Winter Wonderland Festival


144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: (203) 966-9577.

11 am – 3 pm. Don't miss this popular family event!  The Nature Center will be decorated to depict a nature-inspired winter wonderland, complete with an elaborate electric train display featuring handmade scenes of "Winter in New Canaan.  Plus, Santa Claus will arrive at 11:30am to meet and greet children and pets until 2:00pm.  Have your photo taken to benefit New Canaan Nature Center animal care ($10 donation, 5x7 print provided). Kids of all ages and their families can participate in the following wonderfully-winter activities: A variety of holiday craft activities for kids, made using natural and recycled items.  Interactive holiday storytelling & singingVisitors can gather around the campfire for traditional chestnut roasting. NEW this year: Horse-drawn hay rides around the property (additional charge)Visit the "Red & Green" café for fresh homemade soup, cookies, cocoa & other holiday treats for purchase. Shop Santa's Book Shop.  The 50th Anniversary commemorative Landmark Ornament will be for sale.  The handmade, wooden ornament is $25 and all proceeds benefit the Nature Center.  Limited quantities.

Annual Christmas House Tour sponsored by Monroe Historical Society


733 Monroe Turnpike, Rte. 111, Monroe, CT 06468. Phone: 203-445-1082 .

On Sat. from 5 - 9 p.m. Seven Houses will be on the Tour. Five Private homes plus the Society's 1790 one room schoolhouse and our 1811 Meeting house where the theme is winter wedding. The private homes include:  A large Greek Revival 1820 homestead - one feature here is working vintage trains. A Gunther design saltbox reproducion - many beautfiul working fire places a charming colonial reproduction with baby grand that will be played during the tour. A 1993 Federal Period Colonial reproduction feature 9 foot decorated Christmas Tree. A 2001 Colonial with  a mix of traditional and modern. There are free handmade keepsake ornaments at each location while supply last.  Tickets are on sale now at Country Heart on Rte. 25, the Town Clerks office at the Monore Town Hall (7 Fan Hill Rd), and at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library. They will be on sale at the Old Schoolhouse during the Christmas Fair.   Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. On the day at the tour tickets will be available at the Old Schoolhouse located at 311 Wheeler Rd., Monroe.

A Visit with Santa - Wilton Historical Society - Wilton


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

On Sat., 1 to 4 p.m. Santa Claus takes a day off from his busy schedule at the North Pole to spend time at the Wilton Historical Society and find out what all the good little girls and boys would like for Christmas. Children can sit n Santa's lap and make their rquests while a memorable photograph is taken for the family album. Event admission  for all ages $5 per member family, $10 per non-member family includes the Great Trains exhibit. For more information call or visit the website.

Puppet Show: Jack and the Beanstalk - Greenwich Historical Society


39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-6899.

Show time at 2 p.m, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Come experience this well-loved tale retold with all the magic and mischief our marionettes can muster! Suitable for ages. Vanderbilt Education Center. Reservations required. Register by calling 203-869-6899, Ext. 18.

The Nutcracker at Stamford Center for the Arts--The Palace

12/11/2010 to 12/12/2010

61 Atlantic Street, Stratford, CT 06901. Phone: 203-458-2305.

On Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, Deceember 12, 2010 Connecticut Ballet presents The Nutcracker for four performances.  Called beguilling and a treat for the eyes by the Connecticut Post, Brett Raphael's production features soloists and stars of the American Ballet Theatre- Julie Kent and Jose Manuel Carreno as Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier.  Visit website:  Tickets: $45 to $20.

Victorian Holiday Open House - Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum - Fairfield


295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06852. Phone: 203-838-9799 .

Victorian Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 12, 2010, 1-5 p.m. General Admission: $5 for the entire family
On December 12, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will invite visitors to four full hours of entertainment, all in the spirit of an old-fashioned community celebration, sponsored by D.J. Douglas, Mrs. Jackie Fowler, LMMM Trustee, and Stew Leonard’s. Hourly schedule Michael Graham Spring Valley Puppet Theater 1-2 p.m. This wonderful performance for children 5 and older will be followed by “The Three Wishes,” a folktale favorite flavored with a dash of dialogue and a generous helping of humor. Santa Claus Visits the Mansion 2-3 p.m. At the end of the puppet show, Santa Claus will be stepping into the Grand Entrance of the Mansion to greet children and read their wish lists before he heads back to the North Pole with his elves. Serendipity Chorale 3-3:30 p.m. The nationally acclaimed Serendipity Chorale of Southern Connecticut founded by Gigi Van Dyke, has been performing throughout the tri-state area since 1976. The Chorale, accompanied by pianist Barbara Hudgins, was named a “Connecticut Treasure” in 2000 by then Lt. Gov. Jodi Rell because of its dedication and time commitment as a volunteer group performing for schools, nursing homes and many organizations and nonprofit institutions in Connecticut. It is no surprise the Chorale was recognized by the national network CBS and the late Peter Jennings for its valued “service to all mankind.” Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea Party 3:45-4:45 p.m. Seating limited - Reservations required by December 10. This is a chance for children to have lots of fun, dress up, and practice good etiquette, as the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum continues its tradition of High Tea during the Holiday Season. Volunteers dressed in Victorian costumes will serve tea, cider, and seasonal treats to children and their favorite doll, teddy bear, or stuffed animal. Proper attire for this very elegant, one-of-a-kind party is recommended. Girls and their dolls are more than welcome to wear their best tiaras and pearls.  A prize will be given at the end of the event to the three most creative and interesting attires.

Holley House by Candlelight--Greenwich Historical Society


39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-6899, Ext. 18.

On Sunday December 12, 2010 from 4PM to 7PM come celebrate the holidays with a magical tour of Bush-Holley House, an annual family tradition and once-a-year view of the old house festooned for the holidays and bathed in candlelight.  Admission includes a tour by costumed guides plus music, refreshments and holiday craft projects for kids in the Barn.  Tour begin at the Vanderbilt Education Center--Families $30, Adults $10 and Children $8.  Call for reservations: 203-869-6899, Ext. 18.

Holiday Night Hike at the New Canaan Nature Center


144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: (203) 966-9577.

5:30pm – 6:30pm. Take a break from the pressure of the holiday season to enjoy the simple pleasures of nature.  Bundle up for an after-hours adventure at the New Canaan Nature Center!  Resident naturalists will guide the group on a night-time journey along our trails to explore the sights and sounds of the winter night.  The group will also meet and learn about one or more of our resident animals and after the hike, gather around the campfire to roast marshmallows and warm up.  Cost is $5/person for members or $8/person for non-members (FREE for kids under 3).  Call (203) 966-9577 to register

Master Silhouette Artist, Deborah O'Connor at The Wilton Historical Society - Wilton


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

On Sat., Dec. 18th from 1 - 4 p.m. Master Silouette Artist Deborah O'Connor returns to The Wilton Historical Society where you can have a cherished portrait done.  Whether individual cuttings, multiple children or entire family groups, these silhouettes will delight grandparents and other relatives. Each silhouette costs $30. Reservations are required.  For more information and reservations visit the website or call.

Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Presents Messiah


East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Phone: 203-847-8844.

On Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 8PM the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will perform the Messiah at the Norwalk Concert Hall.  Check the website for further information.