1-19. CHRISTMASTIME TEAS. at the Florence Griswold Museum, Tuesdays–Saturdays, at 3 p.m. Admission is $30. This year’s teas are being presented by Chester’s River Tavern, known for their use of locally grown products. Featuring farm fresh savories and sweets, and accompanied by “Miss Florence’s tea,” a special blend from Sundial Gardens. the fee includes admission to the museum and a discount coupon in the museum shop. Reservations are required and can be made at florencegriswoldmuseum.org or (860)434-5542 x 111. 1 THE LEE DUO. Cellist Kangho Lee and pianist Minyoung Lee perform works by Beethoven, Britten and Rachmaninoff at 7:30 p.m. at the Jorgensen Center, University of Connecticut. A concert talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Order online at jorgensen. uconn.edu or call (860)486-4226. 4 MUNCHKIN MORNING WITH SANTA. From 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Mystic Aquarium, before the aquarium opens to the public, the event includes winterthemed activities and crafts (geared toward children ages 2 to 5), a penguin story and a visit from one of the aquarium’s African penguins. Santa will stop by to take photos with the kids. Tickets: adult members,$12; children, $8. Non-members: adults, $15; children, $10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. (860)572-5955. ext. 520 or visit www. mysticaquarium.org.
A festive gathering of UConn a cappella ensembles and the sensational Boston group, Five O’Clock Shadow, at Jorgensen Center, University of Connecticut. 7:30 p.m. Order online at jorgensen.uconn.edu or call (860) 486-4226. 4 CANDLELIGHT DESSERT. Two seatings, 6 and 7:30 p.m., where visitors can dine on treats made by members of the First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church St. $6. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday at (860) 5265045. 5-6, 19-20 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. At the Mystic Aquarium from 8 to noon. Gather the family for a morning of festive activities, games, a full breakfast buffet by Ocean Blue Catering and visit with Santa before the aquarium opens to the public. For a fee, professional photographers will take photos with Santa. Activities are geared toward children ages 10 and under. Tickets are $12. Non-members must also pay aquarium admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. visit mysticaquarium.org or call (860) 572-5955 ext. 520. 5 HOLIDAY CARNIVAL. Beginning at noon at Olde Mistick Village. Hayrides with Santa, comedy jugglers and a festive brass band. www.oldemistickvillage.com or (860) 536-4941.
Do 5 CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS & SONG. From noon to 6 p.m. Bring your dog to the Pooch Parade and help kick off the season by leading Santa to the festivities. Local student choral groups and children of all ages welcome him to downtown New London’s Historic Waterfront District. Festivities include entertainment, visits with Santa, cookie decorating, story telling, ornament making and professional ice carvings, followed by the tree lighting and caroling. Don’t miss Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s preview of The Nutcracker performed in storefront windows and DNLA’s Festival of Trees auction. Visit www.newlondonmainstreet.org or call (860)444-2489. 5 NEW YORK BUS TRIP. The Connecticut College Department of Art History has arranged for five bus trips to New York for the 2009-10 academic year. The bus leaves the campus at 8 a.m., and leaves New York at 8 p.m. $40 for the general public. For information email email@example.com or call (860)439-2740. 5 BOSTON POPS WINTER GALA. At 8 p.m. at Jorgensen Center, University of Connecticut. Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra through modern holiday classics and timeless carols. Order online at jorgensen.uconn. edu or call (860)486-4226. 5 YE OLDE ENGLISH CHRISTMAS FAIRE. your Christmas shopping at the First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church St. Decorated booths filled with homemade decorations, candy, pies, cakes, wreaths, toys, games and knitted and crocheted items. Stop by the Country Kitchen and take home some seafood bisque or loaves of bread. Visit the Reindeer Restaurant for breakfast or lunch. The Faire is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For tickets, call the church office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 526-5045. 6 WINTERFEST. 14th annual parade starts at Chelsea Parade Grounds at 1 p.m. and proceeds through downtown Norwich. Float trophies will be awarded. (860) 889-0754. 6 CHRISTMAS CONCERT. A 6 p.m. concert at First Congregational Church of Deep River, 1 Church St., featuring Pianist Bill Groth. A reception follows. Adults, $10; children ages 6-12, $5; children under 6, free. For tickets, email office. email@example.com or call call the church office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday at (860) 5265045. 6 MAKE WE JOY. A community celebration of the Winter Solstice at Connecticut College’s Harkness Chapel. This event with music, dance and drama, includes community talent from many backgrounds and cultures. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Performances at 4 and 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so arrive early. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860)439-2450. 7 CONNECTICUT COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE IN CONCERT. 7 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center, under direction of Gary Buttery. $5, general admission; $3, students and seniors. Email email@example.com or call (860) 439-2720. 10 CONNECTICUT COLLEGE PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE AND THE NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE IN CONCERT. 7 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center, under direction of Peter Jarvis. $5, general admission; $3, students and seniors. Email tawis@ conncoll.edu or call (860) 439-2720. 11 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. 5 p.m. at Olde Mistick Village. Music, including a string band, and other festive activities. (860) 536-4941 or www.oldemistickvillage.com. 12 5TH ANNUAL CONNECTICUT COLLEGE KIDS JUDGE NEUROSCIENCE FAIR. Children from the local community are invited to see demonstrations, crafts and games that Connecticut College students have developed to teach about brain functioning in a science fair format. Kids are the judges of the college students’ demonstrations. 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Room 1941, Crozier-Williams Center. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 4392036. 12, 13 “THE NUTCRACKER.” Performed by Eastern Connecticut Ballet, under new Artistic Director, Gloria Govrin. Members of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, directed by Julian Pellicano, will provide full and rich support for the dancers. The Griswold High School Chamber Choir will lend their voices to the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” and entertain audience members in the lobby. An 11 a.m. performance has been added for young children. Another seating at 4 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center. Discounts available for military families, groups, seniors and students. Visit www. gardearts.org or call (860)4447373. 13 SINGING IN THE GALLERY. Come enjoy the joyful sound of the Co Co Beaux, Connecticut College´s famous all-male a cappella group. Now in their 30th year, this group will delight young and old alike with their spirited talent of sharing beautiful music, laughter and good times. WWW. florencegriswoldmuseum.org or 860-434-5542. 13 CONNECTICUT COLLEGE CONCERT BAND. Evans Hall, 7 p.m., Cummings Arts Center, under direction of Gary Buttery. $5, general admission; $3, students and seniors. Email tawis@conncoll. edu or call (860) 439-2720. 14 TEDDY BEAR TEA PARTIES. Share the excitement of the holidays with your little ones at these fun Teddy Bear Tea Parties. Enjoy stories and crafts, yummy FUNwiches and treats. Children can bring their favorite stuffed animal. 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. $14 per pair (child and adult), extra people $7. Reservations required and can be made at florencegriswoldmuseum.org or 860-434-5542 x 111. 15 CONNECTICUT COLLEGE ORCHESTRA CONCERT. Evans Hall, 7 p.m., Cummings Arts Center, under direction of Anthea Kreston and Jason Duckles. $5, general admission; $3, students and seniors. (860) 439-2720 or email email@example.com 16 CHRISTMAS VESPERS. A candlelight service of lessons and carols, a holiday tradition at Connecticut College since 1917. 4:30 p.m., Harkness Chapel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 439-2450.