Sunday, December 15, 2019
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  Old Saybrook: Fairy Doors Scavenger Hunt
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

[All day event] Greenwich: Christmas Bird Count
Help monitor winter bird populations and take part in the longest-running community science bird project in the world. Join a count team or conduct a feeder-watch by counting birds at your backyard feeders during the day. Then gather at Greenwich Audubon Center at 5 pm to compile results and enjoy dinner. More info: 203-930-1353

10:00am [10:00am] New Haven: Trees of Hope
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
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.

[11:00am] Hartford: Winterfest
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
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.

[12:00pm] New Haven: Horse and Carriage Rides
Free horse and carriage ride in downtown New Haven.

[1:00pm] New Haven: Ice Carving Demonstration
Watch as professional ice carvers create a themed ice sculpture in front of Wave Gallery at 1046 Chapel Street. The skilled ice carvers, from Ice Matters in Cheshire, CT, will begin with two 300 pound solid blocks of clear ice, each measuring 40" tall x 20" wide and transform them into a Train (12/15) and a Santa on a Chimney (12/22). The ice carvings will be accessible for photo opportunities.

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

[1:00pm] Torrington: Christmas Village
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.

[1:30pm] Westport: Family Maker Sunday y- Hour of Code
Families can try out the Youth Service's coding kits. Preschool-grade 3 with an adult. More info: 203-291-4800

[2:00pm] New Haven: Weekend Craft Activities
Saturdays at Hull's Art Supply & Framing ( 1144 Chapel St.) and Sundays at the Yale Bookstore (77 Broadway).

[3:00pm] Manchester: Santa's Workshop
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] West Hartford: Let's Get Ready!
Get ready for Hanukkah with hands-on fun. Create your own menorah, decorate and spin dreidels, make a card, enjoy an edible dreidel, and more. Bring a pair of children's pajamas to donate. (Free with donation of PJs). Pre-register: 860-236-4571

[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.