Holiday Tidings - Christmas Litchfield Hills Style Last Updated: December 2022
The holidays are upon us; and the Litchfield Hills are brimming with unique and enchanting festivities, shows, and events for the whole family to enjoy. So, head out, explore and create wonderful holiday memories to be cherished for years to come!
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- White Christmas at the Torrington Opera House tells the story of army veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters on their way to a Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. With a dazzling score featuring popular Irving Berlin standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean, Happy Holiday, and the perennial title song, White Christmas, this is an uplifting musical suitable for the whole family. Performances through December 18th.
- Smorgasbord! at TheatreWorks New Milford is a delicious show by Brad Blake, centered around food that will make you giggle at its references to different culinary clichés and cultures, from Mandarin to Mexican, from candy bars to caviar, from soup to nuts. This collection of sweet innuendo is an enjoyable, “lighthearted” evening (for mature audiences) accompanied by a live band led by Charles Smith. From the creative genius who brought you Wreck The Halls!, this irreverent musical romp will leave you doubled-over with laughter! Through Dec. 17.
- Hop on Santa’s Christmas Trail at the Naugatuck Event Center on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18 and enjoy a walk-through of Christmas memories. The event includes professional photos with Santa and The Grinch, Vendor Village, and Food Court featuring Chilly Mac’s World-Famous Mac ’n Cheese, Delicious Chili, and Sweet Treats Dessert Shop. Don’t miss the 100-ft. 4D Christmas Light Tunnel Experience, a 10-ft. giant interactive Christmas video game, elf crafts, raffles, prizes, and giveaways, plus an ice skating rink right outside the front door.
- Carl Bozenski's Christmas Village in Torrington is a magical holiday attraction that has been enchanting visitors young and old since 1947. It’s like being transported to the North Pole, starting with a visit to Santa’s throne room – filled with toys, trees, soft music, and a roaring fire. Wander through the Village where children’s dreams come true; meet Mrs. Claus in her cozy cottage; see the elves in their workshop and enjoy hot chocolate, too! This FREE event runs through Dec. 24.
- It's just not the holidays until you experience Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce in Bristol –unique and festive entertainment for the whole family, featuring hundreds of thousands of spectacular, glimmering lights set to your favorite holiday music, Connecticut's tallest Christmas tree, a chance to meet your favorite holiday characters and write a letter to Santa. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 24, plus Monday-Saturday, December 26-31.
- The timing couldn’t be better for Mantels of the Season at the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, where eight galleries will be decorated by members of Bristol's service organizations, showcasing this year’s theme, Community Spirit (a specially selected piece from the museum’s collection will be incorporated into each display). Participants include The New England Carousel Museum, The Museum of Fire History, The Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, The Memorial Military Museum, the Bristol Historical Society, and more. Through Dec. 30.
- Want to avoid the hassle and cost of last-minute gift wrapping? Stop by the Torrington Library on Dec. 22 from 5-7 for their Christmas Present Wrapping Extravaganza. Enjoy holiday music, coffee, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and a large supply of wrapping materials for you to use. Bring your friends and have a gift-wrapping party at the library as you spread holiday cheer and check one more task off your list!
- The Railroad Museum of New England is offering two different holiday-themed train rides for adults and children alike. Departing from the historic Thomaston Train Station, the Santa Express is their afternoon trip (12:00 and 2:15) and the Northern Lights Limited is the illuminated evening excursion (5:00 and 7:15), where passengers travel through a winter wonderland on their way to the “North Pole” and Santa’s Workshop in cozy warmth, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing carols with the elves and enjoy some seasonal cheer. Each child will also get a special gift from Santa’s toy bag. Select times through Dec. 23rd.
- ‘Tis the time to make merry at Christmas Angelicus! Churches and chapels across Northwest Connecticut will once more ring with the music of the season, as this tradition continues at the Torrington Episcopal Church on December 20 at 3 pm and 7 pm. Old and new arrangements of carols and seasonal melodies will be craftily executed by the pure voices of Gaudeamus & Chorus Angelicus, along with traditional holiday favorites guaranteed to get the audience in the holiday spirit.
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