SUNDAY, DEC. 27
26TH ANNUAL KWANZAA CELEBRATION. Held by the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. Kwanzaa, observed each winter, encourages the traditional values of family, community, responsibility, commerce, and celebration. Open to people of all ages, races, cultures, and faiths. This year, Kwanzaa will be celebrated in the context of a musical entitled, “A Change in Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles) High School. Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain. $15, general admission. $10, seniors and youth. QANc.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL PROGRAM OF MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS. Presented by the New England Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble conducted by Richard Wm. Donohue. 7:30 p.m. Works by Richard Wm. Donohue, Franz Gruber, Herbert Howells, Orlando, Lassus, Giovanni Palestrina, Gregorian chant, and carols sung in several languages. Our Lady of Merce Church, 19 South Canal St., Plainville. (860) 747-6825.
MONDAY, DEC. 28
WINTER WONDERLAND CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE. Held by the Bristol Historical Society. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A children’s program for K to 5 but older children welcome. Includes a professional performance of “Frozen,” face painting, a ventriloquist, animation drawing, cooking classes, crafts, the magic of science and fun with mathematics, and other activities. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. Free. Snow date Dec. 29. (860) 583-6309, BristolHistoricalSociety.org
THURSDAY, DEC. 31
3RD ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION. Featuring Marty Q. 7 p.m., cocktails and appetizers. 8 p.m., dinner. Late night snacks at 10 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton, 41 Century Dr., Bristol. $150 per person. Take an elevator home, $149 standard room. $199, deluxe room. (860) 584-7673. WillowsBristol.com
SILLY DANCE NEW YEAR’S PARTY. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will be a disco ball, noise makers, bubbles floating through the air. Children’s Department, Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Free. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021
‘NOON’ YEAR’S EVE. 11 a.m. Judi Ann Jones will play, “Musically Fueled Interactive Party Games. Ring in the New Year with laughs. Get ready to count down to noon. All ages. Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville. Register at the library or by calling, (860) 793-1450.
FIRST NIGHT HARTFORD. 3 p.m. to midnight. Family-friendly, multicultural, artistically unique, alcohol-free New Year’s celebration. 40 performances, activities, and exhibits. Two fireworks displays, one at 6 p.m. and one at midnight in Bushnell Park, near the carousel. Ice skating rink will be open until 12:30 a.m. and is free. Tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for youths up to 3 years of age. Children age 2 an dunder are free. Tickets online at FirstNightHartford.org. (860) 727-0050.
MUSEUM AFTER DARK NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL. 9 p.m. DJ Cajar. Live music with Nekita Waller. New Year’s Eve menu available for purchase in the museum Café on the Park from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Watch the New York City ball drop on a projector. Complimentary champagne will be passed out prior to toast the New Year. New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. $50 for members. $55 for non-members and includes entrance to galleries and special exhibitions, beer, wine, activities, light snacks. NBMAA.org
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.