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HOLIDAY 2009- FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN FAIRFIELD

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Fairfield families need look no futher than our comprehensive family activity guide for holiday fun. Here you'll find kid-friendly events for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa for the child in your life, including Fairfield, Stamford, Greenwich, Stamford, Westport, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and more!

 

 

Tuesday, December 1


FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: Have a family photo taken with Santa and his team of live reindeer and receive a gift bag. Proceeds go to Kids in Crisis, Connecticut's children's shelter. 8am-5:30pm. Age: All. McArdle's Florist & Garden Center, Greenwich Downtown Business District, Greenwich. 203-661-5600. www.mcardles.com.

 

Wednesday, December 2

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


WREATH-MAKING FOR TEENS: Teens in grades 7-12 learn to make wreaths while listening to holiday tunes. Bring a bag of greens, work gloves, and clippers. Library supplies the frames, ribbons, and berries. Registration required. 5-6:30pm. Age: TE. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.


BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS VS. PROVIDENCE BRUINS: Watch professional ice hockey in a family friendly venue. 7pm. Age: All. $18, $24, $29 and up. Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-368-1000. www.arenaatharboryard.com.

 

Thursday, December 3

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


A VISIT WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS: Children of all ages are invited to stop by the children's library to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus will also share holiday stories. 6:30-7:30pm. Age: All. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.



NURTURING NATURE OPEN HOUSE: Free trial class. Meet the instructor and sample the nature based seasonal activities that take place during these classes. For ages 18 months-3 years with adult caregiver. 9:30-10:30am. Age: TOD, AD. FREE. New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan. 203-966-9577. www.NewCanaanNature.org.

 

Friday, December 4

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: Go back in time to Christmas Eve 1876, with horse-drawn rides, visits to old St. Nick, and a traditional dance in the museum's 19th century style tavern. Advance registration recommended. 5pm. Age: All. $26, $19 children. Mystic Seaport: Museum of America and the Sea, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic. 888-973-2767. www.mysticseaport.org.


HOLIDAYS ON HECKSCHER FARM: Museum admission is free, and the farm will have extended hours until 7pm. Take a stroll along the luminary path, and enjoy free hot cocoa. 4pm-7pm. Age: All. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-322-1646. www.stamfordmuseum.org.


WILTON HOLIDAY WALK: Enjoy free refreshments, a warm fire, and shelter from the night at the Wilton Library, following the Wilton Holiday Walk. 5:30-7:30pm. Age: All. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org


FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH HOLIDAY STROLL WEEKEND: Holiday carolers and bell ringers will stroll through town. Hundreds of stores will be joining the festivities, offering special treats to welcome shoppers. 4-8pm. Age: All. FREE. Greenwich Downtown Business District, Greenwich. 203-661-5600. www.mcardles.com.


HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: An annual holiday production featuring dance school students from Darien, New Canaan, and Wilton. All proceeds benefit The Walter Schalk Scholarship Fund for the Arts. 7:30pm. Age: All. $15, $8 students. The Walter Schalk School of Dance, Darien High School auditorium, 80 High School Lane, Darien. 203-762-7508. www.WalterSchalk.com.


THE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR: This talented choir will perform traditional Russian folk songs and holiday favorites such as Silent Night and Jingle Bells, in addition to their world famous rendition of Ave Maria. 7:30pm. Age: All. $45. Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, 80 East Ridge Avenue, Ridgefield. 203-438-5795. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.


THE NEW ENGLAND ACADEMY OF DANCE'S THE NUTCRACKER: The New England Academy of Dance presents this classic ballet tale. 7:30pm. Age: All. $25; $15 children, students, and seniors. New Canaan High School, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan. www.neadance.com/nutcracker.


10TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN RIDGEFIELD HOLIDAY STROLL: Activities for the whole family, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a holiday parade of elves and trumpeters, and photos with Santa. Holiday special events at participating merchants. 6-10pm. Age: All. FREE. Downtown Ridgefield, Main Street and side streets, Ridgefield. 203-218-9266. www.downtownridgefield.com.

 

Saturday, December 5

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH HOLIDAY STROLL WEEKEND: See December 4.

 

LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: See December 4.

  

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: See December 4.


10TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN RIDGEFIELD HOLIDAY STROLL: See December 4.


THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: An original story about a mythical kingdom under an evil spell, which may only be broken by a brave Knight. 12pm and 2:30pm. Age: All. $15.50. Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport. 203-576-1636. www.dtcab.com.


A VICTORIAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY RIDE: Go back in time to Christmas Eve 1876, and journey with the Gardner family through a town hurt by war and healed by the hope and love of family. This one-hour moving performance/walking tour meanders over one-half mile of uneven terrain. Audience will walk or stand for the entire show. 5pm. Age: All. $26, $19 children. Mystic Seaport: Museum of America and the Sea, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic. 888-973-2767. www.mysticseaport.org.

 

GREENWICH CHORAL SOCIETY: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CONCERT: Opening its 84th season, the Greenwich Choral Society will perform traditional carols and anthems of the holidays. 4pm. Age: All. $25/$35, discounts for groups and students 13-17, free children 12 and under. Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. 203-622-5136. www.greenwichchoralsociety.org.


BALLET ETUDES' THE NUTCRACKER: Presented with music by Tchaikovsky and featuring American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Michele Wiles and New York City Ballet soloist Arch Higgins. 1pm and 4pm. Age: All. $30, $18 children. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. 203-227-4177. www.westportplayhouse.org.



WESTPORT ACADEMY OF DANCE'S THE NUTCRACKER: The 28th annual production of this classic tale. 3pm and 7pm. Age: All. $25, $15 students and seniors. Westport Academy of Dance, Staples High School Auditorium, 70 North Avenue, Westport. 203-226-9987. www.westportdance.com.


CONNECTICUT BALLET'S THE NUTCRACKER: Presented by the Connecticut Ballet and starring American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Julie Kent and Jose Manuel Carreno. 7pm. Age: All. $45, $35, $20. Stamford Center for the Arts - Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. 203-325-4466. www.scalive.org.


THE NEW ENGLAND ACADEMY OF DANCE'S THE NUTCRACKER: The New England Academy of Dance presents this classic ballet tale. 11am performance is a children's show, presenting Act II only. 11am and 4pm. Age: All. $25; $15 children, students, and seniors. New Canaan High School, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan. www.neadance.com/nutcracker.

 

Sunday, December 6

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH HOLIDAY STROLL WEEKEND: See December 4.


HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: See December 4.

 

THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: See December 5.


A VICTORIAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY RIDE: See December 5.

GREENWICH CHORAL SOCIETY: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CONCERT: See December 5.


BALLET ETUDES' THE NUTCRACKER: See December 5.

WESTPORT ACADEMY OF DANCE'S THE NUTCRACKER: See December 5.

THE NEW ENGLAND ACADEMY OF DANCE'S THE NUTCRACKER: See December 5.


PLANETARIUM SHOW: THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: A public planetarium show that presents the astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. For ages 5 and up. 3pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $3 adults, $2 children ages 5-17. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-322-1646. www.stamfordmuseum.org.



GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING: Decorate gingerbread houses at Sweet Rexie's new location in Fairfield. Preassembled houses and decorations provided. Prepaid reservations required; space is limited. 1-2:30pm. Age: All. $22. Sweet Rexies, 1552 Post Road, Fairfield. 203-853-2513. www.sweetrexies.com.


WILTON LIBRARY'S ANNUAL FRIENDS HOLIDAY PARTY: The public is welcome at this annual holiday get-together hosted by Wilton Library Association trustees. 5:30-7:30pm. Age: All. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.


ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR AND LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATION: Rebecca Arkenberg, textile artist and art historian, gives a weaving demonstration on her portable loom and tells the story of Silas Burton, an 18th-century weaver. Costumed docents answer questions and give guided tours of the house. 12-4pm. Age: All. Newtown Historical Society, Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, Newtown. 203-426-5937. www.newtownhistory.org.


Monday, December 7


FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.

 

Tuesday, December 8

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


HAPPY HANUKKAH AT WILTON LIBRARY: Children ages 5-11 are invited to share Hanukkah stories, sing songs, and make a craft. Registration required. 4-4:45pm. Age: YE, TW. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.


CRITTER CARAVAN ANIMAL SHOW: Critter Caravan will bring a wide assortment of small mammals and reptiles to the store for a free show. Children ages 3 and up can pet them, cuddle them, or just watch. Reservations required. 4-5pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW. FREE. Swaddle, Toddle & Bump, 125 Post Road East, Westport. 203-557-0509. www.swaddletoddlebump.com.



CHRISTMAS LUNCHEONS AND HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: Two lunch seatings offered at 11:30am and 1pm. Holiday boutique featuring unique, seasonal gifts open 10:30am-3:30pm. Age: TW, TE, AD. $23. Keeler Tavern Museum and Garden House, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield. 203-438-5485. www.keelertavernmuseum.org.

 

Wednesday, December 9

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


CHRISTMAS LUNCHEONS & HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: See December 8.


GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING FOR TEENS: Teens in grades 7-12 use candy and icing to decorate gingerbread houses. Registration required. 5-6pm. Age: TE. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.



KIDS HOLIDAY DECORATING DAY: Kids of all ages decorate ornaments and other holiday decorations to take home. Wear something red or green and receive a holiday prize. Children younger than 7 must be accompanied by an adult. 10:30am-5pm. Age: All. FREE. Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel. 203-794-8756. www.bethellibrary.org.

 

Thursday, December 10

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


A VISIT WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS: See December 3.



CHRISTMAS LUNCHEONS & HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: See December 8.


THIS WONDERFUL LIFE: A one-man performance based on the Christmas film. Star Mark Setlock will portray more than 20 characters. 8pm. Age: All. $25. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. 203-227-4177. www.westportplayhouse.org.

 

Friday, December 11

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: See December 4.

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEONS & HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: See December 8.


SCROOGE AT BUSH-HOLLEY: A CHRISTMAS CAROL PUPPET PERFORMANCE: Eighteen large scale puppets in traditional Victorian garb portray this classic holiday story. Seasonal refreshments and special family tours of the Bush-Holley House and gallery from 5-6pm. Performances at 4pm and 6pm. Age: All. $15, $10 members. Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. 203-869-6899. www.bushholley.org.


A CHRISTMAS STORY: Watch the classic story of a boy who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Appetizers and drinks will be served in the lobby starting at 6:30pm, and guests will have a chance to win a campy Leg Lamp, as featured in the film. 8pm. Age: All. $15. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. 203-227-4177. www.westportplayhouse.org.


ROCKAPELLA, THE HOLIDAY SHOW: A holiday concert by the kings of contemporary a capella. Close Harmony, an a cappella group from Fairfield Ludlowe High School, will open the show. 8pm. Age: All. $30 and up. Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. 203-254-4010. www.quickcenter.com.


AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: A classic opera that tells the story of a crippled boy, Amahl, and his mother, who live among the shepherds of Jerusalem and are visited by three kings on their way to pay homage to a newborn child in Bethlehem. Performed by the WCSU Opera. 8pm. Age: All. $5, $10. Ives Concert Hall, Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury. 203-837-8350. www.wcsu.edu.


TCHAIKOVSKY'S NUTCRACKER BALLET: Presented by The Danbury Symphony Orchestra and more than 200 dancers from the greater Danbury area. 7:30pm. Age: All. $15, $20. Danbury High School, Danbury High School, Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury. 203-748-1716. www.danbury.org.

 

Saturday, December 12

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: See December 4.


HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: See December 4.


THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: See December 5.


A VICTORIAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY RIDE: See December 5.


TOY BOAT-MAKING WORKSHOP: See December 5.

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEONS & HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: See December 8.


AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: See December 11.

  

TCHAIKOVSKY'S NUTCRACKER BALLET: See December 11.



WINTER CREATURE CRUISES: Board the research vessel Oceanic and journey to the Long Island Sound, where you'll seek out the harbor, gray, and harp seals that spend the winter there. For ages 8 and up. Reservations recommended. 1pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $20.50, $18 aquarium members. Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk. 203-852-0700. www.maritimeaquarium.org.


A VISIT TO SANTA'S HOUSE: A holiday fair featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as live seasonal entertainment, crafts, face painting, and other attractions. Proceeds benefit Brady's Smile. 10am-4pm. Age: All. $5 advance tickets, $6 at the door, free children under 2. Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road, Fairfield. 203-254-4660. www.jwcfairfield.com.


SING-A-LONG WHITE CHRISTMAS: Audience members can sing along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney to classic holiday carols. 8pm. Age: All. $10. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. 203-227-4177. www.westportplayhouse.org.


WINTER WONDERLAND: Activities including holiday themed stories, crafts, and a model train display depicting downtown New Canaan. Participate in a winter trail walk and the annual recycled toy sale. 11am-3pm. Age: All. $8, $5 members. New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan. 203-966-9577. www.NewCanaanNature.org.


BRIAN BOITANO SKATING SPECTACULAR: Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano and musical guest Chicago star in this theatrical figure skating event. 7:30pm. Age: All. $39.25 and up. Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-368-1000. www.arenaatharboryard.com.

 

Sunday, December 13

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: See December 4.


THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: See December 5.


A VICTORIAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY RIDE: See December 5.

 

PLANETARIUM SHOW: THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: See December 6.

 

TCHAIKOVSKY'S NUTCRACKER BALLET: See December 11.

 

A VISIT TO SANTA'S HOUSE: See December 12.


SPRING VALLEY PUPPET THEATER PRESENTS HOLIDAY SHOWS: Performances include A Holiday Fantasy and The Three Wishes. For children ages 5 and up. After the show, children can meet the puppets and learn how a puppet theater works. 2-2:45pm. Age: YE, TW. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.


BUSH-HOLLEY BY CANDLELIGHT: Celebrate the season with a candlelight tour of the circa 1730 Bush-Holley House, decorated for the holidays. Entertainment, children's crafts, costumed guides, and refreshments will be available. 4-6pm. Age: All. $30 per family, or $10 adults, $8 children, free members. Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. 203-869-6899. www.bushholley.org.


MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: Watch the film. There will be cookie decorating for kids in the lobby prior to the film. Audience members are encouraged to bring a toy donation and receive a free cookie. 3pm. Age: All. $10. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court (off Route 1), Westport. 203-227-4177. www.westportplayhouse.org.


THE NUTCRACKER PRESENTED BY CONNECTICUT DANCE SCHOOL: Watch the classic holiday tale. 1pm and 4pm. Age: All. $35, $20 children and seniors. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. 203-254-4010. www.fairfield.edu.


ANIMALS IN WINTER FAMILY DAY: Discover how animals survive the cold winter months, explore the exhibition Eat or Be Eaten, and create an animal craft. Ages 5 and up. 1-4pm. Age: YE, TW, TE, AD. $7, $6 seniors and students with ID. Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. 203-869-0376. www.brucemuseum.org.


HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT: Featuring award-winning Frankensax, the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, with a program of traditional big band jazz standards and holiday classics. 3pm. Age: All. FREE. Ives Concert Hall, Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury. 203-837-8350. www.wcsu.edu.

Monday, December 14

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.

 

Tuesday, December 15

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING: See December 6.

BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS VS. PORTLAND PIRATES: Watch professional ice hockey in a family friendly venue. 7pm. Age: All. $18, $24, $29 and up. Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-368-1000. www.arenaatharboryard.com.

 

Wednesday, December 16

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL & SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.



NATURE NURSERY: SWIM, WALK AND FLY: See December 2.


GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING: See December 6.

 

Thursday, December 17

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.



THE KLEZMATICS : Concert featuring holiday and nonholiday Jewish tunes. 8pm. Age: All. $35. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. 203-227-4177. www.westportplayhouse.org.


GET INTO IT!: Children will learn about the effects environmental changes are having on polar bears and have a special visit with Paulie the Polar Bear from 6-7:30pm. 5-8pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW. FREE. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 203-899-0606. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

 

Friday, December 18

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


PLAYFUL DISCOVERY: See December 4.


LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: See December 4.

 

Saturday, December 19

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: See December 4.


THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: See December 5.


A VICTORIAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY RIDE: See December 5.


SNOW GLOBE WORKSHOP: Children ages 9 and up are invited to the library to make snow globes for the holiday season. Registration required. 2-2:45pm. Age: TW, TE. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.


HOLIDAY DROP & SHOP!: Drop off your kids while you finish your holiday shopping. Kids will explore the outdoors and collect natural materials to create special holiday gifts for Mom and Dad. They will also meet some furry animal friends, enjoy a holiday snack, and leave with handmade and wrapped gifts to share for the holidays. For children ages 3-10. 1-4pm. Age: TOD, YE. $30 per child, $25 members. New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan. 203-966-9577. www.NewCanaanNature.org.


THE NUTCRACKER '09: Presented by The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance and featuring professional dancers as well as students from the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. 2pm and 6pm. Age: All. $25, $20 seniors, $15 children. Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, 80 East Ridge Avenue, Ridgefield. 203-438-5795. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.


HANDEL'S MESSIAH: Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir give their annual holiday performance of Handel's Messiah. A preconcert talk takes place at 7pm. Concert at 8pm. Age: All. $20 and up. Norwalk Concert Hall, 1 Park Street, Norwalk. 203-847-8844. www.norwalksymphony.org.


HOLIDAY POPS: The New Haven Symphony Orchestra performs seasonal and holiday favorites. 8pm. Age: All. $35, $40. Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. 203-254-4010. www.quickcenter.com.


THE NUTCRACKER: The tale of how the nutcracker came to be, performed by the Stepping Stones Youth Players. 1pm. Age: All. $9, free children under 1. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 203-899-0606. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

 

Sunday, December 20


LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: See December 4.


PLANETARIUM SHOW: THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: See December 6.


THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: See December 5.


THE NUTCRACKER '09: See December 19.


DROP-IN HOLIDAY CRAFTS: Children of all ages are invited to stop by the craft room and create holiday masterpieces out of various craft materials. 1-5pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW, TE. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.


Monday, December 21

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.



NORTH POLE VISITS: Daily visits from the Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Claus. During regular museum hours. Age: All. $9, free children under 1. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk. 203-899-0606. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.

 

Tuesday, December 22


FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


NORTH POLE VISITS: See December 21.

 

Wednesday, December 23

FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.


NORTH POLE VISITS: See December 21.

 

Thursday, December 24


FIRST ANNUAL GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP: See December 1.

 

Saturday, December 26


LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: See December 4.


THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: See December 5.


A VICTORIAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY RIDE: See December 5.


DAY-AFTER CHRISTMAS MOVIE: Showing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, rated PG, at 10:30am and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, rated PG, at 2pm. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver, children under 12 must have a caregiver in the building. Age: All. FREE. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton. 203-762-3950. www.wiltonlibrary.org.

 

Sunday, December 27


LANTERN LIGHT TOURS: See December 4.


THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: See December 5.


A VICTORIAN VILLAGE HOLIDAY RIDE: See December 5.

 

TOY BOAT-MAKING WORKSHOP: See December 5.


PLANETARIUM SHOW: THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: See December 6.

 

Wednesday, December 30


THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: See December 5.


DISNEY ON ICE PRINCESS CLASSICS: Enter the fantasy worlds of your favorite Disney princesses-Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Milan, and Snow White-in this royal skating extravaganza. 7pm. Age: TOD, YE, TW. $60.25, $45.25, $25.25, $20.25 and $15.25. Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport. 203-368-1000. www.arenaatharboryard.com.

 

Thursday, December 31

 

DISNEY ON ICE PRINCESS CLASSICS: See December 30.

 


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