2018 Holiday Events

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Through 1/6 Annual Holiday Sale of Fine Craft, Jewelry & Unique Objects at Guilford Art Center

Through 12/31 Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park

Through 1/1/19 Festival of Lights at Hubbard Park, Meriden

Through 1/20/19 Eli Whitney Holiday Trains at the Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden

11/17/18-2/3/19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas in Poland at the Knights of Columbus Museum

11/23-12/23 The Shops at Yale 2018 Holiday Events Schedule for a listing of all events. 

  • Free 4-Hour Parking with Purchase
  • Shop, Dine & Explore Holiday Giveaway
  • Ice Carving Competition with Live Music, 12/8 noon-4 p.m.- see schedule for additional ice carving demonstrations
  • Free Downtown Horse & Carriage Rides with Purchase, noon-4 p.m. on 12/2, 8, 9, 16, 23

11/23 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Dance Party with Magic of Motown at Madison Beach Hotel in Madison

11/23 1, 4 & 7 p.m. A Charlie Brown Christmas-Live on Stage! at the Shubert Theatre

11/23 5:30-8:30 p.m. Annual Tree Lighting with The Milford Concert Band on the Milford Green

11/23 12 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Harvesting History at the Henry Whitfield House State Museum

11/23, 24, 25 & 12/1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa's Trolley Winter Wonderland

11/24-12/23 Celebration of American Crafts at Creative Arts Workshop

11/24-12/23 (weekends) Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops for Children, Lyman Orchards

11/24 noon Artist & Artisan Holiday Bazaar at Firehouse Art Gallery, Milford

11/24 1-5 p.m. East Haven Tree Lighting on the East Haven Green

11/24 6 p.m. Branford Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on the Branford Town Green

11/24 5 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting on the West Haven Green

11/24 1-5 p.m. Yulefest and Holiday Marketplace, Colony & Church Sts., Meriden

11/24 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Dance Party with Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez at Madison Beach Hotel in Madison

11/24 2 & 7:30 p.m. & 25 2 p.m. A Christmas Carol at the Shubert Theatre

11/29 4-8 p.m. New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting Sponsored by Wells Fargo on the New Haven Green

December “Glitz! The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical” December Performances  are Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm with a special 5:30pm performance on Saturday December 1st. Pantochino Productions Inc. presents its original holiday musical at Milford Fine Arts Center

11/30 4-8 p.m. Firelight Festival at the Henry Whitfield House Museum.

11/30 4-9 p.m. 10th Annual Downtown Wallingford Holiday Stroll, Wallingford Center

11/30 5 p.m. 17th Annual Lamplight Stroll, downtown Milford

11/30 5:45 p.m. Guilford Tree Lighting, Guilford Green

11/30 6-6:45 p.m. Madison’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Madison Green

12/1 2 p.m. “Side by Side: The Nutcracker Swings!” featuring the Yale Concert Band and Yale Jazz Ensemble, Woolsey Hall

12/1 4-6 p.m. Durham Holiday Tree Lighting, Durham Green

12/1 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cheshire Christmas Fair, First Congregational Church

12/1-9 29th Annual Trees of Hope at the Maritime Center at Long Wharf

12/1 3-4:30 p.m. Christmas at the Farm, Parmelee Farm in Killingworth

12/1 & 2 Christmas at the Mansion, Lauralton Hall

12/1 2-5 p.m. The Annual Hamden Silverbells Holiday Festival, Hamden Town Center

12/1 1-5 p.m. Seasons of Celebrations Tree Lighting Ceremony, Wallingford

12/2 4:30 p.m. Menorah Lighting on the Branford Green followed by a Chanukah party in the historic "Academy on the Green."

12/2 4 p.m. Bethany Tree Lighting, Christ Episcopal Church

12/2 10 a.m.-3 p.m. JCC Holiday Gift and Craft Fair, New Haven

12/2 5:45 p.m. Cheshire Tree Lighting

12/2 2-5 p.m. North Haven Tree Lighting Ceremony, North Haven Green

12/2 5:30-7:30 p.m. Middlefield Tree Lighting Ceremony, Middlefield Town Green

12/2 3-6 p.m. Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony

12/2 noon-4 p.m. Madison's Holiday Celebration

12/2 1-6 p.m. Christmas in Clinton

12/2 Sundown West Haven Menorah Lighting, West Haven Green

12/6 5-8 p.m. 2nd Annual Branford Sip, Shop & Stroll

12/6 5-7 p.m. Chanukah at the Connecticut Post Mall, Milford

12/6-12/20 Late Night Thursdays at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

12/7 6:30-8:30 p.m. North Branford Tree Lighting at Augur Farm

12/7 6 p.m. New Haven Night Market, Orange Street

12/7 & 14 7:30 p.m. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Murder Mystery Theater at Consiglio’s

12/8 11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol at Long Wharf Theatre

12/8 noon Ice Carving Competition and A Capella Concerts, The Shops at Yale

12/9 11 a.m. Holiday Mountainside Market, Powder Ridge Park

12/9 4:30 p.m. Menorah Lighting on the Guilford Green

12/9 2:30 through 1/6 New Secular Winter Holiday Display Uniting All Humanity on the New Haven Green

12/13-16 2 & 8 p.m. Anne Tofflemire: A Midwinter Night’s Dream at Long Wharf Theatre

12/13-16 New Haven 2018 Holiday Village 160 Temple St, New Haven

12/15 9 a.m. SantaCon starting with breakfast at Christopher Martins 

12/15 1 p.m. New Haven Ballet's The Nutcracker, Shubert Theatre

12/15 2:30 p.m.NHSO Holiday Extravaganza is Coming at Hamden Middle School

12/15 7:30 p.m. Greater New Haven Community Chorus: In Remembrance at Battel Chapel

12/31 4:30-7 p.m. Solstice Luminary Walk at Edgerton Park

12/31 9:30 p.m. "End this Tonight!"- Murder Mystery Theater at Consiglio’s

12/31 8 p.m. First Night of Funny at The Shubert

1/4 6-7:30 p.m. First Night Branford on the Branford Green