Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Weekend of December 19-21 in Connecticut

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, you don't have to travel very far from home if you live in Connecticut. 

Northern Lights Limited - Train Rides With Santa – Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston Go on an evening holiday train ride with Santa at the Railroad Museum of New England and enjoy the Festival of Lights both inside and outside the train as children of all ages are invited to journey to Santa’s Train Workshop.  Join Santa as he boards the train and greets everyone with a gift, during the train ride (Friday- Sunday).

Ride a Vintage Train to Visit Santa -Danbury Railroad Museum Danbury 
That portly gent from the North Pole will once again pay a visit to the Danbury Railway Museum and you can take a ride in a vintage train through the historic rail yard to visit him.  Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Based on the popularity of this event the past couple of years, reservations are suggested.  A special one-night-only event on Saturday, December 20 at 4:30 p.m., take an evening ride through the lighted rail yard.

The short train ride in a fully-restored 1953 New Haven Railroad Rail Diesel Car will take you through the rail yard, past the only powered turntable in Connecticut, recently listed on the National Historic Register, and over 70 vintage railroad cars, locomotives and many unique pieces of railroad history.  The train ride will terminate at Santa's own private railcar where you'll be greeted by Mrs. Claus and Santa's helpers in Toyland.

Christmas at Santa Claus Station- Milford Performing Arts Center
Christmas is full steam ahead for the fantastical passengers on the Holiday Express. But a quick stop at Santa Claus Station brings Santa Claus Station brings Santa and the Elves some unexpected surprises. Can they make it back to the North Pole in time for Christmas? This enchanting and heartwarming new musical is the perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center, Greenwich 06830
Welcome Santa and his LIVE reindeer to Greenwich with holiday refreshments, face painting, balloon artists and photos with Santa (Friday-Sunday).

Christmas Open Farm Weekends – Stone Bridge Farm, Griswold 06351
Mingle with the alpacas and browse through the farm shop. There are a lot of items that would make great gifts for the upcoming holidays and cold weather (Saturday-Sunday).

A Christmas Carol- Hartford Stage
December 19-21- "A Christmas Carol" - Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford, 06103. Time: Call for schedule. Come see one of Connecticut’s favorite family holiday traditions 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.  

The Tunnel of Lights-East Windsor Ct.
December 19-21 - Winterfest & "The Tunnel of Lights" - Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Rd., East Windsor, 06088. Time: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Join hundreds of others and start your own family tradition with a visit to the Trolley Museum during Winterfest.  Dress warm and bring blankets so you can enjoy a trolley ride on the open "electric" sleigh like they did years ago in Montreal.  Join your motorman in singing traditional Christmas carols as you travel down the track.  

Holiday Memories: Tales & Traditions of an Early 20th Century Christmas - Hill-SteadMuseum, Farmington
Feel like an invited guest when you tour the country house, decorated for the holiday. Immerse yourself in the Pope family's holiday celebrations, and view objects from family archives as well as decorations inspired by early 20th century traditions (Friday-Sunday).

This is just a sampling of what Connecticut has to offer this weekend, Check out the Connecticut Tourism website for additional suggestions and ideas. 

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