Celebrate the Season with these Connecticut Holiday Events
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We’ve rounded up the best holiday events in Connecticut so you can make the most of this
Sculpture by Valerie Bunnell
Enjoy this Fairfield County tradition and get a head start on your holiday shopping. For 42 years, this fine crafts show has been considered one of the best in the country. The weekend-long event features more than 175 craftspeople. Shop, chat with the makers, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. The event is sponsored by the Westport Young Women’s League, and all proceeds are given to local charity organizations. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $10 for adults, $9 for seniors. Westport, Staples High School, (845) 331-7900, artrider.com
Art by Thomas Adkins
Deck the Walls
November 10–January 5, 2018
Forget the mall and give the gift of art. The Lyme Art Association’s annual holiday show and sale features the works of more than 200 artists. The show includes a wide range of types and sizes of artwork specially designed for holiday gift-giving. Lyme, (860) 434-7802, lymeartassociation.org
Rooms with a View
Local in spirit but nationally renowned, the annual Rooms with a View was the innovation of legendary designer Albert Hadley. Twelve interior designers display their creativity through small room vignettes. The festivities launch with a gala on Friday, November 10, with other events held throughout the weekend. Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, noon–5 p.m., $25. Southport Congregational Church, Southport, (203) 255-4538, southportucc.org
Homes for the Holidays House Tour
Five beautiful homes in New Canaan get treated to a holiday make-over by a professional designer and volunteers from the New Comers Club of New Canaan. The tour will inspire you to deck your own home for the holiday season, and give you the satisfaction of supporting a wonderful charity. Over the past decade, the Club has donated more than half a million dollars to a wide variety of local organizations. newcanaannewcomers.com/holiday-house-tour
Photo courtesy of the Greenwich Historical Society
Celebrate the holidays in style with a series of events including the Greenwich Winter Antique Show, the Holiday House Tour, and the Holiday Boutique. The 2017 event kicks off with the Opening Night for the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show: Celebrating Honorary Design Chair, Richard Keith Langham. Visit the Greenwich Historical Society website for full details, greenwichhistory.org
Festival of Trees & Traditions
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art holds its annual holiday event, featuring trees, wreaths, and festive holiday decor created by community members, organizations, and artists. There will be live music and dancing in the galleries. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $3 fundraising surcharge is applied to museum admission for this event. Hartford, (860) 278-2670, thewadsworth.org
Photo courtesy of the Florence Griswold Museum
Magic of Christmas
Delight in the holiday season at the Florence Griswold Museum. Visitors of all ages can enjoy Miss Florence’s Artist Trees, designer Fantasy Trees, and the Florence Griswold House decorated for an old-fashioned 1910 Christmas. Miss Florence’s Artist Trees features nearly 200 artists from all over the country who have donated works created on artist palettes to this one-of- a-kind tradition. There are plenty of special events, including Christmas teas, hands-on crafts, and other family-oriented activities. Old Lyme, (860) 434-5542, flogris.org
Photo courtesy of the Fairfield Museum and History Center
11th Annual Holiday Express Train Show
December 1 – January 7, 2018
Young and old will delight in this annual holiday tradition at the Fairfield Museum and History Center. Delight in the simple pleasure of viewing the model train winding its way through beautiful holiday scenery. $5 Adults; $3 Seniors & Students (6-22); Children age 5 and younger: Free. Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 1p.m.; weekends: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/holiday-express-train-show
Photo courtesy of the Mark Twain House
The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum’s 36th Annual Holiday House Tour
Enjoy a favorite Connecticut holiday tradition at this annual holiday house tour. Mark Twain’s 19-room home, along with five unique Hartford-area homes, will be decorated for the season. There will be live music to further enhance the festive atmosphere. $30 in advance, $35 the day of the tour, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (860) 280-3130, marktwainhouse.org
Photo courtesy of the Westport Historical Society
Westport Historical Society Holiday House Tour
Visit five beautiful Westport homes decked out in festive holiday decor at this annual event. The self-guided tour is sure to put you in the holiday spirit and inspire you to decorate your own home for the season. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Westport, (203) 222-1424, visit westporthistory.org for details.
Please note that events are subject to change. We recommend you contact event organizations directly to confirm dates, times, and pricing.
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