In Connecticut, traditional celebrations mix with community giving to help ground us at a time when we can be most crazed. From New Haven to Old Saybrook to Mystic events bloom. Tree lightings, parades, concerts, plays, strolls and fun fundraisers abound making the holidays a lively time.
What’s so wonderful is that whether you need a small dose of good will to pick you up or a large dose to help shed the overwhelmed bah-humbug feeling something is out there to which you can avail yourself. Some ongoing festivities start as early as now and some run into early January giving you plenty of opportunity to see and do it all.
Town strolls, like the Saybrook Stroll, are held various evenings throughout December. Rain, snow, sleet or hail communities come out in force to celebrate the season with free activities, hayrides, food, music, magicians, clowns, shopping and more.
Tree lightings take place on almost every town green, parades complete with fife and drum corps and muskets, themed holiday dinners, traditional plays with unique twists ( a woman Scrooge?) and concerts- featuring local, national or international talent- are everywhere. Ride a steam train to the North Pole. Dine with 1850s-clad performers. Sing and be merry.
Check the events listings here for a complete listing of local favorites.