowman canvas. Hosts will teach kids step by step how to paint their canvas and children will be able to take home their creation at the end of the night. 860-760-8100.
Holidays on Main: Dec. 1, 5 to 9 p.m., Old Wethersfield. Crafters, silent auction, street vendors, wine tasting, tree lighting at 6 p.m. Santa arrives via firetruck. wethersfieldchamber.com
Three Centuries of Christmas Tours: Dec. 9 to 30. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield. The tours show in detail how the American holiday season evolved over the past 300 years. $30 members, $35 non-members. Candlelight Tours, with guides in period dress, are on Dec. 16 and 17, 5 to 8 p.m. Daylight holiday tours run Dec. 10 to 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sundays (1 to 4 p.m.); closed Tuesdays. Tours are $12. Advance tickets: webb-deane-stevens.org.
Shop, Sip & Celebrate: Nov. 25 and 26, noon to 4 p.m., Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry. Sip tea or apple cider and travel through four centuries of Connecticut history with your family. ctlandmarks.org.
Holiday Wreath Making Workshops: Nov. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m.; and Nov. 29, 3 to 5 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m., Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, 9 Main St. North, Bethlehem. $25 per wreath, including materials and admission to the house; $20 CTL members. Bring own clippers. Pre-register: email@example.com; 860-266-7596; ctlandmarks.org.
Home for the Holiday Suffield: Dec. 3 and 4, 1 to 4 p.m. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, 55 S. Main St., Suffield. Experience the season's splendor, fresh floral design interwoven with family heirlooms. Children's activities throughout the weekend. Light refreshments served. Also a Gingerbread House Competition in three age categories. Entries need not be a house, but preferably a Suffield structure. Drop off entries on Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. for judging. Tour tickest $15; children 6-18: $10 (under 6 free). 860-247-8996 ext. 23. ctlandmarks.org
Blue Back Mitten Run: Dec. 4, Blue Back Square, West Hartford. Kids at 10 a.m.; 5K at 10:30 a.m. Bring a non-perishable food donation. hartfordmarathon.com/Events
HYPE Tons of Toys: Dec. 7, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Marquee Events & Catering, 960 Main St., Hartford. Food, drink and festive. All toys collected will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. Admission is one new unwrapped toy valued around $20 (or $20 cash/check/credit). At 6 p.m., the adults-only cocktail party begins. Semi-formal dress encouraged, but not required firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-728-2297.
Teddy Bear Tea Party: Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m., Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, 55 S. Main St., Suffield. Bring your beloved bear for a sweet treat and celebration of all things Christmas. Tea sandwiches, scones, Christmas cookies and a tasty herbal tea; and a short story dedicated to the bear you love. $5 per child; $10 per adult; $20 for families (2 adults & children). 860-668-0055, email@example.com.
Christmas in Clinton: Dec. 4, 1 to 6 p.m., along East Main Street. Santa's Workshops, the Human Dog Sled Race and more. christmasinclinton.com, 860-669-3889.
Madison's Downtown Holiday Celebration: Dec. 4. Afternoon of Holiday festivities, visits with Santa Claus on the porch of the Cafe Allegre starting at 2 p.m. with Santa's arrival on a horse-drawn sleigh. Children can visit with him until 4 p.m. on the porch, where cocoa and cookies will be served. Hayrides, letters to Santa, firetrucks, gingerbread house displays, face painting, Christmas caroling, great shopping, free cocoa and live music throughout the day. 203-245-7394.
New England Alpacas Holiday Open Farm Weekend: Nov. 26 and 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 14 Bethke Road, Killingworth. Free. nealpacas.com, 860-663-3482.
Home for the Holidays: Nov. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ray of Light Farm, 232 Town St., East Haddam. Enjoy music, mulled cider, bonfire, desserts and a country wagon ride (new heated loading area for the wagons). $10 per person. rayoflightfarm.org
Holiday Train Show: Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. Essex. Nov. 18 through Feb. 20. Exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery in a fully operational 26-foot model train layout. A scavenger list of objects are hidden within the displays, and little ones can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddlers. Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with museum admission: $10; $8 for seniors; $6 for children 6 to 12; free for kids under 6. 860-767-8269, ctrivermuseum.org
Holiday Planetarium Show: Let It Snow: A Christmas Musical Journey: Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, The Children's Museum, Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium, West Hartford. Animated holiday images combined with classic Christmas music. $1.50 per ticket for members; $3 per ticket for non-members, in addition to the cost of general admission ($13.75 and $14.75). Visitors can receive a free planetarium ticket for a same day showing when they donate an item to the museum's Mitten Tree, Nov. 19 through Dec. 23. TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.
Santa Special at Essex Steam Train: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 23, 26-28. Departures at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit each child on railway cars adorned with vintage decorations. $20 coach; $40 first class car; $55 first class car with Reindeer Breakfast As of press time, tickets were still available for North Pole Express Dec. 27 through 29. Visit website for availability. essexsteamtrain.com/special-events/santa-special.
Teddy Bear Tea At Max Downtown: Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hartford. $35 adults; $30 children 12 amd under (not including tax and gratuity). Guests 12 and under are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Connecticut Children's Medical Center. 860-522-2530
Lantern Light Tours: Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-18 and 23, tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes. Mystic Seaport. A 70-minute progressive play set on Christmas Eve in 1876. Featuring actors from Connecticut and neighboring states, the cast weaves a heart-warming holiday story in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the museum. $32 adults ($26 Mystic Seaport members); $25 children ages 5-17 ($19 youth members). Not recommended for children under the age of 4. mysticseaport.org/lanternlighttours, 860-572-5331.