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Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions

Festival of Trees & Traditions has become an annual holiday custom for visitors from throughout the state and beyond. Every year community members, artists and organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths to be displayed in the galleries throughout the week. All items are for sale, and profits help fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses. Purchase a tree or wreath for your home or donate it to a local charity. Public hours for viewing the Festival of Trees & Traditions are 10am–5pm from November 30–December 9, except for Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4 when the museum is closed. Please note: The prices below reflect a $3 fundraising surcharge that is added to all museum admission prices during Festival of Trees & Traditions.
Dates: 
12/05/2018
12/06/2018
12/07/2018
10am–5pm
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Location:

600 Main Street
Hartford, CT, 06103
United States

Phone:

8602782670

Community Carol Sing at Mystic Seaport!

Lift your voice in song at our 71st annual Community Carol Sing on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Visitors from near and far return year after year to participate in this popular holiday carol sing! The Mystic Seaport carolers will perform a holiday concert in the Greenmanville Church at 2 p.m. and the carol sing will commence at McGraw Quadrangle at 3 p.m.
Dates: 
12/16/2018
3 pm
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Organization:

Mystic Seaport

Location:

75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT, 06355
United States

Phone:

860-572-5322

Crack o’ Dawn Owl Prowl

You can do it! Venture out into a cold December morning in search of our native owls with expert Fran Zygmont. We’ll be in search of Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Saw-Whet Owls, and Great Horned Owls. Dress for the weather. Coffee and comestibles will be served beforehand. Optional breakfast at Patty’s après program. 4:00 A.M., Meet at the A. B. Ceder Room. Members: FREE, Non-members: $5.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 to register!
Dates: 
12/08/2018
4 am
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Location:

80 Whitehall Rd PO Box 368
Litchfield, CT, 06759
United States

Phone:

8605670857

Sensory Friendly Performance of Curious George: the Golden Meatball at the Playhouse on Park!

**Sensory Friendly productions at Playhouse on Park are produced with guidance from The Miracle League of CT and professionals from the local autism community. ** Based on the books by Margaret and H.A. Rey, everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey and his friend in the yellow hat sing and dance up a storm in this adventure-filled musical. All You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away... something pretty big. And that something was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs-o-Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome.
Dates: 
12/09/2018
12/14/2018
9th at 10 am; 14th at 9:30 am
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Organization:

Playhouse on Park

Location:

244 Park Road
West Hartford, CT, 06119
United States

Phone:

860-523-5900

Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights at the CT Trolley Museum

Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season.
Dates: 
12/07/2018
12/08/2018
12/09/2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Location:

58 North Road
East Windsor , CT, 06088
United States

Phone:

(860) 627-6540

Curious George: the Golden Meatball at the Playhouse on Park!

Based on the books by Margaret and H.A. Rey, everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey and his friend in the yellow hat sing and dance up a storm in this adventure-filled musical. All You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away... something pretty big. And that something was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs-o-Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome.
Dates: 
12/08/2018
12/09/2018
12/12/2018
Wednesday: 10 and 2:30; Saturday and Sunday: 1 and 4 pm
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Organization:

Playhouse on Park

Location:

244 Park Road
West Hartford, CT, 06119
United States

Phone:

860-523-5900

Santa's Railyard at the Danbury Railway Museum

Ride a vintage train to Santa's toyland! Includes: Train ride in our railyard, Free gift for children, Visit with Santa in Toyland, Exhibits in restored 1903 station and railyard, operating layouts, and displays, Coloring station, temporary tattoos, and more!
Dates: 
12/08/2018
12/09/2018
12/15/2018
varies, see below
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Location:

120 White Street
Danbury, CT, 06813
United States

Phone:

203-778-8337

Mystery Animal Meet & Greet

Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education animals just waiting to meet YOU? Join us on Wednesdays in December in the Museum for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors. Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature? Come and find out! 4pm. Members: FREE, Non-members: Free with cost of Museum admission.
Dates: 
12/05/2018
12/12/2018
12/19/2018
4 pm
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Location:

80 Whitehall Rd PO Box 368
Litchfield, CT, 06759
United States

Phone:

8605670857

Behind the Scenes Collections Tour at the Peabody Museum!

From Anthropology to Zoology, the 13 million objects and specimens in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s collections represent a world-class record of the history of Earth and its cultures. Yet less than a tenth of one percent is on display in the public galleries! In continuing celebration of our 150th anniversary, we're offering behind-the-scenes tours on the first and third Tuesdays during fall 2018 and spring 2019. In this tour led by Yale students you’ll visit two different curatorial divisions, learn how the collections are stored and organized, and glimpse some hidden treasures that rarely see the light of day.
Dates: 
12/04/2018
4 - 5 pm
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Location:

170 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT, 06520
United States

Phone:

(203)432-3776

Lantern Light Tours at Mystic Seaport!

Join us for an evening of seasonal surprises with Lantern Light Tours: Finding Your Place. Set on Christmas Eve in the year 1876, the play offers small windows into the lives of people on the verge of great change, both personal and cultural. The show includes five scenes of seasonal delight, featuring a winter fantasia, a spirited circle dance, and perhaps a visit with old St. Nick! Written by esteemed playwright and dramaturg Kato McNickle, Finding Your Place invites us to explore the world and broaden our point of view to better understand our place within it.
Dates: 
12/07/2018
12/08/2018
12/14/2018
varies, see below
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Organization:

Mystic Seaport

Location:

75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT, 06355
United States

Phone:

860-572-5322

Winter Solstice Full Moon Family Night Hike at Roaring Brook Nature Center!

Winter is Coming! Bundle up and join us for a guided woodland hike under the almost full moon to celebrate the Winter Solstice. This month’s moon is known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.
Dates: 
12/21/2018
7 pm - 8:15 pm
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Location:

70 Gracey Road
Canton, CT, 06019
United States

Phone:

860-693-0263

Nutcracker at Warner Theatre

Enjoy yourself this yuletide season as you travel with young Clara to the enchanted Land of Sweets. Delighting audiences young and old, this holiday favorite brings to life toy soldiers and dueling mice, princesses and sugarplums – a delicious treat for the child in all of us performed one of the most respected classical ballet conservatory in America.
Dates: 
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
15th at 2 and 7 pm; 16th at 2 pm
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Organization:

Warner Theatre

Location:

68 Main st.
Torrington, CT, 06790
United States

Phone:

860-489-7180