Event: Breakfast with Frosty
Venue: CT’s Beardsley Zoo – Bridgeport
Date: December 23
Description: Guests enjoy breakfast in the Carousel followed by an appearance from Frosty and a couple of his pals.Pictures with Santa will be available every morning. Reservations and pre-payment are required.
Event: Story Time with Santa and Dreidel Man
Venue: The Shops at Yale – New Haven
Date: December 22-24
Description: Bring your children over to Claire’s Corner Copia on Chapel Street to enjoy story time with Santa and Dreidal Man. Cookies and milk provided. Storytelling with Dreidal Man and Sant at 2 p.m.; selfies with Santa at 3 p.m. November 26 and December 3, 10, 17 and 24.(*Dreidel Man, Sundays, December 3, 10, 17). Don’t forget to sign up for our Shop, Dine & Explore Holiday giveaway! Enter to win one of five $500 Shopping & Dining packages, November 24 through December 24, 2017, at select retailers. Also, enjoy free four-hour parking with same day purchase of $30 or more from retailers at The Shops at Yale from Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 24 at 255 Crown Street lot, 161 York Street lot and 56 Broadway lot.
Event: The Polar Express Train Ride
Venue: Woonsocket Train Depot – Woonsocket
Date: December 22-23
Description: Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s Christmas classic, this family favorite becomes reality during a 3-hour event that includes a 90-minute excursion on a real-life train with storytelling, sing-a-longs, games, delicious cookies, hot chocolate served in a collectible souvenir mug, and a special visit from Santa where he personally delivers the first gift of Christmas to every child!
Event: Saturday Strolls: A Guided Tour of Blithewold
Venue: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum – Warwick
Date: December 23
Description: Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings and elegant holiday scenes. The guided tour continues outdoors with a short walk to Blithewold’s newly expanded Greenhouse Complex that will be decked out for the Holidays too!
Event: Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Continues
Venue: Kensico Dam Plaza – Valhalla
Date: December 22-31
Description: This weekend Come by our Pop-up Market tent to find a unique gift for that special someone this holiday season. Celebrate the holidays close to home! Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience featuring the Santa Experience, unlimited skating on RangersTown Rink with skates included, the Winter Wonderland Holiday Circus, great rides, fantastic local food trucks, dazzling light show and more!
Event: It’s a Wonderful Life, Jacob Burns
Venue: Lasdon Park – Armonk
Date: December 22-25
Description: A holiday classic for the whole family! Frank Capra (Arsenic and Old Lace, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) directs this holiday classic about bank manager George Bailey (James Stewart, Vertigo) who, facing financial ruin and possible jail time, contemplates jumping off a bridge on Christmas Eve. Intervening at the last second is Clarence (Henry Travers, Shadow of a Doubt, The Bells of St. Mary’s), a bumbling guardian angel looking to get his wings after 200 years with no such luck. In order to earn them, Clarence must help George see the error of his ways and set him back on the right path. To do this, Clarence shows George what life in his picturesque hometown of Bedford Falls would look like had George never been born. What follows is a journey to an alternate hellscape where most of George’s friends and family have either died or don’t recognize him as they slog through miserable lives in a town now run by the evil Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). This timeless film, one that audiences mainly remember for Stewart’s compassionate, heartbreaking performance, also features great supporting turns from legendary Hollywood figures such as Barrymore, Donna Reed, and Gloria Grahame. Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)