FRIDAY, DEC. 18
‘FROZEN FEVER WITH ELSA, ANNA, AND SANTA CLAUS.’ 5:30 p.m., doors open. 6 p.m., show. Hole in the Wall will be transformed into a magical wonderland with elves taking photographs with Santa Claus for ‘Frozen Fever.’ Face painting, hot chocolate, meet-and-greets with Santa and performances from Elsa and Anna. Hole in the Wall Theater, 116 Main St., New Britain. $20 per child. Parents and guardian admitted free. Reserve. HITW.org
SATURDAY, DEC. 19
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 66432 to support European Educational Tour in July 2016. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast, pancakes, sausage and beverage. Asbury United Methodist Church, 90 Church Ave., Forestville. $5 and $3.50 for children 10 and under. Also various craft kits, $1 each. Advance purchase suggested. (860) 614-8478.
HOLIDAY CIRQUE SPECTACULAR WITH THE HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Concert includes favorites like “Deck the Halls,” selections from “The Nutcracker,” “Sleigh Ride,” selections from “Frozen.” Plus an audience sing along. Santa and Mrs. Claus. Mortensen Hall, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $23. Student tickets are $10. (860) 987-5900. HartfordSymphony.org
SINGLES HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY. Held by Social Connections. 7 p.m. Dress to impress. Gail Fuller, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. Optional $10 grab bag gift. BYOB. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Members, $5. Guests, $10. (860) 582-8229.
‘NUTCRACKER AT THE PALACE.’ 4 p.m. Woodbury Ballet. The Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. $48, $38, $28. PalaceTheaterCT.org
SUNDAY, DEC. 20
CHRISTMAS CANTATA. 10:45 a.m. “A Star to Follow.” Presented by combined choir from Bristol Baptist/ Synergy Church and St. Joseph Church. “A Star to Follow” written by Carlton Buck and Douglas Wagner. Bristol Baptist/ Synergy Church, 43 School St., Bristol. Cantata also will be presented at St. Joseph Church at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve as prelude to 11 p.m. mass.
A BLUE CHRISTMAS ON THE LONGEST NIGHT. 4 p.m. A service of longing and hope on the Winter Solstice. If you grieve, struggle with illness and declining health, face depression, loneliness, unemployment or loss, this is a place for solace. Collaborative effort between St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, First Congregational Church, and Bristol Hospital Home Care and Hospice. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1125 Stafford Ave., Bristol. (860) 583-5809.
HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH TENOR MICHEAL CASTALDO AND SOPRANO MARISSA FAMIGLIETTI. 3 p.m. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. $15 for members. $20 for non-members. (203) 753-0381 ext. 130. MattatuckMuseum.org
MONDAY, DEC. 21
ALLY G’S EVERYDAY ANGELS WILL WRAP YOUR GIFTS. 4 to 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit Ally G’s Everyday Angels Foundation. Zingarella’s Restaurant, 83 West Main St., Plantsville. $5 for every three gifts.
SUNDAY, DEC. 27
26TH ANNUAL KWANZAA CELEBRATION. Held by the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. Kwanzaa, observed each winter, encourages the traditional values of family, community, responsibility, commerce, and celebration. Open to people of all ages, races, cultures, and faiths. This year, Kwanzaa will be celebrated in the context of a musical entitled, “A Change in Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles) High School. Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain. $15, general admission. $10, seniors and youth. QANc.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
SINGLES WALK AND LUNCH. Held by Social Connections. 11 a.m. Collinsville Trail, Main Street, Collinsville. Walk and then after eat lunch nearby. No charge for the wal. (860) 582-8229.
FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL PROGRAM OF MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS. Presented by the New England Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensemble conducted by Richard Wm. Donohue. 7:30 p.m. Works by Richard Wm. Donohue, Franz Gruber, Herbert Howells, Orlando, Lassus, Giovanni Palestrina, Gregorian chant, and carols sung in several languages. Our Lady of Merce Church, 19 South Canal St., Plainville. (860) 747-6825.
MONDAY, DEC. 28
WINTER WONDERLAND CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE. Held by the Bristol Historical Society. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A children’s program for K to 5 but older children welcome. Includes a professional performance of “Frozen,” face painting, a ventriloquist, animation drawing, cooking classes, crafts, the magic of science and fun with mathematics, and other activities. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. Free. Snow date Dec. 29. (860) 583-6309, BristolHistoricalSociety.org
THURSDAY, DEC. 31
FIRST NIGHT HARTFORD. 3 p.m. to midnight. Family-friendly, multicultural, artistically unique, alcohol-free New Year’s celebration. 40 performances, activities, and exhibits. Two fireworks displays, one at 6 p.m. and one at midnight in Bushnell Park, near the carousel. Ice skating rink will be open until 12:30 a.m. and is free. Tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for youths up to 3 years of age. Children age 2 an dunder are free. Tickets online at FirstNightHartford.org. (860) 727-0050.
NOW thru DEC. 20
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 crafts, and, of course, Santa. Mrs. Rockwell’s Pavilion, Rockwell Park, Bristol. BristolRec.com.
NOW thru DEC. 20
BALLET THEATER COMPANY PRODUCTION OF ‘THE NUTCRACKER.’ Features local dancers Angellina Cirello of Southington, Emma and Anna Erickson of Plantsville, and Margot Paul of Berlin (whose mother works in Plainville). Directed by Roman Baca. Hoffman Auditorium, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford. DanceBTC.org, (860) 570-0440.
NOW thru DEC. 20
‘WHITE CHRISTMAS.’ Performed by Connecticut Theatre Company. Featuring songs by Irving Berlin. Lead is played by Peter Bailey of Bristol. Cast also includes Erin Frechette, Tamarra Martin, and Kristi Yurko of Bristol and Steffon Sampson of Southington. Repertory Theatre, 23 Norden St., New Britain. $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and students. ConnecticutTheatreCompany.org
NOW thru DEC. 20
FOURTH ANNUAL ‘HOLIDAY LIGHTS.’ Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Seasonal holiday themed event. New this year is a 100-foot tall decorated tree with hundreds of thousands of lights and decorations. A ceremonial lighting of the tree will be held nightly at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Full family entertainment for all ages. Kiddieland rides, and family-themed rides. Train will be transformed into the North Pole Railway. Lake Compounce Amusement Park, 822 Lake Ave., Bristol. $15.99 for adults, $11.99 for children 4 to 10, free for children 3 and under.
NOW thru DEC. 27
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL- A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS.’ Weeknight and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and select weekday matinees at 2 p.m. Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford. HartfordStage.org, (860) 527-5151.
NOW thru DEC. 23
‘CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCKS.’ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. $55, $40, student rush, $15. (860) 527-7838.