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

Even though snow is forecast for the weekend, there will be plenty of activities to keep one busy, indoors and out. (Still, this week’s guide comes with the caveat that it would be wise to check before heading out, as the weather may force some cancellations and postponements.)

Anyway, here goes …

Christmas events and holiday happenings dominate the slate this weekend. You can start your planning here, which is a guide to activities across Fairfield and New Haven counties. And there are more, too.

For holiday music: In Stratford, the Community Concert Band is putting on a free holiday concert, while the Baldwin Chamber Players will be offering their holiday fare early next week. Seymour has plenty of activities, from the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to a “Sounds of the Season” concert. Christmas sounds will sound in Weston, where you will also find some holiday jazz. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra is presenting holiday music in several places. The Greater Bridgeport Symphony will be introducing a conductor finalist and special performance. In Brookfield, you can enjoy some lessons and carols, or a holiday concert from the Brookfield Chamber Singers of the Connecticut Choral Society. Ridgefield’s Jesse Lee Church will host The SymphoNYChorus. The Norwalk Community Chorale will offer up a Christmas concert. Meanwhile, also in Norwalk, you can see the Fairfield County Chorale. Activities for Kids Inc., will present “Twas The Night Before Christmas IV” in Stamford. You can catch Handel’s Messiah in Greenwich, where you also will find “Glory of Christmas.”

Just the music: Non-holiday inspired musical events are set to entertain, too. For instance, you can see Cricket Tell the Weather in Westport, John Mayer in Bridgeport (where Night Fever will be) or Pete Francis in Port Chester, N.Y.
If you are a fan of “The Nutcracker,” you have your pick, with performances planned throughout the area.

Or, perhaps you are just looking for some seasonal opportunities to shop, make crafts or enjoy the spirit of Christmas. There are the Lantern Light Tours in Mystic, the Olde-Fashioned Christmas in Hartford, the Holiday Bazaar and Festival of Trees Weekend in Oxford, Breakfast with Frosty & Friends at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, a house tour in Trumbull (where you can find “The Bethlehem Experience”), a holiday open house in Derby, a candlelight evening, a Family Christmas Open House in Brookfield, an Arabian Horse Christmas Open House in Bridgewater, “Mistletunes: Multicultural Holiday Show” in Norwalk, where you also can find a holiday open house, a historical holiday treat in Greenwicy, as well as a Christmas Village, and a kwanzaa celebration in Stamford.

Family time: You can learn more about opera at one of the Curiosity Concerts series offerings in Old Greenwich. Or, get a taste of some tricks and acrobatics in Westport. The Holiday Express Train Show is under way at the Fairfield Museum & History Center, while another loops its way through the Wilton Historical Society. Sparky’s Puppets are coming to Milford. And, a new Lego exhibit will open in Stamford.

On stage: There’s “Christmas on the Rocks” at TheaterWorks in Hartford and the final week of “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge,” in Westport, “Aladdin” in Sherman, “Boeing Boeing” in New Milford, “A Center Stage Christmas” in Shelton, Sachi Parker’s “Lucky Me” in Norwalk, “Trouble in Pantoland” and “Fiddler on the Roof” in Stamford.

Go outdoors: There are a number of organizations, including those in Greenwich and Ansonia, that will be participating in annual Christmas Bird Count.

Art and celebrity: Lidia Bastianich will be signing books at Fairway Market, 699 Canal St., in Stamford from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Holiday Show and Boutique opens. Norwalk 2.0’s Pop City events, meanwhile, focus on local artists and other creative endeavors. The Village Center for the Arts in New Milford continues its monthlong holiday workshops this weekend with a Holiday Art Sale.

Until next time …


Christina Hennessy