FRIDAY, DEC. 19
KENNY ROGERS CHRISTMAS AND HITS THROUGH THE YEARS. With special guest Linda Davis. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. $35. MoheganSun.com
BURLESQUE-A-PADES PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS SHIMMY. Doors open at 6, show at 8 p.m. Featuring Angie Pontani, Albert Cadabra, The Maine Attraction, Helen Pontani, The Snowflake Dancers, plus special guests Dot Mitzvah and Kiki Soiree. A stage show inspired by the Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge St., Collinsville. $22 to $29. 41BridgeStreet.com
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY’S WILD AND SWINGIN’ HOLIDAY PARTY. 8 p.m. Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Uncasville. MoheganSun.com
LAKE COMPOUNCE HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5 p.m., Fridays. 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Fun for all ages. Light show every half hour at the main gate. Kiddieland rides and family-themed rides will be in operation. Train will be transformed into the North Pole Railway with uniformed train conductor with a tale to tell. Indoor activities including cookie decorating and gingerbread house making. Write a letter to Santa. Story time with Mrs. Claus. Carolers. Ice carver. Clowns. Photos with Santa. Lake Compounce Amusement Park, 822 Lake Ave., Bristol. $14.99 for adults. $10.99 for children 4 to 10. Free for children 3 and under. LakeCompounce.com
ALBANO’S NUTCRACKER. Cabaret Theatre, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville. $38, $35, $32 for adults. $32, $29, $26 for children. MoheganSun.com
SATURDAY, DEC. 20
SANTA’S FARM WORKSHOP. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Indian Rock Nature Preserve’s indoor Winter Wonderland hall of decorated Christmas trees, an indoor waterfall, and a post office for letters to Santa. Hop aboard the Holiday Hay wagon for a visit to see the farm animals and a trip to Santa’s house to have your photo taken. Hot chocolate, tasty treats from a bake sale. Vendor gift shop. Kids craft center. Gingerbread cookies. Indian Rock Nature preserve, 501 Wolcott Rd., Bristol. $5 per person. Children 1 and under free. Families are asked to dress appropriately for the hay ride. Event is rain/ snow/ shine. (860) 583-1234.
SINGLES HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY. Held by Social Connections. 7 p.m. Dress to impress. Optional $10 grab bag gift. BYOB. Bring either an appetizer or dessert to share. Gail’s, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. $10 admission. Reservations. (860) 582-8229.
HOLIDAY CIRCQUE SPECTACULAR WITH THE HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Symphony takes stage with aerialists, contortionists, and juggling acts. Plus, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Tickets begin at $20. (860) 987-5900. HartfordSymphony.org
THOMASTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA. 7:30 p.m. Holiday concert. Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston. Adults for $23.50 and senior/students for $19.50. (860) 283-6250.
SUNDAY, DEC. 21
CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST AND BAKE SALE. 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Menu includes scrambled eggs, toast, pancakes, sausage links, coffee, tea, juice. Saint John Paul II School, small cafeteria, first floor, 221 Farmington Ave., New Britain. $8 for adults and the door, $4 for children 2 to 14. Children 0-2 eat free. Proceeds benefit the school.
DEC. 23, 27, 28
DONNY & MARIE, CHRISTMAS AT FOXWOODS. Tuesday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $50 to $150. Child rates also available. Foxwoods.com
THURSDAY, DEC. 25
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE PLAINVILLE SENIOR CENTER. 11:30 a.m. Traditional Christmas dinner for center members or Plainville residents 60 and over who would otherwise be alone on the holiday. Volunteers wil provide transportation for those who need a ride to the center. No charge for dinner but donations appreciated. Plainville residents 60 and over who are homebound, may call the center and have dinner delivered. Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. Register before Dec. 22. (860) 747-5728. Indicate whether or not a ride is needed or if food should be delivered.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31
SINGLES NEW YEAR’S POTLUCK PARTY. Held by Social Connections. 8 p.m. Join the festivities, have fun, and party. Dress to impress. BYOB. Bring dish to share (casserole, salad, dessert). Gail’s, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. $10 (860) 582-8229.
THE CHAPARRALS PERFORM ON NEW YEAR’S EVE. Presented by the New England Carousel Museum. Bring your own drink. Supper served at intermission. Snacks and set-ups. Reservations strongly suggested. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. $30 per person. Singles welcome. (860) 585-5411.
NOW thru DEC. 21
SANTA LAND VILLAGE AT ROCKWELL PARK. Held by Bristol Parks and Recreation. Thursday and Friday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Holiday crafts, festive games, activities, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Rides around the park for $1. Holiday photo boot for $2. Live petting zoo. Rockwell Park, Bristol. (860) 584-6160, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOW thru JAN. 3
‘LEGENDS IN CONCERT’ HOLIDAY SHOW. Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2 p.m. Tribute artists for Elvis, Michael Jackson, The Blues Brothers, Madonna, and Whitney Houston. Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket. $30. VIP tickets for $40. 1-800-200-2882. Foxwoods.com
NOW thru DEC. 21
‘STEP BACK IN TIME FOR A TURN OF THE CENTURY CHRISTMAS.’ Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gillette Castle, 67 River Rd., East Haddam, will be decorated for the holidays in the style of 1914. $6 for adults and children 13 and over and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Free for children, ages 5 and under. (860) 526-2336. CT.gov/deep/GilletteCastle
NOW thru DEC. 23
ESSEX STEAM TRAIN SANTA SPECIAL RIDE. Departures, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Essex Steam Train, Essex. $40 for a first class car, $20 for a coach, and children under 2 ride free when seated on an adult’s lap. EssexSteamTrain.com. 1-800-377-3987.
NOW thru DEC. 28
‘WASHED ASHORE WONDERLAND.’ Festive holiday décor of recycled material provided by nearby artisans, local businesses, and area school children. Also meet Santa Claus, enjoy the holiday classic “Polar Express” with a complimentary hot chocolate. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.
NOW thru JAN. 4
HOLIDAY MEMORIES: TALES AND TRADITIONS OF AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY CHRISTMAS. Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington. Free with admission to the museum. Free to members. (860) 677-4787. Hillstead.org