Out and about: Things to see and places to be this weekend

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The holidays continue to flavor the offerings for those looking for some entertainment.

The Boston Pops and Five By Design will be bringing holiday cheer to the Webster Bank Arena, while pianist Ellis Marsalis visits with his quartet to present “A Very New Orleans Christmas” at Fairfield’s Quick Center. Paul Anka brings sounds of the holidays to Waterbury. The Fairfield County Children’s Choir will be performing with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony‘s Holiday Pops concert at the Klein Memorial Auditorium. Carolers will attempt to break the Guinness record in Westport. A “bluegrass” holiday will be celebrated at Stratford Library. And, a Celtic Christmas is set in Shelton.

Further, the Westfair Singers will perform in Greenwich and Chris Coogan and the Good News Gospel Choir will offer a concert in Norwalk.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors,” which will be staged in Danbury, is just one of the many productions with holiday themes. In Berlin, one finds a “Taffeta Christmas.” A “Miracle on 34th Street” is happening in Elmsford, N.Y. “A Christmas Carol” plays in Hartford, as does “The Santa Land Diaries.” In Milford, you can find a more humorous take on the holidays with “Glitz.” In Mystic, the Lantern Light Tours afford for an interactive and dramatic experience. In Shelton, there’s also a “Carol” under way. In Stamford, the holidays are cooking on Mulberry Street. And, there are multiple performances of “The Nutcracker” to keep everyone busy.

There are any number of visits by Santa during this time (what a busy man!). He is expected to be at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the Danbury Railway Museum, the Bartlett Arboretum, the Reindeer Festival and Workshop, the Lyman Homestead. There is a holiday puppet show in Greenwich, too, to get you into the mood. And, the Fairfield Museum has multiple events at the ready, as does Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

But there are other events, too, not so tied to the yule. The Who comes to Mohegan Sun on Sunday, Dec. 9. Isra-Alien will be celebrating the release of its CD on Dec. 8. Nobody”s Business Trio will be in New Milford. Judy Collins and Jimmy Webb are in Tarrytown, N.Y. The Dave Matthews Band will perform with Jimmy Cliff at Mohegan Sun and Dark Star Orchestra comes to Wallingford. The Kennedys will be in Westport.

If you like movies, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be featuring “The Valtari Film Experiment,” which brought together the Icelandic band Sigur Ros and filmmakers and fans. Those looking for holiday movie fare can seek out flicks in Bridgeport, Danbury, and Tarrytown, N.Y.

If you’ve had too much of the holiday cheer and good tidings, you can always check out WWE’s “Smackdown” at the Webster Bank Arena.

Christina Hennessy

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