Add Some Nutmeg to Your Holiday with These Local Events

If anyone tells me there’s nothing to do in Connecticut this holiday season, they are going to get a big fistful of “shut the hell up, you idiot”. But, to make it easy for you, we’ve compiled some great happenings for just about every budget and level of Scroogery.

Obviously, you should gift local. That’s a whole thing of it’s ownBut, get out there and check out everything Connecticut has to offer for the holidays. These are just some of our favorites.

Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours are a theatrical production running now until December 27th, based on the twelve days of Christmas and guaranteed to be hilarious as this year’s production was written by Jacques Lamarre. Rumor has it that a horse met its maker this past weekend.

We know you’ve done Nutcracker to death, but have you ever checked out CONNetic Dance’s Suite & Spicy Nutcracker? It’s seriously more awesome than any other Nutcracker you can fathom. We’re talking ugly sweater parties, tap, jazz, hip hop, and more. It also benefits from a seriously good looking cast and company.

Winterfest in Downtown Hartbeat is back from now until February 2nd. There’s free ice-skating in Bushnell Park, photos with Santa and even a Wolfpack skate. Perfect for cheapskates (no pun intended…okay, a little pun.)

Goodspeed Musicals has Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, a musical about a Connecticut farmhouse that’s turned into an activity-filled inn but only for holidays.

For those in the more affluent part of the state, check out Ridgefield’s Holiday Stroll this weekend (December 5-6). This has been going on for years, and I haven’t yet made it down there. However, it features horse drawn carriages, ice sculptures, carolling, and more. I imagine it’s like this in Gilmore Girls.

Running now through December 21st is Christmas on the Rocks at Theaterworks, which was first done last year and was fantastic. It highlights all of our favorite Christmas characters like Cindy Lou Who and Charlie Brown years after their well-known holiday specials have ended. Each vignette is written by a local playwright which gives it extra nutmeggy goodness.

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree. There are plenty of places to do it, and there are many with Christmas shops attached as well. Unfortunately, one of my favorites, Dzen in South Windsor, is not open this year because some stupid developer is limiting access to the entrance of the farm. I was hoping to bring my daughter to see the reindeer, but apparently it’s not happening this year.

This Sunday is the Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum’s Holiday House Tour, which has been an annual tradition for over 30 years. Not only do you get to see Sam Clemens’ home all decked out with holiday cheer, but you can also see several other homes, many of them private and mansion-like, putting on their festive garb.

Seriously, if this hasn’t given you enough ideas of what to do for the holidays, you should probably just build yourself a grinch cave.