THINGS TO DO! Weekend of December 7-9, 2018

I hope everyone is feeling the holiday spirit! We are two weekends away from the holidays! 

This weekend, our plans involve cutting down the Christmas tree. I’ve been under the weather thanks to my son’s lovely preschool germs, but I will be ready to cut down my tree no matter how much Kleenex I need to pack with me! 

There are still so many great opportunities to celebrate the holidays and the winter season!  Santa is all around the state at breakfasts (some for free), photo opportunities and much more.  In addition to these scheduled events, you can find even more Santa sightings and other holiday happenings in our Christmas Guide

Enjoy this wonderful December weekend everyone! 


Friday, December 7, 2018

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy this fun tradition at one of the largest gingerbread festivals in New England! 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. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., open play is available for everyone. The cost is $10 per child and adults are free with a child. Adults are only allowed with kids under 12. See our Blog Post

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., bring your little ones (crawlers to age 4) for an open play session with ball pits, bounce house, climbing toys and much more! Admission is just $5 per child! See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., enjoy a playgroup with your children ages 0 to 24 months. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come meet parents and other kids for this fun play time with toys and books. Also held at 10:30 is the baby rhyme time for ages 0 to 2. No registration required, just drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy a special storytime in the Friends Café! For all ages. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy songs, circle time and a craft. For ages birth to 4. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., bring your toddler for a storytime that introduces them to language, literature and the library through songs, stories, rhymes and games. Drop in. For ages 1 to 3. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., drop in and play, read and enjoy songs and rhymes with your babies and toddlers, ages 0 to 2. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy an interactive storytime followed by time to move, play and explore art materials. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the playgroup is open to all children ages 0 to 6. Children are free to explore the gym, play and socialize with other children. The cost is $5 per child. See our  Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., don’t miss this special holiday movie presentation in the theater at the science center! Tickets are an extra $5! See our Blog Post.

From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., stop by and enjoy the beautifully decorated trees that you can win by raffle. There will also be kids crafts and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free. See our Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., enjoy a special showing of the movie Elf. Drop in. For ages 1 to 3. See our Blog Post.

At 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Don’t forget to visit Santa’s Trains while you’re there!  See our Blog Post.

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy train rides, caroling, bake sale, craft fair and visits with Santa on Friday night. Free admission. 

At 4 p.m., come explore the essential facets of the temperate deciduous forest ecosystem! For ages 5 to 10. Included with museum admission.  See our Blog Post.

At 4:30 p.m., celebrate the season of science with a fun evening at the museum!  There will be games, prizes, holiday crafts, cookie decorating for the kids, and special appearances by the Gingerbread Man, Anna, and Olaf. Make sure to wear your jammies! Tonight is member only night and tickets are limited! See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a trolley ride along the rail decked with Christmas lights and sing traditional Christmas carols as you ride. Inside the visitors center, enjoy a Winter Wonderland with model trains, decorations and hot cocoa for sale. All activities included with admission. See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., walk through Old Mistick Village’s winter wonderland from dusk until 9:30 p.m., then join the fun at the aquarium for a great night with Santa and holiday festivities in the aquarium. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item per visitor. 

At 5:45 p.m., enjoy a torchlight parade, tree lighting, snowflake lighting on Tower, Wreath Lighting on Town Hall, carol singing and the re-opening of Santa’s House! Light refreshments will be served. 

At 6 p.m., drop off your children (ages 3 to 10) for a fun-filled pajama party while you enjoy a couple hours to yourself! The cost is $20 and includes a pizza dinner.  See our Blog Post.

 From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., shop at a craft fair, view the gallery of trees, take a horse drawn carriage ride, and much more on the downtown streets.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., come take an underwater picture with Santa, then enjoy crafts, coloring, and Christmas treats. Admission for residents is free with a new unwrapped toy.

At 7 p.m., drop in for pajama storytime at night.  A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.

 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

From 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., enjoy a breakfast with a special guest! Santa will also be available for pictures. No reservations. Free. Donations accepted.

At 9 a.m., bring the family for some holiday fun and enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa! Tickets are $10 a person and on sale now.

From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., children from birth to age 12 are invited to make crafts, visit Santa and receive a special gift. Sign up is required.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Santa will be visiting, along with the bake sale, concerts, craft fair, horse-drawn carriage rides and more! Free admission. 

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., celebrate the holiday season with cookie decorating, craft making, writing letters to Santa, shop local vendors and more! Admission is free and open to the public but please bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation. 

At 10 a.m., come over for a FREE breakfast with Santa and the Grinch. Don’t forget to take a picture with Santa and the Grinch!  

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., shop at a craft fair, view the gallery of trees, take a horse drawn carriage ride, and much more on the downtown streets.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come make a dashing reindeer! For ages 3 and up.  The project cost is $2 for ages 3 and up, and $5 for ages 6 and up. See our Blog Post.

At 10 a.m., enjoy a half hour of stories, music and activities with your children, ages 3 and up. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy this fun tradition at one of the largest gingerbread festivals in New England! 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. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., bring your little ones (crawlers to age 4) for an open play session with ball pits, bounce house, climbing toys and much more! Admission is just $5 per child! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a special day devoted to the scouts! Tickets are $14 in advance or $16.95 at the door. See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy free admission to museum.  Activities include DIY wrapping paper, create care packages, craft a woodland wreath and more art making crafts.  There will also be live music. 

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy this inclusive playgroup for children of all abilities featuring sensory play, fine and gross motor activities, and social skill building! For birth to age 5. Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!  A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.

At 11 a.m., enjoy snow stories, a scavenger hunt, crafts and more! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., come meet Santa, work in his workshop, meet the Grinch and race down Mount Crumpit with a mini-sleigh designed by you! Free with museum admission.

At 11 a.m., enjoy a special storytime with Bweela Steptoe, author of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., stop by and enjoy the beautifully decorated trees that you can win by raffle. There will also be kids crafts and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free. See our Blog Post.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., try out some of the Top 25 Creative Gifts for free today! See our Blog Post.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., visit with Santa, color a picture and ride the merry-go-round!  See our Blog Post.

At 1 p.m., drop in for a showing of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas followed by The Nightmare Before Christmas. Popcorn will be served. Come for one or come for both.  See our Blog Post.

At 1 p.m., come take your own FREE photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and even enjoy storytime and a coloring table.

At 2 p.m., enjoy a special storytime with Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple, authors of Crow not Crow and Counting Birds. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., don’t miss this special holiday movie presentation in the theater at the science center! Tickets are an extra $5! See our Blog Post.

At 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Don’t forget to visit Santa’s Trains while you’re there! See our Blog Post.

From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy arts & crafts, a bonfire, snacks, interactive farm tours, a visit from Santa, and much more! The event is free but a donation of $10-20 per family is suggested. 

At 4:30 p.m., celebrate the season of science with a fun evening at the museum!  There will be games, prizes, holiday crafts, cookie decorating for the kids, and special appearances by the Gingerbread Man, Anna, and Olaf. Make sure to wear your jammies! Tickets are limited! See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a trolley ride along the rail decked with Christmas lights and sing traditional Christmas carols as you ride. Inside the visitors center, enjoy a Winter Wonderland with model trains, decorations and hot cocoa for sale. All activities included with admission. See our Blog Post.

At 5 p.m., enjoy tractor drawn wagon rides, caroling at the campfire, hot chocolate and more! Santa will also be stopping in! $10 per person (children under 2 and adults over 80 are free). Tickets on sale.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., come out for a children’s parade, carol sing, visits with Santa, music, food for sale and much more! 

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., come out for an old fashioned carol sing on the town green followed by a torchlight parade with the firetrucks!  

 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy this fun tradition at one of the largest gingerbread festivals in New England! 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. See our Blog Post.

 From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., take the holiday hay wagon to Santa’s house for a photo with Santa. Enjoy the indoor hall of decorated Christmas trees, send letters to Santa and enjoy a live animal exhibit. There will be a bake sale, a gift shop and holiday craft center. Admission is $8 per person (children one and under are free). 

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., stop by and enjoy the beautifully decorated trees that you can win by raffle. There will also be kids crafts and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free. See our Blog Post.

 At 11 a.m., you are invited to breakfast with Santa, with a separate meet and greet before from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased in store or online. 

From 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, snowman building competition (weather permitting), bounce house, games, holiday crafts, costumed characters, snacks, and of course, Santa Claus. There will also be a performance in the auditorium. This is a free community event but non-perishable items will be collected.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., design a frame. Buy the frame, and the decorating supplies will be provided. See our Blog Post.

At 2 p.m., enjoy a special storytime with Ryan T. Higgins, author of Santa Claus Bruce. Free with museum admission. See our Blog Post.

At 3 p.m., don’t miss this special holiday movie presentation in the theater at the science center! Tickets are an extra $5! See our Blog Post.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a fun afternoon at KidCity topped off with a grand menorah lighting! 

At 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Don’t forget to visit Santa’s Trains while you’re there! See our Blog Post.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., come and join the fun with a menorah carved out of ice, menorah lighting, fire juggler, activities, music, dreidels, hot cocoa, donuts, hot latkes and more. 

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a trolley ride along the rail decked with Christmas lights and sing traditional Christmas carols as you ride. Inside the visitors center, enjoy a Winter Wonderland with model trains, decorations and hot cocoa for sale. All activities included with admission. See our Blog Post.

 

 

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