Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa. (Now that that's out of the way, get out and do stuff, Grinchy.)
The Nutcracker: Military Edition: Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, (860) 231-5555. Thu., Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Exhibit and Sale: Blue Back Square, West Hartford, opening reception Dec. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Free.
Toys for Tots w/ Angelina Diana: Downtown Yoga, 57 Pratt Street, Hartford, Thu., Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Free with toy donation.
Learn Love Holiday Show: Trinity On Main, 69 Main St., New Britain, (860) 229-2072. Fri., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Through Dec. 14. trinityonmain.org. Free.
Shabbat and Chanukah: Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, (860) 236-4571. Fri., Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m. Free.
Pre-Kwanzaa / Christmas Celebration: The Artists Collective, Inc., 1200 Albany Ave., Hartford, (860) 527-3205. Sat., Dec. 15, 2 p.m. artistscollective.org. Free.
Stowe and Twain Olde-Fashioned Christmas: Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, (860) 247-0998. Sat., Dec. 15
Winterfest: Bushnell Park, 1 Jewell St., Hartford, Through Dec. 31. Free.