HOLIDAY PROGRESSIVE DINNER. 5:30 p.m. Held by the Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, the New England Carousel Museum, and the American Clock Museum. 5:30 p.m., hors d’oeuvres at Imagine Nation, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. 7 p.m., buffet dinner at New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Dr., Bristol. 9:30 p.m., sweets and specialty coffees at American Clock and Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol. $50 per person. (860) 585-5411. Make reservation by Dec. 5.
ADULT COLORING CRAZE AND UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER/ ATTIRE PARTY. 7 to 9 p.m. Raffle prizes, wine and cheese party, holiday music, trivia questions. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. Pre-register. (860) 583-6309. In case of inclement weather, go to BristolHistoricalSociety.org
PAJAMA PARTY WITH SANTA. 6 to 8 p.m. Holiday crafts, elves playground, movie, cookies, hot chocolate, boat rides to the North Pole. Santa will stop by so bring your camera. Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. Admission is free. Healthy non-perishable food item to benefit the Plainville Food Pantry.
DEC. 9 to 11
‘ELF THE MUSICAL JR.’ Performed by 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, $11 for children, students, and seniors. (860) 515-8115. www.NBYT.org
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
‘HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.’ 7:30 p.m. at Derynoski Elementary School auditorium, 240 Main St. Performed by Southington Community Theatre. Directed by Amanda and Brandi Savio. Produced by Peter E. Pristic. Tickets available at the door for $15 ($10 for children 12 and under). Cash, credit accepted.
10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE. Held by the Bristol Historical Society. Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol. (860) 582-7787. Free.
WEST BRISTOL SCHOOL’S 2ND ANNUAL CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 60 vendors. Food and drink for sale. Photo booth, door prizes. West Bristol School, 500 Clark Ave., Bristol.
CRAFT SALE. Held by the Friends of the Wolcott Library. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wolcott Library, 469 Bound Line Rd., Wolcott. Free admission and free gift wrapping. Esan210@yahoo.com, (203) 910-5238.
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR. 8 p.m. Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford. $79 to $29. ViennaBoysChoir.org, 1-617-531-1257.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK. 9 a.m. to noon. Harwinton Congregational Church, 1 Litchfield Rd., Hartford. Corn chowder available for take out. (860) 485-1043.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
CHRISTMAS CONCERT. 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Southington, 581 Meriden Ave. The Bennett family of Cheshire will celebrate Christmas with sounds of hand bells, instrumentals, vocals and a seven-piece accordion ensemble. Open to the public. Free-will offerings accepted. Light refreshments. More info at (860) 628-8121.
‘WINTER WONDERLAND.’ 4 p.m. Bristol Chorale with Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble. Holiday favorites, traditional pieces, concert program piece combining chorale, wind ensemble, and bagpipes. St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave, Bristol. Tickets at BristolChorale.org, Michael’s Jewelers—Bristol Commons, Shannon Jewelers, Simply Hair, chorale members.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
HANUKKAH STORY TIME. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire. All area residents are welcome to celebrate Hanukkah with their children ages birth through 5. More info or RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, DEC. 12
HANDLING STRESS AND DEPRESSION DURING THE HOLIDAYS. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. Facilitator is Mary Pat Daniels, LCSW, from Rushford Health Center. Meriden Senior Center, 22 W. Main St., Meriden. Free. Registration required at (203) 237-0066.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
JIMMY MAZZ HOLIDAY SHOW. 11 a.m. at the Aqua Turf. Travel back to the days of the variety specials featuring both classic and contemporary holiday tunes. Coffee and donuts, door prizes, complimentary beverage, and family style luncheon. Cost is $40. Contact Calendar House, (860) 621-3014.
‘SHOP WITH A COP’ MEET AND GREET. At Crystal Bees, 240 Spring St. Sponsored by the REACH Foundation. This is a program where state and local police partner with local youth for a holiday shopping excursion. At this event, troopers and officers will meet the young child that they’ll accompany. The shopping host is Target, 600 Executive Blvd. in Southington. More info at www.thereachfoundation.org.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
CALENDAR HOUSE HOLIDAY PARTY. Noon at the Aqua Turf Wagon Room. Tickets are $27. Available through Friday, Dec. 9. Baked scrod, penne pasta, roast beaf and sides. Coffee, soda, cookies and biscotti. Entertainment provided by DJ Billy Jones. Cash bar. RSVP at (860) 621-3014.
HOLIDAY COFFEE HOUSE CONCERT: ELIZABETH FRIEDMAN. 1 p.m. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. No charge. RSVP. (860) 584-7787 ext. 2023.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16
KENNY ROGERS. ‘THE GAMBLER’S LAST DEAL’ CHRISTMAS AND HITS TOUR. Mohegan Sun, Uncasville.
MISS CONNECTICUT HOLIDAY SOCIAL. 7 to 9 p.m. Mix and mingle with Miss Connecticut Alyssa Taglia and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Samantha Anderson. Dessert reception to celebrate the holiday season. Square Foot Theatre, 950 Yale Ave., Wallingford. $10 or $5 with new unwrapped toy. RSVP. CTMAOInfo@gmail.com
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
SINGLES HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY. Sponsored by Social Connections. 7 p.m. Dress to impress. $10 grab bag gift. BYOB. Gail’s, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. $10. (860) 582-8229.
HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. “Holiday Cirque Spectacular.” 2 and 7 p.m. Features feats and acrobatics choreographed to seasonal favorites. Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. $25. Student tickets, $10. (860) 987-5900. HartfordSymphony.org
SUNDAY, DEC, 18
HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH MICHEAL CASTALDO. 3 p.m. Classical crossover tenor and light Italian opera singer, songwriter, composer, and music producer. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. MattMuseum.org
SATURDAY, DEC. 31
SINGLES NEW YEAR’S PARTY. Held by Social Connections. 8 p.m. Join the festivities. Dress to impress. BYOB and appetizer/dessert to share. Gail’s, 35 Anthony Dr., Bristol. $10. If you don’t bring food, extra $5. Reserve. (860) 582-8229.
11TH ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ring in the New Year celebrating cultures and traditions from Denmark and other places around the world. Create confetti, masks, noisemakers, and a visit from Father Time. Music, dancing. March in a New Year’s Parade at 11:30 a.m. After, gather in Imagine Nation Times Square and count down the ball drop for noon. Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. Admission, $12 per person, $6 for members. www.ImagineNation.org
NOW THRU DEC. 28
FOOD FOR FINES COLLECTION PROGRAM. Donate food for Southington Community Services to help restock their shelves for the holidays and remove library fines. Acceptable donations include canned vegetables, juice boxes, soups, toiletries, paper goods, snacks, shampoo and conditioner. Most needed items include cereal, tuna fish, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, canned fruit, children’s snack items. Bring your library card, overdue items, and donations to the lending desk. Southington Public Library, 255 Main St., Southington.
THE MITTEN TREE. The library Mitten Tree display collects new hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and socks. All items will be delivered to the Southington Community Services Department. Southington Public Library, 255 Main St., Southington.
NOW THRU JAN. 31
CHRISTMAS TEE PICKUP AND RECYCLING. Annual fundraiser for the Southington Land Trust. Plan ahead. Officials will pickup and recycle your Christmas tree after the holiday season. Trees will be turned into wood chips to be used at YMCA Camp Sloper. Cost is $15. Proceeds benefit the trust. More info at www.southingtonlandtrust.org or at (860) 690-2484.