101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Hartford - 2022 | Kids Out and About Hartford

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Hartford - 2022

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!

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Santa Sightings

Multiple Dates starting Nov 1, 2022

(Reservations Encouraged)

Photos With Santa - Westfarms

Multiple Dates starting Nov 25, 2022

Santa Express- Naugatuck Railroad

Multiple Dates starting Nov 25, 2022

Visit Santa at Shore Line Trolley Museum

Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2022 (Closed Sundays)

14th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival - Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses

Nov 26, 2022

Santa Saturday! Pictures in a Holiday Setting! - Bristol Public Library

Dec 1, 2022

Torrington Parks and Recreation Department: Fund Drive 2022 Christmas Village

Dec 1, 2022

Holiday Stroll 2022

Dec 2, 3, 2022

Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival

Dec 2, 4, 9-11, 2022

Santa’s Walking Wonderland! - Indian Rock

Dec 3, 4, 17, 18, 2022

Visits With Santa - Flamig Farm

Dec 4, 2022

Photos With Santa - Westfarms - Santa Cares Senosory Friendly

Dec 10, 2022

Santa Paws - The Shops at Farmington Valley

Dec 10, 2022

Santa at Auerfarm

Dec 10, 2022

Skate with Santa- South Windsor

Multiple dates starting Dec 10, 2022

Santa's Workshop at Wickham Park

Dec 11, 2022

Crafts With Santa at The Kakery

Dec 11, 2022

Brunch with Santa - Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort

Multiple dates starting Dec 11, 2022

Torrington Parks and Recreation Department: 2022 Christmas Village
Dec 17 & 18, 2022 Santa is Coming to the Village! - At Nature's Art Village
Dec 18, 2022 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa - West Hartford Chamber of Commerce

 

Chanukah Events

Dec 11, 2022 Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford It’s Almost Chanukah!
Dec 18, 2022 Latkes & RELISH 2022! - Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford
Dec 18 - 23 & Dec 24-25, 2022 Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford CHANUKAH: Eight Nights of Light

 

Old-Time Christmas

Multiple Dates beginnning Nov 25, 2022 Christmas By Candelight - Old Sturbridge Village
Dec 1, 2021 - Jan 6, 2022 Wishing Trees – An Exhibit - The Shops at Farmington Valley
Dec 2, 2022 Holiday Stroll Open House - Keeler Tavern Museum
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Carnival at Olde Mistick Village
Dec 3 & 4, 2022 Victorian Holiday Tour – Connecticut Landmarks
Dec 4, 2022 Holiday Family Sunday - Keeler Tavern Museum
Dec 4, 2022 Christmas in Clinton OPEN HOUSE
Dec 8, 2022 Candlelight Stroll Webb Deane Stevens Museum Stroll
Dec 17, 2022 Candy House Workshop

 

Light Displays

Multiple Days Starting Nov 14, 2022 Worldwide Lights Celebration at Stepping Stones
Multiple Nights Starting Nov 18, 2022 Magic of Lights- East Hartford
Nov 18 - Jan 31, 2023 Holiday Lights Spectacular at Olde Mistick Village
Multiple Dates Starting Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce
Multiple dates starting Nov 20, 2022 Gallery of Trees - Canton Historical Museum
Thanksgiving Night - Jan 2, 2022 (Thurs-Sun) Holiday Light Fantasia
Nov 24 - Jan 1, 2022 Festival of Silver Lights - Hubbard Park
Weekends Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2022 Winterfest and Tunnel of Lights
Nov 27 - Jan 3, 2022 Worldwide Lights Celebration at Stepping Stones
Dec 1, 2022 Holiday Stroll + More Winter Wonders - The Shops at Farmington Valley
Dec 1, 2022 Holiday Stroll 2022 - West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
Dec 1, 2022 Winter Wonders Tree Lighting - The Shops at Farmington Valley
Multiple dates starting Dec 2, 2022 Lantern Light Village - At Mystic Seaport Museum
Dec 3, 2022 WINTERFEST PARADE
Dec 4, 2022 Holiday Buoy Tree Lighting - Milford
Dec 9, 2022 Festival of Lights - Olde Mistick Village
Dec 9, 2022 Festival Of Lights - At Mystic Aquarium
Dec 10, 2022 Niantic Light Parade - Town of East Lyme

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 18, 19, 2022 Elf the Musical (Touring) at Oakdale Theatre
Nov 22, 2022 The Illusionists: Magic Of The Holidays at The Bushnell
Nov 25, 2022 World Ballet Series presents The Nutcracker at Palace Theater - Waterbury
Nov 26, 27, 2022 Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker at The Bushnell Center
Nov 27, 2022 SENSORY FRIENDLY- Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker at The Bushnell Center
Multiple Dates Starting Nov 30, 2022 A Christmas Carol at The Legacy Theatre
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Open House at Bushnell Center (Sensory Friendly Event)
Dec 3, 4, 2022 Cirque De Light - Stepping Stones Museum
Dec 9, 10, 2022 Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Oakdale Theatre
Dec 10, 11, 2022 Connecticut Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker' at The Bushnell
Dec 10, 2022 Holiday Cirque! - Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Dec 11, 2022 A Charles Dickens Christmas (Sensory Friendly)
Dec 31, 2022 Hip Hop Nutcracker - The Bushnell Center

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 17, 2022

Disney Princess: The Concert at Oakdale Theatre

Dec 6, 2022

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at The Bushnell

Dec 10, 2022

Holiday Cirque Spectacular with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra!

Dec 10, 2022

HSO POPS! Series: Holiday Cirque! - The Bushnell

Dec 12, 2022

Canadian Brass Holiday Show at The Bushnell

Dec 15, 2022

Travelers Chorale: 2022 Holiday Show - The Bushnell

Dec 16, 2022

A Virtual Laurie Berkner Family Concert

Dec 17, 2022

In The Christmas Mood with The Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Bushnell

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2022 (Closed Thanksgiving) Dzen Tree Farm
Multiple dates starting Nov 19, 2022 (Closed Thanksgiving) Jones Family Farm
Opening Nov 25, 2022  Cedar Ledge Tree Farm 
Opening Nov 25, 2022 Pell Family Farm 

 

Active Holidays

Nov 25, 2022 Black Friday Hike- Flanders Nature Center
Dec 3, 2022 Santa Made Me Do IT 5K - Bethlehem, CT
Dec 4, 2022 Blue Black Mitten Run

 

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 12, 2022

2022 Continuum Holiday Bazaar - New Haven, CT

Multiple Dates starting Nov 12, 2022

Flanders Artisan Marketplace

Nov 13, 2022

Holiday Market 2022 - High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

Nov 19-20, 2022

Annual Pop Up Market- Fairfield Museum and History Center

Nov 20, 2022

Holiday Craft Fair - Roaring Brook

Nov 20, 2022

Frosty's Christmas Craft Festival - Middlebury CT

Nov 19, 20, 2022

Pop Up Market - Fairfield Museum and History Center

Multiple Days Starting Nov 26, 2022

Annual Holiday Market - The Institute for American Indian Studies

Multiple Days starting Dec 2, 2022

Wreath Display & Silent Auction - NBMAA

Dec 4, 2022

Craft and Gift Fair at JCC of Greater New Haven

Dec 10, 2022

Mountainside Holiday Market at Powder Ridge

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 29, 30 & 31, 2022 New Year's Crafts and FUN @ the Library! - Bristol Public Library
Dec 31, 2022 Countdown to Noon - Stepping Stones Museum For Children
Dec 31, 2022 New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade at Ski Sundown

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 19, 2022

Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services: Stuff-A-Cruiser

Drop off letters Nov 20 - Dec 19, 2022

Letters to Santa at South Windsor Parks and Recreation

Nov 22 - Feb 19, 2023

29th Annual Holiday Train Show - the CT River Museum

Nov 25 - Dec 18, 2022

Gingerbread House Festival – Friends of Wood Memorial Library and Museum

Nov 27, 2022

Trees In The Rigging Boat Parade - CT River Museum

Dec 2, 2022

Grinchmas! at South Windsor Parks and Recreation

Dec 3, 2022

Holiday Express Train Show Opening Night at Fairfield Museum

Dec 3, 2022

Paper Wreath Family Workshop at Fairfield Museum

Dec 3, 2022

Holiday Open House - The Bushnell

Dec 3 & 4, 2022

Wreath Making Workshop - The Shops at Farmington Valley

Dec 4, 2022

Holidays & Horses at Farmington Polo Club

Dec 11, 2022

Torrington Parks and Recreation Department: Opening Day Parade 2022 Christmas Village

Gifts should be provided for distribution by Monday, December 19, 2022.

Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services: Holiday Gift Giving Program

Dec 22, 2022

Holiday PANDA BEAR visits the Fairy Tale Forest! - Bristol Public Library

 


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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