Saturday, December 2, 2017
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9:00am [9:00am] Hartford: Free First Saturday
Free admission to the museum galleries all day. Activity sheets will be available for children and their families to use as they explore the exhibits. Please note that free admission does not include the Waterman Research Center.

[9:00am] Home Depot: Kids Workshop
Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a project. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize it with paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Project schedule: August 2017: Penske Truck September 2017: Pencil Holder October 2017: Fire House Bank November 4, 2017: Humvee November 25, 2017: Christmas Tree Ornament December 2017: Gingerbread House January 2018: Block Calendar

[9:00am] Middletown: Holiday on Main
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS – MIDDLETOWN CHAPTER #7 Day 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR at The Church of the Holy Trinity (381 Main St), featuring 40 Crafters; Gift Baskets; Cookie Walk; Kids Area, including Face Painting & Crafts; VT Cheese & Maple Syrup; Handiwork; Baked Goods; Christmas Ornaments; Amaryllis Bulbs; Silent & Teacup Auction, Lunch, and so much more! For more information, contact: Sharon Sheedy at (860) 347-2591 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FREE PICTURE AND DONUTS WITH SANTA at Vinnie’s Jump & Jive (424 Main St.), courtesy of Middletown Recreation & Community Services Dept.). Donuts courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts! 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – 5 years & under 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – 6 year & over 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Volunteers from the Disabled American Veterans – Middletown Chapter #7 will be staffing the POPCORN & HOT PRETZELS stand in front of the Chamber and HOLIDAY MUSIC will be provided by Harvest Woods Audio 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – THE FUN TRAIN will offer FREE RIDES on the sidewalk around the downtown throughout the day! 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Greet SANTA and enjoy FREE HORSE & WAGON RIDES! 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – PET FOOD DRIVE – To benefit the homeless pets at Middletown Animal Control! Please bring donations to Middlesex Chamber (393 Main St.) including: Chew Toys (No Rawhide) Blankets Towels No Pillows or Quilts Canned Wet Dog & Cat Food Dry Dog & Cat Food For more information, contact: LMiddleton@ForestCityMarketing.com 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Webster Bank’s 12th Annual Giving Tree (363 Main St) will benefit the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. For a list of accepted non-perishable donations needed, please contact Amy Glowka at 860-638-6906 or aglowka@websterbank.com. Drop off times are M-W 9 a.m to 3 p.m. and Th/F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. On Saturdays, donations may be brought to Middlesex Chamber! 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Cub Scout Pack 2 in Portland will be collecting donations on Main Street Middletown to purchase wreaths to be placed on the graves of local veterans on December 16 at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown in observance of Wreaths Across America. Contact: Heidi Abbott – 860-301-3365 or maichow2@aol.com 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon – HOLIDAY STORY TIME – BISCUIT, THE DOG will be at Main Street Firehouse (533 Main St.), where Fire Chief Rob Kronenberger will read stories. At the end of the reading, there will be books for sale, and a “Book Signing” by Biscuit…bring your camera!

[9:30am] Bethlehem: Christmas Day Festival
Highlights of the festival include a Roaming Railroad choo-choo train ride, hay rides, more than 70 vendors selling handcrafted items just in time for holiday shopping, and a 5K Road Race on Saturday morning sponsored by the First Mile Race Management Company. Plus a multitude of delicious food choices to make everyone’s visit complete. The Festival surrounds Bethlehem’s town green, at the junction of Route 61 and Route 132. All the buildings and churches participating in the festival are brimming with activities and Christmas spirit. On Friday night at 6 p.m. is the opening ceremony, where a “surprise” celebrity guest will help Santa light the town’s beautiful 75-foot Christmas tree. Santa will stay for the balance of the festival, giving families the opportunity to take their own memorable photos. Parking at Bethlehem Fairgrounds, just north of town on Route 61, is free. Shuttle busses between the fairgrounds and the festival are provided to festival attendees at no charge. Once at the festival, there is free face painting, and a free crafts workshop for children and their parents. The “Chime In” Bell Choir as well as the Valley Chordsmen will be providing free holiday music performance throughout the festival.

[10:00am] Branford: Mini-Maker Table
Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by. Registration for this table is not required – just come ready to tinker, play and create!

[10:00am] Greenwich: Holiday Stroll
Once again the holiday season will come to life in downtown and uptown Greenwich. This much anticipated annual event features a live Nativity, horse drawn carriage rides, live music and entertainment tents, professional ice sculpture demonstrations, food trucks in several locations, letter writing to Santa and more than 120 participating retailers and restaurants offering promotions, refreshments and holiday cheer. And the holidays would not be complete without a visit with the live reindeer, photos with Santa and rides on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and the North Pole Polar Express Train at the 9th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village as it returns to, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses.

[10:00am] North Haven: Winter Festival
Join us at the North Haven Fairgrounds on Saturday, December 2nd 2017 from10am-5pm for the North Haven Fair Winter Festival. Admission: a donation to the Town of North Haven Toy or Food Bank. Featuring: FREE activities for children Decorated tree raffles Gingerbread and Winter Photography contests Caroling and live music by local organizations Barrel Warming Stations Winter Wonderland lights display Festive Food Trucks Holiday Shopping at local craft and gift vendors Santa arrives on a Fire Truck! and more! visit http://www.NorthHaven-Fair.com/Winter/ for full schedule, more information, or to participate in our winter contests.

[11:00am] Colchester: Holiday Open House
Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Colchester Historical Society! Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information coming soon! Visit our website at: www.colchesterhistory.org for the most up-to-date information

[11:00am] Hartford: Winterfest
The opening of the rink officially kicks off the holiday season in Hartford, so come and celebrate. Skate, catch a play or a concert, be amazed by art, enjoy a great meal and so much more. Other activities include free ice skating, free photos with Santa in his workshop at the Bushnell Park Carousel from noon-3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays beginning December 2 through December 23, learn to skate lesson on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., and $1 carousel rides on the historic Bushnell Park Carousel on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

[11:00am] Middlebury: Family Movie
Enjoy a movie with family and friends. Bring your own snacks.

[11:00am] Mystic: Holiday Carnival
The Olde Mistick Village Merchant’s Association is hosting their annual Holiday Carnival on December 2, starting at 11am. Stroll around the village to view Merchant's custom decorated wreaths and vote for your favorite. Live music, performers, pet photos with Santa, great gifts, and more await at this great winter tradition! Kids can do their holiday shopping at Santa’s Workshop inside the Meeting House 12noon to 4pm. Santa’s elf, Gumdrop, will be there to assist children in selecting that special gift in a store designed just for them! All items will be priced under $10.00. Proceeds will be given to a local charity. Stay tuned for additions to the schedule: 11am-4pm: Live music at the gazebo and Garden Specialties 11am-1pm: Mystic River Chorale 11am-1pm: The Vince Thompson Band 11am-1pm: Sue Menhardt Duo 12-4pm: Santa’s Workshop at the Meeting House: all items are under $10 1-2:45pm: Free showing of “A Christmas Carol” at the Mystic Luxury Cinemas 1-3pm: Santa pet photos at the gazebo near Raining Cats & Dogs 1-3pm: Fly by Night Jugglers 2-3:30pm: The Festive Brass band 2-4pm: Stonington High School Christmas Carolers 2:45-3:30pm: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center bird demonstration Holiday Carnival is so much more than a great day to get some holiday gift shopping done and support local small businesses. Join us!

[11:00am] Waterbury: Barnes & Noble Storytime
Storytime perfect for the whole family! Enjoy a new story every Saturday with fun crafts and activities to follow! **Check website for specific story**

[2:00pm] South Meriden: Christmas In The Village
Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, tree lighting, bonfire, entertainment, refreshments, pictures with Santa, and a Santa parade at 2 p.m. Please bring a canned food donation for Meriden Soup Kitchen or a gently used book donation.

[2:30pm] Hamden: Silverbells Holiday Festival
Join the Hamden Arts Commission for their annual Silverbells Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:30-5:30 at Hamden Town Center Park. The event will feature Letters to Santa, button making, facepainting, a visit by Santa and more. The event begins indoors at 2:30pm inside the Thornton Wilder Hall with a wonderful performance by Wayne Martin Puppets: "Martin's Magical Musical Review" (40 minute performance). Tickets to this performance are available at the door only, cash only and are $2 children, $3 adults. The event continues outdoors in Town Center Park - free of charge - (bring cash for food vendors) with a visit by Santa himself around 4:30pm. Plenty of parking is available both in the Miller Library lot and on the Town Center field behind the Hamden Middle School. The Commission will also be collecting toys for the annual Toy Drive benefitting families throughout Hamden. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to place beneath our tree to share with a family in need this season. Rain date for outdoor activities is Sunday, December 3rd while the indoor puppet show will go on rain or shine on December 2nd.

[4:30pm] Westbrook: Annual Tree Lighting
Activities include pictures with Santa, tree lighting, cookie decorating, complimentary Christmas cookies and brownies, hot cider, hot cocoa and coffee.

[5:00pm] Groton: Lights Parade and Tree Lighting
Marching bands, beautifully lit floats and groups on foot move along Route 1 to the Groton Shopping Plaza, as guests line the streets to sneak a peak. Participants are judged in four categories: Finest Illumination, Sounds of the Season, Most Creative, and Best Children's entry. After the parade, Santa Claus lights the Christmas tree. The evening ends with caroling and photos with Santa and live music.

[5:00pm] Ivoryton: Illluminations
On December 2, the entire village of Ivoryton will be participating in this holiday extravaganza with carol singing, Santa’s Grotto, a Holiday Bazaar, culminating with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the states’ largest living Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Ivoryton will be lighting up the holiday with over 400,000 lights throughout the village. Family activities from 5 p.m. at Ivoryton Library, Ivoryton Playhouse, the Fire House, iCRV Radio, Six Summit Gallery as well as special events at The Ivoryton Tavern and Cafe, Blue Hound Cookery and Taproom, The Copper Beech Inn, Elephant Crossing and The Ivoryton Inn. Music will be provided by local musicians playing at various locations throughout the village. Free parking will be available at the First Congregational Church and The Copper Beech Inn with a shuttle bus service to the village. The Illuminations will shine brightly through January 5 and visitors can tune their car radios to 101.5FM and watch as the lights dance to the music.

[5:00pm] Meriden: Festival of Silver Lights
Illumination of more than 350,000 twinkling, white lights. There are over 200 figures and buildings that are decorated with the lights in this spectacular display.

[6:00pm] Glastonbury: Lighting the Town Center
Light the center and visit with Santa!