Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo - Breakfast with Frosty & Friends - Bridgeport

12/14/2013 to 12/15/2013

1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610. Phone: 203-394-6574.

Get in the holiday spirit and join Frosty and his friends for breakfast at Connecticut’s only zoo. Breakfast will be available from 9:00 – 11:00 am with Frosty and Friends making appearances at 9:30 and 10:30 am. Reservations are required. Call (203) 394-6574. $10 per person for Zoo members, $15 per person for non-members. Price includes zoo admission and breakfast.

Silvermine Arts Center - Performance: ETHEL

12/14/2013

1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9700 ext. 22.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. ETHEL performs adventurous music by celebrated contemporary composers such as Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, and Steve Reich and perform regularly at the Brooklyn Academy if Music and other prestigious venues. ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming and exceptional artistry. Back by popular demand, the program for the evening is “Grace,” a journey to redemption through music. Seating is limited, advance reservations are suggested. For tickets please visit our website or call 203-966-9700 ext. 22.

Fairfiield Musuem and History Center - Candy House Workshop

12/14/2013

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

On Saturday 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  Enjoy a fun, family-friendly activity creating your own Candy House. Decorate a holiday house with frosty icing, graham-cracker roofs, gumdrop windows, licorice fences and more! This event is accessible to people with disabilities. $15 per house; $10 Members. Each additional house: $10; $8 Members. Pre-registration strongly suggested. V

Connecticut Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER

12/14/2013 to 12/15/2013

61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT Phone: 203-325-4466.

2 p.m. Connecticut Ballet's annual holiday blockbuster returns to downtown Stamford! Called 'beguiling and a feast for the eyes,' Brett Raphael's production features a cast of 60 dancers and guest stars from American Ballet Theatre. Tickets: $60, $45, $25
(per ticket fees apply)

Stepping Stones Museum for Children - A Day in the Italian Renaissance

12/14/2013

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

2:00 pm. A Day in the Italian Renaissance – A special children's workshop of Italian Renaissance that explains the Italian Renaissance history, talking about the painters, art, sculptures, explorers, music and theatre. Musicians will demonstrate instruments as recorders, viola and violin renaissance guitar.
Sponsored by First County Bank

Shelton Holiday Craft Showcase

12/14/2013

Courtyard by Marriott - 780 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton, CT 06484. Phone: 203-261-2414.

On Sat., 10-4 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 780 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton.

Bush-Holley House by Candlelight--CosCob

12/15/2013

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

Bush-Holley House by Candlelight--Sunday, December 15, 2013. In keeping with the joy of the holiday season, the Greenwich Historical Society invites you to tour Bush-Holley House, our town's only National Historic Landmark. Learn how Christmas was celebrated in times past   as interpreters guide you through Bush-Holley House, decorated for the holidayswith "candle" lighting throughout.  On this one magical night a year, you'll also enjoy live 19th-century holiday music, refreshments and crafts in the Vanderbilt Education Center. Santa will make a special appearance between 6:00 and 7:00 pm!Sunday, December 15, 2013, 5:00-7:00 pmGreenwich Historical Society Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807Tours start at the Vanderbilt Education Center. Admission is free!  Reservations are not required.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center! Sunday Explorers

12/15/2013

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203.977-6521.

Winter is a great time to explore the Stamford Museum & Nature Center! Our popular guided farm and trail programs and animal “meet and greets” return. Stop by the Overbrook Nature Center for a self-guided craft, to visit our animals, or join us for a program.   Different themes, animals, and stories each week!  1 – 4 pm    Self-guided crafts & open classroom 1:30 pm     Guided Hike or Farm Program 2:30 pm.  Science Spot 3:30 pm. Animal Meet & Greet Members: FREE | Non-members: FREE with gate admission. For more information visit www.stamfordmuseum.org, call 203.977.6521 or e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org.

Barnum Museum - Eric Lehman's Tom Thumb Lecture

12/15/2013

820 Main St., Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-331-1104.

Eric Lehman's Tom Thumb Lecture. Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m.Attendees will get a first look at Eric D. Lehman's new biography of Bridgeport's own Charles Stratton, Becoming Tom Thumb. Lehman tells the full story of this iconic figure for the first time. The book details his triumphs on the New York stage, his epic celebrity wedding, his meetings with Abraham Lincoln and Queen Victoria, and his around-the-world tour, drawing on newly available primary sources and interviews. From the mansions of Paris to the deserts of Australia, Stratton's unique brand of Yankee comedy not only earned him the accolades of millions of fans, it helped move little people out of the side show and into the lime light. Admission $5. Eric D. Lehman teaches travel literature, history, and creative writing at the University of Bridgeport. He is the author of seven books about Connecticut, including A History of Connecticut Food and Insiders' Guide to Connecticut.

Greenwich Historical Society Hosts Candlelight Tour

12/15/2013

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

Docent Lorraine Hufnagel describes a Holley/MacRae family Christmas celebration during last year's Candlelight Tour
In keeping with a longstanding holiday tradition, Bush-Holley House opens for tours featuring costumed interpreters, period holiday decorations and "candle" lighting throughout. On this one magical night a year, you'll learn about Christmas past and enjoy live music, refreshments and crafts in the Vanderbilt Education Center. An event for the entire family that will surely put you in the holiday spirit! Bush-Holley Historic Site--Sunday, December 15, 2013, 5:00-7:00 pm. Admission is free. Reservations not required.