FRIDAY, DEC. 4
GREENE HILLS PTA CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR. 5 to 9 p.m. Over 70 vendors. Greene Hills School, Pine Street, Bristol. GreeneHillsPTA@outlook.com
DEC. 4, 5
THE GRINCH FESTIVAL. Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday celebration complete with Whoville hair styling, crafts, music, and sing-alongs. Meet the Grinch and his Whoville friends. Jodie Fitz, author and creator of The Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club, will be sharing a child and family friendly snack. Imagine Café featuring healthy inspired food and ice cream will be open. Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. $10 per person. Imagine Nation members and children under 1 year are free. ACM and library passes are not accepted. Sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation. (860) 314-1400. ImagineNation.org
WOODRUFF POTTERY OPEN STUDIO. Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 to 5 p.m. Christmas cheer and goodies. 1067 Woodruff St., Southington. (860) 302-1191.
DEC. 4, 5, 6
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL.’ Performed by the New Britain Youth Theater. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m Holmes Elementary School, 2150 Stanley St., New Britain. $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. (860) 515-8115.
‘WHITE CHRISTMAS.’ Performed by Connecticut Theatre Company. Featuring songs by Irving Berlin. Lead is played by Peter Bailey of Bristol. Cast also includes Erin Frechette, Tamarra Martin, and Kristi Yurko of Bristol and Steffon Sampson of Southington. Repertory Theatre, 23 Norden St., New Britain. ConnecticutTheatreComany.org. $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and students. ConnecticutTheatreCompany.org
SATURDAY, DEC. 5
TENTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Holiday and general handcrafted items. Applications available. St. Paul’s Church, 145 Main St., Southington. (860) 628-8486.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TEA AND BAZAAR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features include knitted and craft items, unique ornaments, gift items, homemade Christmas cookies and fudge. Tea luncheon with finger sandwiches, fancy cookies and beverages. Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant St., Southington. (860) 628-6996.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. A holiday variety show for the whole family presented by Southington Community Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville. $15. Tickets can be bought in advance at Just For You… Country Gifts, 979 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, Southington. The Music Shop, 405 Queen St., Southington. Or at the door. Also online, SouthingtonCommunityTheatre.org. SouthingtonTheatre@gmail.com, (860) 543-3865.
ST. ALOYSIUS CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors, gift baskets, baked goods, swags, handmade items, etc. Lunch/ refreshments. St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville.
CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY TIME. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Create a holiday craft, enjoy cocoa and cookies, and enjoy the animated film, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” American Clock and Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. $5. (860) 583-6070.
THE 12TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOWCASE OF STARS, ‘A REASON FOR HOPE.’ 7 p.m. St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol.
THE 19TH ANNUAL ST. MATTHEW SCHOOL CRAFT/ VENDOR SHOW. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handcrafted items, one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, candles, specialty foods, baked goods, raffle, and free make-n-take for the children. St. Matthew School, 33 Welch Dr., Bristol. All proceeds, not vendor sales, benefit school.
THE 22ND ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. 8 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served while the children enjoy their visit with Santa. Giamatti Little League Center Complex, Mix Street, Bristol. Admission for children under 12, free. Tickets may be bought in advance by bringing in one new unwrapped toy or making a $5 donation to the Little League center. Toys will be donated to the Secret Santa Society. (860) 585-4730.
9TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Creative crafters, a White Elephant Christmas Boutique, featuring gently used Christmas items, bake sale, and the BHS Gift Shop. If you wish to recycle old Christmas decorations, you can drop them off Nov. 28 between 12 and 4 p.m. Learn about The Bristol Historical Society and calendar of events and programs that run year-long. Consider becoming a member or buy a gift membership. Gift shop and boutique will remain open on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 19.
ST. ALOYSIUS CHRISTMAS FAIR. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors, gift baskets, baked goods, swags, handmade items, etc. Lunch/ refreshments served. St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cookie walk and bake sale, breakfast, lunch, crafts, holiday greens, vintage jewelry, more. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8 Maple St., Terryville.
COOKIE WALK. Held by the Whigville Grange. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hand-dipped chocolates will be featured along with a teacup auction. Cookies and chocolates are sold by weight. Dozens of types of goodies will be available. Terryville Congregational Church, 233 Main St., Terrville.
SUNDAY, DEC. 6
25TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARADE. Held by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Children’s Holiday Festival Committee.. 1 p.m. Parade is unique in that entertainment remains stationary while the children walk the parade route. There will be singers, dancers, baton twirlers, fife and drum corps, bands, jugglers, magicians, mimes. Federal Hill Green to Bellevue, High and Main streets in Bristol. Dedicated to Frank Johnson, founder of the parade in reverse. Postponement date is Dec. 13.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Held by the Plainville Fire Co. 7 a.m. to noon. Full family breakfast. Open to all ages. Meet and greet with Santa in his Winter Wonderland. Plainville Fire Headquarters, 77 West Main St., Plainville. $8 for adults. $5 for children 6 to 12. 5 and under eat for free.
CELTIC WOMAN’S CHRISTMAS THEMED CONCERT. 7:30 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville. $35. Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9
DISCOVER CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS. Held by Cruz’in Congos. Tour the Breakers and the Elms, decorated for Christmas. Cost includes deluxe motor coach. Admission to mansions and lunch at Brick Alley Pub and Restaurant. (860) 628-8982, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE STANLEY BLACK AND DECKER SENIORS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY. 12 to 3 p.m. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. Tickets available at Stanley Center, 400 Myrtle St.. Bus transportation provided.
THE WIZARDS OF WINTER. 8 p.m. Ridgefield Playhouse, 76 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. $45. RidgefieldPlayhouse.org
THURSDAY, DEC. 10
ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA. 1:15 p.m. With light refreshments and music by harpist Pearl Rourke. Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. Free. Register. (860) 673-6791.
‘IN THE CHRISTMAS MOOD’ WITH THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA. Held by St. Stanislaus Travelers. Family style menu. $76. Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Plantsville. (860) 589-5597.
FRIDAY, DEC. 11
SANTA WILL VISIT THE WHEELER REGIONAL FAMILY YMCA. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Crafts, elves playground, movie, and cookies. Hot chocolate. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. Admission is free and open to all. Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry. GHYMCA.org
‘THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT BY ELISABETH VON TRAPP. 7 p.m. Granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music.” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 145 Main St., Southington. $15. Tickets available through EventBrite.com or emailing Matt Colsson, email@example.com. (860) 628-8486.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12
CHRISTMAS CRAFT BAZAAR. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A train display, pictures with Santa, gift card table, Christmas items, vendor crafts, luncheon. More. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 851 Stafford Ave., Bristol. If you’d like to rent a vendor table, call (860) 919-7669.
SUNDAY, DEC. 13
FESTIVAL OF CHANUKAH. Celebrated by Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation. 5 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring their own menorahs and candles for a communal candlelighting. Children’s crafts and singing. Potluck dinner with latkes (potato pancakes). Home of Dr. Amy Breakstone and Dr. David Reisner, 100 Oakland St., Bristol. Community invited. RSVP (860) 585-18181. GSJC.org, (860) 276-9113.
BRISTOL CHORALE WITH THE BRISTOL BRASS AND WIND ENSEMBLE. “Winter Sleigh Ride.” 4 p.m. Songs reflectingthe festival and heartwarming time of year. St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. $12. Available online, Michael’s Jewelers, Simply Hair, Fiddlin’ Around Music, or members.
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER/ATTIRE PARTY. 5 to 7 p.m. A wine and cheese party. Also looking for donations of ugly Christmas sweaters for an unraveling contest. Prizes will be awarded for the best ugly attire. Christmas sing-along and trivia questions. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. Pre-register since party is limited to 70 people. $5 at the door, or a non-perishable food item (which will be given to the St. Vincent-DePaul Society of Bristol, Inc.) www.BristolHistoricalSociety.org
THE 30TH ANNUAL SANTA LAND VILLAGE EVENT. Thursday and Friday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. A Winter Wonderland complete with an extensive train display, holiday craft, and, of course, Santa. Mrs. Rockwell’s Pavilion, Rockwell Park, Bristol. BristolRec.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 19
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 66432 to support European Educational Tour in July 2016. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast, pancakes, sausage and beverage. Asbury United Methodist Church, 90 Church Ave., Forestville. $5 and $3.50 for children 10 and under. Also various craft kits, $1 each. Advance purchase suggested. (860) 614-8478.
SUNDAY, DEC. 20
CHRISTMAS CANTATA. 10:45 a.m. “A Star to Follow.” Presented by combined choir from Bristol Baptist/ Synergy Church and St. Joseph Church. “A Star to Follow” written by Carlton Buck and Douglas Wagner. Bristol Baptist/ Synergy Church, 43 School St., Bristol. Cantata also will be presented at St. Joseph Church at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve as prelude to 11 p.m. mass.
NOW thru DEC. 5
HARTFORD SYMPHONY’S JOYFUL VOICES WITH THE HARTFORD CHORALE. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. With guest baritone, Matthew Worth and guest soprano Melody Moore. Higdon’s “blue cathedral,” Faire’s Requiem, and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Tickets start at $35, $10 for students with ID. (860) 987-5900, HartfordSymphony.org
NOW thru DEC. 12
THE FESTIVAL OF TREES. Bristol Historical Center, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children.
NOW thru DEC. 20
FOURTH ANNUAL ‘HOLIDAY LIGHTS.’ Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Seasonal holiday themed event. New this year is a 100-foot tall decorated tree with hundreds of thousands of lights and decorations. A ceremonial lighting of the tree will be held nightly at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Full family entertainment for all ages. Kiddieland rides, and family-themed rides. Train will be transformed into the North Pole Railway. Lake Compounce Amusement Park, 822 Lake Ave., Bristol. $15.99 for adults, $11.99 for children 4 to 10, free for children 3 and under.
NOW thru DEC. 27
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL- A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS.’ Weeknight and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and select weekday matinees at 2 p.m. Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford. HartfordStage.org, (860) 527-5151.
NOW thru DEC. 23
‘CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS.’ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. $55, $40, student rush, $15. (860) 527-7838.