North Pole Express: Essex Steam Train
Dates: Now – December 28, 2014
Description: Celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate and sugar cookies. The locomotive-powered sleigh for a magical nighttime journey to the North Pole.
Holiday Train Show: Connecticut River Museum
Dates: Now – February 17, 2015
Description: The family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.
Festival of Silver Lights: Hubbard Park in MERIDEN
Dates: Now – January 6, 2015
Description: A spectacular display with 200,000 white lights and more than 300 lighted characters throughout the Park. Displays in trees, on the ponds and nestled in the natural habitat.
Holiday Memories: Tales & Traditions of an Early 20th Century Christmas: Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington
Dates: Now – January 4, 2015
Description: 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.
Holiday Light Fantasia: Goodwin Park in Hartford
Dates: Now- January 1, 2015
Description: Two-mile drive through Goodwin Park with whimsical holidays sights, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright over 35 scenes and 200 individual displays. The magical drive-through light display will sure to become a new or rekindled holiday tradition.
Winterfest Hartford: Bushnell Park in Hartford
Dates: Now- February 1, 2015
Description: Skate for free seven days a week at the ice rink on the east side of Bushnell Park near the Pump House.
Santa’s Workshop: Wickham Park in Manchester
Dates: December 13-23, 2014
Description: Children of all ages enjoy visits with Santa and his elves and refreshments with Mrs. Claus.
First Night Hartford: Downtown
Dates: December 31, 2014
Description: Hartford’s premier New Year’s Eve event. Each year thousands of families and friends of all ages attend this friendly alcohol free celebration. Two fireworks displays at 6 p.m. and midnight in Bushnell Park. Free ice skating until 1 a.m.. The day is full of uniquely special experiences and countless performances at multiple downtown venues and churches.