34 Things to Do in Connecticut This December Last Updated: November 2021
Looking for something to do in Connecticut in December? There is so much to see and do, and you can be sure businesses are working hard to keep you safe. Whether you want something active or relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, historic or trendy, Connecticut's got you covered. Here are some highlights for December.
Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may change.
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1. Shred the slopes. Break out your skis, snowboards, and tubes for some downhill thrills at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Cornwall, Mount Southington Ski Area in Southington, Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield, and Ski Sundown in New Hartford.
2. Get your steps in. Don’t let the cold keep you from being active. Warm up your muscles on any one of Connecticut’s hiking trails.
3. Enjoy ice skating. Sharpen your blades and practice your balance at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury or book a skate time at Danbury Ice Arena or at Northford Ice Pavilion located in Northford.
4. Go cross-country. Swap the downhill runs for a peaceful glide through nature when cross-country skiing at White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield and Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center in Farmington.
Arts & Culture
6. Appreciate the arts. Let the arts move and inspire you. Check out art exhibitions at New Britain Museum of American Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, or even view art outside by exploring the Sculpture Trail at Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London or visiting these photo-worthy outdoor murals.
8. Make holiday ornaments. Get crafty Christmas-style and attend an ornament-making workshop at the Guilford Art Center in Guilford.
9. Practice your aim. If you want to try something new, challenge your friends, or just unleash some built-up stress, try your hand at axe throwing at Montana Nights Axe Throwing in Newington or Blue Ox Axe Throwing in Bridgeport.
10. Explore haunted history. Learn about Connecticut's holiday hauntings at the Ghosts of Christmas Past tours in Mystic.
Food and Drink Adventures
12. Dine fireside. There are dozens of fireside dining options in Connecticut where you can toast the cold days and nights hearthside. From pubs and shoreline inns to fine dining, warm up to these destinations.
14. Tour craft distilleries. Sample homemade flavors from moonshine to gin, whiskey, and vodka at these Connecticut distilleries.
15. Devor comfort food. As the weather cools down, heat up with comfort food favorites from mashed potatoes and mac 'n cheese to chicken wings and pizza.
16. Pick-your-own tree. Bring your axe, put on your heaviest layers, and head to Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm in East Hampton, Lou's Christmas Tree Farm in Orange, and Yurechko Tree Farm in Griswold to chop down this year’s perfect tree.
17. Enjoy indoor adventures. From trampoline parks and indoor golfing to virtual reality experiences, ropes courses, and more, stay warm inside and have tons of fun with these indoor activities. Try out Mohegan Sun's Winter Wonderland Escape that runs through January 9.
18. See Santa. Take socially distanced pictures with the man in red this year at Wickham Park’s 40th Annual Santa's Workshop. Or see visit Santa aboard a trolley at the Shore Line Trolley Museum or a train at the Railroad Museum of New England.
19. And don't forget the reindeer! At the 13th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival, where you can take pictures with Santa in addition to meeting reindeer.
20. Challenge yourself. Test your skills and your nerve indoors at the Thrillz High Flying Adventure Park in Danbury, or break a sweat testing your problem-solving skills at Adventure Rooms in Middletown.
21. Drive through the lights. Look at thousands of dazzling holiday lights, right from your car, at Hartford’s Holiday Light Fantasia, Magic of Lights in East Hartford, Holiday Light Spectacular in Bridgeport, or Lights in Motion in Hebron.
22. Go on a sleigh ride. Round up the kids and embark on a festive sleigh ride, pulled by horses.
23. Walk in a winter wonderland. Stroll through communities across the state transforming their shops and streets into magical winter towns. Check out Olde Mistick Village’s Holiday Lights Spectacular, the Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival, or the Christmas Village in Torrington.
24. See a 4-D holiday experience. Watch The Polar Express in 4-D at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Enjoy a multi-sensory film experience for the holidays.
25. Attend Hartford's first Holiday Market. All month long, downtown Hartford will be celebrating the holiday season with holiday-themed activities, vendors, pop-up kiosks, special weekend events, and more. Don't miss the very first Winterfair — it's sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
26. Celebrate Hanukkah. Attend Menorah lightings and more this season. Find events for the whole family here.
Rest and Relaxation
27. Make holiday wreaths. Learn to craft your very own holiday wreath on December 4 at the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center.
29. Find some small-town holiday spirit. Discover Connecticut’s winter charm when you stroll, shop, dine, or stay in one of its picturesque towns.
31. Go holiday shopping. Connecticut has plenty of outdoor malls such as Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, and Shoppes at Farmington Valley, where you can find the perfect presents for your family and friends. For even more thoughtful and unique gifts, try shopping local.
32. Hallmark hotspots. You’ll feel like you’re falling in love all over again when you visit the magical small towns that Hallmark and Lifetime movie lovebirds have walked through on-screen during the holidays.
33. Take a winter retreat. Essex, Madison, and Greenwich are just a few of Connecticut’s historic and charming towns that offer the perfect winter getaway for you and that special someone.
34. Snap wintry photos together. Plan a romantic road trip to these Instagram-worthy winter spots and capture a few sweet moments in the stunning scenery.