Sharon Historical Society What's the Big Idea Juried show & sale

11/05/2016 to 12/16/2016

18 Main Street, Sharon, CT Phone: 860-364-5688.

The Gallery @the SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents "What's the Big Idea 2?", a return of last year's popular juried exhibition and sale of small scale artworks in varied mediums by local artists, which runs from November 5 through December 16, 2016. Just in time for the holidays, the show is once again juried and judged by Sharon residents Carl Chaiet and Lynn Kearcher, creators of the Earnest and Telford series of children's books. Cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded opening night to three works selected by the judges.  Opening reception Nov. 5 from 5 pm - 7 pm. The Gallery and Museum are open Wednesday through Friday from 12-4, Saturday from 1-5 and by appointment.

Ridgefield's 12th Annual Festive Home – Merry and Bright

11/18/2016 to 12/23/2016

34 Halpin Ln, Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203-438-8863.

Preview Party on Friday, November 18, from 6-8, at 34 Halpin Lane. Be the first to see the holiday showcase and enjoy a celebration with delicious nibbles, holiday cocktails, music, and more. Admission is $20. Festive Home continues with free admission November 19–December 23, Tuesdays – Sundays, with extended shopping hours, 11–5. It is closed November 23-24 for Thanksgiving. Come visit the Guild as the white gallery walls transform into a magical holiday emporium. The space is also available during the run of the event for holiday gatherings.

Flanders Nature Center Flanders Artisan Marketplace

11/19/2016 to 12/18/2016

5 Church Hill Rd, Woodbury, CT Phone: 203-263-3711.

11 am - 4 pm. Looking for one of a kind distinctive gifts that will truly be appreciated by the special people on your shopping list? Decked out in festive style, the Van Vleck House is the setting for our annual "Artisan Marketplace". You will find a wide variety of quality creations handmade by local crafters and artisans including quilts, wreaths and greens, jewelry and pottery, as well as scarfs and mittens hand knitted using wool from Flanders own sheep.

Kent Gingerbread Festival

11/25/2016 to 12/31/2016

Main Street, Kent, CT

5th Kent Gingerbread Festival, starts November 25th and continues through December. Maps to find the houses can be picked up at participating businesses in town. A fun scavenger hunt through town leads to a sweet reward. Free and open to the public.

Washington Art Association and Gallery Holiday Home Fair

11/25/2016 to 12/24/2016

4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, Washington Depot, CT Phone: 860.868.2878 .

Hours for the Holiday Home Fair will be Thursday – Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm. Features 65 plus artists. From the day after Thanksgiving, November 25 to Christmas Eve day December 24 the annual juried Holiday Gift Fair fills the galleries at Washington Art Association with a unique selection of irresistible gifts for that special person on your Holiday Gift list.

Lake Compounce Holiday Lights

11/25/2016 to 12/18/2016

186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-583-3300 (Offices open at 9am).

Fridays 5:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturdays & Sundays 4:00pm to 9:00pm. he park will be covered in lights, thousands of bulbs and spectacular light shows every half hour set to music. A selection of children's and family rides will be open. Holiday Lights features a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, the largest in Connecticut! And, there will be a nightly tree ceremony featuring special guests at opening each night. Activities: Ride the North Pole Railway • Select childrens and family rides open (unless weather is prohibitive) • Caroling • Special entertainment • Nightly appearances by special costumed guests • Special fire pits for staying warm • Balloon animals • Ice carver making gorgeous creations • Story time with Mrs. Claus • Pictures with Santa. (will have a charge) • Cookie decorating, letters to Santa plus many more fun seasonal activities for the whole family*. • Shops filled with holiday gifts perfect for everyone! • Great food served hot from our unique food trucks! Tickets Adult $14.99 ($10.99 online before 11/25) Kids (10 and younger) and Seniors $10.99.

Cornwall Holiday Wreath & Roping

11/25/2016 to 12/24/2016

Bridge Street, Cornwall, CT

Booth on Bridge Street offering wreaths, centerpieces or roping weekends only from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Osborne Homestead Museum Holiday Tours and Programs

11/25/2016 to 12/17/2016

500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT Phone: (203) 734-2513.

For several weeks each winter, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Osborne Homestead Museum is transformed into a holiday showcase. Talented and dedicated garden clubs beautifully decorate all the rooms in this historic homestead. Those that visit at this time of year enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional holiday celebration during a special guided tour. "A Sparkling Holiday" Friday, November 25 - Saturday, December 17, Thursdays thru Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM Holiday Twilight Tours: Fridays - December 2, 9, and 16 ~ 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Groups of more than 8 people to call (203) 734-2513 to reserve a tour date and time. Donations are gratefully accepted for museum tours.

Landmark Community Theater - Thomaston Opera House Stage - The Happy Elf

11/25/2016 to 12/11/2016

158 Main St., Thomaston, CT 06787. Phone: 860-283-6250.

November 25, December 2, 3, 9, 10 @ 7pm

November 26, 27, December 4, 11 @ 2pm

A new musical comedy by Harry Connick Jr. that tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville, where not a single person has been nice! Can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day? Your family will love this festive tale of overcoming adversity, friendship, the power of positivity and believing in yourself!

Danbury Museum 9th Annual Holiday Shoppe and Craft Fair

11/26/2016 to 12/23/2016

43 Main St., Danbury, CT Phone: 203-743-5200.

Open Monday - Saturday from 10 a..m. to 4 p.m. 18 exhibit cases and 15 tables of beautiful crafts perfect for a unique holiday gift.