What to Do and See in Connecticut this December 2021

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Winter may not officially begin until December 21, but the spirit of the season is alive and vibrant—particularly in Connecticut. With its cold climate, picturesque landscapes, and vast selection of holiday festivities, now is a great time to experience all the Constitution State has to offer.


Here is a list of 31 events—one for each day of the month—happening in Connecticut this December 2021.


Connecticut events what to do in December

December 1: Menorah Lighting

Norwalk


The outdoor ceremony will be held on the front lawn of Norwalk City Hall. Chanukah cookies and dreidels will be distributed to all attendees.


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December 2: Deck the Walls!

New Canaan


The Carriage Barn Arts Center will host a lively holiday party, complete with live music, cocktails, and a wreath auction.


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December 3: Holiday Stroll

Wilton


Visit the Wilton Town Green for this fun-filled event, which includes a bonfire, crafts, a gingerbread house contest, and a tree-lighting ceremony.


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December 4: Christmas Market

Rowayton

Rowayton december events Connecticut

Hosted by the Rowayton Gardeners’ club, the market will feature designer-quality wreaths, mini trees and ornaments, and one-of-a-kind gifts.


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December 5: Y Winter Wonderland

New Canaan


Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, including an indoor snowman festival, at this New Canaan YMCA-hosted event.


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December 6: Gelli Plate

Norwalk


Explore the art of gel printmaking in this unique hands-on workshop, which is open to all skill levels.


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December 7: Local Artists Visit: The Friendly Bookshelf

New Canaan


Local authors Caroline and Katherine Brickley will discuss and read their new children’s book, The Friendly Bookshelf.


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December 8: Holiday Mansion Tour

Norwalk


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Enjoy a tour of the historic Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, which will be adorned with photo-worthy holiday décor.


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December 9: Cool Yule: A Rock and Roll Holiday Exhibition

Greenwich


This must-see exhibition features artwork and memorabilia from legendary rockstars, including Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan.


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December 10: Who’s Holiday

Norwalk


The Music Theatre of Connecticut’s comedic holiday production tells the story of a grown-up Cindy Lou Who, inspired by the iconic Dr. Seuss character.


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December 11: Reindeer Festival

Greenwich


Greenwich Connecticut december events reindeer festival

Visit the Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses for photos with Santa, live reindeer, and a Christmas shop filled with holiday décor and gifts.


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December 12: Yale Whiffenpoofs Holiday Concert

Danbury


The holiday concert will showcase the talents of the internationally renowned a cappella group from Yale University.


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December 13: “Minari” Monday Matinee

Stratford


Watch a screening of the Oscar-winning Korean-American film, which follows a South Korean immigrant family’s experiences in rural America.


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December 14: Palace Theater Tour

Waterbury


Take an exciting tour of the historic theater and learn more about the impressive repertoire of talents its stage has showcased.


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December 15: A Christmas Carol Live Dramatic Reading

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A Christmas Carol Live Dramatic Reading

This exclusive digital event will allow you to experience the classic Charles Dickens tale from the comfort of home.


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December 16: Great Train Holiday Show

Wilton


Children and adults alike will marvel at the various tiny towns and model trains that will transform the Wilton Historical Society.


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December 17: Norwalk Film Festival

Norwalk


The three-day festival will include inspirational film screenings, interactive workshops, and speaking engagements from local filmmakers.


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December 18: Van Gogh’s Starry Night: Kids’ Edition

Stamford


Van Gogh’s Starry Night: Kids’ Edition - Stamford - Connecticut

Young artists will have the chance to recreate their own, simplified version of the celebrated painting.


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December 19: Dance to the Holidays

Ridgefield


Fan favorites from Dancing with the Stars and American Idol will delight audiences with this holiday-themed variety show.


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December 20: Story & Animal Program

Westport


Children age five and under are invited to Earthplace for an animal-themed story reading and a supervised encounter with one of the center’s Animal Hall residents


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December 21: Family Campfire

Westport


In addition to enjoying a bonfire, the family-friendly event will feature s’mores and guided animal encounters.


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December 22: The Nutcracker

Ridgefield

The Nutcracker -  Ridgefield - Connecticut

The Ridgefield Playhouse will broadcast the legendary Bolshoi Ballet’s rendition of the classic holiday ballet.


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December 23: On the Road Again Christmas Party

Danbury


Visit the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center for a vibrant holiday party featuring food, music, and more.


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December 24: Holiday Gift Show

Rowayton


Perfect for last-minute holiday shopping, the gift show features original, handcrafted works from local and nationally acclaimed artists.


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December 25: Christmas Dinner at L’escale

Greenwich


For those who don’t feel like cooking for the holiday, L’escale’s New England-inspired dinner menu offers a feast of chowders, soufflés, and other seafood dishes.


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December 26: Holiday Stroll

Stamford


Take a stroll through Mill River Park and enjoy jaw-dropping light displays, food vendors, and a seasonal beer garden.


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December 27: Winter Recess Art Camp

Westport


PreK-3rd graders are invited to explore and hone their art skills at the Westport Museum of Contemporary Art.


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December 28: New Year’s Décor Grab-n-Go

Stratford


Visit the Stratford Library for kid-friendly kits consisting of decorations that are perfect for celebrating the new year.


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December 29: Coffee Talk: Escape the Holiday Madness

Greenwich


Wind down from the holidays and make new friends while enjoying coffee and treats at the Granola Bar on Greenwich Avenue.


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December 30. Pick Your Project Workshop

Norwalk


Create your own wood sign at Board and Brush, which will provide all necessary materials and walk you through the process step by step.


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December 31: Max Creek New Year’s Eve

Norwalk


Bring in the new year with a diverse concert of jazz, rock, and folk hits performed by the top cover band.


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