THINGS TO DO! Weekend of November 30 – December 2, 2018

December is here! Can you believe we are already at the holiday season and the end of the year? I can’t! 

Holidays are a busy time for everyone. There are so many things to do – shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, getting the house ready for company, working, taking care of the family, dealing with colds and other winter illnesses, and so on and so on… I know that the holidays can leave many of us stressed. It’s so important to find time with the family – and that’s where these weekend guides come in handy. I know it can be overwhelming to see all of these great ideas and events. We want to do them all (I know I do). Sometimes though, we have to step back, pick one special weekend event and make it the best.  We’re parents – not superheroes. I hope I save you some leg work in finding the the events- but never feel like you have to do them all! Take time this holiday season to just cherish the moments and make them count!! 

That being said, the December weekend guides can be overwhelming, as can our Holiday Guide. I’m a big fan of trying new things every year-  we have a few things we do every year – but then we like to try new things. So, maybe keep one tradition going but try to discover new things! You never know what you might come to love! 

Enjoy this start to our holidays everyone! 

I am hoping to drop a new review in the next couple days (prior to a Sunday event).  I have goals but they don’t always come to fruition. I am also working on our Winter Bucket List, as well as a few other upcoming things. ‘Tis the season!


Friday, November 30, 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 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 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Admission is free but donations are welcome! See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Santa will be swinging by Newington this year to see the children and take photos! Free community event; please bring a canned food item for the Town’s food bank.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., stroll down Broad Street, enjoy the shops , live entertainment , horse-drawn carriage rides, visits from Santa and more!

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy this family favorite as Downtown New Canaan transforms into something out of a Dickens’ storybook. Santa will arrive on Friday, the trees will light up, carolers will sing and the stores will stay open late.

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

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., all the Whos love Christmas! Enjoy some grinchy crafts and grinchy games, and much more! Free. 

 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus while shopping crafts, vendors and other holiday items.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy free admission to the museum galleries all day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., come make your own custom popper to use as a gift, party favor or New Year’s Eve noisemaker and create your own old-fashioned holiday card!

At 9 a.m., enjoy breakfast with Santa and then visit the inside of a Sikorsky Seaguard Helicopter with him! Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children. Read our Review!

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visit with Santa and take photos, enjoy a trolley ride with Frosty to Reindeer land, visit the outdoor petting zoo, and enjoy apple cider donuts and hot drinks available for sale. Admission is $10 per person (free for 2 and under). Read our Review!

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., children are invited to make a sled with reindeer! All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register online.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy this annual model train show. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation. 

At 9:55 a.m., come parade with Santa and his friends, then enjoy free holiday wagon rides, free roaming railroad rides, pictures with Santa, live music and more! See our Blog Post.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., come make an advent calendar! 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.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come out for a free event at the stadium with a behind the scenes tour, batting cages, arts & crafts, smores, cookie decorating, meet the mascots. Read our Review!

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy this family favorite as Downtown New Canaan transforms into something out of a Dickens’ storybook. Saturday will include pictures with Santa, characters roaming the streets, live entertainment and much more!

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 1 p.m., come see Santa and take a FREE photo with him. 

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.

At 10:30 a.m., Santa will be here to greet the children and professional photos will be offered (One 4 by 6 print: $2) First Come, First Serve. Drop-in.  No Registration Required. 

At 10:30 a.m., enjoy this music and movement program for children ages 1 to 4. Sing songs, play games and move to the beat! Drop in. See our Blog Post.

At 11 a.m., drop in for storytime and listen to the story How to Catch a Snowman!  A fun activity will follow. Drop in. Free. Check your local store for storytime hours.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., stroll the Village and vote for your favorite decorated wreath, enjoy live music, performers, gifts and more! Kids can stop by Santa’s Workshop from Noon to 4 p.m. to do a little shopping too! 

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a family friendly day of music, sound and discovery with the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and their “Instrument Petting Zoo”.  Free with admission! 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.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy gifts, food, music, merry-go-round rides and Santa’s arrival on train at 3 p.m. 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 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy cookies and milk with Santa. This is a free event but please bring a new unwrapped toy for donation. 

From 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Santa will be swinging by Newington this year to see the children and take photos! Free community event; please bring a canned food item for the Town’s food bank.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., make a gingerbread house. All supplies are included when you buy the gingerbread house. See our Blog Post.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., come down for a parade with local music, marching bands and floats. The parade begins on Main Street by Otis Library. 

At 1 p.m., enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa, music, kids’ activities, a bonfire, giveaways, games, food for sale and more! The event is free and everyone is welcome. Please bring a canned food donation or a lightly used book, and you’ll have a chance to win a prize from the special raffle. 

At 2 p.m., children ages 3 and up will enjoy holiday stories, snack on elf mix, sing songs, hear holiday stories, make a seasonal craft and spend a little tiome with Santa! Register online to ensure a spot

At 2 p.m., enjoy a sensory friendly performance of this classic on stage. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets start at $25 and are available online.  

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a full day of shopping, singing, story times, crafts, visits with Santa and much more! 

At 2 p.m., enjoy a special storytime with Kevin Barry, author of Kindergarrrten Bus. 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 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy the lighting of the tree, a parade, concerts, food and photo opportunities with Santa and his friends. 

At 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Admission is free but donations are welcome! See our Blog Post.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., bring your friends and family and head to downtown Northampton for family friendly celebration with music, games, holiday cheer and much more! 

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy the first ever party on Main Street with a firetruck parade, face painting, a magician, a warming fire with smores, and much more. 

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., join the fun in the Village Green to enjoy the torchlight parade from the South Windsor Volunteer fire department, Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the holiday tree.

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 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy a holiday celebration with Santa while the town center is lit up! 

 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Enjoy a buffet style brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by a special meeting with Santa and complimentary photos. Tickets are $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for ages 6 to 12, and $6.95 for ages 3 to 6 (2 and under are free). Prepaid reservations required. There are multiple seatings available.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visit with Santa and take photos, enjoy a trolley ride with Frosty to Reindeer land, visit the outdoor petting zoo, and enjoy apple cider donuts and hot drinks available for sale. Admission is $10 per person (free for 2 and under). Read our Review!

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.,   the Junior Woman’s Club of Milford invite you to a breakfast with Santa. There will be carolers, storytime, raffles and tons of fun! A picture with Santa is included with the price, or you can add on a frame to craft for an extra $5.  $7 per person (12 months and older); under 12 months free. Family (max of 5) are $25. 

At 9:30 a.m., enjoy Santa’s Elves Breakfast buffet, photos with Santa, candy canes and free passes to the Festival of Trees at Tower Square! Admission is $19.95 for adults, $10.95 for ages 4 to 12 and free for children under 3. Reservations required. 

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum will offer free admission all day. Enjoy drop in art activities, enjoy performances by The Ballet Theatre Company and Hartford Stage, and much more. 

At 10 a.m., bring the kids to Sunday brunch with Santa! Prices are $24.95 for Adults, $14 for Children 4-12 and Children 3 and under are free. Call to make your reservations

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.

At 10:30 a.m., come out for a kid-friendly version of this fun event! Grab some quarters and play to win some kid stuff! $5 admission per person (includes 2 paddles to play). You’ll need to bring a roll or 2 of quarters to play, also! Donuts and juice will be for sale. There may be even a special visitor! Auction starts promptly at 11:30 a.m.

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., gather your family and friends for a memorable morning at The Bushnell. Watch a holiday classic movie, enjoy crafts, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This is a free event. Please call the box office to reserve your seats

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., come for cookies, hot cocoa and a visit with Santa. Donations accepted at the door. 

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy cookies and milk with Santa. This is a free event but please bring a new unwrapped toy for donation.  There will also be a quiet hour offered from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., please call to reserve a time during this hour. 

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., stop by and take a picture with Santa. No reservations needed, please just bring a non-perishable food item or personal care item for donation (one item per child). There will also be hot cocoa, cider, cookies and crafts. 

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., come learn about KidsPlay Dreidel. Celebrate the first evening of Hannukah nad enjoy this tradition with others. For age 3 and up. There will be two sessions at 1 and 1:30 p.m. Preregistration recommended! See our Blog Post.

At 1:30 p.m., Santa will be stopping by for pictures and to listen to your wishes! This is a free event. 

From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., make gingerbread man slime. Buy the jar and the premade slime and decorating supplies will be provided. 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., enjoy warm latkes, hot cider, a free raffle, music, dancing and more! 

At 4 p.m., enjoy activities all evening including arts & crafts, face painting, 3D dreidel printing, and much more!

At 4 p.m., come enjoy the magic of the season by taking a trip around Look Park for their light display! Admission is free but donations are welcome! 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 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy music and caroling, free hot cocoa, and holiday cheer! Make sure to arrive early for parking. Patrons please bring a NEW unwrapped toy to be donated (under $10). 

At 6 p.m., the parade will start at Enfield Street School and end at the Town Green. The Carol Sing will begin at 7 p.m. in front of the Town Gazebo along with the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival. 

 

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