DEC. 4, 5
THE GRINCH FESTIVAL. Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday celebration complete with Whoville hair styling, crafts, music, and sing-alongs. Meet the Grinch and his Whoville friends. Jodie Fitz, author and creator of The Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club, will be sharing a child and family friendly snack. Imagine Café featuring healthy inspired food and ice cream will be open. Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. $10 per person. Imagine Nation members and children under 1 year are free. ACM and library passes are not accepted. Sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation. (860) 314-1400. ImagineNation.org
DEC. 4, 5, 6
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL.’ Performed by the New Britain Youth Theater. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m Holmes Elementary School, 2150 Stanley St., New Britain. $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. (860) 515-8115.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5
CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY TIME. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Create a holiday craft, enjoy cocoa and cookies, and enjoy the animated film, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” American Clock and Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. $5. (860) 583-6070.
THE 22ND ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. 8 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served while the children enjoy their visit with Santa. Giamatti Little League Center Complex, Mix Street, Bristol. Admission for children under 12, free. Tickets may be bought in advance by bringing in one new unwrapped toy or making a $5 donation to the Little Center. Toys will be donated to the Secret Santa Society. (860) 585-4730.
MAKE CRAFTS AT THE LIBRARY. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bristol Public Library Children’s Department, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021. BristolLib.com
READ TO THE DOGS. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children are invited to practice their reading skills by reading to dogs trained to listen to stories. Bristol Public Library Children’s Department, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021. BristolLib.com
ANNUAL POPPER-MAKING CRAFT PARTY. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. Free and open to the public. (860) 236-5621 ext. 222. Corinne_Swanson@chs.org
SUNDAY, DEC. 6
25TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARADE. Held by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Children’s Holiday Festival Committee. 1 p.m. Parade is unique in that entertainment remains stationary while the children walk the parade route. There will be singers, dancers, baton twirlers, fife and drum corps, bands, jugglers, magicians, mimes. Federal Hill Green to Bellevue, High and Main streets in Bristol. Dedicated to Frank Johnson, founder of the parade in reverse. Postponement date is Dec. 13.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Held by the Plainville Fire Co. 7 a.m. to noon. Full family breakfast. Open to all ages. Meet and greet with Santa in his Winter Wonderland. Plainville Fire Headquarters, 77 West Main St., Plainville. $8 for adults. $5 for children 6 to 12. 5 and under eat for free.
THURSDAY, DEC. 10
ROGER TINCKNELL, HOLIDAY CONCERT IN THE CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT. 10 a.m. Celebrate the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. Bristol Public Library Children’s Department, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021. BristolLib.com
FRIDAY, DEC. 11
SANTA WILL VISIT THE WHEELER REGIONAL FAMILY YMCA. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Crafts, elves playground, movie, and cookies. Hot chocolate. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. Admission is free and open to all. Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry. GYYMCA.org
SUNDAY, DEC. 13
AN AFTERNOON WITH SANTA CLAUS. 12 to 4 p.m. Ages toddler to Bristol. American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Ct., Bristol. Register in advance. (860) 585-1715.
THE 30TH ANNUAL SANTA LAND VILLAGE EVENT. Thursday and Friday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. A Winter Wonderland complete with an extensive train display, holiday craft, and, of course, Santa. Mrs. Rockwell’s Pavilion, Rockwell Park, Bristol. BristolRec.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 19
THE HAMPSTEAD STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ BY CHARLES DICKENS. 2 p.m. Free family fun. Children of all ages invited, The tale follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his clerk, Bob Cratchit, during a particularly difficult Christmas time. This adaptation educates the audience about the class system of Victorian England and encourages them to help others who are less fortunate. Children in the audience get to act in the play. Bristol Public Library Children’s Department, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787, ext. 2021. BristolLib.com
NOW thru DEC. 18
POLISH STORYTIME. 10:45 a.m. on Fridays. For children ages 2 to 5. Crafts. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol.