This Weekend

Past Weekends

November 26-29, 2015

Traditions (Thanksgiving)

Start the holiday season off with Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Cirque’s newest holiday stage show at the Place Theater in Waterbury (Sunday). If sitting is not for you, then get into the holiday spirit with the Norwich Winterfest 5K, a fun race for the entire family. Stay around after the race for a community-wide parade and celebration (Saturday). Load everyone into the car after the Thanksgiving turkey for a trip to Hartford to see the annual five-week Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park (Thursday-Sunday).

Shop ‘Til You Drop at the Hilton Garden Inn Milford. Milford is known as one of the 'Shopping Mecca' of Connecticut. Outlets and malls within the vicinity include Tanger Outlets in Westbrook, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets and Westfield Connecticut Post Mall in Milford. The Shop 'Til You Drop Package will give you enough energy and discounts to provide you with ample retail therapy. Package includes: Full breakfast and one bottled water per registered guest; shopping survival kit (discount coupons from area outlets and malls); and complimentary WiFi access. Rates from: Call for rates.

More seasonal celebrations:

Manchester Road Race - Main Street, Manchester 06040
Witness the exciting 4.75 mile race with more than 13,000 runners. It’s the second oldest road race in the East, attracting world-class runners along with some who dress in colorful costumes. Bands every half mile, and prizes (Thursday).

Harvesting History – Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford 06437
Join us Thanksgiving weekend for a “Make Your Mark” quill pen activity, display of reproduction trade items, samples of 17th-century foods, self-guided tours of the 1639 house, reading of the Pilgrim Cat storybook each hour, and the exhibit Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Free parking (Friday-Sunday).

Holiday Activities – Blue Slope Country Museum, Franklin 06254
Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides through the farm, make an old fashioned ornament, refreshments; shop in the museum store for holiday gifts. Reservations required (Friday-Sunday).

Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting Ceremony – Village Green, New Milford 06776
Come for an evening that includes the lighting of the Christmas tree and a Parade of Lights courtesy of the town's volunteer fire departments. Other activities include visits with Santa and much more (Saturday).

"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" – The Palace Theater – Stamford 06901
Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Beloved heartwarming memories which last a lifetime are just waiting to be made (Saturday).

Santa Arrives by Tugboat followed by Mystic Tree Lighting & Lighted Boat Parade – Mystic River Park, Mystic 06355
Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in
historic downtown Mystic. Thousands gather at the Mystic River Park to watch Santa arrive on a 60’ tug boat. After a brief break, festivities in the Park resume with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Spectators then flood both sides of the Mystic River to see the decorated ships pass by (Saturday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search by clicking on the Advanced Search link under the search box on the top right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
November 26-29, 2015

November 27-28 - Black Friday/Saturday Book Sale - Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport, 06890. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sale features more than 5,000 items including: new items, gently-used items suitable for gifts, new CDs and DVDs, still factory-sealed and shrink-wrapped. Admission: Free. (203) 259-0346

November 27-29 - "A Christmas Carol" - Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven, 06510. Time: Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life. Admission: Call for ticket information. (203) 562-5666

November 27-29 - Holiday Grandeur: The Mansion's Toys and Trains Story - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, 06850. Time: Fri-Sun., noon-4 p.m. The exhibit includes a guided tour of the museum's historic period rooms displaying Victorian traditions with holiday vignettes and decorations inspired by the many festivities celebrated while the mansion was a private residence. Featuring trees adorned with historic decorations and lights, mantles festooned with period greens and fruits, and selections of vintage toys and games that once delighted children on Christmas morning. Admission: Adults $10, seniors $8, students (8-18) $6, children (under 8) free. (203) 838-9799

November 27-29 – Gingerbread House Festival - Wood Memorial Library and Museum, 783 Main St., South Windsor, 06074. Time: Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Wood Memorial Library and Museum will again open its doors and play host to one of the largest Gingerbread House Festivals and displays in all of New England. Select musical performances and decorating demonstrations will be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Admission: Free. (860) 289-1783

November 28 – Holiday Shopping – Various Locations. Time: Varies. Start of your holiday shopping with family and friends. Admission: Mostly Free.

November 29 – Trees in the Rigging - Town Hall & Connecticut River Museum, Main St., Essex, 06426. Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Annual community carol sing and boat parade steps off at 4:30 p.m. at Essex Town Hall with a lantern-lit stroll down Main Street accompanied by the Sailing Master of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and a parade of antique cars. The stroll ends at the Connecticut River Museum where boats decorated with festive lights and holiday themes pass by, then Santa arrives for visits with children. Admission: Free. (860) 767-8269

November 29 - Holiday Dazzle Light Parade - Grove St. to Providence St., Putnam 06260. Time: 5 p.m. Cars, trucks, carts, wagons, fire trucks and more are decorated with a ton of lights with music playing, a family holiday event. Admission: Free. (860) 774-8001

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