Week 48

Monday, November 28th:

5:30 – 7pm: HYPE November Book Club Why do we lose money? Author and financial planner Carl Richards believes we often let emotion get in the way of smart financial decisions, a phenomenon he calls “the behavior gap.” The Personal and Professional Development Committee invites you to their November Book Club as we explore Richards’s theory and tips to improve managing money in “The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money.” This evening book club will be held at L Bar, located on the ground floor of the Hartford Marriott Downtown, and will feature light appetizers and great discussion. Space is limited, so register today! HYPE @ L Bar, Hartford

Monday, November 28th – December 1oth:

Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 8pm and Saturdays – Sundays from 10am – 5pm: Gingerbread Festival The Wood will once again deck its halls and throw open its doors for one of the largest Gingerbread House Festivals in all of New England. Local artisans and bakers, experts and beginners alike show off their creative talents in a vast array of candy covered houses, trains and in some cases entire villages. With holiday music playing in the background and the spicy aroma of gingerbread in the air, the library provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations. “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shop” offers the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats. This festival is a major fundraiser for The Wood and supports our educational programs and exhibitions. Be sure to mark your calendars to start the holidays off right with a classic seasonal event that is fun for both the young and the young at heart! Wood Memorial Library, South Windsor

Monday, November 28th – Sunday, December 11th:

Saturday – Wednesday from 10am-4pm and Thursday – Friday from 10am – 8pm {Friday, December 11 until 9pm and December 13 until 5pm}: Gallery of Trees Canton Museum, Canton

Monday, November 28th – Saturday, December 24th:

Santa’s Flight Academy Santa’s Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a powerful and magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. West Farms Mall, West Hartford

Monday – Saturday from 12-8pm and Sunday from 12-6pm, 12/16-23 9am – 9pm and 12/24 9am – 5pm (12:30-1:30pm break): Photos with Santa Make a reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line. Plus, save 30% on your photos by pre-ordering a package online. Visit before December 9 to save an extra $5. Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer. Mondays from 4-8pm: Pet Night Bring your four-legged friend to see Santa and pose for a photo! Cats and dogs only, please. Save over 30% on your photos by pre-purchasing online. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester

Weekdays from 3 – 6pm and Saturday-Sunday from 11am – 6pm: Santa Claus Comes to Stew’s! Santa will make regular appearances at the store. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

Monday, November 28th – Sunday, January 1st:

Sunday – Thursday from 5-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 5-10pm: Holiday Light Fantasia is a much loved Greater Hartford tradition and this season’s destination. The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays.  Lighted animations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, New Years and Three Kings Day. Come visit Santa Saturday and Sundays in the park clubhouse from 5pm – 8pm. Admission $15 per car. Click here for a $3 off coupon. Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday, December 27th. Free admission to veterans and active service personnel when they show a valid military or veteran association issued ID. Goodwin Park, Hartford

Monday, November 28th – Sunday, January 8th:


11am – 8pm: Winterfest presented by ConnectiCare, officially opens on Friday, November 25th. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hours are 12 – 4pm. Stop by and enjoy free skating and free skate rentals in the beautiful Bushnell Park. Bushnell Park, Hartford

Tuesday, November 29th:

#GivingTuesday Help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice.

9:30-10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Winter Wonderland at Stew’s We will create homemade hot cocoa mix to take home, gingerbread cheesecake dip, sparkling Oreo snowman treats, popcorn snowballs, and snowflake decorations! Ages 2-5.  $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

7pm: West Hartford History Series Jewish Community of Hartford Estelle Kafer, Executive Director of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford will share stories about some of the most notable Jewish people from Greater Hartford’s history and share images from a new book by the Jewish Community of Hartford (JHSGH). The JHSGH hopes that this photographic history will inspire and educate. The book, recently published by Arcadia Publishing, will be available for sale and Ms. Kafer will sign copies. The lecture is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Noah Webster House, Hartford


Tuesday, November 29th – Friday, December 23rd :


Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30pm: Christmas on the Rocks It’s Christmas Eve in a rundown local bar. Expecting a silent night, the bartender finds himself mixing drinks for a parade of surprising guests – children from your favorite Christmas specials and movies – now all grown up! Tiny Tim, Charlie Brown, Cindy Lou Who and a host of others pour out their Christmas woes in this delightful parody. Theaterworks, Hartford

Tuesday, November 29th – Saturday, December 31st:

Tuesday – Thursday at 12pm (Closed Thanksgiving), Friday – Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm: Let It Snow: A Christmas Musical Journey in the Planetarium combines animated holiday images with classic Christmas music under the Travelers Science Dome Planetarium. This is a family-friendly program and perfect for all ages. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Tuesday, November 29th – Wednesday, January 11th:

Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead for the Holidays Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through early January, the former Pope family mansion is decorated for the holidays. Hill-Stead’s holiday décor will feature thematic trees and lush greenery as well as a bit of “sparkle and glitz.” Included with the cost of admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

Wednesday, November 30th:



7pm: Six by Twain Join us for a staged reading of these brand-new play adaptations of classic Mark Twain short stories–“The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” “The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm,” “Cannibalism in the Cars,” “Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral,” “What Is Man?” and Twain’s Adam and Eve diaries. Novelist and Twainian David Carkeet has adapted these stories for the stage, capturing their delightful characters, their surprising story lines, and their linguistic playfulness. The staged reading will be directed by Chris Bushey, with a cast of veteran community theater actors from central Connecticut. What better way to celebrate Mark Twain’s birthday on November 30 than to relish these favorite short stories vividly reimagined for the stage? And, yes, there will be cake! Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 discount for students, educators with valid ID. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Thursday, December 1st:

9:30-10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Winter Wonderland at Stew’s We will create homemade hot cocoa mix to take home, gingerbread cheesecake dip, sparkling Oreo snowman treats, popcorn snowballs, and snowflake decorations! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Snowman Canvas Workshop Join us as on this chilly winter night as we paint a Snowman Canvas! Our 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. Ages 6 – 12. $15 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington



5 – 8pm: Night of Illumination Ring in the holiday season at the unveiling of this year’s Festival of Trees and Traditions! Night of Illumination is the public’s first chance to see the sights, and purchase a tree or wreath to either take home or donate to charity! Also in store: seasonal cocktails, treats from NoRA Cupcake Company, performances by the Silk City Chorus from 5-6pm, and plenty of festive tunes from DJ Jon Eastman. $8 per person. Students, Hartford Residents $3. Admission includes an 8pm screening of Love Actually, starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, and Keira Knightly. The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

5 – 9pm: Holidays on Main Join friends young and old at the Annual Holidays on Main Celebration. Meet in front of Village Pizza for Caroling with the Choraliers from Wethersfield High School at 5:45pm then Santa Arrives via firetruck. Holiday Essay Contest Winner is announced and lights the tree in front of Lucky Lou’s. Santa heads over to the Firehouse for personal and free visits, bring your camera for the photo-opportunity! The Webb Barn will play host to a number of Holiday themed Silent Auction items, donated by area businesses and groups, with 50% of the auction price going to the donors’ designated charity. The Webb Barn, will be select vendors offering a complimentary wine tasting, continue your conversations at the Beer Garden on the patio of the Webb Barn! There will be a pop-up Farmers market, along Main Street Across adjacent to the Webb-Deane-Stevens Houses. Food Vendors, Ice Carvers, Horse and Wagon Rides to the Heirloom Market at Comstock Ferre which will have fresh live Trees available for sale, along with Hot Chocolate and homemade marshmallows! The Keeney Center and the Hurlburt Dunham House will be open and decorated for the Holidays. Main Street, Wethersfield

6 – 8pm: Champagne & Chocolates Shop and enjoy 10% off in the museum store. Distinctive gifts for everyone on your list: Books, jewelry, house and garden decor, note cards, toys and games, holiday ornaments, stocking stuffers. Savor champagne and artisan chocolates. Tour the Katharine Seymour Day House decorated for the holiday season. Suggested donation: $20. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Paper Holiday Ornaments Art Party Learn how to transform colorful paper and sparkling beads into adorable holiday ornaments during a relaxing and creative night out with artist Angela Maine. You will be able to do 5 unique ornaments all while sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on goodies. Fee: $35 includes all materials, glass of wine and appetizers. Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon

8pm: The Future of Higher Education College 2.0 – What will it look like? What needs to change? This Forum will explore the costs, benefits, and purpose of higher education. Our expert panel will share their diverse perspectives and address fundamental questions about college access, educational models, and the desired outcomes of higher education, such as: – Who gets to go to college? How much should it cost? – How do traditional colleges and universities compare to new, online learning platforms? – What should students be learning at college? Who decides? The Connecticut Forum, Hartford 

Thursday, December 1st – Sunday, December 11th:

Thursday, December 1st – Sunday, December 25th:

Thursday, December 1st – Sunday, December 31st:

Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm: Home for the Holidays Scavenger Hunt Hike our trails in December and learn which animals have chosen to spend the upcoming holidays in Werner’s Woods. Outdoor scavenger hunt maps included with the cost of admission to the Nature Center. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

Friday, December 2nd:

9:30-10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Winter Wonderland at Stew’s We will create homemade hot cocoa mix to take home, gingerbread cheesecake dip, sparkling Oreo snowman treats, popcorn snowballs, and snowflake decorations! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington


4pm and 7pm: Disney Live! Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. XL Center, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Winter Wonderland at Stew’s Join us at Stew’s for a night filled with winter wonderland recipes! We will create homemade hot cocoa mix to take home, gingerbread cheesecake dip, sparkling Oreo snowman treats and popcorn snowballs! In addition, we will paint a canvas of a winter scene! Snacks will be served. Ages 6 – 12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

6 – 8:30pm: Santa’s Workshop and Parent’s Night Out Santa’s helpers will assist your child in making two secret handpainted gifts that will be wrapped and ready to pick up one week later! The evening also includes pizza, cookies, beverage and a paper craft. $50 plus tax per person, pre-registration and payment required. Ages 7 and up please. Drop off event. Limited space is available. The Claypen, West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm: Holiday Fest Tree Lighting In conjunction with the East Hartford Parks & Recreation Department, this festive event features a holiday carol sing-along, a visit from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and a special visit from Santa delivered directly from the North Pole on an East Hartford Fire truck! Candy canes and hot chocolate will be on hand to keep you warm and cozy. Free event and open to everyone! Town Green, East Hartford

7 – 10pm: Clue Tours of the Mark Twain House Clue Murder Mystery Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition at The Mark Twain House & Museum, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house — and some of the author’s favorite literary characters — as part of the game. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the kitchen with the Rope? Play our live-action version of the classic board game Clue in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Tickets are $22; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

8pm: Vic Dibitetto An incredibly powerful performer, comedian Vic DiBitetto churns energy, honesty and humanity into nonstop laughter. His pace is frenetic. He’s been called a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden. The bottom line is, DiBitetto leaves his audiences breathless with laughter. He’s an internet Sensation with tens of millions of YouTube views and his now famous Bread and Milk, Justin Bieber and Kanye West viral rants. Opening the show will be comedian Tom Daddario. This show may contain adult content not suitable for all ages. XL Center, Hartford

Friday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 4th:

Friday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 11th:

10am – 5pm: 43rd Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions Established in 1973 by the Women’s Committee as a museum fundraising event, 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 December 2–11, except for Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6 when the museum is closed. Adults $18, Students $15, Hartford Residents $3. The Wadsworth Atheneum usually waives admission fees every Wednesday–Sunday from 4–5 pm. Please note that guests visiting the museum at these times during the Festival of Trees & Traditions fundraiser will be charged $3 for their admission. The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

Friday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 18th:

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 4-9pm: Holiday Lights The park will be covered in lights, thousands of bulbs and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. A selection of children’s and family rides will be open. Adults $11.99 per person (online, $15.99 at the gate, children (4-10) $11.99 each and children 3 and under are free. Click here to purchase your tickets. Lake Compounce, Bristol


Friday – Saturday at 7pm: 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. Sunday, 12/22 and 12/18 at 2pm. The Repertory Theatre, New Britain

Friday, December 2nd – Friday, December 30th:

5 – 9pm: Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open “electric sleigh,” we promise you a good time and one that you’ll remember for years. Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the “Tunnel of Lights”. When you return, head inside the Visitors Center which has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with model trains, decorations galore and you can even buy a delicious cup of hot cocoa to sip as you enjoy the entertainment. Additionally, meet and pose for a picture with Santa. Santa will also have a gift for each child. Reoccurs on Friday-Sunday in December as well as from 6-9pm Monday, 12/28-Friday, 12/30. Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Friday, December 2nd – Saturday, December 10th:

Friday, December 2nd – Friday, December 30th:

The production runs November 25 to December 30. Weeknight and evening performances begin at 7:30pm Saturday, Sunday, and select weekday matinees begin at 2pm. Hartford Stage will host “Tiny Tim’s Holiday Food Drive” to benefit Hands on Hartford’s MANNA Community Pantry and Backpack Nutrition Program . The food drive will begin on Thursday, November 17 and continue through the run of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – Friday, November 25 through Friday, December 30Hartford Stage, Hartford

Friday, December 2nd – Saturday, December 31st:

Friday – Sunday at 10:30am and 3:30pm: Lars the Little Polar Bear is a story about a young polar bear who explores his arctic home, meeting friends along the way. Children will learn about the arctic climate, the animals that live here, and how to find the Big and Little Dipper in the night sky. Select Friday showings: 11/25, 12/23. Schedule changes the week of Saturday, 12/24-12/31 with daily showings (except Christmas Day). The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Friday – Sunday at 1pm: The Sky Tonight Using the planetarium’s digital projection system, astronomy educators take visitors on a live tour of the current night sky. Learn how to find visible planets and star patterns.  This show changes with the current season! Select Fridays: 11/25, 12/23 and 30. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Saturday, December 3rd:

9 – 10am: Winter Wonderland at Stew’s We will create homemade hot cocoa mix to take home, gingerbread cheesecake dip, sparkling Oreo snowman treats, popcorn snowballs, and snowflake decorations! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington

10am – 1pm: Holiday Poppers Celebrate the holidays at CHS with our annual popper craft! First invented by a London pastry chef in the 1840s, poppers (or “crackers”) have become timeless favorites. Poppers make great gifts, holiday party favors, or New Year’s Eve noisemakers. This program is free and great for all ages. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

10 – 11:30am: Natural Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Those age 12 and above will make a natural wreath from provided materials during this hands-on workshop. Participants have the choice of several different wreath styles to be used as gifts, decorations, or to feed winter birds. The cost is $15.00 for Windsor residents, $20.00 for non-residents. Registration is required. Northwest Park, Windsor



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11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Teddy Bear Tea Party Bring your beloved bear for a sweet treat & celebration of all things Christmas! Tea sandwiches, scones, Christmas cookies & a tasty herbal tea will warm the heart & body. A short story dedicated to the bear you love will finish our time together. Tea Party Tickets: $5 per child; $10 per adult; or $20 for families (2 adults & children). Reservations requested. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield

11am – 3pm: Santa Visit Santa Claus will meet with children in a Sikorsky helicopter. Photos are 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. Additional family fun activities include hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, Aircraft Quest Scavenger Hunts, and computerized Flight Simulators. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks

11am, 12pm and 3pm: 10th Annual Gingerbread Day Kids and adults alike have the opportunity to take part in an American tradition–building and decorating a gingerbread house. Gingerbread recipes appear in the oldest cookbooks. Ingredients like molasses, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar and cloves give gingerbread its distinctive taste. During the colonial era, many of these ingredients were hard to come by making gingerbread a special treat. There are three sessions available at 11am, 12pm, and 3pm. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. A maximum of two people may work on each house. Kits costs $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Noah Webster House, West Hartford

12 – 1:30pm: Sick of Getting Sick? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut,” and modern research supports this statement. If you are one of the 80 percent of North Americans who experience gut issues, your immune system is the key! 70 percent of your immune system is contained in your gut, and the bacteria that live in your intestines — the microbiome, are the game changers for boosting immunity. If you or your loved ones are experiencing: Bloating, constipation or diarrhea, upset stomach, food intolerance, autoimmune disease, mood swings, brain fog, thyroid issues, or weight loss resistance, this workshop is for you. In just one workshop you can: Learn what lifestyle factors are contrinuting to your unhealthy gut, and what to do about it. Gain the plan and PROTOCOL to heal your gut and restore your health. TFC Health Foods, Farmington

12 – 4pm: Sled Painting A family friendly event in which you paint an old sled with whatever scene you like. We provide the sled which you take home with you. Cost is $40 a sled. Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury

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2pm: Sensory Friendly Performance of A Christmas Carol Hartford Stage will host a sensory-friendly performance of its annual holiday classic, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families of children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. Hartford Stage, Hartford

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4 – 6pm: Jingle Bell Jubilee The Unionville Village Improvement Association and Unionville Museum are pleased to present the fifth annual Jingle Bell Jubilee. This afternoon and evening of lights, festivities and fun kicks off the holiday and shopping season in Unionville. Together, residents businesses and organizations come together for a wonderful holiday tradition that is free to all. Join us for caroling, a visit from Santa, games and activities for kids, ornament decorating, take your own picture holiday backdrop and more. Unionville Center, Unionville

5 – 7pm: When the Popes are Away, the Servants will Play! Join us for festive, theatrical holiday tours at Hill-Stead! Costumed actors from Miss Porter’s School perform period vignettes throughout the historic house on these family-friendly holiday tours. Concludes your evening with a complimentary seasonal beverage and holiday craft in the Carriage Porch. Tickets are timed with tours beginning every 30 minutes. Adults $15, children 18 and under,$10. Children under 6 are free. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

5 – 8pm: Candlelight Tour An evening of warmth, magic and tradition… The popular once-a-year event features a warm supper in the Whitman Tavern, followed by a tour with costumed actors portraying Connecticut’s changing holiday traditions from 1720 through 1899. New dramas and an expanded program are featured in this year’s event. New this year! An improved supper menu served on Colonial tinware and a choice of ale for a beverage! Museum members $15 and non-members $18. Children ages 6 and younger are free. Registration is required. Guests register for a specific tour time between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Once you register for the program, staff will call you to schedule you for the tour time of your choice. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

6 – 8pm: Winter Wonderland at Stew’s Join us at Stew’s for a night filled with winter wonderland recipes! We will create homemade hot cocoa mix to take home, gingerbread cheesecake dip, sparkling Oreo snowman treats and popcorn snowballs! In addition, we will paint a canvas of a winter scene! Snacks will be served. Ages 6 – 12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

8pm: Javier Colon Winner of NBC’s Inaugural Season of “The Voice,” Javier Colon is coming back to Hartford. The former lead singer of the Derek Trucks Band proves show after show that he possesses one of the greatest voices you will hear in pop music today. Not only does he have Billboard charted hits, Javier as also performed with Adam Levine, Stevie Nicks, Joss Stone, Darius Rucker, The Indigo Girls & Anthony Hamilton, just to name a few. Infinity Music Hall, Hartford

Saturday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 4th:

10am – 4pm: Hill-Stead Holiday Boutique Find unique holiday gifts while supporting local artists and artisans. More than 25 selected vendors present fine art, hand-made clothing, jewelry, home goods, gourmet food, pet items, and more. Get into the holiday spirit with delicious spiced wine, cider and gourmet food truck fare. Children’s tours and crafts plus a visit from Santa on Sunday! Admission to the boutique is free. Regular admission rates apply to tours of the house. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

10am – 5pm: Holiday Carnival Celebrate the Season of Science at the Connecticut Science Center’s Holiday Carnival. Look forward to a special showing of The Polar Express 3D, take a ride around the plaza on the Roaming Railroad, and grab a hot cup of cocoa at Froyo Station. Create memories and enjoy holiday-themed Live Science, strolling entertainment, and activities on our plaza. Shop at our Gift Shop or sign up for our Holiday Workshop to make gifts for your loved ones. We’ll even help with the wrapping!  Please bring donations to the ticket counter. Cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Receive $2 off per ticket per donation. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

Saturday from 11am to 3pm and Sunday from 12 – 4pm: Holiday Tea and Tour A very special event, by reservation only, with tea and a tour of the elegant and historic mansion, now owned by the Reichelt family. The house is becoming Manchester’s newest Bed-and-Breakfast inn. Tickets limited. $30 per person. This event coordinates with the Historical Society’s Open House on Saturday. Bring a friend and enjoy the holiday decor in an old-fashioned motif. Capture the spirit of the holiday season. Charles Cheney Mansion, Manchester

1 – 4pm: Home for the Holidays Experience the season’s splendor at the Phelps-Hatheway House where Bob Whitney interweaves fresh floral design with family heirlooms – European accents with colonial charm. Children’s activities throughout the weekend. Light refreshments served. Participate in our Gingerbread House Competition in three age categories: youth (12 and under), teen (13-18), & adult (19 and up). Entries need not be a house but preferably a Suffield structure. Children are encouraged to make their dream house! Bring your entry on Saturday, 12/3, at 12pm for judging and awards. Weekend Tour Tickets: $15; children 6-18: $10, under 6 are free. Phelps-Hathaway House & Garden, Suffield

3pm: Albano’s Nutcracker with Live Orchestra takes over Wetle Theater at Central Connecticut State University on December 3rd and 4th at 3pm. Don’t miss “The Best Nutcracker in Connecticut” featuring dance students from studios across the state of Connecticut and a full professional cast with international dancers from Japan, Russia, Hong Kong, Italy, Croatia and France. Albano Ballet Company @ Wetle Theater at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

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Saturday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 11th:

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Saturday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 18th:

Sunday, December 4th:

9:30am- 5:30pm: 36th Annual Holiday House Tour The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum present the 36th Annual Holiday House Tour! In addition to The Mark Twain House, which will be decorated for the holidays, five lovely homes will also be featured on the tour decorated for the holidays and featuring live music and floral arrangements. We are pleased to present these area homes and grateful to the owners for opening their doors to all friends of The Mark Twain House. The Twain House will be extra special this year with the opening of the restored Mahogany Suite and Carriage House barn. As part of this year’s Holiday House Tour, the tour of the Mark Twain House will feature the official reopening of the famed Mahogany Suite off the library. Closed for over a decade, we are thrilled to open it again to the public in its Gilded Age grandeur on this special day. Don’t miss it! Tickets: $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The Mark Twain House, Hartford 

10am – 12pm: Handmade Holiday Gifts: Less Spending, More Love Come join us in the beautiful space at The Little Green Tambourine (adults only please) as we get crafty making some handmade all-natural, non-toxic gifts from the heart. Share your stories of meaningful gifts you’ve received in the past. We will use pure essential oils to add safe, even health-promoting, fragrances to perfume your products. You’ll learn how to make: a large soy wax candle with your choice of essential oils, a set of 2 beeswax-coconut oil lip balms and lip shimmer, an exfoliating and moisturizing coconut oil sugar scrub and a foaming hand soap. $45 includes up to 4 wrapped gifts. Additional candle for $10; additional lip balms for $7; and additional sugar scrubs for $7. Boyle Public Health @ The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

11am – 3pm: Holiday Open House Bring the entire family out to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at their winter wonderland cottage, and make sure they bring their wish lists. While waiting to see Santa, enjoy a ride on the old fashioned horse-drawn hayride, visit with some of Santa’s animals, decorate holiday cookies, and more. There will be plenty of holiday cheer. Registration is not required for this event. This program is open to Winding Trails’ members and Farmington residents only. Fee: One non-perishable food item (per person) to be donated to the local food bank- after all, ‘tis the Holiday season! Winding Trails, Farmington

12pm and 12:30pm: Children’s Holiday Tours A special holiday tour designed just for kids! Enjoy shopping at the Holiday Boutique while your children (or grandchildren) explore the historic house—all decorated for the holidays—with our wonderful museum guides. Tour is open to children ages 6 to 12 and lasts 30 minutes. Included with the cost of admission. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

12:30 – 6pm: Market Days Come and join Hartford Stage for some shopping and a show! Local vendors will showcase unique items for purchase in our lobby. Doors will open before the show at 12:30 PM and booths will be open during intermission and after the show. Reoccurs on 12/10-11 and 12/17-18. Hartford Stage, Hartford

1pm: Wittenpoofs with the Duke’s Men of Yale The Whiffenpoofs are without a doubt the most famous college a cappella group in the world, and we are excited to have them make their Hartford debut for what promises to a holiday a cappella extravaganza! Infinity Music Hall, Hartford 

1pm: Mother and Daughter Tea and Christmas Craft Program An opportunity for Mothers and Daughters to enjoy time and tea together. After tea service you create a special Christmas craft to take home. Cost $15 per person. Simsbury Historical Society, Simsbury

4pm: The Hip Hop Nutcracker A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, sets out on its second national tour following the success of last year’s sold-out inaugural tour across the United States and Russia. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve. The Bushnell, Hartford

4 – 5pm: Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to come to The White Hart and talk with children and those who are kids at heart. Join us for hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies, then stay for the tree lighting and parade of lights! Sponsored by the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce. The White Hart, Salisbury

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