Sunday, December 2, 2018
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  Old Saybrook: Fairy Doors Scavenger Hunt
Find the doors to the Fairy Realm. There are 28 of these five-inch doors in retail locations throughout town. See how many you can find. Maps and photos of the doors available online or at Sweet Luna's, Ocean Art Studio, and the Acton Library. More info: 860-395-3139

10:00am [10:00am] New Britain: Community Day - Holiday Party
The museum will offer free admission all day, in honor of our annual all-ages Community Holiday Party! From 11 a.m.-noon the galleries will be haunted by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, as the Hartford Stage celebrates its 21st year of A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas. At 2 p.m., The Ballet Theatre Company will return to perform stunning excerpts from their annual Nutcracker rendition. Guests can drop into the ArtLab or stop by the American Savings Foundation Art & Education Center to participate in art activities inspired by the holidays and our festive performances. During the month of December, visitors can enjoy the annual holiday tree display, which will be on view throughout the entire Museum and will feature favorites such as the Kwanzaa Tree, the Hanukkah Display, and Ken Adam's beautiful Victorian dressing of the Moser Library.

[10:00am] South Windsor: Gingerbread House Festival
Celebrate “Peace on Earth” during the holidays this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Be filled with wonder and be touched by peace as you gaze upon row after row of creative and colorful gingerbread creations, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike. The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor. Musical performances, story time and craft events, even visits from Santa will be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting, peaceful and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

[11:00am] Guilford: Holiday Open House
Step back in time and visit the 1844 Dudley farmhouse and museum for cookies, carols and merriment and browse through the two floors of the 1890 Munger Barn to purchase those special homegrown and handmade artisanal gifts presented by more than 30 local vendors. See Father Christmas, listen to the dulcimer, and experience the hospitality of a 19th century Connecticut farm on December 1, 2 and 8. The Dudley Farm, home to the Dudley family for nearly 300 years, is located on 10 picturesque acres. The barns, outbuildings and animals are representative of the period and give a unique glimpse into life and work on a family farm. Our chickens, sheep and oxen are part of our daily chores, while period flower and herb gardens, pastures, meadows and woods evoke a gentle sense of the past. We invite you to visit us "down on the farm!"

[1:00pm] New Haven: Ice Carving Demonstrations
In front of L’Occitane En Provence and WAVE Gallery (1046 Chapel Street.) Free and open to the public. – Friday, November 23, Holiday Bear – Saturday, Nov 24, Elm City Elf – Sunday, December 2, Handsome Dan – Sunday, December 9, Snowman – Sunday, December 16, Santa – Sunday, December 23, Nutcracker

[1:00pm] New Haven: Storytelling with Santa
Santa will visit The Shops at Yale and read stories to children and take photos with families from 1:00-3:00pm. Free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided. -Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway, with free face painting. -Sundays, Nov. 25 and Dec 23 at Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, 194 York Street. -Sundays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at Claire’s Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street.

[1:00pm] Norwich: Leffingwell Colonial Christmas
Join us for our annual Leffingwell 'Christmas in the Colonies' Open House. Enjoy the history annd tastes of the season. The main floor is decorated to reflect the Christmas celebrations of New England, the southern Colonies and the evolution of our American Christmas. Appropriate regional tastes of the season will be served during your self-guided tour of the museum. Interpreters will be available in each room to answer questions and give holiday history. Enjoy a visit with President William Harrison as portrayed by reenactor Kevin Titus. While listening to vintage seasonal music played by talented pianist Dayne Rugh, browse the gift shop for special items and handmade and vintage tree decorations. Come with the family and enjoy the History, Tastes and Sounds of a Leffingwell Colonial Christmas.

[2:00pm] New Haven: Holiday Craft Time
Holiday Craft Time is FREE and materials are provided. Dec. 2nd: We'll be making Luminaries. A great way to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah and the start of December. Dec.9th: We'll be making our own gift wrap. A nice way to add a personal touch to your gift giving. Dec. 16th: We're making Holiday cards. If Hallmark cards never quite say what you need them to then why not try making your own? It will be that much more special. Dec. 23rd: We're making last minute gifts. Forgot to get someone a gift? Running low on cash? Make them something nice like an origami bracelet or charm

[4:00pm] Gales Ferry: Handbell Concert
Shoreline Ringers, a community handbell choir based out of southeastern Connecticut, awes and inspires audiences with their ringing. This dynamic and energetic handbell choir is dedicated to musical excellence and handbell education through their exciting and uplifting performances. the repertoire performed by this inspirational handbell choir, is secular and popular in nature, and includes varying techniques and rhythms that promise pleasure and fun for all.

[5:00pm] Meriden: Festival of Silver Lights
There will be over 200 figures and buildings decorated with more than 350,000 twinkling white lights. More info: 203-630-4259