Monday, September 21, 2020

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Holiday Events Across the Shoreline

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John Danbury leads a group of special guests on stage during a performance of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” during last year’s Holiday Extravaganza with

Silk’n Sounds Chorus. Photo by Susan Lambert/Zip06.com

John Danbury leads a group of special guests on stage during a performance of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” during last year’s Holiday Extravaganza with Silk’n Sounds Chorus. (Photo by Susan Lambert/Zip06.com )

Saturday, Nov. 23

Annual Holiday Craft Fair: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Estuary Council Senior Center, 220 Main St., Old Saybrook. Features more than two dozen artisans and vendors displaying handmade items, including artwork, quilts, pottery, sea glass art, photo cards, jewelry, ornaments, a handmade doll house, and more. Baked Goods Table for homemade treats. Santa and one of his elves from 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast sandwiches, home fries, coffee, and tea available for purchased on site. For info, call 860-388-1611.

Thanksgiving Turkey and Gift Card Drive: 9 a.m. to noon. The United Church of Chester (UCC), 29 W. Main St. Turkeys, turkey breasts, and perishable items can be donated on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at UCC. Gift cards of $10 and more from Adams in Deep River are requested and can be dropped off at the UCC office before Nov. 23. For info, call 860-526-2697.

Holiday Craft Fair/Bake/Tag Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary, 82 West Main St., Clinton. Vendor tables: $25 for the day. For info, contact 203-671-2233 or clintonaux@yahoo.com.

Totoket Historical Society Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reynolds-Beers House, 1740 Foxon Rd., North Branford. Goods include decorative items, costume jewelry, handmade articles, linens, baked treats, jams, pickles, and condiments. Proceeds benefit the Reynolds-Beers House, the Little Red School House, the Miller Barn and the Little White Gas Station. For info, call 203-481-5268.

Annual Holly Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Branford Congregational Church, 1680 Foxon Rd. Features handmade crafts, better treasures, jewelry, Country Kitchen offering breads, homemade candy, and more, Cookie Walk, and basket raffles. For info, call 203-488-8456.

Vendor, Craft, and Artisan Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. John's Church, 129 Ledge Hill Rd., North Guilford. Features the wares of several vendors including jewelry, handmade soaps and candles, hand-blended teas, and Christmas ornaments. For info, call 203 494-7643.

Holiday Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stony Creek Congregational Church, 192 Thimble Island Rd. Features a wide variety of themed gift baskets, children's gifts, white elephant table, and specialty food items for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offerings include pies, breads, desserts, pickled beets, jams, and salsa. A lunch featuring soup, sandwiches, hot dogs, and beverages available for purchase. For info, call 203-488-7827 or visit stonycreekchurchct.org.

First Dibs and Holiday Cocktails: 5 to 7 p.m. Gather, 1048 Main St., Branford. Kick-off event to the stocking stuffer shop, which will feature upcycled goods as well as a curated selection of products from local artisans and crafters. Holiday cocktails by The Wine Thief. Cost: $25. For info, visit gatherbranford.com.

 

Saturday, Nov. 23 & Sunday, Nov. 24

St. John Bosco Women's Group Holiday Craft Fair: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Parish Hall of St. Therese Church, 105 Leetes Island Rd., Branford. Features local crafters, jewelry, homemade baked goods, Christmas decorations, white elephant, and raffle baskets. Kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch items. For info, call 203-483-6535.

 

THURSDAY, NOV. 28

Branford Rotary & YMCA Thanksgiving 5K: 9 a.m.; registration at 7:30 a.m. Walsh Intermediate School, 185 Damascus Rd., Branford. Includes food drive for the Branford Food Pantry. For info, visit jbsports.com/?page_id=308.

Lenny & Joe's Madison Turkey Trot: 10 a.m. Madison Green. Hosted by the Madison Jaycees. For info, visit madisonjc.com/events/turkey.

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 29

Santa at the Museum: 10 a.m. to noon; 1 to 3 p.m. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Includes holiday crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Included with museum admission; free for children 12 and under. For info, call 860-434-5542 or visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org.

Eagle Hose Co. #2 Second Annual Wreath Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 120 Whitfield St., Guilford. Wreaths, swags, and fireside logs designed by the Guilford Greenery Flower Shop available for sale. All proceeds benefit Eagle Hose Guilford Volunteer Fire Co. #2. For info, call 203-453-4008.

Harvesting History: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Features samples of traditional English and Native American foods, hourly readings of the Pilgrim Cat storybook, reproductions of English and Native American trade items, "Make Your Marke" quill pen activity, Holidaze display, scavenger hunt, and self-guided tour of the 1639 Whitfield House. Appropriate for all ages. Cost: $6; free for children 12 and under. Free parking. For info, call 203-453-2457 or visit cultureandtourism.org.

14th Annual Black Friday Benefit Concert: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $25. All proceeds benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries and will be matched by the Gowrie Group Challenge. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 30

Small Business Saturday by American Express: Nationwide. Amex encourages people to "Shop Small" and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. Visit your local stores across the shoreline.

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

Winter Wonderland Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Northford Congregational Church, 4 Old Post Rd. Includes original handmade ornaments, crafts, books, gently used costume jewelry, and crocheted throws. Refreshments, lunch, and baked goods available for purchase. Gift baskets will be raffled off. For info, call 203-484-0795.

Santa Letter Writing: 10 a.m. to noon. R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. For info, visit rjjulia.com.

Eagle Hose Co. #2 Second Annual Wreath Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 120 Whitfield St., Guilford. Wreaths, swags, and fireside logs designed by the Guilford Greenery Flower Shop available for sale. All proceeds benefit Eagle Hose Guilford Volunteer Fire Co. #2. For info, call 203-453-4008.

Holiday Festival and Santa: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Downtown Madison. For info, visit madisonct.com.

East Haven Chamber Annual Tree Lighting: 1 to 5 p.m. East Haven Town Green. Event includes crafts, hot chocolate, a s'mores pit, cookie decorating, and raffles. Other highlights are two obstacle courses, kiddie train rides and a horse-and-carriage ride. Santa will arrive by fire truck at 2 p.m. The Christmas tree will be lit at 5 p.m. For info, visit easthavenchamber.com.

Mystic's Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: Santa arrives by tugboat to Mystic River Park, 28C Cottrell St., at 2 p.m.; Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m.; parade at 6:20 p.m. Boats parade down Mystic River and return to Mystic River Park. For info, visit mysticchamber.org.

Annual Tree Lighting: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Includes pictures with Santa, Christmas carolers, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and complementary Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee. Free admission. For info, call 860-399-5901 or visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Annual Tree Lighting & Parade: 6 p.m. Parade starts from Branford High School, followed by tree lighting on Branford Green. Non-perishable food donation benefits Branford Food Council. For info, call 203-488-8304 or visit branfordct.myrec.com.

 

SUNDAY, Dec. 1

Cyclo X Race: 7:45 a.m., registration. Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Rd., Guilford. Proceeds benefit New Haven Farms. Presented by Bishop's Orchards and Zanes Cycles. For info, visit bikereg.com/bishopsorchards.

Christmas in Clinton: 1 to 5 p.m. Post Office Square to Liberty Green, East Main St., Clinton. For info, call 860-669-3889 or visit clintonct.com.

Christmas in Clinton Craft and Bazaar: 1 to 5 p.m. Lower level of Clinton Town Hall, 54 East Main St. Sponsored by Shoreline Community Women. Crafters and vendors wanted. For info, contact 860-552-3369 or walkinginsand54@att.net.

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. Santa and his elves will visit with children on the lawn in front of the museum. Free admission. For info, visit ctrivermuseum.org.

Concert of Carols: 7 to 9 p.m. United Methodist Church, 811 East Main St., Branford. For info, visit umcbranford.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 TO SATURDAY, DEC. 7

Holiday Luncheons and Dinners at Old Brick: Lunch: Dec. 4 and 5 at noon; Candlelight Dinner: Dec. 6 and 7 at 6 p.m. 103 East Main St., Clinton. Cost: $20 per person for lunch; $32 per person for dinner. Reservations required; sells out quickly. Hosted by Clinton Historical Society. For info, visit clintoncthistory.org.

 

THURSDAY, Dec. 5

New Haven Tree Lighting: 4 to 8 p.m. New Haven Green. Features petting zoo, rides, Santa, live entertainment, food trucks, Toys for Tots, and more. For info, visit infonewhaven.com/holidays.

Ladies' Shopping Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Madison. Features special sales, Daniel Hand Encore singing group (outdoors at 6 p.m.), and free refreshments. For info, visit madisonct.com.

 

THURSDAY, Dec. 5 TO SATURDAY, DEC. 7

Friends of Guilford Library Holiday Book Sale: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St. For info, visit guilfordfreelibrary.org.

 

FRIDAY, Dec. 6

Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Father Sullivan Center, St. George Catholic Church, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford. For info, visit ci.guilford.ct.us.

Firelight Festival: 4 to 8 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Features festive luminaria, lanterns, and outdoor fires; roasted marshmallows and chestnuts; popcorn, hot cocoa, mulled cider, readings of The Night Before Christmas, self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House after dark, the origins of Christmas traditions in the Holidaze display, and pine cone ornament crafts. Cost: $6; $5 for seniors 60 & older; free for children 12 and under. Free parking. No rain/snow date. For info, call 203-453-2457 or visit cultureandtourism.org.

Eagle Hose Co. #2 Second Annual Wreath Sale: 4 to 8 p.m. 120 Whitfield St., Guilford. Wreaths, swags, and fireside logs designed by the Guilford Greenery Flower Shop available for sale. All proceeds benefit Eagle Hose Guilford Volunteer Fire Co. #2. For info, call 203-453-4008.

Chili Supper: 5 to 7 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 11 Park St., Guilford. Includes wreath and cookie sale. Cost: $8 for adults; $4 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Special musical concert at 7 p.m. follows. For info, visit christchurchguilford.org.

First Friday in Chester: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. Shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late and offer specials. Includes tree lighting. For info, visit facebook.com/visitchesterct.

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

Holiday Funtastic Night: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Branford Community House, Activity Room, 46 Church St. Includes cookies, hot chocolate, crafts, games, and more. Dinner provided. For grades 1 to 4. Cost: $22 for residents; $32 for non-residents. For info, visit branfordct.myrec.com.

Madison's Annual Tree Lighting: 6 p.m. Town Green. Features live entertainment, caroling, Santa Claus, cocoa, and cookies. For info, visit madisonct.com.

Guilford Holiday Tree Lighting: 5:45 p.m. Guilford Green. Cookies available at St. George Church Hall, 33 Whitfield St., after tree lighting. For info, visit shorelinechamberct.com.

North Branford Annual Tree Lighting: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Augur Property, 290 Forest Rd., Northford. Features hot cocoa, cookies, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, hay rides, musical entertainment by Tabor Arts School, live ice sculpting, a visit from Santa at 7 p.m., petting zoo, and more. Free admission. Rain or shine. For info, call 203-484-6017 or visit northbranfordct.myrec.com.

Con Brio Choral Society Concert: 7 p.m. Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Ln., Old Lyme. Features Zelenka's Te Deum (circa 1731) for two choruses, Gjeilo's Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium), Biebl's Ave Maria, and holiday selections. Cost: $30. For info, call 860-526-5399 or visit conbrio.org.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 6 & SATURDAY, DEC. 7

St. Lawrence Christmas Fair: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saint Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Dr., Killingworth. Features a silent auction, gluten-free food baskets, crafts, jewelry, ornaments, toys, wreaths, centerpieces, holiday decorations, basket raffle, knitted goods, pies, soup, hot dogs, pizza, meatball grinders, chili, and homemade holiday baked goods. For info, contact stlawrencec@yahoo.com.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 6 TO SUNDAY, DEC. 8

The Magic Toyshop: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Andrew's Memorial Town Hall, 54 East Main St., Clinton. Presented by Starship Dance Theater. For info, visit @starshipdancect on Facebook.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7

Tree Lighting and Caroling: Time TBD. Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. Includes visit from Santa. For info, visit parmeleefarm.org.

Santa Breakfast: A Victorian Christmas with Characters from Past, Present, and Future: 8 to 11 a.m. Westbrook Firehouse, 18 South Main St. Includes pancakes (plain, chocolate chip, and candy cane crush), sausage, juice, coffee, and tea. Cost: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and children (12 and under). Pictures with Santa, including paper frame, available for $5. Hosted by Westbrook Project Graduation. For info, call 860-989-6591.

St. Teresa of Calcutta (formerly St. Joseph's) Christmas Fair: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Joseph's Parish Center, 48 Middlesex Tpke., Chester. Features several craft vendors, homemade luncheon, baked goods and handmade items, greenery with wreaths for sale, a large basket raffle, a large White Elephant sale, and more. For info, call 860-304-1653.

Christmas Bazaar: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parish Center of St. Mary Church, 731 Main St., Branford. Features jewelry, homemade crafts, baked goods and candies, Christmas stocking stuffers, and raffle baskets. The café will be open for breakfast and lunch. Ample parking. For info, call 203-215-0914.

St. John Bosco Women's Group Christmas Bazaar: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parish Center (note new location) of St. Mary Church, 731 Main St., Branford. Features jewelry, White Elephant, homemade crafts, baked goods and candies, Christmas "Past," and raffle baskets. The Candyland Café will be open with table-side ordering service for breakfast and lunch. Ample parking available in rear of the church. For info, call 203-215-0914.

Ye Olde English Christmas Faire: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church St. Features gifts, baskets, homemade pies, cakes, sweets, knitted and crocheted items, toys and games for children, and photos with Santa. Country Kitchen offers seafood bisque, chili, and fresh-made bread. Reindeer Restaurant offers food. For info, call 860-526-5045 or visit deeprivercc.org.

Christmas Fair: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parmelee Farmhouse, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. Features hand-crafted gifts, fresh and artificial arrangements, hand-knit Icelandic sweaters, mittens, hats, and scarves; decorations, gift baskets, ornaments, jams, jellies, relishes, and fresh-baked holiday cookies and breads. Hosted by the Killingworth Historical Society. For info, visit killingworthhistorical.org.

Annual Christmas Fair and Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy Drive: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The United Church of Chester, 29 West Main St. Features Santa, handcrafted items and delicacies, decorations, greens, knitted goods, food for holiday giving, a silent auction, tea-cup auction, Grandma's attic, and charitable gift-giving possibilities. Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info, call 860-526-2697.

92nd Annual Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St. Features handmade gifts, wreaths, homemade baked goods, candy, toys, books, Christmas ornaments, cookie walk, and more. Traditional breakfast and luncheon available. For info, call 203-488-7201 or visit firstcongregationalbranford.org.

25th Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Cookie Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd. Features 40 quality artisans, bistro, gifts, and more than 4,000 homemade cookies. For info, call 203-421-3241 or visit northmadisoncc.org/calendar-events/craft-fair.

Holiday Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 232 Durham Rd., Madison. Features books, jewelry and accessories, attic treasures, stocking stuffers, Christmas décor, gift baskets, a huge selection of toys, prepared meals, baked goods, and cookies. Santa will be on hand, and there will be a wide variety of activities for children. For info, call 203-928-7483 or visit standrewsmadison.org.

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, raffles, and more. Free admission. For info, call 203-467-2310 or visit christandtheepiphany.org.

Free Winter Holiday Craft Workshop: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Westbrook Public Library, 61 Goodspeed Dr. Sponsored by the Shoreline Community Women and the library. Walk-ins welcome. For info or to register, contact 860-399-6422 or westbrook.public.lib@gmail.com.

15th Biennial Essex Holiday House Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tours of seven distinctive houses. Tours start at the Essex Town Hall, 29 West Ave. Advance tickets: $30; Tour day: $40. For info, call 860-443-2896.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Deep River Public Library, 150 Main St. Best for children under 7. For info, contact 860-526-6039 or drplchildrensdept@gmail.com.

Tree Ornament Class: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Old Saybrook Recreation Center, 308 Main St. For ages 3 to 5. Cost: $5. For info, visit oldsaybrookrec.com.

Holiday Stroll in Essex: Noon to 4 p.m. Downtown Essex. Features horse and carriage rides with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. at Olive Oyl's on Main St.; letter writing with Santa and holiday photo station from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gazebo in Main Street Park; and luminaries and carolers. Hosted by Essex Board of Trade. For info, visit essexct.com.

Ice Carving Competition & A Cappella Concert: Noon to 4 p.m. Broadway Island, Downtown New Haven. Free. Includes a cappella concert. For info, visit theshopsatyale.com/holidays.

Gingerbread House Workshop: 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 hagamanlibrary.org.

Don We Now: CT Gay Men's Chorus: 4 & 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $32. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Ivoryton Illuminations: 5 to 8 p.m. Ivoryton Village. Features carol singing, Santa's Grotto, a Holiday Bazaar, lighting of the states' largest living Christmas tree at 6 p.m., writing letters to Santa and cards to soldiers, Christmas crafts, elf scavenger hunt, activities at iCRV Radio, a petting zoo, music, Stuff-a-Cruiser to support Shoreline Soup Kitchens, and special events. Free parking. Lights on display and sync to music on 101.5 FM. For info, visit ivorytonalliance.org.

Annual Stony Creek Christmas Pageant: 6 to 8 p.m. Pageant begins at Stony Creek Museum, 84 Thimble Island Rd., and ends at Stony Creek Dock. Features seven nativity scenes with actors and live animals, and the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps. Stony Creek Congregational Church, 192 Thimble Island Rd., offers refreshments in Fellowship Hall. A musical performance by Allegro Performing Arts Academy is at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Rain date: Saturday, Dec. 15. For info, call 203-488-7827 or visit stonycreekchurchct.org.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 & SUNDAY, DEC. 8

The Dudley Farm Annual Holiday Market and Open House: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. The Dudley Farm Museum, 2351 Durham Rd., Guilford. Features more than 30 vendors selling handmade and homegrown items. For info, call 203-457-0770 or visit dudleyfarm.com.

St. George Christmas Fair: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Church Hall, St. George Catholic Church, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford. For info, visit ci.guilford.ct.us.

Ahavah: The Story of Christmas: Saturday, 1 and 6 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. The Morgan School, 71 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. Presented by Living Rock Church. Proceeds benefit Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Cost: $15 to $22. For info, call 860-663-2069 or visit theahavahstory.com.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 7 TO SUNDAY, DEC. 15

30th Annual Trees of Hope: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Long Wharf Maritime Center, 555 Long Wharf Dr., New Haven. Features more than 145 holiday displays and gifts donated by the community to be raffled off, holiday boutique, live music, and Santa. Free. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. For info, visit rmh-ct.org.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 8

Brunch with Santa: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Visit with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Features the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers. Cost: $39.95 for adults; $22 for children under 10. For info, call 860-399-5901 or visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Children's Series: Jolly Old Saint Nicholas: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $15 to $24. For grades K to 5. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Live Wreath Design Workshop: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Cost: $40, plus $10 material fee. Materials provided. Bring wire cutters or sharp scissors. Gloves recommended. Beginners welcome. For info, call 860-767-0742 or visit spectrumartgallery.org.

Kids' Chef Challenge: Cookies!: 2 to 3 p.m. R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. For info, visit rjjulia.com.

North Haven Tree Lighting: 2 to 5 p.m. Town Green. Includes visit from Santa. For info, visit northhaven-ct.gov.

Con Brio Choral Society Concert: 3 p.m. Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Ln., Old Lyme. Features Zelenka's Te Deum (circa 1731) for two choruses, Gjeilo's Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium), Biebl's Ave Maria, and holiday selections. Cost: $30. For info, call 860-526-5399 or visit conbrio.org.

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

Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting: 4 p.m. Stony Creek Congregational Church, 192 Thimble Island Rd. Sponsored by the church and Stony Creek Association. After the concert, follow the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps to the triangle for the tree lighting. For info, call 203-488-7827 or visit stonycreekchurchct.org.

Westbrook Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting: 4 to 6 p.m. Town Green. Festivities following parade include ice carving, s'mores bonfire, horse-drawn carriage rides around the green, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, performances, and refreshments. Free admission. For info, call 860-989-6591.

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 stjohnsguilford.org.

 

Sunday, Dec. 8 & Monday, Dec. 9

A Christmas Carol in Concert: 3 p.m., Sunday; 7:30 p.m., Monday. Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. Kathleen Turner stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and James Naughton plays Marley and the Ghosts. For info, call 860-767-7318.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 10

Gingerbread House Workshop: 3:30 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 guilfordfreelibrary.org.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Holiday Concert: Old Lyme Town Band: 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $7 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 & THURSDAY, DEC. 12

Toys for Tots: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stanley T. Williams Community Center, 1332 Middletown Ave., Northford. Wednesday is parents only; Thursday is parents and grandparents. For info, call 203-484-6006 or visit townofnorthbranfordct.com.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 12

Branford's Annual Holiday House Decorating Contest: 6:30 to 9 p.m. for viewing. For info, visit branfordct.myrec.com.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

Festival of Lights: 5 to 9 p.m. Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. Includes live entertainment and complementary treats. Free admission. For info, visit oldemistickvillage.com.

Holiday Spectacular: Rock This Town Orchestra: 8 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $30. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

A Christmas Carol in Concert: 7:30 p.m. Lyman Center at Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. Kathleen Turner stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and James Naughton plays Marley and the Ghosts. For info, call 203-787-4282 or visit newhavensymphony.org.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 8 to 11 a.m. North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd. Cost: $8, for adults; $5 for children. Includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. Sponsored by the Circle Nursery School of North Madison Congregational Church. For info, contact circlenursery@sbcglobal.net.

13th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale: 9 a.m. to noon (or until sold out). St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 222 McVeagh Rd., Westbrook. Decorated, wrapped plates of 2½  dozen assorted, home-baked cookies will be sold for $14. Proceeds benefit the church's twin parish in Haiti. For info, call 860-399-9788.

The Dudley Farm Annual Holiday Market and Open House: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Dudley Farm Museum, 2351 Durham Rd., Guilford. Features more than 30 vendors selling handmade and homegrown items. For info, call 203-457-0770 or visit dudleyfarm.com.

Jingle Bell Run 5K: 10 a.m.; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High St., Deep River. Cost: $25 in advance, $15 for Region 4 students and staff, $30 on race day; early registration ends Dec. 12. Hosted by Region 4 Education Foundation. For info, visit runsignup.com/race/ct/deepriver/r4efjinglebellrun.

Cookie Decorating Class: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (ages 3 to 5); 12:15 to 1 p.m. (K to 3rd grade). Old Saybrook Recreation Center, 308 Main St. Cost: $5. Cookies and supplies provided. For info, visit oldsaybrookrec.com.

Gingerbread Workshop: 2 to 3 p.m. North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd. Hosted by Scranton Library Children's Department. Registration required. For info, visit scrantonlibrary.org.

Holiday Stroll & Light Parade: 5 p.m. Village of Deep River. Part of Holiday Stroll. Features tree lighting, caroling, light parade, Victorian yuletide carolers, fire performers, free hot chocolate and cookies, Santa Claus arriving by fire truck, Find the Holiday Moose contest, and specials and treats at shops and restaurants. Free. All vehicles welcome. For info, visit deepriverct.us.

Torchlight Parade: 6 p.m. Main St., Old Saybrook. Features more than 20 fife and drum corps in period costumes and more. For info, visit oldsaybrookchamber.com.

Living Nativity: 6 and 7 p.m. Lutheran Church of Madison, 9 Britton Ln. 20-minute presentation of the story of Jesus' birth with costumed performers, a choir, and live animals. Hot cocoa and treats served indoors afterward. Free. For info, contact 203-245-4145 or lcofmadison@aol.com.

A Christmas Carol in Concert: 7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 26 Meetinghouse Ln., Madison. Kathleen Turner stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and James Naughton plays Marley and the Ghosts. For info, call 203-787-4282 or visit newhavensymphony.org.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 14 AND SUNDAY, DEC. 15

The Magical Elf House: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stony Creek, location TBA. New this year. Register for 30-minute time blocks. Cost: $20 for adults; $5 for kids; free for children under 2. All proceeds benefit the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. For info, call 203-248-0076 or visit facebook.com/themagicalelfhouse.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

Brunch with Santa: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Visit with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Features the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers. Cost: $39.95 for adults; $22 for children under 10. For info, call 860-399-5901 or visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Annual Grinch Story Time: 10:30 a.m. R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. For info, visit rjjulia.com.

St. Lawrence Christmas Concert: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saint Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Dr., Killingworth. Features congregational signing of carols, songs by the adult choir, instrumentals, vocalists, and refreshments. For info, contact stlawrencec@yahoo.com or visit stlawrencechurch.com.

MasterWorks Chorus Performance: The Bach Christmas Oratorio Concert: 3 to 5 p.m. John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Rd., Deep River. Hosted by Cappella Cantorum. Christmas carols sung at the end. Cost: $30 online before Nov. 25; $35 at the door and online after Nov. 25. For info, call 860-526-1038 or visit cappellacantorum.org.

Christmas Show: The Everly Brothers Experience: 3 & 7 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $40. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 16

Gingerbread Houses: 6:30 p.m. North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm St. For ages 4 to 14. Cost: $3. In-person registration required. For info, call 203-239-5803 or visit northhavenlibrary.net.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Contemporary Worship Service for Christmas: 7 p.m. Lutheran Church of Madison, 9 Britton Ln. A service with new and traditional songs of Christmas, led by a music team. Pastor V. Heide will give an encouraging message for the Christmas season. Refreshments follow. For info, contact 203-245-4145 or lcofmadison@aol.com.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

Men's Shopping Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Madison. For info, visit madisonct.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 21

Winter Solstice Celebration: 10:30 a.m. R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. For info, visit rjjulia.com.

Bolshoi Ballet in HD: The Nutcracker: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $15. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 22

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

11th Annual Handel Messiah Sing or Listen: 4 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $10. Presented by Cappella Cantorum MasterWorks Chorus. For info, visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 23

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

Special Pajama Story Time: The Night Before Christmas: 6 p.m. R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. For info, visit rjjulia.com.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Worship: 5 p.m. Lutheran Church of Madison, 9 Britton Ln. Traditional worship with many familiar carols. For info, contact 203-245-4145 or lcofmadison@aol.com.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 27

Hanukkah Service and Celebration: 6 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Hwy., Chester. For info, call 860-526-8920 or visit cbsrz.org.

 

Tuesday, DEC. 31

New Year's Eve Celebration: 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The WoodWinds, 29 School Ground Rd., Branford. Features food, open bar, music, party favors, and midnight champagne toast. Cost: $120. Reservations required. For info, call 203-481-6577 or visit thewoodwinds.com.

New Year's Eve Bash: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Anthony's Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. Includes open bar, food, music, and more. Cost: $125 per person. For info, call 203-469-9010 or visit anthonysoceanview.com.

New Year's Eve Celebration: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Water's Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Dinner and dance party featuring live bands, open premium bar, and four-course dinner. Cost: $149 per person. For info, visit call 860-399-5901 or visit watersedgeresortandspa.com.

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 food, open bar, live music from The Cartells, and midnight champagne toast. Cocktail attire or black tie optional. Cost: $159.95 per person. Reservations required. For info, call 860-395-2000 or visit saybrook.com/event/new-years-eve-gala.

 

Wednesday, JAN. 1

35th Annual Frosty 5K Road Race: 11 a.m. Guilford Green. Registration at 9:30 a.m. at Nathanael B. Greene Community Center, 32 Church St., Guilford. Includes 2M walk, and free Kids Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $30 before Dec. 30; $35 race day. Hosted by Guilford Rotary Club. For info, visit runsignup.com/race/ct/guilford/guilfordfrosty5k.

 

Saturday, Jan. 4

The New Nutcracker: 2 p.m. Aces Wintergreen, 88 Bassett Rd., North Haven. Features dancers from Studio Be and professionals from NYC. For info, contact 203-895-1565 or shannon.cushing@hotmail.com.

 

ONGOING

THEATER

Billy Elliot: The Musical: The Goodspeed Musicals, 6 Main St., East Haddam. Runs through Nov. 24. For info, call 860-873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

Pride and Prejudice: Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. Runs Nov. 27 through Dec. 22. For info, call 203-787-4282 or visit longwharf.org.

The Plot: Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven. Runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 21. For info, call 203-432-1234 or visit yalerep.org.

A Connecticut Christmas Carol: The Terris Theatre, 33 N. Main St., Chester. Runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 28. For info, call 860-873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

An Actor's Carol: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. Runs Dec. 13 through Dec. 22. For info, call 860-767-7318 or visit ivorytonplayhouse.org.

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas: The Goodspeed Musicals, 6 Main St., East Haddam. Runs Dec. 20 through Dec. 22. For info, call 860-873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

 

SANTA

Letters to Santa: Dates TBD. 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. For info, visit northhaven-ct.gov.

Santa Special: Elf Academy: Runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 1; Dec. 7 to 8; Dec. 14 to 15; Dec. 21 to 22; and Dec. 23. Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Cost: $26 for coach tickets; $40 for first class car. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com/seasonalexcursions/santa-special.

Santa's Trolley Winter Wonderland: First trolley leaves at 11 a.m.; last trolley leaves at 5 p.m. Runs weekends Nov. 29 to Dec. 22. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven. Trolleys leave every 20 to 30 minutes. Cost: $10 per person. Tickets available online and at the door. Reservations not accepted. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org/event/santas-trolley-winter-wonderland-54.

Santa's Mailbox: Available Dec. 6 in front of Page Hardware & Appliance Co., 9 Boston St., Guilford. Children can mail letters to Santa and may receive a reply. For info, call 203-453-5267 or visit pagehardware.com.

Letters to Santa: Deadline is Dec. 13. Fill out children's information at Old Saybrook Parks & Recreation, 308 Main St., to be sent to the North Pole and Santa will write a letter to the child. Cost: $2. For info, visit oldsaybrookrec.com.

Santa Hotline: 5 to 6:30 p.m. from Dec. 10 to 12. Free. For info, visit branfordct.myrec.com.

North Pole Hotline: Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas elves will make calls (date TBD). Only first 50 applicants will receive calls. For info, visit northhaven-ct.gov.

Write to Santa: Letters due by Dec. 16. Send letters to: General Delivery, c/o Santa Claus, North Pole, Branford, CT 06405. Free. For info, visit branfordct.myrec.com.

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Holiday Light Fantasia: Runs Thanksgiving 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 holidaylightfantasia.org.

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 full-size bus. For info, visit goodwillsne.org/event/fantasy-of-lights-2019.

 

ART

The Holiday Shop: Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. through Jan. 5. Features handmade crafts by more than 200 American artisans. Proceeds benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center. Jewelry & Prosecco Reception on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Oysters & Whiskey: Men's Shopping Night on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. For info, call 203-453-5947 or visit guilfordartcenter.org.

 

MARKETS

Chester Holiday Market: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 30 to Dec. 21. Downtown Chester. For info, visit facebook.com/visitchesterct.

 

MISC.

Lantern Light Tours: Finding Your Place: Runs Nov. 23 to Dec. 22. Mystic Seaport; tours depart from Sanger Visitors Reception Center, 47 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. For info, visit mysticseaport.org.

Annual Killingworth Lions Club Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale: Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic circle, Routes 80 and 81, Killingworth. For info, call 860-250-2576.

Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; Sundays, Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22. Pick-up/drop-off on the corner of College and Chapel streets, and York and Elm streets, Downtown New Haven. Free with purchase of $30 or more from The Shops at Yale. For info, visit theshopsatyale.com/holidays.

25th Annual Holiday Train Show: On exhibit through Feb. 23. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. Free with museum admission. For info, visit ctrivermuseum.org.

 

To submit an event for inclusion in any of our seasonal magazines, email e.shanley@shorepublishing.com.

 


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