Things To Do This Week

Courant staff


Everyone has a Santa costume, right? Fit right in at this year’s SantaCon in Hartford Dec. 2. Crawl stops include the Russian Lady (5 to 6 p.m. registration); Rocking Horse Saloon (6 to 7 p.m. registration); Pig’s Eye Pub (7 to 8 p.m.); NV Nightclub (8 to 9 p.m.); The Tavern Downtown (9 and 10 p.m.) and back to the Russian Lady from 10 p.m. to close. $20 early bird, $25 general admission. Tickets include wristband for entrance, SantaCon stickers, access to Two Roads and Coors Light drink specials, food discounts and specials at select stops. Prizes and raffle tickets. Of course, bring your ID. Information:

Happy 20th Brew Day!

City Steam Brewery in Hartford celebrates its 20-year anniversary party with live music, a dinner buffet, games and giveaways on Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. $40 ticket includes dinner, three beer tickets and a complimentary anniversary glass. 860-525-1600,

Run, Mitten, Run

The tradition continues. Hundreds of runners are expected for the annual Blue Back Mitten Run in West Hartford Dec. 3., with races for little kids and grownup kids, high-fives from Santa, hot chocolate and holiday cookies. All FitKids races (½ mile and one mile) start at 10 a.m. and are $10 (parents/escorts run for free.) The 5K starts on Burr Street at 10:30 and ends on Isham Road. $10 to $30. Donations of new mittens, gloves, scarves and hats are being collected for The Town That Cares Fund. Registration:

Holiday Light Fantasia

The 2-mile run of more than a million holiday lights are on in Hartford’s Goodwin Park through Jan. 1: Hours are 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 Day. $15 car (up to 10 passengers); $25 limousine; $50 mini bus (up to 30 passengers). A benefit for the Channel 3 Kids Camp. Bring the little ones to visit Santa on Fridays 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 5 to 8 p.m.

A Russian ‘Nutcracker’

Brace yourself for the fighting mice. “Nutcrackers” are marching around Connecticut all month. Most are homegrown, produced by local ballet schools. But the Moscow Ballet’s version of the Tchaikovsky classic (which features giant puppets, 40 dancers and 100 hand-made costumes) is on its 25th anniversary tour, cracking nuts 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Oakdale, 95 S. Turnpike Road Wallingford. Tickets are $28-$78. 203-265-1501, /venues/14832/toyota-oakdale-theatre.

Drag Queen Christmas

Murray & Peter present A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour: Nov. 30, Shubert Theater, New Haven. Starring contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1. 8 p.m. $24 to $19.;

Festival of Trees and Traditions

This annual fundraising event featuring trees and wreaths made by members of the Wadsworth Atheneum goes on display Dec. 1 to 10 at the museum. Admission is a $3 surcharge on top of regular admission.

Santa On The Farm

Santa stops at Flamig Farm in West Simsbury for photo opps, while Frosty joins you for a trolley ride out to Reindeer land. There’s also an outdoor petting zoo. 9 a.m. to noon. $10; under age 2 are free. 860-658-5070,

‘The Color Purple’

The national tour of the musical “The Color Purple” is coming to The Bushnell for eight performances Dec. 5 to 10. The show is based on the Alice Walker novel about African-American women in the Southern United States during the first half of the 20th century. Songs include “Somebody Gonna Love You,” “That Fine Mister,” “Shug Avery Comin’ to Town” and “A Tree Named Sofia.”

The tour is based on the recent Broadway revival of the musical, elaborately rethought by maverick British director John Doyle. The musical first ran on Broadway in 2005. The book for the show is by Marsha Norman and the music and lyrics are credited to Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell and Allee Willis. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50-$112.50. 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. 860-987-5900,

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