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November 27-30, 2014

The Turkeyman Cometh

Work up a turkey-day appetite watching world-class runners and thousands of running enthusiasts in the 78th annual Manchester Road Race (Thursday). Celebrate the gifts the Native Americans introduced to the Colonists and how these cultures influence our traditions today with Family Focus: The First Thanksgiving at the Fairfield Museum and History Center (Friday).  “Make Your Mark” at the Henry Whitfield State Museum during their Harvesting History weekend in Guilford (Friday-Sunday).

See a show, have dinner and spend the night with the Entertainment Package at the Fox Tower Hotel at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket. Book now and receive admission to some of Foxwoods Resort Casino's headline entertainment. Show choices include: The Brian Setzer Orchestra, November 28, for $409;  Celtic Thunder, December 5, for $409. Package includes: Deluxe room at the Fox Tower or the Great Cedar Hotel; admission for two to one of the above shows; dinner for two (special prefix menu) to either Al Dente or Cedars restaurant (dining special between 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.). Rates: Starting at $409.

More turkey-rific activities:

Kent Holiday Champagne Stroll – Main Street, Kent 06757
Enjoy this town-wide event as you stroll through the village of Kent and shop with the local merchants.  Spend $10 and sample fabulous champagnes and sparkling wines as you visit each shop (Friday-Saturday).

Shop, Sip & Celebrate at four Connecticut Landmark’s Historic Sites (Friday-Saturday)
Sip tea or apple cider and travel through four centuries of Connecticut history with your family. Visit the museum shops for the best of local artisans and period-inspired gifts, and participate in additional programming. Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden, Bethlehem 06751, Hempsted Houses, New London 06320, Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry 06238, and the Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden, Suffield 06078.

“A Christmas Carol” – Shubert Theatre, New Haven 06510
Start the holiday season with this joyful musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic featuring favorite Christmas carols in a production the whole family will enjoy (Friday-Sunday).

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

Songs of the Season – Hunt Hill Farm, New Milford 06776
Enjoy as you listen to holiday jazz/pop music played by Hank Milligan on the Steinway grand piano, by the Silo Christmas tree in the holiday marketplace (Friday-Sunday).

“Santa’s Crazier Christmas”- Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport 06610
Start your journey off by walking into the winter wonderland full of friendly elves enjoying Christmas treats and refreshments. Next stop: the decorating table, where you can create your very own commemorative ornament. Then, find your way into the theater where Santa reads a classic tale. You just might find Jolly Ole Saint Nick needing your help to save Christmas this year, and you become part of the show (Saturday-Sunday).

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 on the right side of the page.

 

This Weekend in Connecticut
November 27-30, 2014

WINDSOR LOCKS
November 28 – Visit with Santa Claus & Behind the Scenes Tour - New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, 06096. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Santa will be on hand to meet with children and each child will receive a gift. The tours will give visitors the opportunity to take a close up look at some of the current restoration projects, including the P-51D Mustang Racer, the Douglas DC-3, B-29 Superfortress, a U.S. Navy Blimp Car from World War II, and more. Admission: Adults $12, seniors $11, children (4-12) $6.50, 3 and under free. (860) 623-3305

MASHANTUCKET
November 28 –29 – Winter Moon Native American MarketMashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, 06339. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The market offers holiday shoppers and collectors an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts while visiting with the indigenous artists who created them. Items include art, jewelry, crafts, clothing and more while strolling through gift-laden for special presents. Admission: Free admission to the market. (800) 411-9671

MYSTIC
November 29 – Lighted Holiday Boat Parade - Mystic River & Mystic River Park, 10 Cottrell St., Mystic, 06355. Time: 6:20 p.m. Decorated vessels parade down Mystic River and return to the Mystic River Park, where spectators and judges gather. Boats are judged on creativity and team spirit. Admission: Free. (860) 572-9578

NIANTIC
November 29 - Holiday Stroll – East Lyme villages of Niantic 06333 and Flanders 06357. Time: 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Escape from high pressure holiday shopping in big box stores. This family-friendly day features horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, complimentary hot cocoa and cider, and the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Admission: Free. (860) 333-4337

NORWICH
November 29 – Norwich Winterfest 5K - Norwich Free Academy, 305 Broadway, Norwich, 06360. Time: Race begins11 a.m. Get into the holiday spirit with this great fun race for the entire family. Costumes encouraged and prizes awarded for best costumes. Stick around after the race for a great community-wide parade and celebration. Admission: Free to spectators. 860) 652-8866

ORANGE
November 30 – Wagon Rides with Santa - Maple View Farm, 603 Orange Center Rd., Orange, 06477. Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride with Santa at this historic farm as you indulge with some hot chocolate and cookies, and a holiday boutique. Reservations required. Admission: $5. (203) 799-6495

WALLINGFORD
November 30 – Holiday Concert - Choate Rosemary Hall at Paul Mellon Arts Center, 333 Christian St., Wallingford, 06492. Time: 2 p.m. Concert features the New Haven native Soprano Kery Holahan and United Girls' Choir. Program includes traditional holiday songs and selections from the Nutcracker, Frozen, and more. Presented by the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra. Admission: Call for ticket information. (203) 697-2261

 
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