It doesn’t get better than Christmas in New England. Unless it’s celebrating the holidays right here in southern Connecticut.There are literally dozens of events (besides all those parties). This is a great time of year for kids and families. Here are some of KMS Partners’ favorites.
Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18: Polar Express Pajama Parties. The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk offers treats, visits from Santa -- and a giant Imax ride to the North Pole! No reindeer, though (at least, we don’t think so). Tickets and information
Saturday, December 10: Holly Jolly Saturday (11 a.m.). Santa visits the Wilton Historical Society. Also on tap: holiday trains, a gingerbread cookie workshop, and gift.
Saturday, December 10: Mary Ann Hall’s Holiday Concert (3 p.m.). The popular young person’s musician presents her 11th annual event -- with Christmas and Chanukkah songs on guitar, harp, keyboard and flute, for “children and beyond” at the Westport Historical Society.
Sunday, December 11: Wilton Singers Holiday (3:30 p.m.). A choral concert not to be missed. A portion of the ticket sales ($10 adult, $5 children, $20 family) supports the Wilton Library, where the event is held.
Sunday, December 11: Greenfield Hill Congregational Church Holiday Concert (4 p.m.). Beautiful solos, duets and trios are enhanced by the spectacular setting of this church, in the heart of a New England neighborhood.
Sunday, December 11: 14th Annual Christmas Lessons and Carols (5 p.m.). Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church -- a beautiful building in downtown Westport -- is the setting for these timeless lessons and seasonal music. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation.
Friday, December 16: Holiday Carol and Open House (5 p.m.). Enjoy a bonfire, kids’ crafts, and a sleigh ride through Southport, at the beloved Pequot Library. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped children’s book, for Bridgeport students.
Friday and Saturday, December 16-17: Staples High School’s 76th Annual Candlelight Concert. Free tickets are already all gone for this community-wide celebration. But we’ve included it so you can remember to get tickets next year. It’s one event that is not to be missed.
Saturday, December 17: The Klezmatics in concert (8 p.m.). The popular group offers holiday and non-holiday Jewish tunes, in the comfortable setting of the Westport Country Playhouse. Tickets are $35.
Sunday, December 18: A Very Electric Christmas (1 p.m. and 4 p.m.). Audiences of all ages will treasure this captivating tale of family, friendship and hope, set to timeless holiday hits by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, Tchaikovksy and more.
Sunday, December 18: Chris Coogan’s Christmas Concert (7 p.m.). The popular keyboardist adds something different to the usual holiday fare: original music. If you know Chris, you know how creative and clever that will be.
Monday, December 26: Community Menorah Lighting (4:45 p.m., Weston Town Center; 6 p.m., Wilton Town Green) and Tuesday, December 27 (6 p.m., Compo Acres Shopping Center, Westport). Celebrate Hanukkah -- all three times, if you want! -- with live music, chocolate gelt, and dreidels. A perfect family holiday event, for all ages.
Tuesday, December 27: Stew Leonard’s Menorah Lighting (5 p.m.). It’s not just “the world’s largest dairy store”! Fairfield County’s popular food shop has all the traditional Hanukkah trappings -- including (of course) potato latkes.
If all that isn’t enough, mark your calendars (and buy your buttons) for Saturday, December 31: First Night Westport Weston. For 22 years, families have rung in the new year with music, ice sculptures, model trains, comedians, and a frosty fireworks display on the banks of the Saugatuck River. It’s alcohol free -- but not to be missed.