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Article Published November 22, 2017
Shoreline Holiday Events from East Haven to Essex
Erin Shanley, Audience Engagement Editor

Friday, Nov. 24

Harvesting History: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Features reproductions of English and Native American trade items, 17th century New England food, "Make Your Marke" quill pen writing activity, readings of the Pilgrim Cat storybook, and self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House and Holidaze exhibit. Cost: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and college students; $5 for children (6 to 17); free for children 5 and younger. Free parking available. For info, contact 203-453-2457 or whitfieldmuseum@ct.gov, or visit www.cultureandtourism.org or www.facebook.com/henrywhitfieldstatemuseum.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Eagle Hose Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 Wreath Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eagle Hose Volunteer Company Fire House, 120 Whitfield St., Guilford.

Angels & Elves Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. John's Catholic School, 42 Maynard Rd., Old Saybrook. Features local crafts, penny cup auction, quilt raffle, and Santa. Breakfast and lunch available. Free. For info, call 860-304-3420.

Animal Haven Annual Holiday Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church St. Features vendors, a bake sale, and raffle. Proceeds benefit The Animal Haven. Donations of crafts and new items accepted. Volunteers needed. For info, contact chriskat32@aol.com.

Annual Tree Lighting: 1 to 5 p.m. East Haven Town Green. Presented by East Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Town of East Haven. Features hot cocoa, cookie decorating, s'mores, obstacle course, kiddie train and hay rides, bike raffle, and entertainment by Joseph Melillo Middle School Chorus and Band, and The Dance Connection. Santa will visit at 2 p.m. and the lighting of the tree is at 5 p.m. Free admission. For info, call 203-467-4305 or visit www.easthavenchamber.com.

Mystic's Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: Parade begins at 6:20 p.m.; Santa arrives to Mystic River Park at 2 p.m. by tugboat; Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Boats parade down Mystic River and return to Mystic River Park. For info, visit www.mysticchamber.org.

Annual Tree Lighting and Parade: 6 p.m. Parade leaves from Branford High School at 6 p.m. Tree lighting immediately follows on the Branford Town Green. Rain date: Sunday, Nov. 26. For info, call 203-488-8304 or visit www.branford-ct.gov/parks.

Sunday, Nov. 26

Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing & Boat Parade: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Lantern-lit carol stroll down Main St. starts at Essex Town Hall, 29 West Ave., at 4:30 p.m. and ends at the Connecticut River Museum. Features Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and antique cars. Bring lanterns or flashlights. Decorated boats will parade down the Connecticut River. Santa and his elves will visit with children on the lawn in front of the museum. Presented by the Connecticut River Museum, Essex Board of Trade, and Essex Historical Society. For info, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org.

Thursday, Nov. 30

New Haven Tree Lighting: 4 to 8 p.m. Features petting zoo, carnival ride, visit with Santa, refreshments, live entertainment, and more. For info, visit www.infonewhaven.com/holidays.

Friday, Dec. 1

Annual Christmas Boutique and Candlelight Walk: Christmas Boutique at St. George Parish Center, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Candlelight Walk on Broad St., 6 to 9 p.m. Presented by the Guilford Garden Club. For info, call 203-453-6683.

North Branford Annual Tree Lighting: 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the North Branford Augur property, Route 22 North Branford. Hosted by North Branford Recreation Department and North Branford Rotary. Hot chocolate, cookies, music, Santa Claus, ice sculpting, hayrides, food trucks and more (to be announced).

Firelight Festival: 4 to 8 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Features festive luminaria, lanterns, outdoor fires, refreshments, tours of Connecticut's oldest house after dark, the Holidaze exhibit, natural holiday ornaments crafts, and hourly readings of The Night Before Christmas. Cost: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and college students; $5 for children (6 to 17); free for children 5 and younger. Non-perishable food donations for Guilford Food Bank and new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots encouraged. No rain or snow date. For info, contact 203-453-2457 or whitfieldmuseum@ct.gov, or visit www.cultureandtourism.org or www.facebook.com/henrywhitfieldstatemuseum.

Magic Conductor Holiday Show: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St. With Steve Woyce. For all ages. Registration required. For info, call 203-453-8282 or visit www.guilfordfreelibrary.org.

Eagle Hose Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 Wreath Sale: 5 to 8 p.m. during the Christmas Tree Lighting. Eagle Hose Volunteer Company Fire House, 120 Whitfield St., Guilford.

Holiday Night Festival: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. Features tree lighting on Main and Maple Streets, carol sing-along at 6 p.m., unique gifts, seasonal menus, and more. For info, visit www.facebook.com/visitchesterct.

Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: 5 to 9 p.m. Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty St. Free. For info, call 860-510-2789.

Madison Tree Lighting: 6 p.m. Madison Green. For info, visit www.madisonct.com.

Handbell Concert: 5:30 p.m. St. George's Church, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford (before the tree-lighting ceremony). The North Guilford Congregational Church Handbell Choir will play a program of holiday favorites. Freewill offering to benefit Meals on Wheels. For info, call 203-453-8359.

Guilford Tree Lighting: 6 to 7 p.m. Guilford Green. For info, visit www.shorelinechamberct.com.

The United Girls' Choir Concert: 7 p.m. The Christian Science Church, 17 Whitfield St., Guilford (after the tree lighting). Freewill offering to benefit Meals on Wheels. For info, call 203-453-8359.

Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2

Christmas on the Hill Faire: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Essex First Congregational Church, 6 Methodist Hill. Features gifts, wreaths, jewelry, home baked cookies, and a silent auction with dolls. For info, call 860-767-1939.

Holiday Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Chester Public Library, 21 W. Main St. Proceeds benefit library programs and purchases. For info, call 860-526-0018.

Christmas Festival: 5 to 8 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. United Methodist Church, 811 E. Main St., Branford. Features bake shoppe, handcrafts, and more. Pasta dinner on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.; cost: $8.50 per person ($22 for families with children 18 and younger), with 10 percent of profits to Community Dining Room. Breakfast sandwiches and luncheon menu available on Saturday. For info, call 203-488-0549 or visit www.umcbranford.org.

Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3

St. Lawrence Christmas Fair: Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Saint Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Dr., Killingworth. Features a silent auction, gifts and gift baskets, basket raffle, and evergreen decorations. On Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., children can get their photo taken with Santa and there will be an antique fire engine. Food includes homemade pies, soup, hot dogs, pizza, meatball grinders, and more. For info, contact 860-663-2576 or stlawrencec@yahoo.com, or visit www.stlawrencechurch.com.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Breakfast with Santa: 8 to 11 a.m. Westbrook Fire House, 18 South Main St. Features plain and chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and tea. Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and children 12 and younger; $3 for a 4x6 photo with Santa in a framed card. Hosted by Westbrook High School Project Graduation. For info, call 860-989-6591.

Christmas Craft Fair: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Joseph's Church, 48 Middlesex Tpke., Chester. Features vendors selling jams, jellies, clothing, home décor, and more; lunch including soups, sandwiches, and chili; homemade baked treats; a White Elegance Sale with new and gently-used home décor items, small appliances, and quality consignment clothing at discounted prices; and the Dixie basket raffle. Free admission. For info, call 860-526-5495 or visit www.stjosephs-chester.org.

St. Mary's Ladies Guild Annual Christmas Bazaar: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Mary's School Gym, 62 Cedar St., Branford. Features Christmas Trim-a-Home, arts & crafts (handcrafted afghans, hats, handbags), a Household White Elephant Sale, jewelry, gift and raffle baskets with new items and gift certificates, and fresh evergreen arrangements. Offering breakfast and lunch items, and a bake shop with home baked pies, cakes, and homemade candy. For info, contact 203-483-8277 or aliceshines1@gmail.com.

Ye Olde English Christmas Faire: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. Features unique gifts and baskets filled with surprises; home baked pies, cakes, and sweets; knitted and crocheted items; toys and games for children; and photos with Santa. Foods include seafood bisque, chili, fresh-made, light lunch, and snacks. For info, contact 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net, or visit www.deeprivercc.org

Historical Society Christmas Fair: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Farmhouse at Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. Hosted by the Killingworth Historical Society. For info, visit www.parmeleefarm.org.

Holly Day Christmas Faire: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winthrop Baptist Church, 444 Winthrop Rd., Deep River. Features handcrafted ornaments and gifts, Christmas wreaths and sprays, a gingerbread creation contest, baked goods and candies, a Christmas-themed white elephant sale, brief tours and a history discussion about the church and its sanctuary, and a small craft for kids and a Santa letter writing station. Lunch will be available. Free. For info, call 860-526-5241 or visit www.winthropbaptist.org.

Holiday Crafts Fair & Cookie Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd. Features 40 quality artisans, food, gifts, and more than 4,000 homemade cookies. Free admission. For info, call 203-421-3241.

Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christ and the Epiphany Church, 39 Park Pl., East Haven. Features Santa, Connecticut-made craft items, fresh floral arrangements and wreaths, homemade canned goods, baked goodies, jewelry, books, seasonal treasures in the Christmas Room and Good Shepherd Thrift Shop, and a raffle for a gift basket, gift certificate, and lottery ticket raffles. Hot meals available. Free admission. For info, call 203-467-2310 or visit www.christandtheepiphany.org.

Christmas Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 14 Prospect St., Essex. Features a silent auction, basket raffle, children's gift buying table, face painting, craft table, bake sale, and café for lunch, coffee, and bagels. Free admission. For info, call 860-767-1284.

Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Church of Christ, 55 Church Rd., Clinton. Features homemade cookies, local craft vendors, a children's shopping room, Christmas tag sale, tea cup auction, quilt raffle, luncheon, and a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. For info, call 860-669-5735 or visit www.firstchurchclinton.org.

90th Annual Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St. Features handmade gifts, wreaths, homemade baked goods, candy, toys, books, Christmas ornaments, and raffles, with traditional breakfast and luncheon available. Free admission. For info, call 203-488-7201 or visit www.firstcongregationalbranford.org.

Holiday Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cedar Woods, 80 Cedar St., Branford. Features handcrafted items, a book sale, and a huge White Elephant Sale. Cash only. Proceeds benefit Feed Branford Kids. Vendors welcome. For info, call 203- 481-6028.

Tree Ornament Class: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Old Saybrook Parks and Recreation, 308 Main St. Cost: $5. For children ages 3 to 5 years old. For info, call 860-395-3152 or visit www.oldsaybrookrec.com.

The Pierce Campbell Jazz Trio: 2 p.m. Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. This trio features Pierce Campbell on guitar and vocals, Tony Pasqualoni on acoustic bass, and Loren Evarts on keyboards performing classic holiday songs from artists like Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. Includes complimentary refreshments. For info, visit www.facebook.com/events/840403179453299.

Christmas at the Farm: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Parmelee Pavilion at Parmelee Farm, 465 Route 81, Killingworth. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. For info, contact peg@killingworthct.com or www.killingworthct.com.

Winter Wonderland: Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Features pictures with Santa, tree lighting, cookie decorating, Christmas carolers, letters to Santa, complimentary Christmas cookies and brownies, hot cider, hot cocoa, and coffee. Free. For info, call 860-399-5901 or visit www.watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Ivoryton Illuminations: 5 to 8 p.m. Features carol signing; free visits with Santa; and special events at Blue Hound Cookery and Taproom, Copper Beech Inn, Elephant Crossing, iCRV Radio, Ivoryton Fire House, Ivoryton Inn, Ivoryton Library, Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton Tavern and Café, and Six Summit Gallery. Presented by Ivoryton Village Alliance.

A Bocelli Christmas with Franco Corso: 6 to 10 p.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cocktail Hour, 6 p.m.; First Set; 6:30 p.m.; Buffet Dinner: 7:15 p.m.; Selected Set: 8 p.m. Cost: $49 per person. For info, call 860-399-5901 or visit www.watersedgeresortandspa.com/event/a-bocelli-christmas.

Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus Holiday Concert: 7 p.m. First Congregational Church of Madison, 26 Meeting House Ln. Christmas carols sung at the end. Cost: $25 if purchased from Cappella member or online by Nov. 26; $30 at the door; free for students. For info, call 860-526-1038 or visit www.cappellacantorum.org.

Tree Lighting and Ugly Sweater Party: The Stand, 196 South Montowese St., Branford. Features a caroling sing-along from 7 to 8 p.m., holiday tree lighting at 8 p.m., and music by Wango Tango. Guests encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to donate. For info, call 203-433-4728.

Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3

Christmas Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday. Church Hall of St. George of Guilford, 33 Whitfield St. For info, call 203-421-5082.

25th Annual Holiday Open House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main St., Branford. Features handmade gift items, including holiday decorations. Free admission. Refreshments provided by Take the Cake. Portion of proceeds benefits Feed Branford Kids. Cynthia's Flower Shop will hold a Hanging Succulent Terrarium Workshop on Saturday at 1 p.m. ($15); call 203-481-3115 to register by Nov. 24. For info, call 203-481-3505 or visit www.marthalinkwalsh.com.

Ahavah: The Story of Christmas: 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday and 4 p.m., Sunday. Morgan School, 71 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. Presented by Living Rock Church. Proceeds benefit Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Cost: $15. For info, call 860-663-2069 or visit www.theahavahstory.com.

The Magic Toyshop: Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. East Haven High School Theater, 35 Wheelbarrow Ln. Presented by Starship Dance Theater. For info or tickets, visit www.tututix.com or @StarshipDanceCT on Facebook.

A Walk Through Bethlehem: 6 to 8 p.m. Clinton Bible Fellowship, 70 East Main St. Features a guided tour through "biblical Bethlehem" for all ages, petting zoo, and Bethlehem photo booth. Free admission. Guests will receive a special Christmas gift from Clinton Bible Fellowship. For info, call 860-669-2155 or visit www.clintonbiblefellowshipct.org.

Saturday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 10

28th Annual Trees of Hope: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maritime Center, 555 Long Wharf Dr., New Haven. Features more than 130 decorated trees, wreaths, and other holiday arrangements donated by the community to be raffled off on the last day. Also includes a holiday boutique, as well as live musical performances and visits from Santa on the weekends. Free. Raffle tickets sold for $1 each. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. For info, visit www.rmh-ct.org.

Sunday, Dec. 3

Scholarship Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Church, 57 Pond Hill Rd., North Haven. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, and orange juice. Cost: $8; free for children 3 years and younger. Proceeds benefit the Lodge's scholarships to local high school seniors. All of Santa's village children's activities, and pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Elves, are free. Hosted by the North Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge 2805. For info, contact 203-234-0215 or daves4fam@comcast.net, or visit www.northhavenlodge2805.club.

Santa Visits & Holiday Festival: 2 to 4 p.m. Downtown Madison. Features caroling by DHHS Encore, free cocoa and hayrides, storytelling, visits from Santa, and more. Santa arrives at Café Allegra by horse-drawn carriage at 2 p.m. Children can visit Santa from 2 to 4 p.m. For info, visit www.madisonct.com.

North Haven Tree Lighting: 2 to 5 p.m. Town Green. Features Minotti Music, Santa's workshop, cookie decorating, refreshments, face painting, and more.

Festival of Christmas Music: 3 p.m. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. Features pianist Bil Groth followed by a reception hosted by Adult Fellowship. Cost: $10; free for children under 6. For info, contact 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net, or visit www.deeprivercc.org.

Build a Gingerbread House: 3 to 5 p.m. Deacon Timothy Pratt House, 325 Main St., Old Saybrook. Includes eggnog and Christmas carolers. Space is limited. For info, call 860-395-1229.

Westbrook Parade and Tree Lighting: 4 to 6 p.m. Westbrook Town Green. Features ice carving, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, carol singing, crafts, performances, s'mores, bonfire, refreshments, and more. Free. For info, visit www.westbrookct.us.

ABC Annual Holiday Concert: 4:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 26 Meeting House Ln., Madison. For info, visit www.madisonct.com.

Advent Dinner and Celebration: Dinner at 5 p.m.; celebration at 6 p.m. North Guilford Congregational Church, 159 Ledge Hill Rd. For info, contact office@northguilforducc.org.

Stony Creek Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting: For info, visit www.stonycreekchurchct.org.

Christmas in Clinton: 1 to 8 p.m. throughout Clinton center. The town's major Christmas event, with activities for kids, musical performances, food vendors, and more. For info and a full listing of the day's events, visit www.christmasinclinton.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Musical Art Society of Branford Holiday Concert: 7 p.m. The Hearth at Gardenside, 173 Alps Rd., Branford. Features MAS members. Free. For info, call 203-481-6952.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Gingerbread House Workshop: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St. Houses will be displayed in the children's department. For ages 9 and older. Space is limited. Registration required. For info, call 203-453-8282 or visit www.guilfordfreelibrary.org.

Sip, Shop & Stroll with the Branford Center Merchants: 5 to 8 p.m. Features special offers and treats at participating merchants. For info, visit www.facebook.com/discoverbranford.

Wednesday, Dec. 6 to Saturday, Dec. 9

Holiday Meals at Old Brick: The Clinton Historical Society hosts two gourmet holiday luncheons at noon on Dec. 6 and 7 and firelight dinners at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 9 at the 1750Old Brick, 103 East Main St, Clinton. Luncheon: $20; dinner: $30. Reservations are required. For reservations and more information, call Mary Bovich at 860-669-5318.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Holiday Vase Paint Party: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Community Room of Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. With Cindy Stevens Fine Art. All materials included. Hot chocolate and holiday cookies will be served. For teens in grades 6 to 12. Registration encouraged, but not required. For info, call 860-669-2342 or visit www.hchlibrary.org.

Annual Christmas Rotary Dinner: 5 to 7 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1009 Main St., Branford. Cost: $2. Limited to first 175 members who register; members allowed one guest. Transportation available upon request. For info, contact 203-315-0684 or ncohen@branford-ct.gov.

Friday, Dec. 8

Festival of Lights: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., and Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd. Features complimentary refreshments in the Meeting House, holiday music by Ragtime Too from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., outdoor entertainment, and more. For info, visit www.oldemistickvillage.com or www.mysticaquarium.org.

Holiday Biz Bash: 6 p.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Cost: $56 per person (group discounts available); includes buffet dinner, DJ, and cash bar. For info, call 860-399-5901, ext. 2042.

Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9

Elf, Jr.: The Musical: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Madison Arts Barn, 8 Campus Dr. For info, call 203-245-2689 or visit www.madisonartsbarn.org.

Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec. 10

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. For info, visit www.shubert.com.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Holiday Stroll: The town's biggest Christmas event, with caroling, sleigh rides, gingerbread contest, and treelighting. The day starts with a winter 5K run10 a.m. For info, visit www.deepriverct.us.

A Holiday Boutique: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Essex Town Hall, 29 West Ave. Features Santa's Café, unique gifts, festive clothing, and holiday arrangements. Free admission. For info, visit www.essexhousetour.org.

Happy Holidays Pop-Up Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community Room of Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Features new and used music CDs, DVDs, as well as hardcover and paperback books for all ages and many stocking stuffers. Hosted by Scranton Library Friends. Free admission. Gift-wrapping provided for a donation. All proceeds benefit programs at Scranton Library. For info, contact 203-245-7365 or friends@scrantonlibrary.org.

Essex Holiday House Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A self-guided walking tour of seven Essex homes, the Essex Historical Society's Pratt House and Hills Academy, and the Connecticut River Museum. Cost: $30 in advance; $35 the day of (tickets available in Town Hall). Tickets available at The Griswold Inn Store, One North Main, and Walker Loden in Essex; Centerbrook Cheese Shop; Saybrook Country Barn; Lark in Chester; Celebrations in Deep River; Bowerbird in Old Lyme; Walker Loden in Madison and New Haven; and Child & Family Agency in New London. For info, visit www.essexhousetour.org.

Cookie Decorating Class: Ages 3 to 5, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; kindergarten to third grade, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Old Saybrook Parks and Recreation, 308 Main St. Cost: $5. Advance registration requested. Cookies and frosting provided. Cookies are donated by Pursuit of Pastry. For info, call 860-395-3152 or visit www.oldsaybrookrec.com.

Ice Carving Competition: Noon to 4 p.m. Broadway Island, Downtown New Haven. Features Yuletide Carolers, hot cocoa, live music, a raffle, and more. For info, visit www.theshopsatyale.com/holidays.

Gingerbread Houses: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Community Room of Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. For info, call 203-468-3890 or visit www.hagamanlibrary.org.

Stony Creek Christmas Pageant: 6 to 8 p.m. Features seven nativity scenes with actors and live animals, plus the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps. A musical performance by Allegro Performing Arts Academy is at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 192 Thimble Island Rd. Pageant begins at Stony Creek Museum and ends at Stony Creek Dock. Stony Creek Congregational Church will hold an Open House with refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Sponsored by Stony Creek Congregational Church. For info, call 488-7827 or visit www.stonycreekchurchct.org.

Torchlight Parade: Old Saybrook's largest holiday celebration takes over Main Street with a parade, music, and more from 6 to 9 p.m. For info, visit www.oldsaybrookchamber.com.

Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10

The Nutcracker: 1:30 and 7 p.m. Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London. Performed by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet. Tickets: $22 to $49. For more info and tickets visit www.gardearts.org.

Con Brio Choral Society Christmas Concert: 8 p.m., Saturday and 3 p.m., Sunday. Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme. Program: Rutter's Magnificat, Gabrieli's Buccinate, carols, and other pieces. Cost: $30; $15 for students. For info, visit www.conbrio.org.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Brunch with Santa: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Visit with Santa and performance by Connecticut Yuletide Carolers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $38 for adults; $22 for children under 12; free for children under 5. For info, call 860-399-5901 or visit www.watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Las Posadas Parade: 1 p.m. A Christmas procession down Main St. led by Mary, Joseph, and their donkey in the style of the 400 year-old Mexican tradition. Meet at Deep River Public Library to begin. Sponsored by Deep River Congregational Church. For info, contact 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net, or visit www.deeprivercc.org.

Winter Swing: Voices and Vibes: 2 p.m. North Haven High School, 221 Elm St. Features Silk'n Sounds women's a cappella chorus and world-renowned jazz vibes and marimba performer and composer Arthur Lipner. For info or tickets, visit www.silknsounds.org.

St. Lawrence Christmas Concert: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saint Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Dr., Killingworth. Features congregational singing of carols, songs by the adult and children's choirs, other musicians and vocalists, and refreshments. For info, contact 860-663-2576 or stlawrencec@yahoo.com, or visit www.stlawrencechurch.com.

What's Cookin' at the Deacon?: 3 to 5 p.m. Deacon Timothy Pratt House, 325 Main St., Old Saybrook. Make and sample traditional cookies. Space is limited. Free. For info, call 860-395-1229.

Sundays, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17

Santa Present Delivery to Your Door in a Firetruck: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $25; cash or check. Participants will be contacted with more info when date gets closer. Offered by North Madison Fire and Madison Hose Co. No. 1. For info, visit www.nmvfc.org/news/2017-santa-fundraiser.

Monday, Dec. 11

Gingerbread Houses: 6:30 p.m. Children's Program Room of North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm St. For ages 4 to 14. Cost: $2. In-person registration required. Payment due at time of registration. For info, call 203-239-5803 or visit www.northhavenlibrary.net.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 to Thursday, Dec. 14

Santa Hotline: 4 to 6 p.m. Branford Recreation Department, 46 Church St. Children can talk to Santa Claus. Free. Space is limited. Early registration encouraged. For info or registration forms, visit www.branfordrecreation.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Canoe Brook Holiday Luncheon Celebration: Doors open at 11:45 a.m.; celebration is at noon. Chowder Pot, 560 East Main St., Branford. Entrée choices include prime rib or beef, baked stuffed shrimp casserole, and chicken Florentine. Entertainment by the Ray and Karen Show. Cost: $30 per person. Register with payment by Dec. 1. Transportation available upon request.

Kindness Cards and Cocoa: 1 to 5 p.m. Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. Make holiday cards for seniors living at The Shoreline at Clinton. Guests of all ages may make cards to give and to bring home. For info, visit www.facebook.com/events/302806496900223.

Holiday House Decorating: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Branford Recreation Department, 46 Church St. Free. For info or to register, call 203-488-8304.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Hanukkah Fun: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St. Features reading of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel by Julie Harris and Hesch Sommer D. Min, holiday music with movement, and snacks. For ages 5 and older. Registration requested. For info, call 203-453-8282 or visit www.guilfordfreelibrary.org.

Friday, Dec. 15

Hanukkah Service and Celebration with Choir: 7 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Hwy., Chester. For info, call 860-526-8920 or visit www.cbsrz.org.

Saturday, Dec. 16

A Christmas Carol: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $12 to $20. For info, call 877-503-1286 or visit www.katharinehepburntheater.org.

Holly Day Christmas Faire: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Winthrop Baptist Church, 444 Winthrop Rd., Deep River. Features handcrafted ornaments and gifts, Christmas greens, a gingerbread creation contest, baked goods and candies, a Christmas-themed white elephant sale, brief tours and a history discussion about the church, and a small craft for kids and a Santa letter writing station. Lunch will be available. Free. For info, call 860-526-5241 or visit www.winthropbaptist.org.

Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17

New Haven Ballet Presents The Nutcracker: 1 and 5 p.m. Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. For info, visit www.shubert.com.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Annual Grinch Story Time: 10:30 a.m. R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free; no registration required. Photo opportunity with the Grinch available. Donations of gently-used books for Read to Grow accepted. For info, visit www.rjjulia.com.

Ninth Annual Handel Messiah Sing or Listen: 4 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Singalong is open to all. Bring Messiah scores or they will be provided. Singers rehearse at 3:30 p.m. For info, call 860-388-2871 or visit www.cappellacantorum.org.

Living Nativity: 5 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church, 129 Ledge Hill Rd., Guilford. Refreshments served in the church following the performance. For info, visit www.stjohnsguilford.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

The Bolshoi Ballet in HD: The Nutcracker: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. For info, visit www.katharinehepburntheater.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Holiday Song Sing-Along with Edward Leonard: 5:30 p.m. Deep River Public Library, 150 Main St. Mrs. Claus will be a surprise guest. Free. No registration is required. For info, contact 860-526-6039 or drplchildrensdept@gmail.com.

Sunday, Dec. 24

Festival of Music Worship Service: 10 a.m. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. Presented by Senior and Junior choirs and Chancel Handbell choirs. The church will be decorated with poinsettias given in memory and celebration of loved ones. A special coffee hour will be held after worship in the Fellowship Hall. For info, contact 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net, or visit www.deeprivercc.org.

Christmas Pageant: 11 a.m. North Guilford Congregational Church, 159 Ledge Hill Rd. For info, contact office@northguilforducc.org or visit www.northguilforducc.org.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 5 p.m. Caroling with organ and strings at 5 p.m.; service at 5:30 p.m. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Rd., Killingworth. Free admission. For info, call 860-663-1109 or visit www.churchinthewilderness.org.

Christmas Eve Pageant: 5:30 p.m. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. Features costumed shepherds, angels, and wise men singing carols and telling the story of Christmas. For info, contact 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net, or visit www.deeprivercc.org.

Candlelight Service: 11 p.m. North Guilford Congregational Church, 159 Ledge Hill Rd. For info, contact office@northguilforducc.org or visit www.northguilforducc.org.

Candlelight Communion Service: 11 p.m. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. Guests share in communion in the front of the church. Service closes with lighting individual candles and singing "Silent Night." For info, contact 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net, or visit www.deeprivercc.org.

Friday, Dec. 29

New Year's Eve Party: 10:30 a.m. Deep River Public Library, 150 Main St. An all ages event with karaoke, photo props, faux champagne, a balloon drop, and New Year's count down. For info, contact 860-526-6039 or drplchildrensdept@gmail.com.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Family Worship Service: 10 a.m. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. With a special Christmas story by Rev. Timothy Haut. No 8:30 a.m. service. For info, contact 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net, or visit www.deeprivercc.org.

New Year's Eve Celebration: 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The Woodwinds, 29 School Ground Rd., Branford. Features Chef Silvio's signature seven course dinner, premium open bar, a DJ, party favors, and midnight Champagne toast. Cost: $100 per person. Reservations required. For info or to make reservations, call 203-481-6577.

New Year's Eve Celebration: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Features open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, four-course dinner, live entertainment by Nick Fradiani, Sr. and The Langley Project, and a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Cost: $139. For info or to make reservations, visit www.watersedgeresortandspa.com/event/new-years-eve-celebrations.

New Year's Eve Party: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Amarante's Sea Cliff, 62 Cove St., New Haven. Features open bar, music, party hats and favors, passed hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and a midnight Champagne toast. Cost:  $100 per person. Reservations required. For info or to make reservations, call 203-467-2531.

New Year's Eve Gala: 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook. Features passed hors d'oeuvres, a raw bar and sushi bar, dinner, premium open bar, live music from The Cartells, and a midnight Champagne toast. Cost: $139.95 per person. For info or to make reservations, call 860-863-4486.

Black and White Ball: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd. Features live entertainment by Nancy Paolino & The Black Tie Band, food, and drink. Proceeds benefit Mystic Aquarium's Missoni Programs. Cost: $125 per person. Reservations required. For info or to make reservations, visit www.mysticaquarium.org/event/new-years-eve.

Ongoing

Holiday Light Fantasia: Runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 1. Open Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Ave., Hartford. Visit Santa on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $15 for cars of up to 10 passengers; $25 for limousines; $50 for mini buses of up to 30 passengers; $100 for full-size buses. For info, visit www.holidaylightfantasia.org.

Letters to Santa: Nov. 24 to Dec. 15. Children can write a letter to Santa and he will write a letter in return. Letters can be dropped off in the North Pole Mailbox at the North Haven Recreation Center with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Letters will not be accepted after Dec. 15.

Santa's Trolley Winter Wonderland: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 24, 25, and 26; and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven. Last trolley leaves at 7 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. Tickets available online and at the door. For info, visit www.shorelinetrolley.org/event/santas-trolley-winter-wonderland-34.

Santa Special: Runs Nov. 24 to 26; Dec. 2 to 3; Dec. 9 to 10; Dec. 16 to 17; and Dec. 23. Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Cost: $24 for coach tickets; $40 for first class car. For info, visit www.essexsteamtrain.com/seasonal-excursions/santa-special.

Lantern Light Tours: A Christmas Ghost Story: Runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 23. Mystic Seaport. 5 to 8:45 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8, and 17; 5 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 25, and Dec. 2, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Tours leave every 15 minutes and are approximately 70 minutes long. Expect uneven terrain. Cost: $32 for adults 18 and older ($26 for members); $25 for children ages 5 to 17 ($19 for members); free for children ages 4 and younger (no more than four children younger than 4 per tour). Advance registration required. Tours limited to 16 tickets. Not recommended for children under 4 years old. Tours depart from Sanger Visitors Reception Center, 47 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. Free parking is available across the street. For info, call 860-572-0711 or visit www.mysticseaport.org.

Chester's Holiday Market: Sundays, Nov. 26 to Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown Chester. For info, visit www.chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com/holiday-market-info.

Story Time with Santa and Jewish Storytelling: Sundays, Nov. 26, and Dec. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. Claire's Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel St., New Haven. Includes cookies and milk. Selfies with Santa is from 3 to 4 p.m. No Jewish storytelling on Nov. 26. For info, visit www.theshopsatyale.com/holidays.

Horse and Carriage Rides: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 to 17 and Saturday, Dec. 23. Participants will be picked up and dropped off on the corner of College and Chapel Streets, and York and Elm Streets in Downtown New Haven. Free. For info, visit www.theshopsatyale.com/holidays.

Christmastime Teas: Runs Dec. 5 to Dec. 23. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open Tuesday to Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Cost: $35 for members and $40 for non-members; includes admission to museum, Magic of Christmas Celebration, and discount at Museum Shop. No seatings on Dec. 7 and Dec. 15. For info, call 860-434-5542, ext. 111 or visit www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org.

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. Runs Dec. 7 to 17. Cost: $35 for adults; $32 for seniors; $20 for students; $15 for children. Group rates available. For info, visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.

Letters to Santa: Through Dec. 11. Fill out children's information at Old Saybrook Parks and Recreation, 308 Main St., and they will send it to the North Pole for Santa to write a letter to the child. Cost: $2. Deadline is Dec. 11. For info, visit www.oldsaybrookrec.com.

North Pole Hotline: Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas elves will make calls on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Only first 50 applicants will receive calls. For info or an application, visit www.northhaven-ct.gov.

Write to Santa: Letters due by Friday, Dec. 15. Children can write letters to Santa and he will write a personalized letter back. Letters with children's name and address should be sent to: Santa Claus, c/o General Delivery, North Pole, Branford, CT, 06405.

A Connecticut Christmas Carol: Runs through Dec. 24. The Terris Theatre, 33 North Main St., Chester. Sensory-friendly performance: Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Open caption performance: Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. For info, call 860-873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.

Holiday Show: Runs through Dec. 30. Branford Art Center, 1229 Main St. For info, call 860-334-4642 or visit www.branfordartcenterct.com.

Fantasy of Lights: Runs through Dec. 31. Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven. Open Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: $10 for car/family van; $25 for mini-bus; $50 for full0size bus. For info, visit www.eastersealsgoodwill.org/event/fantasy-of-lights.

Deck the Walls: Runs through Jan. 5. Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. For info, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org.

Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. through Jan. 7. Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St. Features handmade crafts by artisans from across America. Proceeds benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center's educational and community programs. A Jewelry & Champagne Reception is on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Men's Shopping Night is on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. For info, call 203-453-5947 or visit www.guilfordartcenter.org.

Holiday Show: Winter, Its Beauty and Secrets: Runs through Jan. 14. Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. For info, call 860-767-0742 or visit www.spectrumgallery.org.

24th Annual Holiday Train Show: On exhibit through Feb. 19. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. Free with museum admission. For info, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org.