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American Realism Today at New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain Museum of American Art 56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT

The exhibition encompasses more than 50 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by a network of 21 artists working across generations, including Robert Lobe, Kathleen Gilje, Joseph McNamara, Faith Ringgold, and many others.

FREE Saturday Mornings at New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain Museum of American Art 56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT

Head to NBMAA for free Saturday mornings to experience stunning special exhibitions, stroll through their beautiful permanent collection, and explore important works by a variety of American artists.

Holiday Expo at Guilford Art Center

Guilford Art Center 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT

Come discover handmade and uncommon holiday gift items from hundreds of American artists at Guilford Art Center’s Holiday Expo event!

Deck the Walls Annual Holiday Show

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Experience the joy of art this holiday season in Old Lyme! "Deck the Walls", the Lyme Art Association’s most festive exhibition.

Christmas In Connecticut

The Goodspeed 6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT

Join the Goodspeed and get in the Christmas spirit with a brand new musical based on the classic holiday movie Christmas in Connecticut!

$30 – $85

Holiday Shop at The Little Station

The Little Station {at} Beech Tree Cottages 1187 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT

Visit The Little Station {at} Beech Tree Cottages every weekend through Sunday, December 18th.
OPEN FRIDAY - SATURDAY - SUNDAY 10am - 4pm.

Free

River Valley Artists Unique Holiday Art & Craft Show

River Valley Artists 68 Main Street, Deep River, CT

Come enjoy delicious gin cocktails at Promethea Potters and have your child or dog photographed with Santa while experiencing works of art at the River Valley Artists’ Holiday Show.

Free

Festival of Trees Presented By The River Valley Fund for Families

2-4 Main Street, Essex Village, CT 2-4 Main Street, Essex Village, CT 06426, Essex, CT, CT

The River Valley Fund for Families, a Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, is pleased to announce a fundraiser -"The Festival of Trees".

Free

Open Studio by Katherine Clark-Nilsson

Katherine Clark-Nilsson Studio & Gallery 1 North Main Street, Essex, CT

Come and experience the landscapes of whimsical magical realism scenes of New England, the West Coast and European travels at Katherine Clark-Nilsson Studio & Gallery.

“A Christmas Carol” at Legacy Theatre

The Legacy Theatre 128 Thimble Islands Road, Branford

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the village of Stony Creek and join Legacy Theatre for the holiday event of the season.

HAPPENING NOW! The Great Restaurant Raffle is Back!

Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT

Mark Your Calendars! The Great Restaurant Raffle is Back!
Grand Prize for the Great Restaurant Raffle includes $100 Gift Cards to every Old Saybrook and Chamber Restaurant- that's 46! A $4,600 value.

$20

2022 Mystic Garden Club Greens Sale

Mystic Museum of Art 9 Water St. Mystic, CT 06355, Mystic, CT

THE MYSTIC GARDEN CLUB GREENS SALE 2022, ONLINE AND IN PERSON The Mystic Garden Club Greens Sale returns in full force for the 2022 holiday season. Our long-standing tradition of

Free

Friends of the Guilford Free Library Holiday Book Sale

Guilford Free Library 67 Park Street, Guilford, CT

The Friends of the Guilford Free Library will hold their annual Holiday Sale on Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3. The sale will offer a superb selection for readers of all ages and is the perfect opportunity to give the gift of books.

Free

Musical Masterworks December 2022 Concerts

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme 4 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

Musical Masterworks delivers the second concert weekend of its 32nd Season at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme with violinist Tessa Lark as Artistic Director.

$5 – $45

Winter Wonder Day at Lyman Allyn’s Art Museum

Lyman Allyn Art Museum 625 Williams Street, New London, CT

Enjoy special crafts and activities inspired by the vibrant colors featured in our exhibition Chromatopia: Stories of Color in Art. Explore the Museum’s galleries, make fun art, and take photos with Santa.

FREE

Saybrook Starlight Festival

Head to Old Saybrook for an afternoon of holiday festivities for the whole family including crafts, games, stories, food and Santa.

Vivaldi’s Gloria and Other Holiday Favorites

John Winthrop Middle School 1 Winthrop Road, Deep River, CT

Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus, under the direction of Simon Holt and accompanied by The Cappella Cantorum Professional Orchestra and soloists, will perform Antonio Vivaldi's magnificent Gloria, along with several other holiday music selections.

$30

Chapel Street Open House in Downtown New Haven

The Shops at Yale Broadway and Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

Come and celebrate the holiday season with the businesses of the Chapel Street Historic District.

Free

Holiday Wreath Date Night with Best Buds

Best Buds Flower Farm 52 Blood Street, Lyme

Join Best Buds Flower Farm for a fabulous date night out with holiday wreath making, tasty beverages and homemade sweet treats!

$95

Con Brio Choral Society Christmas Concerts

Christ the King Church 1 McCurdy Lane, Old Lyme, CT

The 60 singers of Con Brio Choral Society under the baton of Dr. Stephen Bruce will perform Dan Forrest’s joyful and dramatic Jubilate Deo, along with motets and seasonal carols, with the Con Brio Festival Orchestra and soloists Soprano Carley DeFranco and Mezzo-Soprano Allison Messier.

$35

Santa at Saybrook Home

Saybrook Home 2 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT

Santa will be at Saybrook Home for photos!

Free

Secret Seller HOLIDAY Market™

Stone House 245 Main Street, Deep River, CT

Save the date for an indoor AND outdoor market filled with artisans, food trucks and live music.

Holiday Ice Carving Competition & United Way Toy/Coat Drive

The Shops at Yale Broadway and Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

Join The Shops at Yale for an incredible weekend of holiday excitement with an ice carving competition, holiday jazz, and a baby toy and coat drive.

Free

Eastern Connecticut Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

The Garde Arts Center 325 State Street, New London, CT

Head to The Garde Arts Center in New London this December for Eastern CT Ballet's 20th season of The Nutcracker.

$29 – $58

2nd Annual Holiday Enchantment and Tree Lighting at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT

This holiday season make some "old fashioned memories" with horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, caroling, seasonal musical performances, food and drinks by the fire, guided art activities, a tree lighting ceremony, and more!

Free

Men’s Shopping Night at Guilford Art Center

Guilford Art Center 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT

Come join us for a Men's Night Out holiday shopping with bourbon, beer and last minutes gifts! All shoppers are welcome.

Free

The Vintage Market Holiday Gathering

Burnett's Country Gardens Route 85, Salem, Ct

Don't miss this Holiday Market filled with handmade gifts, jewelry, clothing, antiques and much more.

Free