21 Things To Do in New Haven


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Movies & Mimosas, Holiday Classic Movies! 
Criterion-Bow Tie Cinema, 11:30 AM Sat/Sun in December
See the best of holiday classics: White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, all on the big screen! Info here: bowtiecinemas.com/special

Dinosnore! A Peabody Museum Sleepover Adventure! Saturday, 12/9 $50 What happens at the Museum when the lights go out? Here’s your chance to find out! Open to children five years of age and older. Find out more here:

Holiday Ice Carving Competition, 12/9 12-4pm
Watch as six professional ice carvers each transform 900lbs of ice into a spectacular sculpture in only 4 hours! More info here: theshopsatyale.com/icecarving/.

Downtown Horse & Carriage Rides, 12-4pm
Every Sunday in December, FREE!
Location: Pick-up/Drop-off on the Corner of College & Chapel Streets on College Street, Route: Chapel, right onto York, right onto Elm and right on College. For even more of The Shops at Yale Holiday Events, click here.

The Nutcracker at The Shubert 12/16-17th, 2 shows a day, 1 PM and 5 PM
New Haven Ballet proudly presents Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn’s exciting full-length production of The Nutcracker. performed by the students of the New Haven Ballet.
Tickets and info here: shubert.com/shows

Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
at Long Wharf Theater 12/5-17, $35
Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, and it’s hysterical!
Tickets and info here: longwharf.org/sisters-christmas-catechism

Messiah Singalong! 12/10, 1:30 PM, $5 suggested donation
The Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Glee Club perform Handel’s Messiah. Scores available for $10.

Story Time with Santa and Dreidel Man*
2pm-3pm, Selfies w/Santa 3pm-4pm, 12/3, 10, 17, 24
Location: Claire’s Corner Copia, 1000 Chapel Street
*Dreidel Man, Sundays, December 3, 10, 17
Cookies & milk provided!

The Blind Boys From Alabama Christmas Show The Shubert Theater, 12/2
Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, this acclaimed group performs signature vocal harmonies, new songs, and holiday favorites. They will be joined by the world-renowned Preservation Hall Legacy Horns from New Orleans.
Info and tickets here: shubert.com/shows-events/the-blind-boys

Tig Notaro at College Street Music Hall 12/10 Doors open: 7 PM Show: 8 PM
$35 – $40
Tig Notaro is a comedian, actor, and writer that Rolling Stone named one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time. Tig writes, produces and stars in the semi-autobiographical Amazon series, One Mississippi. and her memoir I’m Just a Person is New York Times Bestseller. Tickets and info here: ticketfly.com/

Blue Mercury Holiday Shopping Party, 12/7
Freshen up the makeup bag while doing some glam girlie holiday shopping and get a dazzling 20% off! Beauty experts will be on hand to personalize gifts, wrap and treat you to some fab samples. Pre-shop up to 10 days before, and they will honor the holiday special. Blue Mercury, 51 Broadway

Porters & Stouts Beer and Cheese Pairing Class at Caseus
12/4, 6pm-7:30, $40, few seats left!
Pair some of the best new brews with cheese from Caseus’s Fromagerie! Info and tickets here: eventbrite.com/e/porters

Yale Bookstore – Gregory Maguire Booksigning 12/16, 1 PM – 2 PM Free
New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire visits the bookstore to read and sign copies of his new book Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker.
Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked and to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann. 1 hour of FREE parking in the Broadway Lot with the purchase!
The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway

Far East Tasting At Oak Haven, 12/9, 2 PM – 4 PM $80
Taste some of Japans best whiskey’s paired with Japanese small plates. What a way to kill an afternoon!
Infor here: eventbrite.com/e/japanese

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, The Schubert Theater 12/8-10
See all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life!
Ticket info here:shubert.com/shows-events/rudolph

Cigars and Jazz at The Owl Shop 
Come for happy hour and kick back with the Hawkins Jazz Collective at the best and oldest cigar bar in New Haven – circa 1934! Every Wednesday night in December.

Learn to make French Macarons at Katalina’s Bakery
12/10 @ 3PM– 5PM
Learn to make French-style macarons. Practice your piping skills, pick up a few pro techniques and take home an assortment! This class designed for adults, welcomes teens over 14. More info here: katalinasbakery.com/classes/

Cookies on 9, December 1
Collect a baker’s dozen of cookies and sweet treats in the Historic 9th Square. Tickets $15 here. 

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
12/21 7:30PM $15 – $74 | KidTix Free with Adult; College Students $10, Woolsey Hall
Celebrate your holiday with NHSO Pops conductor Chelsea Tipton and the NHSO’s soundtrack or seasonal favorites including White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, a Christmas carol sing-along, and more!
Chelsea Tipton, conductor, Connor Bogart, vocals
Info here: newhavensymphony.org/event/holiday

Native Son, Yale Rep Final Performance 12/16
Native Son is an unforgettable theatrical experience that captures the power of Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice. More info and tickets here:

Celebration of American Crafts, Creative Arts Workshop   11/24- 12/24
Enjoy the handiwork of local craftspeople showing off their artisanal prowess and purchase great gifts while you are at it!  More info here: creativeartsworkshop.org/events