FRIDAY, DEC. 2
STRAIGHT NO CHASER. 7:30 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
6TH ANNUAL WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER FOR THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FOR UNITED WAY. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Over 50 wines and liquors to taste with the help of Maple End Package Store. 21 and up. Chippanee Country Club, 6 Marsh Rd., Bristol. $50. Purchase in advance on line at www.ypwinegala2016.eventbrite.com.
WHITE CHRISTMAS IN THE COMMUNITY. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Coordinated by the Merchants of Downtown Southington and the Village of Plantsville Association. Free transportation between events. An array of activities and programs, including tree lighting ceremony, hay rides along the Linear Trail, a trolley running up and down Main Street, and a family Christmas ornament craft station at both locations. Sponsorships start at $100. Downtown Southington, downtown Plantsville, and the rails-to-trails park. (860) 681-8006 or (860) 609-4620.
SANTA WILL VISIT. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cookies, hot chocolate. Nauti-cuts Salon, 1174 Farmington Ave., Bristol. (860) 583-9864.
ANNUAL FUND RAISER CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefit for local charities and trafficking victims. Cookies by the pound, homemade breads, and baked goods, vendors. Children’s play and art corner. Santa Claus on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tea cup raffles. Supper Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lunch Friday and Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Old St. Andrew’s Church, 59 Tariffville Rd., Bloomfield, CT. (860) 242-4660, (860) 803-7535.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held by the Youth Ministry of St. Stanislaus Church. 30 craft vendors. Homemade cookies, homemade babka bread. Polish kitchen for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Stanislaus Church, 510 West St., Bristol. (860)874-9939.
THE 13TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOWCASE OF STARS, ‘CAN”T STOP THE SPIRIT!’ 7 p.m. Benefit for St. Joseph and St. Matthew schools. St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol.
SAINT MATTHEW SCHOOL ANNUAL CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 40 vendors, teacup raffle, bake sale, concessions, and free make-n-take for children.St. Matthew School, 33 Welch Dr., Forestville. (860) 585-6933. email@example.com
GREENE-HILLS PTA CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Greene-Hills School, 718 Pine St., Bristol. Free.
SANTA CLAUS VISIT. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children can make holiday crafts. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021. BristolLib.com
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raffle and home-baked cookie tables. Father Shea Hall, 525 Woodtick Rd., Wolcott. Free admission. Tawillford1@yahoo.com, (203) 931-5867.
COOKIE AND CHOCOLATES WALK. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held by the Whigville Grange. Teacup auction, cookies and candy by the pound. Terryville Congregational Church, 233 Main St., Terryville.
HOLY TRINITY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cookie walks, homemade breakfast of fresh cinnamon rolls, egg casseroles, homemade luncheon of soups, cheesecake, hot dogs, assorted nuts by the pound Christmas crafts, decorating greens displays, baked goods, homemade candy, kids toys. (860) 582-0723. HolyTrinityTerryville.org
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Holiday craft sale and cafe. Proceeds support the Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event in partnership with the Elks Lodge. St. Paul Church, 145 Main St., Southington. firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 628-8486.
CHRISTMAS TEA AND BAZAAR. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knitted and craft items, unique ornaments, gift items, homemade Christmas cookies and fudge, a tea luncheon with tea, coffee, punch, finger sandwiches and fancy cookies. Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant St., Southington. (860) 628-6996.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10 crafters, gift baskets, door decorations, homemade baked items, quilt raffle. St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville. (860) 621-8263, Kathy.email@example.com.
ARTSPLACE HOLIDAY ART BAZAAR. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Small original paintings, silver and glass jewelry, ornaments, more. Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Rd., Cheshire. (203) 272-Arts.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
HOLIDAY CONCERT. 3 p.m. The Southington Festival Chorale will present their holiday concert, “Five Centuries of Sacred Music.” $10 per person ($25 for families of 4, $8 for seniors). Plantsville Congregational United Church of Christ, 109 Church St., Plantsville. Advanced tickets may be purchased for $8 from any chorale member.OTHER
GARY HOEY’S 21ST ANNUAL HO HO HOEY HOLIDAY TOUR. Infinity Hall, Route 44, Norfolk.
WATERBURY SYMPHONY. “A Connecticut Christmas.” 3 p.m. NVCC Fine Arts Center, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury. Waterbury Symphony.org. (203) 574-4283.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6
SECOND ANNUAL POP-UP SALE. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gift books, card, unique items. Baked goods. New Britain Public Libry, 20 High St., New Britain. Proceeds benefit the library. (860) 224-3155 ext. 125.
DECEMBER SOCIAL. 1 p.m. Derek Monahan performs songs of the season. Manross Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Free. (860) 584-7790.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
HOLIDAY SHOW FEATURING THE COMPANY MEN. Organized by the St. Stanislaus Church Golden Agers. The Modern Day Rat Pack has audiences dancing and singing. Enjoy a family style menu with coffee and donuts upon arrival. Aqua Turf, Mulberry St., Plantsville. $77. (860) 589-5597.
FRIDAY, DEC. 9
HOLIDAY PROGRESSIVE DINNER. 5:30 p.m. Held by the Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, the New England Carousel Museum, and the American Clock Museum. 5:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres at Imagine Nation, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. 7 p.m., buffet dinner at New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Dr., Bristol. 9:30 p.m., sweets and specialty coffees at American Clock and Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. $50 per person. (860) 585-5411. Make reservation by Dec. 5.
ADULT COLORING CRAZE AND UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER/ ATTIRE PARTY. 7 to 9 p.m. Raffle prizes, wine and cheese party, holiday music, trivia questions. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. Pre-register. (860) 583-6309. In case of inclement weather, go to BristolHistoricalSociety.org
PAJAMA PARTY WITH SANTA. 6 to 8 p.m. Holiday crafts, elves playground, movie, cookies, hot chocolate, boat rides to the North Pole. Santa will stop by so bring your camera. Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. Admission is free. Healthy non-perishable food item to benefit the Plainville Food Pantry.
DEC. 9 to 11
‘ELF THE MUSICAL JR.’ Performed by 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, $11 for children, students, and seniors. (860) 515-8115. www.NBYT.org
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE. Held by the Bristol Historical Society. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. (860) 582-7787. Free.
WEST BRISTOL SCHOOL’S 2ND ANNUAL CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 60 vendors. Food and drink for sale. Photo booth, door prizes. West Bristol School, 500 Clark Ave., Bristol.
CRAFT SALE. Held by the Friends of the Wolcott Library. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wolcott Library, 469 Bound Line Rd., Wolcott. Free admission and free gift wrapping. Esan210@yahoo.com, (203) 910-5238.
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR. 8 p.m. Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford. $79 to $29. ViennaBoysChoir.org, 1-617-531-1257.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK. 9 a.m. to noon. Harwinton Congregational Church, 1 Litchfield Rd., Hartford. Corn chowder available for take out. (860) 485-1043.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
‘WINTER WONDERLAND.’ 4 p.m. Bristol Chorale with Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble. Holiday favorites, traditional pieces, concert program piece combining chorale, wind ensemble, and bagpipes. St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave, Bristol. Tickets at BristolChorale.org, Michael’s Jewelers—Bristol Commons, Shannon Jewelers, Simply Hair, chorale members.
COMMUNITY FREE DAY: HOLIDAY ART AT THE MATTATUCK MUSEUM. 12 to 5 p.m. Doors opened free to the community. 1 p.m., special holiday Family Fun Art Activity. Make ornaments with a museum educator to ring in the holidays. Santa will be on hand. Cider and holiday treats. Free. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. MattMuseum.org. (203)753-0381.
MONDAY, DEC. 12
HANDLING STRESS AND DEPRESSION DURING THE HOLIDAYS. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. Facilitator is Mary Pat Daniels, LCSW, from Rushford Health Center. Meriden Senior Center, 22 W. Main St., Meriden. Free. Registration required at (203) 237-0066.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
HOLIDAY COFFEE HOUSE CONCERT: ELIZABETH FRIEDMAN. 1 p.m. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. No charge. RSVP. (860) 584-7787 ext. 2023.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16
KENNY ROGERS. ‘THE GAMBLER’S LAST DEAL’ CHRISTMAS AND HITS TOUR. Mohegan Sun, Uncasville.
MISS CONNECTICUT HOLIDAY SOCIAL. 7 to 9 p.m. Mix and mingle with Miss Connecticut Alyssa Taglia and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Samantha Anderson. Dessert reception to celebrate the holiday season. Square Foot Theatre, 950 Yale Ave., Wallingford. $10 or $5 with new unwrapped toy. RSVP. CTMAOInfo@gmail.com
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
SINGLES HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY. Sponsored by Social Connections. 7 p.m. Dress to impress. $10 grab bag gift. BYOB. Gail’s, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. $10. (860) 582-8229.
HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. “Holiday Cirque Spectacular.” 2 and 7 p.m. Features feats and acrobatics choreographed to seasonal favorites. Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $25. Student tickets, $10. (860) 987-5900. HartfordSymphony.org
SUNDAY, DEC, 18
HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH MICHEAL CASTALDO. 3 p.m. Classical crossover tenor and light Italian opera singer, songwriter, composer, and music producer. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. MattMuseum.org
SATURDAY, DEC. 31
SINGLES NEW YEAR’S PARTY. Held by Social Connections. 8 p.m. Join the festivities. Dress to impress. BYOB and appetizer/dessert to share. Gail’s, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. $10. If you don’t bring food, extra $5. Reserve. (860) 582-8229.
11TH ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ring in the New Year celebrating cultures and traditions from Denmark and other places around the world. Create confetti, masks, noisemakers, and a visit from Father Time. Music, dancing. March in a New Year’s Parade at 11:30 a.m. After, gather in Imagine Nation Times Square and count down the ball drop for noon. Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. Admission, $12 per person, $6 for members. www.ImagineNation.org
NOW THRU DEC. 28
FOOD FOR FINES COLLECTION PROGRAM. Donate food for Southington Community Services to help restock their shelves for the holidays and remove library fines. Acceptable donations include canned vegetables, juice boxes, soups, toiletries, paper goods, snacks, shampoo and conditioner. Most needed items include cereal, tuna fish, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, canned fruit, children’s snack items. Bring your library card, overdue items, and donations to the lending desk. Southington Public Library, 255 Main St., Southington.
THE MITTEN TREE. The library Mitten Tree display collects new hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and socks. All items will be delivered to the Southington Community Services Department. Southington Public Library, 255 Main St., Southington.