Holiday happenings

It’s the greatest time of year: Santa Claus will be visiting the Winter Wonderland at the New Canaan Nature Center on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The holiday season is underway and there is no shortage of events in area towns. From seasonal shows to visits from Santa and just enjoying the Connecticut countryside for its wintry beauty, children, adults and families should find something to their liking. This is our feel-good time of year, captured with bright lights on frosty nights, family fun, and sharing good times with one and all.

Tinsel, tiaras, girls with big hair and their outlandish mothers are in abundance in Glitz! The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical running weekends Nov. 30 through Dec. 22 at the MAC (Milford Arts Council), 40 Railroad Avenue in downtown Milford. Presented by Pantochino Productions Inc., the family-friendly holiday musical is a spoof of glitz pageants where, ultimately, what really glitters is the true spirit of the holiday season.

Santa waits while a little girl considers her holiday wishes during a previous Wilton Holiday Stroll. This year’s stroll will be held on Friday, Dec. 7. — Bryan Haeffele photo

Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a 5:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $22 online at

Holiday events get in gear in Wilton with the Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Stroll featuring a visit from Santa Claus. Santa will arrive at the Town Green (Old Ridgefield Road) around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec 7. The town Christmas tree will be lit, Santa will hear holiday wishes from children, and stores downtown will be open for shoppers, many offering refreshments. Information:

Wilton Playshop is bringing back its popular performances of A Charlie Brown Christmas, based on the beloved television special featuring Charles Schulz’ Peanuts gang. Performances are Dec. 7-9 and tickets are $15-$20. Information:

Vendors from Fairfield and Westchester counties will welcome shoppers to the third annual Sip and Shop on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road. The event is a fund-raiser for Circle of Care, which offers financial, practical, and emotional support to families facing a diagnosis of pediatric cancer. There will be refreshments, live entertainment, a raffle, and auction, and to alleviate the holiday stress, an Emotion Code Therapy experience by therapist Dana Michie. Information:

New Canaan
The New Canaan Nature Center transforms into a Winter Wonderland in this family-friendly event on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 to 2. Admission of $10 per child for members, $15 per child for non-members, includes visits and photos with Santa — pets welcome — holiday train set depicting the town of New Canaan, chestnut and marshmallow roasting on a campfire, holiday crafts, “reindeer games,” a Wacky Wonderland scavenger hunt, and the sixth annual Family Gingerbread House Creation Contest (limited spaces at noon and 1). There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides at an additional cost and refreshments available for purchase.

Adults and children under 2 are admitted free. Advance registration is online at or purchase tickets at the door.

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) will be holding a family-friendly Hanukkah party on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Fairfield.

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ), based in Westport, will be holding an Intergenerational Hanukkah Party on Saturday, Dec. 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, located at 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield. A pot luck dinner and a White Elephant Grab Bag will be part of the festivities at this family-friendly event. CHJ will provide homemade latkes and beverages. This event is open to the public and admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, please email:

Fans of the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, can check out the Center Stage Theatre’s holiday tradition featuring music by Beauty and the Beast’s Alan Menken. In this version, Scrooge, the ghosts, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim are all there, singing and dancing their way from Christmas Past to Christmas Future.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Nov. 30 through Dec. 15, and Sundays at 2 p.m., Dec. 2, 9, and 16. There is also a Thursday night performance at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13. The theater is at 54 Grove Street in Shelton. Information: 203-225-6079 or

Living up to its elegant setting, the Darien Community Association (DCA) will offer its annual Mother/Daughter Nutcracker Tea on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The mansion will be festively decorated for the season and the menu will include traditional tea sandwiches, long-stem strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, holiday cookies, and assorted teas. Tickets are $35 for children, $45 for adults.

The big man himself — Santa — visits DCA Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. for a holiday party. It’s a great opportunity to take a photo of your little one with the jolly old elf himself in front of a traditional Christmas tree. Admission is $10. Information:

Ridgefield Guild of Artists will present its Festive Home — All That Glitters market Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21. Free admission allows visitors to take in the gallery glammed up with traditional and contemporary items for sale. For more information, call 203-438-8863 or visit  

Children may bring their teddies to Lounsbury House’s Teddy Bear Tea where Mrs. Claus will read a holiday story as children enjoy cookies, juice, and other holiday treats. Adults may enjoy traditional scones and tea. Seatings are Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.; Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Tickets, required for adults and children over 1, are $20. Lounsbury House is located at 316 Main Street. Please call 203-438-6962 or email for information.

The Nichols Improvement Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the heritage and distinct character of this Trumbull community. It is offering a number of holiday events at its site at 1773 Huntington Turnpike:

  • Nichols Garden Club Holiday Boutique, Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting, Sunday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m.
  • Luminaria Sale, Saturday, Dec. 8, 10-3; Sunday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Holiday Bonfire, Sunday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m. with a rain date of Dec. 16.
  • Adults Night Out Ugly Sweater Party, Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.


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