The Weekend According to Mike December 2-4

Lights, Live Music and Holiday Open Houses!
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Music:

Saturday at 8pm Blood, Sweat and Tears play the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun.  This is a Free Show.  www.mohegansun.com

Saturday 8pm enjoy the Holiday Pops with the Boston Pops under the Direction of Keith Lockhart at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on the UConn Campus at Storrs.  Tickets $65-$85.  www.jorgensen.uconn.edu

Events:

Celebrate the season at Magic of Lights at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, a festive and winding drive-through holiday light extravaganza featuring your favorite holiday scenes and characters like ,The Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, The 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland, and Candyland, Mattel's 32-foot animated Waving Christmas Barbie,  Prehistoric Christmas with life-sized dinosaurs, Super-sized BIGFOOT® Monster Trucks and more! Open daily now through New Year’s Day. www.magicoflights.com

Jingle all the way to Lake Compounce and Connecticut’s Tallest Christmas Tree this holiday season. It’s the 10th Anniversary of Holiday Lights at America’s First Amusement Park, Lake Compounce! This season, the park has added more activities including Kyle’s Holiday Dance Party, Stuff-A-Bear, make your own ornaments, and of course meet and greets with Santa. Family favorite rides including Kiddie Coaster, the North Pole Express, Boocifer’s Haunted Holiday at Ghost Hunt, Zoomer’s Gas ‘n Go, and more will be open throughout Holiday Lights. In addition to rides and activities, the park will host a variety of special events including a Pawliday Lights December 11.  www.LakeCompounce.com

Celebrate A Monsters Holiday at The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, 103 Main St, Plainville beginning Friday thru Jan 8th every Fri. thru Sun. 6pm to 9pm.  Call in advance - 860-583-8306 for a reservation.  Cash only - $9.00 for adults - $4.00 for kids

www.preservehollywood.org All the sets & life size figures in our wax museum

of classic chillers are decked out for the season plus vintage toys from the 1950's thru 1970's are on display and a 7ft tall Grinch!  Fun for the entire family!

Laugh out loud with Jerry Seinfeld Saturday 8pm in the Premier Theater at Foxwoods.  Tickets are $82.50-$150.  www.foxwoods.com

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Visitors to Gillette Castle State Park can enjoy a generous touch of festive spirit while the eccentric home has temporarily closed its doors for restoration. Stroll the grounds from 8 a.m. until sunset on black Friday and on Saturdays and Sundays between the two major holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. At the Cider Station just off the main path to the Castle, hot cider, cocoa, and snacks will be available for purchase from noon until 4 p.m. on all those days, weather permitting. Visitors also will have a chance to congregate around the warmth of a nearby fire pit. Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt and creating colored images of the historic castle. Live performances by several regional musicians have been planned including The Chameleon Trio December 17 and Mystic Winds December 18. All performances start at 1 p.m.
at the Visitor Center. Volunteers will be leading interpretive hikes along William Gillette’s historic narrow-gauge train trails. Special appearances by “William and Helen Gillette” will begin at 2 p.m. each Sunday afternoon inside the Visitor Center. www.gillettecastlefriends.org

It’s Glow Hartford at the CT Convention Center with the theme is Santa’s Perfect Gift. Kids are invited to join a yuletide scavenger hunt and help find the 4 missing elves. Tinsel, Chestnut, Jingle, and Jangle have gone to various fantastic places in search of the perfect gift for the jolliest fellow, but it’s almost Christmas and they’re running out of time. Find the elves hidden across the grounds, collect stamps, and discover what Santa’s Perfect Gift is. Glow Hartford runs through January 1st, 2023.  Tickets are $16.99 for Children and Seniors, $22.99 for Adults, $69.99 for a Family with 2 Adults and up to 3 children.  Children under 5 are free.  www.glowgardens.com/hartford-christmas

The Mayor's Tree Lighting at the Cromwell Town Green Saturday at 5pm. Santa arrives shortly after. There will be Caroling by the Cromwell High School Band and Choir led by Rich Donahue, Hot Chocolate and Cookies provided by the Cromwell Recreation Department, 3D Glasses provided by Cromwell Arts Alliance, Candy Cane and Grinch Tree Ornaments provided by the Cromwell Children's Coalition, a Festive Photo Backdrop courtesy of the Belden Library, the Tripledale Farm Petting Farm, Food Trucks and more! www.cromwellrec.com

The Public is invited to the annual Christmas Open House, with tours at the historic Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, at 778 Palisado Avenue in Windsor, Connecticut on Saturday December 3th, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Guided tours of this 18th century home include holiday decorations, refreshments, docents in colonial attire, antiques, artwork and heirlooms. Tickets at the door; $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, children under age 10 free.  Information:  ema@ctdar.org or 203-273-5388.

First Church of Christ at 499 Town St. in East Haddam is holding it's annual Christmas Tea and Children's Fair on Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. There will be raffles, cookie decorating, cookies for sale and a white elephant sale with Christmas decorations and Santa Claus will be there. Also, there will be a room just for the children to buy gifts for their family with free gift wrapping.

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Don't miss the Snow Queen Saturday at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd, Litchfield Saturday 9am – 5pm. Come visit one of the most beautiful natural history museums in the United States and pick up a wonderful trifle or two in our gift shop! Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by wagon at the Mott Van Winkle Classroom at 1pm where they will greet families. Santa’s helpers will serve hot chocolate and cookies! Wagon rides will be available around the property until 3pm. At 2pm in the A. B. Ceder Room, Arctic Explorer, Mokis Kokoris will give a wonderful talk for children and adults “The Science and Indigenous Folklore of Santa and His Reindeer” The one-hour program will feature little-known facts about the origins of Santa, the colors of his suit, his “flying” reindeer and Rudolph’s red nose. Find out why Santa comes down chimneys; learn about reindeer games, elf boots, and other amusing trivia and fun facts that are associated with many of our well-known holiday traditions. (All of Santa’s secrets are guaranteed to be kept safe). It will be followed by a craft! At 3pm in the Carriage House is the featured program of the day, The Snow Queen. Puppeteer Robin McCahill brings this beautiful Hans Christian Anderson tale to life with her colorful felted puppets! You must pre-register for this portion of the day as seating is limited. Call 860-567-0857 or register online www.whitememorialcc.org

The Hartford Wolfpack are home this weekend at XL Center in Hartford Saturday 7pm vs. the Icehogs.  Hockey ‘N Hops & Vine is back!  This year’s event features new, local breweries and wineries. Be sure to join us pregame for a sampling!  The Pack also ask you to donate coats.  As the weather gets colder, we want to make sure that every child in need has a coat. Please bring a new, or gently used jacket to donate to Coats for Kiddos.  The Pack also skates Sunday 3pm vs. the Bruins. www.hartfordwolfpack.com

Christmas in Connecticut plays at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. A musical comedy based on the classic 1945 Warner Brothers film about a self-proclaimed “Martha Stewart” type that has no idea how to boil an egg! The show is a delightfully cheerful way to celebrate the holiday season.
Make sure to grab your tickets! www.goodspeed.org

Featured Image Photo Credit: Magic of Lights