101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Hartford - 2021 | Kids Out and About Hartford

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Hartford - 2021

KidsOutAndAbout is Hartford's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families!  The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Mindy Mangan at mindy@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!

Below are items that have been posted to our calendar. If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there... it's free to postClick here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!

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Santa Sightings

Multiple Dates Starting Nov 10, 2021

(Reservations Required)

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Farmington Valley

Multiple Dates starting Nov 12, 2021

(Reservations Encouraged)

Santa is Coming To WestFarms
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2021** **SOLD OUT** Essex Steam Train: 2021 North Pole Express **SOLD OUT**
Nov 26, 2021 Shark-Diving Santa at the Maritime Aquarium
Multiple Dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Santa Express- Naugatuck Railroad
Multiple Dates starting Nov 26, 2021 Visit Santa's Wonderland On the Shoreline Trolley
Nov 26 - Dec 24, 2021 13th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival - Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
Dec 3, 4, 9-12, 2021 Santa's Walking Wonderland - Indian Rock
Dec 4, 2021 Santa at Auerfarm
Dec 4, 5, 18, 19, 2021 Visit With Santa and Friends at Flamig Farm
Dec 10 - 23, 2021 Santa's Workshop at Wickham Park (free)
Dec 11, 2021 SANTA IS COMING TO SALMON BROOK PARK!(Granby Residents Only)
Dec 12, 2021 Crafts With Santa at The Kakery
Dec 12 and 19, 2021 Santa Brunch - Powder Ridge
Dec 12 - Dec 24, 2021  Torrington Christmas Village

 

Chanukah Events

Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2021 Chanukah Candle Lighting - Mandell JCC
Dec 29, 2021 Light Up The Night - Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
Dec 5, 2021 It’s Still Chanukah - Mandell JCC

 

Old-Time Christmas

Dec 1, 2021 - Jan 6, 2022 Wishing Trees – An Exhibit - The Shops at Farmington Valley
Multiple Dates Starting Dec 1, 2021 The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s History of Christmas Tour
Dec 2, 2021 West Hartford Holiday Stroll
Dec 2, 2021 Holidays on Main at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Store
Dec 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 23 & 27-30, 2021 Christmas By Candelight - Old Sturbridge Village
Dec 4, 2021 Holiday Carnival at Olde Mistick Village
Dec 9, 10, 11, 12, 2021 35th Annual Winter Wonderland - Bristol, CT
Dec 18, 2021 Candy House Workshop at Fairfield Museum

 

Light Displays

Nov 14 - Dec 5, 2021 Gallery of Trees - Canton Historical Museum
Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2021 New Haven Fantasy of Lights
Multiple Nights Starting Nov 19, 2021 Magic of Lights- East Hartford
Nov 19 - Jan 31, 2022 Holiday Lights Spectacular - Olde Mistick Village

Thanksgiving Night - Jan 2, 2022 (Thurs-Sun)

Holiday Light Fantasia
Nov 24 - Jan 1, 2022 Festival of Silver Lights - Hubbard Park
Weekends Nov 26 - Dec 30, 2021  Winterfest and Tunnel of Lights
Multiple Dates Starting Nov 27, 2021 Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce
Nov 27 - Jan 3, 2022 Worldwide Lights Celebration at Stepping Stones
Dec 3, 2021 East Grandby Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Caroling
Dec 4 - 26, 2021 Joshua's Christmas Display - Hillcrest Rd
Dec 5, 2021 Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting - The Shops at Farmington Valley
Dec 10, 2021 Festival of Lights - Olde Mistick Village
Dec 11, 2021 Niantic Light Parade

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 28, 2021 SENSORY FRIENDLY: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Bushnell Center
Nov 28, 2021 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Bushnell Center
Dec 11, 2021 Holiday Cirque Spectacular with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Dec 11, 2021 The Kids Komedian - Stepping Stones
Dec 11, 12, 2021 Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker at The Bushnell Center
Dec 17, 2021 Hip Hop Nutcracker - The Bushnell Center
Dec 18, 2021 Nappy’s Puppets presents “Santa Got Fired!” - Bristol Library
Dec 26, 2021 Shen Yun- The Bushnell
Dec 26 and Dec 29, 2021 Jack Frost - Stepping Stones
Dec 29, 2021 Holiday MAGIC Show! - Bristol Library

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 27 and Dec 18, 2021

Industrial Rhythm “Litt Percussion Show” - Stepping Stones

Dec 3, 4, 5, 2021

Hartford Symphony Orchestra's Tchaikovsk & Grieg - The Bushnell

Dec 4, 2021

Pierce Campbell Holiday Concert - Bristol Library

Dec 13, 2021 Holiday Music Favorites - The Most Wonderful Time of Year! (online program)
Dec 18, 2021 A Virtual Laurie Berkner Family Concert
Dec 19, 2021 Jim Brickman The Gift of Christmas LIVE! - Bushnell Center

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Nov 20- Dec 24, 2021 (Closed Thanksgiving) Dzen Tree Farm
Nov 20 - Dec 12, 2021- Reservations Required (Closed Thanksgiving) Jones Family Farm
Opening Nov 26, 2021  Cedar Ledge Tree Farm 
Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2021 Pell Family Farm 

 

Ice Skating

Winterfest Hartford - Nov 26-Jan 20, 2022
Veteran's Memorial Ice Rink
Norwich RoseGarden Ice Arena
South Windsor Arena

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 13, 2021

2021 Continuum Holiday Bazaar - New Haven, CT

Multiple Weekend Dates starting Nov 13, 2021

Flanders Artisan Marketplace

Nov 14, 2021 

Holiday Market - High Hopes

Nov 20, 21, 2021

7th Annual Pop Up Market- Fairfield Museum and History Center

Nov 21, 2021

Holiday Craft Fair - Roaring Brook

Nov 21. 2021

Frosty's Christmas Festival - Plantsville, CT

Nov 20-21, 2021

Pop Up Market - Fairfield Museum and History Center

Multiple Days starting Nov 26, 2021

Wreath Display & Silent Auction - NBMAA

Dec 3 and 4, 2021

Holiday Market at Noah Webster House

Dec 5, 2021

Holiday Celebration & Maker's Market - NBMAA

Dec 12 and 19, 2021

Mountainside Holiday Market at Powder Ridge

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 30, 2021 New Year’s Eve-Day Party! - Bristol Public Library
Dec 31, 2021 Cirque De Light – Stepping Stones
Dec 31, 2021 Noon Year's Eve Party - The Little Green Tambourine
Dec 31, 2021 New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade at Ski Sundown
Dec 31, 2021

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Windham Mountain

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 24 - Dec 20, 2021 

Glastonbury Holiday Letters Program

Nov 23 - Feb 20, 2022

28th Annual Holiday Train Show at the CT River Museum

Nov 26-28, 2021

Turkey Daze & Trail Stroll at Roaring Brook Nature Center

Nov 26 - Dec 19, 2021

Gingerbread House Festival

Nov 28, 2021

Winterfest Parade - Norwich

Multiple Dates Starting Dec 4, 2021

Holiday Happenings at Beardsley Zoo

Dec 3, 2021

Holiday Express Train Show Opening Night at Fairfield Museum

Dec 4, 2021

Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop at Fairfield Museum

Dec 5, 2021

Santa's 3.5 Mile Run - Glastonbury

Dec 5, 2021

Holiday Cookie Decorating - The Shops at Farmington Valley

December 5, 2021

Blue Black Mitten Run

Dec 11, 2021

Build a Train Workshop at Fairfield Museum

Dec 19, 2021

‘Tis the season with your favorite Snow Sisters! at Mystic Aquarium

 


The following are items that have been added to our calendar, both virtual and in-person. If your business has upcoming events for the holidays, please click here for information about how to post it to our calendar.


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