Saturday, December 8, 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

9:00am [9:00am] 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!"

[9:30am] Bethlehem: Christmas Town Festival
Highlights of the festival include a Roaming Railroad choo-choo train ride, a hay ride, 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. Free parking at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds, just north of town on Route 61, Free shuttle busses between the fairgrounds and the festival, Free festival admission, Free face paining and Free a crafts workshop for children and their parents. Plus Free musical entertainment 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] Collinsville: Christmas in Collinsville
On Friday evening enjoy the walkable streets of Collinsville which are lit with luminaries for horse drawn carriage rides, a "Champagne Walk," and tree lighting. Saturday is filled with family-friendly fun with horse drawn carriage rides, craft fair, story time with Mrs. Claus, face painting, meet Santa Claus, magician shows and much more.

[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.

[12:00pm] New Haven: Ice Carving and A Capella
Eight professional ice carvers will each transform 900lbs of ice into a spectacular sculpture in only 4 hours. Great photo opportunities with the sculptures after the event. Free downtown horse & carriage rides with purchase of just $30 or more from The Shops at Yale retailers. You’ll also be treated to more than 4 hours of live performances by many accomplished a cappella groups including, The Yale Alley Cats, Something Extra, Whim ‘n Rhythm, The New Blue, Proof of the Pudding, Guilford Carolers (formerly Guilford Voices) Yale Out of the Blue and more! Free and open to the public. Free parking is available to the first 100 cars at the 150 York Street Garage from 11am-7pm. Bring your ticket to The Shops at Yale tent at the event to be validated. Location: Broadway Island, across from L.L.Bean/Apple/J.Crew/Urban Outfitters.

[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.

[2:00pm] North Haven: Yuletide Carolers
The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers dressed as traditionally garbed Victorian Carolers will fill the winter air with the bright sounds of the season bringing holiday cheer to young and old alike. The Carolers preserve the tradition of Christmas and holiday music, exposing new audiences to the carols and hymns of yesteryear.

[3:00pm] New Haven: Sample-It Saturdays (crafts)
Try different craft supplies and create your own items. Sample-It Saturdays are always FREE and kid-friendly! November 10: Gel Plate Printing November 17: Thanksgiving Cards November 24: Marbling December 1: Snowman Masks December 8: Holiday Cards December 15: Holiday Lights Craft December 22: Snow Globe Ornaments December 29: POSCA Markers

[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

[7:00pm] Somers: 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.