7-Day Happenings: 12/10 – 12/16

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County! We have combined some of our Holiday fun into one area of our site for you – click here to check it out – many events have already started!

Thursday, December 10:

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{Last Call} 11am – 3pm: Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair Attention holiday shoppers: back by popular demand, the Connecticut’s Old State House Holiday Shopping Fair will be taking place for three straight days. This fair invites some of the best Connecticut-based vendors who sell handcrafted and CT-made products, providing visitors a great opportunity to purchase quality jewelry, crafts, holiday decorations, knitted apparel, photography, artwork, soaps, candles, notecards and all you need for your hand-made holiday. Admission to the fair is free.

4:30 – 6pm: 8th Annual Kids-Only Holiday Gift Shop A holiday shop for kids only! Volunteers will be on hand to help children select and wrap a perfect gift for mom, dad, siblings, friends and family! Parents can relax and enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate while their children shop. No registration required. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Cultural Cocktail Hour Join us on the Second Thursday of April, October, November & December for exhibition openings, garden concerts & entertainment. Free with a suggested $5 food & per beverage donation. Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford.

6 – 8pm: Gingerbread Fun Class Today we will be making the most delicious gingerbread cupcakes with homemade frosting! In addition to this, we will be baking and decorating gingerbread cookies and creating our own gingerbread house! Kids can get creative and use our variety of toppings to personalize their creation! $25 per child. Ages 6-12. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

7 – 9pm: Sing For the Holidays! Join us for an evening of holiday stories and songs, trivia, games and some holiday surprises! We’ll supply the song sheets. You supply the holiday cheer! Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

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7:30pm: Fiddler on the Roof Get ready to raise the curtain and take center stage as the spotlight is on the Mandell JCC’s Theater Program. This year’s show is a community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. With the professional direction of Carolyn Mostel Weiser along with live musical accompaniment, actors will present several performances of “Fiddler.”

Thursday, December 10 – Sunday, December 13:

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Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: Passing Strange From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Passing Strange won multiple Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical and a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2008. Sunday matinée features a talkback with the cast after the show. Runs until Sunday, December 20. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Friday, December 11:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Gingerbread Fun Toddler Class Today we will be making the most delicious gingerbread cupcakes with homemade frosting! In addition to this, each child will create their own gingerbread house! Kids can get creative and use our variety of toppings to personalize their creation! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

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5:30 – 9:30pm: Holiday Kids’ Night Looking for something t do with the kids while you get ready for the holidays? Drop them off at Hungerford Park for an evening of fun, crafts, games, movies and science activities. Pizza will be served at 6pm. Reoccurs on Saturday, 12/19. New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park, Kensington.

6 – 8:45pm: Winter Wonderland The event will feature a night of family-focused creative activities. Parents and children can work together to make a snowflake garland, build an edible snowman, and paint a winter wonderland! These activities will be followed by a free movie, “Frozen”, which is sponsored by LifeSong Church and will run from 6:45-8:45 pm. Nathan Hale Building, Manchester.

6 – 9pm: Shop & Sip Join Us for an evening of music and shopping with local artisans! Purse swap – bring your designer bag to swap or sell! Free admission. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

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6 – 9pm: Christmas in Collinsville Champagne Walk from 6-9pm $20 for engraved Champagne glass, $15 for “Champagne Glass Ring” if you bring your own glass. Available at: Blumen Laden & Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, 41 Bridge Street, Antiques on the Farmington, 10 Depot Street and Collinsville Savings Society, 36 Main Street. Must be over 21! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from 6 – 8pm. Note: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides ends at 8pm. At the Canton Historical Museum, David Leff will point out places of historical interest. Tree Lighting and Santa Claus at 7pm. Canton Historical Museum, sponsored by Canton Parks and Rec Department, Live Music at Downright Music & Art located at 100A Main Street. Roasted Chestnuts served at Wilson’s Pub, River Street. Caroler by Collinsville Congregational. Collinsville Fire Engine will be decorated with Holiday Lights on Main Street.

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7 – 8pm: Read It & Sleep A free monthly event for local children and their families to enjoy snacks, hear a bedtime story and the first 25 families get to take home a free copy of the book! Each month, we’ll feature a different reader from the community. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

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8pm: Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! is a raucous and intoxicating blend of Ronettes hits, cult classics, holiday favorites, a splash of doo-wop, and plenty of Ronnie’s inimitable off–the–cuff commentary on anything and everything. As front woman of The quintessential ‘Girl Group’ The Ronettes, Ronnie recorded a string of genre defining hit singles including, “Be My Baby,” “Baby I Love You,” and the Grammy Award winning “Walking In The Rain,”. “Be My Baby” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and also added to the prestigious National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. In 2007, Ronnie along with her group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ronnie’s style and sound have influenced everyone from Brian Wilson to Joey Ramone to Bruce Springsteen to Amy Winehouse. Ronnie’s classic Christmas recordings are in ASCAP’s Top 20 Most Played Holiday Radio Hits of the past decade, including “Sleigh Ride,” “Frosty The Snowman,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” As the New York Daily News said: “Go and experience the ultimate Sonic stocking Stuffer.” Limited $25 tickets for under 21 at the Box Office only, $50 General Admission, $75 VIP Includes CD. Bridge Street Live, Collinsville.

Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12:

Friday at 6pm and 8 pm and Saturday at 10am, 1pm and 3pm: Gingerbread Weekend is an annual event which allows kids and adults alike to construct a homemade creation from homemade gingerbread, fresh icing, and delicious candies. The event is a sight to behold! Each cookie is handmade at the Noah Webster House and fun candy mixes offer a variety of artistic options. On Friday, December 11 at 6 pm, teens can build an artistic house with tiny candies and colored icing. Snacks will be available at this session which is a drop-off event for kids ages 12 and over. On Friday at 8 pm, adults age 21 and over can join us for a BYOB gingerbread house event! Bring your favorite beer or wine (we’ll provide the glasses), grab a seat, and build away. The evening will feature light hors d’oeuvres, tiny decorative candies, and colored icing. On Saturday, spend a family-friendly day at the Noah Webster House! At three different sessions, kids and adults alike can build a delightful house from holiday themed candies, white icing, and homemade cookies. A photographer will be on site to take holiday photos! Make your reservation when you register. Kids can also enjoy a wintery storytime and play in Noah’s Discovery Learning Space while their house dries. Each house kit is $16 for non-members. BYOB night kits are $20 for non-members. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. A maximum of two people may work on each house kit. When you register, please do so for the number of kits you would like to purchase.

8pm: The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy CONNetic Dance puts a contemporary twist on this holiday classic, featuring a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, and a sense of humor! This event is presented by CONNetic Dance. The Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford.

8pm: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) What do you get when you take Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, mix in “The Gift of the Magic,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “It’s A Wonderful Life,” then add a touch of “A Christmas Carol, “The Nutcracker” and a few other Beloved Holiday Classics? A Holiday recipe for a fast, fond, and furious look at the yuletide traditions we all remember, some we never knew, and a few we’d like to forget. Chock full of outrageous folly holiday hilarity, nothing is spared in this rollicking tour de farce. It’s a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite holiday memories, as three actors cram an entire season’s worth of stories, carols and television specials into non-stop laughs. Ticket price $30. The theatre’s motto is “bring your own”. Presented cabaret-style, patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin. Reoccurs until December 19.

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8pm: Christmas Live Old Time Radio The smash hit, Christmas Live Old Time Radio, is back at Hole in the Wall for one weekend only! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and join us for an evening of hilarious radio shows of the 1940s brought to life, with you as our studio audience. You’ll hear from Jack Benny, Orson Wells, Burns and Allen, Ed Wynn, Marlene Dietrich, The Bickersons, Baby Snooks, Our Miss Brooks and many more! Featuring the talents of Abby Auden, Heather Auden, Denise Clapsaddle, Anne Collin, James DeMarco, JoAnn DeWind, Barbara Gallow, Joshua Ives, Eric Jolicoeur, David Macharelli, Kelley Mountzoures, Miriam Neiman, Tony Palmieri, Johnny Peifer, David Sousa, Deborah Thaler, and Dianne Zabor. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students.

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{Last Call} 8pm: A Tale of Two Clones: Episodes 2-6 For four nights only, a galaxy far, far away comes to Hartford. From the team that brought you the sold-out Disney Reality Show comes a new live action comedy of fan fiction. A Tale of 2 Clones: Episodes 2-6 is the untold story of two clones and their effects on the Star Wars universe. Join Jack and Gus as they embark on serendipitous journeys searching for family, freedom and the force in this epic comedic saga. There’s action! There’s romance! There’s a whole lot of robots and alien stuff. Perfect show for the Star Wars fans and those that never even saw the movies but love comedy. Don’t miss this amazing show. Get your tickets before it’s too late! And…may the force be with you. May not be suitable for children under 8. $10 per ticket. The Carriage House, Hartford.

Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13:

Friday – Saturday 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: White Christmas the Musical Based on the beloved classic film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen wonderful Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Reoccurs 12/18-20. The Repertory Theatre, Berlin.

Friday – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Christmas Schooner Based on the historic Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, The Christmas Schooner tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife’s misgivings – until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission. A bi-annual tradition at Connecticut Theatre Company, we are proud to present the show for a third time. This beautiful critically acclaimed musical fills the heart with holiday spirit and delights both young and old. Reoccurs 12/16-19. The Repertory Theatre, New Britain.

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Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Nutcracker The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) presents its annual holiday production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Opening December 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Millard Auditorium on the University of Hartford campus, this year’s production promises magical storytelling and vivid dancing with a newly choreographed second act. It has become a beloved holiday tradition in the Greater Hartford community, and features an ever-growing cast of HCD’s most talented preprofessional ballet dancers. Set to Peter IIyitch Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, The Nutcracker is an exquisitely stunning production that makes for a family-friendly holiday experience. This year, the first act continues to encompass the charm of former Artistic Director Samantha Dunster’s vision. The second act showcases brand new choreography set by current Artistic Director Susannah Marchese. This season, HCD’s production will feature a tree that grows to tremendous heights, falling snow, the ultimate battle between Clara’s beloved Nutcracker and his nemesis the Rat King, and the return of beloved characters like Mother Ginger. “The Nutcracker is a time-honored tradition in every young dancer’s life” Marchese says about the ballet. “This year, I am taking the second act back to the Land Of The Sweets. Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, Marzipan, Candy Canes, and of course the Sugar Plum Fairy will all be there to welcome Clara to the Land Of The Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s world renowned score, all new second act choreography, radiant costumes, stunning sets and lighting, paired with our immensely talented dancers makes for a magical experience for young and old alike.” $30 per adult, $20 for students, $15 for children 12 and under.

Friday, December 11 – Monday, December 14:

Friday at 7pm, Saturday – Sunday at 10am, 1 pm and 4pm and Monday at 10am: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and returns to The Bushnell stage by popular demand this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. The Sunday, December 13 at 10am performance is a sensory-friendly performance.

Saturday, December 12:

Book Fair to Raise Money for Playhouse on Park Barnes & Noble will donate 10% – 20% of your purchase to Playhouse On Park. Three locations are participating: Barnes and Noble in Manchester from 9am – 10pm, Barnes and Noble in West Hartford from 10am – 10pm and Barnes and Noble in Canton from 5pm – 10pm. You must present the voucher id number in order for the Playhouse to receive credit. Provide the cashier with voucher # 11673621 or download and print the following voucher to bring with you here! Don’t forget the wrapping! Volunteers from the Playhouse will be available to wrap your gift purchases. Tips and donations will be most welcome. Or shop online between December 12th and December 17th, insert the code (# 11673621) and Barnes & Noble will donate 10% – 20% of your purchase to The Playhouse.

9:30 – 10:30am: Gingerbread Fun Toddler Class Today we will be making the most delicious gingerbread cupcakes with homemade frosting! In addition to this, each child will create their own gingerbread house! Kids can get creative and use our variety of toppings to personalize their creation! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

9am and 10:30am: Breakfast with Santa Families are invited to have breakfast with Santa and his friends Wow the Cow, Daphne Duck and Cynthia Chick! A buffet style breakfast of scrambled eggs, french toast sticks, bacon, sausage, mini muffins, assorted bagels, and fruit salad will be served. Sign up and prepay at Customer Service. Age 12 and over (including accompanying parents): $9.95. Children age 11 and under: $7.95 each. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

9:30 – 11am: Annual Breakfast with Santa We invite families to bring out their children to meet Santa Claus and enjoy a tasty breakfast. The menu includes pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit, muffins, coffee, tea, cocoa, milk and juice. There will be arts and crafts, festive music, and special entertainment. $15 for adults and $12 per child. Register online. Canton Community Center, Canton.

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10am – 3pm: Christmas in Collinsville Breakfast with Santa from 9:30am – 11:30am at the Canton Community Center Lower Level. Spaces are limited. Register online. Cost is $15 for each adult and $12 for each child. Charity Craft Fair at Canton Town Hall Auditorium from10am – 4pm featuring local artisans. Bring a donation for the Canton Food Bank and receive a Craft Fair raffle ticket. 10% of the proceeds go to the Interval House. Craft Show and Bake Sale at Collinsville Congregational Church from 10am – 3pm at 7 South Street benefits Joseph House of Torrington. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides from Noon – 3pm starting at Canton Historical Museum. Mrs. Santa Claus from 11:30am – Noon for a Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Canton Historical Museum. Mrs. Santa Claus from Noon – 1:30pm for a  Meet & Greet Mrs. Claus at America the Beautiful store (under LaSalle Market).  Also featuring Book Signings from 1 – 3pm with Local authors. Valley Center, 128 Main Street serving Hot Chocolate and treats. Santa Claus Photos at Collinsville Savings Society located at  136 Main Street from 12:30 – 3pm. Photos by Christine Petit of LePetit Studio. Puppet Show Times: 1pm; 2pm; 3pm. Free! Town Hall Auditorium. Hot Chocolate: Provided by the Canton Lions Club in front of the Museum. Children’s’ Craft Fun from 1 – 3pm by D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin. Holiday Sing Along from 3:15 – 4pm at Collinsville Congregational Church Worship Band and Reading.

11am – 2pm: Holiday Crafts for Kids Bring the elves down to the Hartford Prints! store on Saturday, December 12th for a morning of ornament crafting! Kids will create one-of-a-kind holiday decorations that will add a special sparkle to your winter festivities. This is also a great time for mom and dad to check a few things off their holiday lists while the kids are busy! All supplies included; $5 suggested donation. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

11am – 3pm: Robotics Day Calling all robot enthusiasts, students, scouts, families, coders, and amateur robotics engineers! Enjoy hands-on robotics demonstrations, code a robot, and meet some amazing robots in real life at our first-ever Robotics Day. Activities are included with the purchase of general admission or with a Connecticut Science Center Membership! Meet HyperShock, a battle-tested star of ABC’s BattleBots. Do hands-on robotics activities with Science Center staff and participants in our Teen Innovation programs. Board the Vortex, the all-new mobile lab from STEM Scouts, to conduct wacky experiments with out-of-this-world lab equipment. Participate in exciting live demos with award-winning FIRST Robotics teams from Connecticut and beyond. Meet Ruff Ruffman of PBS Kids’ Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman! Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

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11am – 7pm: Stock the Cruiser Support the Canton Police Department’s Food & Toy Drive. Donations benefit area families in need. The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

12 – 1:30pm: Ice Carving Demonstration with Ice Matters. Join us in Jim Brook Courtyard located near Dish ‘n Dat and Ben & Jerry’s!The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

1 – 2pm: Tree Tours Join us for a festive tour of the mini trees on display and the holiday décor with a member of the Museum staff. After your tour take in the Victorian splendor of the Moser Library while enjoying holiday cookies and hot chocolate. Tours will meet in the lobby. Guided by the Holiday Decorators. Note: Tours subject to volunteer docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. Reoccurs on 12/19 and 12/26. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

1:30pm: Wildlife in Winter Walk Enjoy some time outdoors during the busy holiday season and take a walk to explore the foods and habitat features in the winter landscape. Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington.

4pm: CitySingers of Hartford Concert These concerts often combine traditional and classical music for choral ensemble with other performing arts idioms. From the festive sounds of the holiday season to hauntingly beautiful Celtic melodies that touch the soul, to a celebration of the arts as a vehicle for world peace, this season’s programs will present a rare and varied musical experience. Tickets $10, children under 12 are free. South Congregational Church, East Hartford.

4 – 5:30pm: Partner Yoga With the assistance of our partners, we’ll playfully take turns within yoga postures to help deepen our experience. We’ll also learn postures to be in together using our bodies and sense of balance to support one another with ease. Bring a loved one, friend or family member! Partner yoga is a wonderful, easy way to deepen your own sensitivity to one another. $22 per person. Yoga Center of Collinsville, Collinsville.

5:30 – 8pm: Kids Night Out Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party. A perfect evening indeed… Ages 2 through 5.  Children do not need to be potty trained. Rino n’ Roll, Wethersfield.

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6 – 8pm: Carol Sing & Torchlight Parade The fun starts with a traditional carol sing on the Windsor town green at 6pm led by the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers. Sing along with provided songbooks. After the singing comes the parade! At about 6:30pm the Torchlight parade will step off from Remington Road and progress through the town center in all its lights and fanciful decorations! Grab a spot near the street to watch the brightly decorated fire trucks parade by in their holiday glory. After the parade, enjoy refreshments donated by Geisslers and Dunkin Donuts and be awed by the controlled bonfire adding light to the night!

8pm: Speak Up is an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. This remarkable event, brought to Real Art Ways by Matthew and Elysha Dicks, celebrates the craft of live storytelling in the Greater Hartford area. All stories are 5-10 minutes long, and may not be suitable for young kids. The theme of the evening is “Nightlife”. Tickets are $15. Real Art Ways, Hartford.

Saturday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13:

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11am – 3pm: Santa’s Farm Enjoy photos with Santa, hay ragon ride, crafts, cookie decorating, mail a letter to Santa and more. $7 per person. Babies under 12 months are free. Indian Rock Preserve, Bristol.

12 – 4pm: Victorian Carolers Enjoy the Sounds of the Season! The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, Canton.

Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Saturday at 7pm: The Nutcracker Ballet As interpreted and performed by Connecticut Concert Ballet. Adults $25, children $15. Reoccurs 12/9-20. Manchester High School, Manchester.

Sunday, December 13:

10 and 10:45am: Paint with Santa Join us for a magical morning with Santa! Your child will share special time with Santa while our staff captures his handprint and your child’s together on a decorative 12″ plate. Finished plate comes with writing and decoration. Also included is one flat ornament, painted by your child. We will provide cookies and juice and coloring time for the little ones. Cost is $40 and includes ornament and plate with one child’s print. Additional prints $5 each. 10% discount on additional plates. Additional ornaments $5 each. $40 deposit required, pricing does not include tax. Pieces will be ready for pickup on December 22. Spaces are limited, two time slots available. All ages welcomed, children must be accompanied by an adult. The Claypen, West Hartford.

11am – 5pm: Holiday Party with The Nutcracker Ballet Enjoy lively excerpts from The Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Theatre Company, at 1 & 3 pm in the Stanley Works Center. Company members will provide a talk-back at 2 pm, when visitors can hear behind-the-scenes stories of staging this timeless production, and have an opportunity to ask their own questions of the cast and crew. Between performances, delve into your inner Degas and sketch live ballerinas as they pose in the galleries. Sketching materials will be provided, and Museum educators will be present to offer guidance. Finish your sketch with watercolor paints in the Art Studio, and go home with a handmade holiday card. Don’t miss the Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration, featuring a feast for the eyes and the soul generously provided by the Every Women’s Club with help from the African-American Advisory Committee. Learn about the seven principals of the holiday while tasting traditional Kwanzaa treats and dishes. Take a moment to enjoy Loretta Eason’s homemade ornaments dressed in traditional colorful fabrics that decorate the Kwanzaa tree. Free. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

1 – 3pm: Newington High Carolers Bring the whole family to listen to holiday carols right in the store, courtesy of the Newington High School Carolers. All ages. Free. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

2pm: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Inspired by the classic American film, It’s a Wonderful Life, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford, Connecticut, and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim. All tickets are only $10 for this show. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.

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3 – 5pm: Centennial Celebration Finale The final blowout of our incredible Centennial year! Enjoy fun for the whole family, get festive for Chanukah, and join the dance party with family and friends. The afternoon includes: Parade of Champions. Come in your program gear and show your pride for your favorite JCC activity. Year-end Recap on the Big Screen.  Reminisce and look back on the events of the past year. Boppers Dance Party. Feel festive with confetti, lights and a major birthday dance party for all ages. Light the Chanukah menorah. Special Guest Emcee: NBC CT’s Brad Drazen. Free and open to the community.

4pm: CitySingers of Hartford Concert These concerts often combine traditional and classical music for choral ensemble with other performing arts idioms. From the festive sounds of the holiday season to hauntingly beautiful Celtic melodies that touch the soul, to a celebration of the arts as a vehicle for world peace, this season’s programs will present a rare and varied musical experience. First Church of Christ, West Hartford.

Monday, December 14:

10 – 11:15am: Open Play Join us for free open play with the donation of a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

10 – 11:30am: Mommy and Me Gingerbread Houses Mom and child decorate a gingerbread house together. Caregiver participation required. $35 per adult/child pair. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

1:30 – 3pm: Afternoon Drop off Gingerbread Houses Parents can enjoy a morning out while the kids decorate a gingerbread house. Ages 3 – 6.  Drop off only. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

4:30 – 6pm: Late Afternoon Drop off Gingerbread Houses Parents can enjoy a morning out while the kids decorate a gingerbread house. Ages 5 – 12.  Drop off only. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

Tuesday, December 15:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Stew’s Famous Holiday Cookie Toddler Workshop It’s that time of year again! Each child will get to bake and decorate three kids of cookie dough to take home. From spiral sugar cookies to traditional snickerdoodles, this popular class is one you don’t want to miss! $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) Ages 2-5. Reoccurs on Friday, 12/18 and Saturday 12/19 (first session only). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11:30am: Morning Drop off Gingerbread Houses Parents can enjoy a morning out while the kids decorate a gingerbread house. Ages 3 – 6.  Drop off only. $35 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

6:15 – 7:45pm: Family Gingerbread Houses Families can all decorate a gingerbread house. $35 per family. $15 per additional gingerbread hour. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton.

7pm: A Conversation with Daniel Dennett is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields related to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and a University Professor at Tufts University. Dennett is an atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board, as well as an outspoken supporter of the Brights movement (a sociocultural movement formed of persons who hold a naturalistic view of the world.) Dennett is referred to as one of the “Four Horsemen of New Atheism”, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. Co-presented with the Yale Humanist Community. WNPR’s Colin McEnroe is the moderator. Tickets are $25 / $20 for Mark Twain House members.

Wednesday, December 16:

Wednesday at 7:30pm: Passing Strange From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Passing Strange won multiple Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical and a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2008. Runs until Sunday, December 20. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page and our Holiday page. These are usually fun things that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to cloud up this page with redundancy – but these are some awesome things to do too.

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