Christmas, Connecticut-Style Last Updated: October 2020

Starting with the day after Thanksgiving and going straight through to New Year’s, the Christmas season in Connecticut is packed with safety-friendly holiday activities, celebrations and every kind of tradition. We’ve pulled together a few of the events and happenings for 2020 here. But new items are being added to our This Weekend and Events pages every single week so be sure to check back often!

Be sure to check with each event or location before heading out as details may change due to COVID-19.

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Show Your Holiday Spirit

You know it’s Christmas when the lights go up all over town. From professional displays to neighborhood light shows, there are so many places to visit if you want to get into the spirit of the season of light. Start with the Hartford’s Holiday Light Fantasia in Goodwin Park and for more family fun travel to Meriden's Festival of Silver Lights. For classic Christmas décor, visit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, or the Florence Griswold Museum’s Magic of Christmas. Click Learn More for additional ideas!

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Celebrate at Shows & Festivals

Connecticut Christmas season ramps up with all kinds of annual celebrations, some of which are only a day or a weekend, while others last well into December. Experience the Greenwich Reindeer Festival. Check out the Annual Gingerbread House Festival in South Windsor, the Christmas in Collinsville celebrationor partake in Olde Mistick Village's annual Festival of Light.  Click Learn More to search for the most up-to-date event listings!

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Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

Connecticut is full of Christmas tree farms that stretch to every corner of the state. Many offer tractor and sleigh rides, hot cocoa, wreaths and even Santa sightings. Try Allen Hill Farm in Brooklyn, Jones Family Farm in Shelton, Winterberry Farm in Killingworth, Charlie Brown’s in East Hampton or Towill’s Christmas Tree Farm in Plymouth. Find more farms, plus tree cutting tips by clicking Learn More.

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Shop for Unique Gifts

From outlets and malls to boutiques and artisan galleries, you’ll find all kinds of places to shop for unique Christmas gifts in Connecticut. There are craft bazaars and open studios, too. The Shops at Yale in New Haven are just one of the places you can go for great shopping, dining and holiday celebrations all season long. And since it's extra important to support Connecticut businesses this year, we’ve even got ideas for you on where to purchase Connecticut made products, too!

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Make Tracks with Santa Claus

In Connecticut, Santa Claus makes his way around the state early, and he is a particular fan of train travel. Book your tickets early to see him on the Santa’s Trolley in East Haven.  And don’t miss Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the elves making toys, set in a log cabin at Santa's Workshop at Wickham Park in Manchester. Click Learn More to find other places to visit for the holidays in December.

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See the Nativity in Bethlehem

The Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival is typically the first weekend in December. But you can see the remarkable carved crèche, or Nativity scene, at the Abbey of Regina Laudis and have your holiday cards stamped at the Bethlehem Post Office!

Looking for still more ways to get in the Christmas spirit? Visit these other holiday towns!