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Saturday, December 14, 2019
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  Old Saybrook: Fairy Doors Scavenger Hunt
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Find the doors to the Fairy Realm in Old Saybrook! There are 28 of these 5-inch doors in retail locations throughout town. See how many you and your family can find. Maps and photos of the doors are available online or at Sweet Luna's, Ocean Art Studio and the Acton Library, or click the link below: https://www.oldsaybrookct.gov/sites/oldsaybrookct/files/uploads/082908470721_0_old_saybrook_ct_-_fairy_doors_of_old_saybrook.pdf

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10:00am [10:00am] New Haven: Trees of Hope
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Stroll through more than 150 decorated trees, table settings, and gifts for the entire family to enjoy. Family entertainment on the weekends.

[10:00am] South Windsor: Gingerbread House Festival
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Celebrate “Winter Birds and Holiday Traditions” this year at one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. We will be winding up our year-long celebration of nature and the 110th anniversary of the Hartford Audubon Society with a “Winter Birds and Holiday Traditions” theme. In fact, the annual Christmas Bird Count started out as an alternative to a tradition of that era to go hunting on Christmas Day. Gaze upon row after row of creative and colorful gingerbread creations, all made 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 and 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. Leading up to the festival The Wood will be offering children’s and adult gingerbread house workshops, providing a chance to learn the basics or design like a pro.

[10:30am] Windsor: Stuffed Animal Hospital
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Kids, ages 4-8, can bring their favorite stuffed animal friend to the library for stories, creative pretend play, and to learn how to be the best stuffed animal vet on the block. Also, stuffed friends can be repaired by a team of stuffed animal surgeons. Pre-register: 860-285-1910


[11:00am] Bloomfield: Holiday Craft
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Come and enjoy making a fun holiday craft. More info: 860-242-0041

[11:00am] Hartford: Winterfest
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Winterfest Hartford is back, providing free winter fun for the whole family. The skating rink in Bushnell Park is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm free ice skating and free skate rentals. Special events: November 30-December 22: Photos with Santa. Winterest would not be complete without a visit to Santa, so head over to the Carousel and have your photo taken with him on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon until 3 p.m. December 2-January 13: Music Mondays Nights. Monday nights at the rink skating to the sounds of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and Disney, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. December 6: Glow in the Dark Skate. Come and have a fun glow night at the rink. Glow necklaces and bracelets will be handed out to skaters (while supplies last). 5 p.m.-7 p.m. December 12: Back to the Times Carol Sing. One of Hartford's most wonderful holiday traditions is back for another year. Join us for carol singing on the steps of the old Hartford Times building (aka UConn Hartford on Prospect Street at 5 p.m., caroling begins at 5:30 p.m.

[11:00am] Kent: Gingerbread Festival
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Kent will once again be the scene for one of the largest Gingerbread Festivals in Connecticut. Dozens of gingerbread creations will be revealed in participating shops in Kent throughout December. Sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, Frank Food Co., High Watch Recovery Center, Bain Real Estate and The Marvelwood School. Many of the places feature colorful gingerbread houses for the holidays, but Kent, CT goes a step further. The entire town will take place in this sugary sweet celebration. Everyone is invited to follow the Gingerbread Walk through town to view imaginative and ingenious gingerbread delights. Visitors can enjoy the displays as they navigate the gingerbread map and solve the mysterious riddle the Ginger Girls have cooked up this year. At the end, we need you to vote for your favorite creations. Displays are guaranteed to delight all ages! In addition to gingerbread displays, Kent will have special holiday events every weekend, from cookie decorating classes to Pancakes with Santa and a Messiah sing-along.




[1:00pm] Fairfield: Family Day - Jewelry Making
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Please join us on Saturday, December 14th from 1-4 p.m. in the museum's Bellarmine Hall and Smart Classroom, for Family Day: Jewelry-making. Family Day activities include arts and crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10. Please register number of children only. Space is limited. 2 sessions: 1-2:30, 2:30-4

[1:00pm] New Haven: Storytelling with Santa
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Join The Shops at Yale for story time with Santa.

[1:00pm] Torrington: Christmas Village
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Christmas Village is a magical place featuring individual rooms to meet both Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, a Toy Shop with Elves hard at work, seasonal lights and displays, and of course hot chocolate. Visit the website to see a video to catch a glimpse of the Christmas Village Magic.





[2:00pm] Madison: Gingerbread Workshop
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Graham crackers, frosting, and candy decorations will be provided so you can make your own gingerbread house. Pre-register: 203-245-7365






[3:00pm] Manchester: Santa's Workshop
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Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves making toys, set in a log cabin with decorations and music, and a fire in the great stone fireplace.

[3:00pm] New Haven: Weekend Craft Activities
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Saturdays at Hull's Art Supply & Framing ( 1144 Chapel St.) and Sundays at the Yale Bookstore (77 Broadway).








[5:00pm] Meriden: Festival of Silver Lights
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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] Niantic: Light Parade
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The parade begins from the top of the hill near Tony D’s Craft Creamery/Casablanca Wicker, and make its way down to Pennsylvania Avenue. This is widely regarded as the largest holiday light parade in Connecticut, and has become a community spectacular, can’t miss event!

[6:00pm] Old Saybrook: Torchlight Parade
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More than 20 different fife and drum corps hailing from as far away as Pennsylvania and Vermont will march along Main Street to the Town Green. Leading the musician groups will once again be the 2nd Company Governor's Foot Guard marching unit. The marching musicians, dressed in period costumes, will play musical selections that their counterparts might have played more than 100 to 200 years ago. Alongside each corps will be parade volunteers who will carry torches to light the way. In addition to the musicians, more than 20 floats and other marching units plan to participate in this annual parade.

[6:00pm] Rowayton: RCA Nativity Pageant
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The annual Rowayton Nativity Pageant has found a permanent home! Join us again in Pinkney Park on Saturday, December 14th at 6:00pm. Featuring local performers, clergy and live animals, this family event is a wonderful way to rediscover the joy of Christmas with your neighbors and friends.

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