Greater Hartford Holiday Fun

Dec 12, 2016

There are a lot of fun activities to do this holiday season in the Greater Hartford area! Comment below if we missed any of your favorites!

Fantasy of Lights
Lighthouse Point Park
New Haven
November 18 - January 1

Come drive through New Haven’s Lighthouse Point Park as over 100,00 bulbs light up the night sky! Fantasy of Lights features over 60 animated light displays, including LED bulb displays for extra vibrant attractions. Want to really bring the lights to life? They offer 3D glasses to enhance your viewing experience! Enjoy a scenic drive through a winter wonderland, complete with a special radio broadcast. So whether it’s your first year or a holiday tradition, head to Lighthouse Point Park for Easter Seals Goodwill Industries’ Fantasy of Lights!

Holiday Light Fantasia
Goodwin Park
1130 Maple Avenue, Hartford
November 24 - January 1

Join Channel 3 Kids Camp for a much loved Greater Hartford tradition. The 2-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights.

Holiday Lights
Lake Compounce
186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol
November 25 - December 18

Lake Compounce will be covered in lights, thousands of bulbs and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. Their are plenty of activities for both the festive outdoors or the toasty indoors!

A Christmas Carol
Hartford Stage
50 Church Street, Hartford
November 25 -  December 30

​The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 18th season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment!

Winterfest Hartford
Bushnell Park
November 25 - January 8

Come and celebrate the holidays in Hartford! Skate, catch a play or a concert, be amazed by art, cheer on the Huskies and the Wolf Pack, enjoy a great meal, and so much more.

The Nutcracker
The Bushnell Center
166 Capital Avenue, Hartford
December 17 & 18

The Nutmeg Ballet's Nutcracker returns to The Bushnell’s Family Series with show times that the whole family can participate in. Enjoy yourself this yuletide season as you travel with young Clara to the enchanted Land of Sweets. Delighting audiences young and old, this holiday favorite brings to life toy soldiers and dueling mice, princesses and sugarplums – a delicious treat for the child in all of us performed one of the most respected classical ballet conservatory in America.

Holiday Cirque Spectacular
The Bushnell
166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
December 17

Hartford’s holiday concert classic just keeps getting more “Cirque-tacular!” Bring the entire family to enjoy your favorite seasonal music, as Carolyn Kuan conducts the HSO, while Cirque de la Symphonie performs on and above the stage. Breathtaking aerialists, mind-boggling contortionists, and jaw-dropping jugglers will have you awestruck. Experience the magic of this ultimate holiday extravaganza!

Winterfest at Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard
December 26 - January 1

Mystic Aquarium is spreading holiday cheer through the New Year; transforming into a winter wonderland December 26 to January 1 during Winterfest! Favorite holiday toys come to life while live entertainment brings good tidings to all. Watch local chefs create masterpieces out of ice and gingerbread and stop by Santa’s Cali Cabana to say thanks and watch Santa’s elves dive in the Coral Reef exhibit across the way!

Winterfest and the Tunnel of Lights
The Connecticut Trolley Museum
58 North Road, East Windsor

Join hundreds of others and start a family tradition of coming for a trolley ride during the holiday season. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open "electric sleigh", its sure to be a good time and one that you'll remember for years. Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the "Tunnel of Lights".

28th Annual First Night Hartford
Downtown Hartford
December 31

First Night is a celebration of the New Year through the arts. It is an alcohol free, family-friendly, public celebration that marks the passage from the old year to the new with art, ritual, and festivity. The day is a multicultural, artistically unique Year’s experience with countless professional musicians, artists, performance groups, and exhibits that inspire thousands of people of all ages to attend each year. It’s also an affordable way for everyone to ring in the New Year.

Comment with your Holiday plans below!


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