Maritime Aquarium Norwalk Festival of Lighthouses

11/13/2015 to 01/18/2016

10 North Water St., South Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700.

23 large model lighthouses light your way through the galleries of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. This all-new display, open through Jan. 18, works like a juried art show except that thousands of Maritime Aquarium visitors are the jury. Guests follow the homemade beacons through the Aquarium and cast a vote for their favorite. The lighthouse that gets the most total votes wins $1,500. There are cash awards for five runners-up too. Seeing the lighthouses is free with Aquarium admission.

Wilton Historical Society Presents Trains, Trains, Trains!

11/27/2015 to 01/18/2016

224 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. Phone: 203-762-7257.

Trains, Trains, Trains! From 12:00 – 4:00. The much anticipated Great Trains Holiday Exhibit: An Interactive Wonderland will open the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27 from 12 - 4. Dressed for the holidays, the Society's historic 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many different kinds of buildings, tunnels, cable cars, and two working Ferris Wheels! New this year: a Wilton-themed HO layout; expanded "O" gauge layout; and a working Lego train set. The interactive display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable "train engineers" on hand to "talk trains". In a special train room for the youngest guests, there are buttons galore plus Thomas the Tank Engine and a Brio set for hands-on fun. The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit will run from Friday, November 27, 2015 through Monday, January 18, 2016 on Thursdays – Saturdays, 10-4; Sundays 12-4; and Wednesdays by appointment. Admission is free for members of the Society, and $10 for non-member adults.

GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL & SANTA'S WORKSHOP

11/27/2015 to 12/24/2015

48 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT

This is a memorable opportunity to meet Santa, have your photo taken and meet Santa's Reindeer! Photo packages with Santa begin at $29.99. Pets are welcome!! With your photo purchase receive a special Shop and Dine Greenwich Gift Bag with downtown Greenwich merchant coupons and special offerings redeemable at participating stores in downtown Greenwich. Hundreds of dollars in savings! Photos: Mon. - Fri. 12 noon - 6 pm, Sat. 9 am - 6 pm and Sun. 9 am - 5 pm. Enter to win a Mercedes-Benz Kids 12V Electric Car when you have your photo taken with Santa. One entry per purchase of every Photo with Santa Package. One winner will be drawn December 24, 2014, 3pm. The one (1) winner will be notified immediately Christmas Eve. Compliments of Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich.

7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop, through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014

11/27/2015 to 12/24/2015

McArdle's Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT

12:00 noon - 6:00 pm - We're Back Party at McArdle's!! Everyone is invited! The 7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and photos with Santa  will take place Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reindeer feeding times will take place daily at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The reindeer will head to the North Pole around 1 p.m. on December 23, but Santa will remain until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve before beginning his busy night. For more information and a list of the over 100 participating retail stores and restaurants, visit www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion The Mansion’s Holiday Exhibit

11/27/2015 to 01/03/2016

295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-838-9799.

Wednesday –Sunday, 12-4 p.m. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6, 8-18 This exhibit will trace the development of the holiday traditions during the Victorian era in America. Visitors will see its evolution from 1850 to the 1900s, from small tabletop tree with edibles and handmade ornaments, to lavishly embellished trees that stood on the floor and almost reached the ceiling. The Museum will also explore the Mansion during the 1930s, and the decorations and gift-giving traditions during Florence Mathews' era.

Stepping Stones Museum Hosts Elf Workshop: Norwalk

12/01/2015 to 12/17/2015

303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-899-0606.

Around the World: Discover The West Coast--TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 - Elf Workshop 11:00 – noon. A new activity each week! Make Light-up LED holiday cards, snow globes and gingerbread houses and so much more to spread holiday cheer from ear to ear!

Garden Education Center of Greenwich Hosts Della Robbia Wreath Workshop--Cos Cob

12/02/2015

130 Bible St., Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-9242.

Della Robbia Wreath Workshop--Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 10:00 am. Members $75, Non-Members $95. Create a lavishly decorated live indoor/outdoor wreath for your home with Maureen FitzPatrick, that will last throughout the holiday season. Using a variety of real fruits & pods in a style made famous by the Della Robbia family's italian artisans. Please register by Monday November 23rd.

Garden Education Center of Greenwich Hosts Holiday Tea

12/03/2015

130 Bible St., Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-9242.

Holiday Tea--Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Adults $40, Children 5+ years $10. Table of Eight $300 Join us for a festive holiday afternoon of tea, champagne and delicacies for adults & children 5+ years. Enjoy our live & silent auctions, nature-based activities for the children & a book signing with Phillip Watson. Space is limited, so register now!

Fairfield Museum Hosts Holiday Express

12/04/2015

370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. Phone: 203-259-1598.

Opening Night: Holiday Express Friday, December 4, 5pm - 8:30pm. Extended hours! Come before or after the Fairfield Tree Lighting and be one of the first to see our Holiday Express Train Show! Refreshments and a craft activity included. Opening Night Admission: $3, free for children 5 and under. Opening Night Family Admission: $10 for 4 people. Be one of the first to see the Holiday Express Train Show! Visitors delight in the magic of the model trains winding around a winter wonderland beautiful holiday scenery. This year visitors will enjoy a craft activity, cider and cookies!

Garden Education Center of Greenwich Hosts Holiday Wow at Your Front Door

12/04/2015

130 Bible St., Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-9242.

Holiday Wow at Your Front Door--Friday, December 4, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Members $100, Non-Members $120. Arrange beautiful evergreens, berries, pinecones & more in container inserts for your outdoor planters. These stunning arrangements will cheer your outdoor space throughout the winter. Please register by Thursday, November 19th.