50 Holiday Activities for Families in CT

posted by yazmin

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Reindeer, gingerbread, lights and caroling — I love it all. Connecticut has so many fun activities to enjoy this season with the whole family. I’ve created a list of 50 family-friendly holiday events and activities in Connecticut. There is sure to be something that your family will enjoy.

CT Holiday Activities

Some of these events are new for the 2017 Christmas and holiday season and some are old favorites. Many of the events are free of charge, others require preregistration (make sure to book those early). I have a few new ones that I’d like to enjoy this year. Did your favorites make the list or do you have a suggestion for somewhere new to visit? I’d love to hear it.

Happy Holidays!  I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday!

    1. Santa HQ – Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT

      November 3 – December 24, 2017

    2. The North Pole Express – Essex Steam Train in Essex, CT

      November 9 – December 29, 2017
      Coach Tickets – $35 , First Class – $66.50, Saturdays from November 25 – December 30 are addition $10; Children under 1 – Free

    3. Santa’s Flight Academy – West Farms Mall in West Hartford, CT

      November 9, 2017 – December 24, 2017

    4. The Christmas Elf – Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, CT

      November 11 – December 28, 2017

      Tickets $19 – $23

    5. Fantasy of Lights – Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT

      November 17, 2016 – December 31, 2017

      $10 per car/family van

    6. Gingerbread Lane – The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT

      November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018

      Included in price of admission

    7.  Silver Lights Festival – Hubbard Park in Meriden, CT

      November 21, 2017  – January 2, 2018

      FREE

    8.  Holiday Lights Fantasia – Goodwin Park in Hartford, CT

      November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018

      $15 per car – print $2 off coupon

    9. Ice Skating – Winterfest Hartford – Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT

      November 24, 2017 – January 2, 2018

      FREE

    10. Holiday at the Farm – Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby, CT

      November 24 – December 17, 2017 (Thurs – Sun) from 10 – 4 PM; Fridays in December 4 – 7 PM

      Donations Welcome

    11. Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT

      November 24 – December 30, 2017 (Fri, Sat & Sun)

      Adults -$15.99, Children (10 & younger) & Seniors (60+) -$10.99, Ages 0-3 – Free

      Purchase tickets before November 24 and save $5

    12. Lantern Lights Tour – Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT

      November 24 – December 23, 2017

      Adults – $32, Youth (5 – 17) – $25, Children 4 & Under – Free

    13. Gingerbread House Festival – The Wood Library in South Windsor, CT

      November 24 – December 10, 2017

      FREE

    14. Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop – Greenwich, CT

      November 24 – December 23, 2017

      Reindeer Feeding – Free
      Photo packages start at $29.99

    15. Winterfest & Tunnel of Lights – CT Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT

      November 24 – December 30, 2017 (Fri, Sat & Sun) from 5 – 9 PM

      Adults – $12, Seniors (62+) – $11, Youth (4-12) – $10, Under 4 – $3

    16. Northern Lights Limited- Naugatuck Railroad in Thomaston, CT

      November 24 – December 23, 2017 (Fri, Sat & Sun) – 5 PM & 7 PM

      First Class: Adults – $55, Seniors – $55, Children (3-12) – $55, Under 3 – $1

      Coach: Adults – $30, Seniors – $30, Children (3-12) – $30, Under 3 – $1

    17. Simsbury Celebrates – Simsbury, CT

      November 25, 2017 from 4:30 – 8 PM

    18. Holiday Lighted Boat Parade – Mystic, CT

      November 25, 2017; Santa Arrives by Boat at 2 PM

      FREE

    19. Gingerbread Workshop – Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT

      November  25 – December 17, 2017 (Sat & Sun) at 10 AM, 1 PM, & 3 PM

      $19.95 per person plus tax

    20. Reindeer on the River – Lady Katharine Cruises in Middletown, CT

      November 26 & December 3, 2017 from 12 – 2 PM

      Adults -$50.95; Ages 5-10 – $25; Under 4 – Free

    21. Caroling with Trees in the Rigging – CT River Museum in Essex, CT

      November 26, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

      FREE

    22. Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival – Burr Homestead in Fairfield, CT

      November 30 – December 3, 2017

      Adults – $10, Seniors & Students – $5

    23. Gingerbread Weekend – Downtown Putnam Holiday Strolls in Putnam, CT

      December 1 – 3, 2017

      FREE

    24. Holiday Express Train Show – Fairfield Museum in Fairfield, CT

      December 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018; Mon – Thurs from 10 AM – 1 PM; Fri 10 AM – 7 PM; Weekend & Dec 26-28 from 10 AM – 4 PM

      Adults – $5, Students – $3, Children 6 and over – $3, Under 6 – Free

    25.  Magic of Christmas – Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT

      December 1 – December 31, 2017

    26.  Festival of Trees & Traditions – Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT

      December 1 – 10, 2017 (closed 12/4 & 12/5)

      Members – $3, Adults – $18, Seniors – $15, Students – $8, Children (17 & under) – $3

    27.  Lamp Light Stroll – Downtown Milford, CT

      December 1, 2017 from 5 – 9 PM

      FREE

    28. Christmas Town Festival – Bethlehem, CT

      December 1, 2017 from 5 – 10 PM; December 2, 2017 from 9:30 AM – 4 PM

      FREE

    29. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage – The Bushnell in Hartford, CT

      December 1 – 3, 2017

      Tickets start at $32.50

    30. Santa Visit – New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT

      December 2, 2017

      Adults – $17.50, Children (ages 4 – 11) – $12

    31. Holiday Lights Parade – Groton, CT

      December 2, 2017 at 5 PM

      FREE

    32. Holiday Poppers – CT Historical Society in Hartford, CT

      December 2, 2017 from 10 AM – 1 PM

      FREE

    33. Shark Diving Santa – Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT

      December 2 – 30, 2017 (Thursday, Saturday & Sunday) 12:15 & 2:15 PM

      Free with Admission

    34. Winter Festival – North Haven Fair in North Haven, CT

      December 2, 2017 from 10 am – 5 pm

      Donation to North Haven Food or Toy Bank

    35. Kid’s DIY Gingerbread House – Home Depot in participating stores

      December 2 from 9 AM – 12 PM

      Free

    36. Stamford Heights & Lights – Downtown Stamford, CT

      December 3, 2017 at 5 PM

      FREE

    37. Brunch with Santa – Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT

      December 3 ,10, 16 & 17, 2017 at 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM & 2:30 PM

      Adults – $37.95; Ages 7-12 – $19.95; Ages 3-6 – $6.95; Ages 2 & Under – Free (price does not include tax)

    38. Ugly Sweater Run – Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT

      December 9, 2017 at 11 AM

      $45 Individual Runner; Ages 5 and Under – Free

    39. Gingerbread Day – Noah Webster House in West Hartford, CT

      December 9, 2017 at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM

      $15 members, $18 non-members per house kit

    40. Festival of Lights – Old Mistick Village & Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT

      December 8, 2017 from 5 – 9:30 PM

      FREE with non-perishable food donation per guest

    41. Pizza with Penguins and Santa – Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT

      December 9, 2017 from 7:30 – 8:30 PM

      Adults – $24.95,  Ages 0-10 – $20.95

    42. Breakfast with Santa – Stew Leonard’s in Newington, CT

      December 9 – 17, 2017 (Sat & Sun) at 9 AM & 10:30 AM

      Ages 12 & over – $12.99; Children 11 and under – $9.99 (plus tax)

    43. Breakfast with Frosty – Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT

      December 9 – 17, 2017 (Sat & Sun) from 9 – 10 AM

      $20 per person (non-members); $15 per per (members) – includes zoo admission and breakfast

    44. Brunch with Santa – Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT

      December 10, 2017 at 1:30 PM

      Adults – $33.99, Children (3-12) – $14.95

    45. Santa Claus Christmas Village – Torrington, CT

      December 10 – 23, 2017 from 1 – 8:30 PM; December 24, 2017 from 9 AM – 12 PM

      FREE

    46.  Menorah Lighting Celebration at Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk, CT

      December 12, 2017 at 5 PM

      FREE

    47. Chanukah PJ Library Storytime – Barnes & Noble

      December 12, 2017 – Canton at 11 AM; Glastonbury at 10:30 AM, West Hartford at 10:30 AM

      FREE

    48. Santa’s Workshop – Wickham Park in Manchester, CT

      December 13 – 23, 2017 from 3 – 6 PM (weekday), 1 – 5 PM (weekend)

      FREE

    49.  Holiday Cirque Spectacular – Hartford Symphony Orchestra in Hartford, CT

      December 16, 2017 at 2 PM & 7 PM

      Tickets Start at $27

    50. The Nutcracker – Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT

      December 16 – 17, 2017 at 1 PM & 5 PM

      Tickets start at $27.50

* Be sure to check with each event before attending as dates, times and prices may change

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