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This Weekend: Holiday Events, from Tree Lightings to Christmas Fairs

From our neighborhood to the towns around us, if you're looking for something to do this weekend we've got you covered.

Whether you're in search of something fun to do with the kids or you have a babysitter and are planning a night out, look no further because Patch editors have picked a variety of events taking place today and tomorrow to help you make the most of your weekend. Click on the headline of each for more information.

Sandy Hook Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co.

Description: Festivities begin at 4pm, the tree will be lit at 6pm, but the spirit of the season will go on well after that! Please be sure to join the Middle School Carolers usher in the holiday season.  Don't forget to help us help others by bringing a donation for the F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry!

Food Drive for the Trumbull Food Pantry

When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2

Where: Porricelli's, White Plains Road, Trumbull Center Shopping Plaza

Description: The next food drive for the benefit of the Trumbull Food Pantry is this coming weekend, December 1-2, from 10-2 both days in front of Porricelli's. Volunteers will stand in front and collect non-perishable food, paper goods, and toiletries.

"This is an important time of year for the food pantry, as they have a lot of demand at this time and just gave out a ton of food for Thanksgiving," said one volunteer.

Friends of the Library Book Nook Sale

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Where: The Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., Trumbull

Description:  Friends of the Trumbull Library sales are the first Saturday of each month from September through June.  For information or to volunteer, call the Library or get contact information at their website.

Monroe Historical Society - Christmas Fair

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: The Old Monroe Schoolhouse, 311 Wheeler Road, Monroe

Description: Visit us for all your Christmas needs!  From cards to tags, to wrapping paper to bags. We have a large variety of home decorations and ornaments.  As always, there will be a huge selection of gifts and our holiday favorites:  English Muffin Bread and homemade jams and jellies.

By popular demand we are again taking pre-orders for our English Muffin Bread. Please call Kathy at (203) 268-3516 or jeffandkathyb@charter.net.  Visit our website, monroehistoricsociety.org, for complete information.

Christmas Treet Light - Town Hall Gazebo

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Monroe Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe

Description: The Monroe Women's Club invites all residents to attend their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Town Hall Gazebo. Come join us to help usher in the holiday season and enjoy listening to the Jockey Hollow Chorus, Masuk High School musicians, a sing-a-long, and enjoy refreshments while waiting the arrival of Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of their elves.  Luminarias will also be available for last minute purchase, to benefit the clubs' community projects - they are $5.00 a dozen.   For more information on our organization please visit www.monroewomensclub.org and "like" us on Facebook.

Holiday Fair

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 175 Old Tannery Rd, Monroe

Description: St. Peter's annual Holiday Fair will be held in the Parish Hall. The Fair sponsored by the St. Peter's Episcopal Churchwomen will feature: Attic Treasures with antiques, glassware, jewelry, Christmas decorations & ornaments, children's toys, books & games. A Luncheon will be served from 11:30am - 2:30pm that will include a variety of homemade soups, hot dogs, chips and beverages and homemade apple crisp a la mode, there also will be a Cookie Walk, Baked Goods, Homemade Cake walk musical game, & a Chinese Auction. Pictures with St. Nick too!

Stamford Heights & Lights

If you're looking for some holiday-themed fun this weekend, Stamford won't disappoint, with a number of activities taking place.

Saturday brings hundreds (possibly thousands) of Santas to the streets of Stamford for a bar-hopping event known as SantaCon. Sunday, the Ferguson Library holds its Holiday Book Festival during the day and the tree lighting / building jumping event known as Heights & Lights in the evening, with Santa rappeling down Landmark Square.

There are also clothing and toy drives taking place with the emergency responders in the city, should you have a little extra and want to make a disadvantaged child's life just a little bit better this holiday season.

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The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 2 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Where: The Burr Homestead (739 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT)

Cost: $10 adults/$5 children and seniors

Description: "The 31st annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival is a fun-filled weekend featuring holiday shopping and festive events. Come take a photo with Santa; buy a custom-created live wreath; tour the designer-decorated rooms; or shop for exquisite trees and wreaths throughout the mansion or at the gift boutique. Tickets also available for special events such as a formal gala, a nighttime children's event, a wine tasting and a traditional Christmas tea. All proceeds benefit the Cardinal Shehan Center and Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.  Please visitwww.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org for more information." Click here to read Patch's preview of the event.

The Hamden Silverbells Festival

When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Where: Town Center Park, Dixwell Avenue next to Hamden Middle School

Cost: free

Description: Town Center Park will be filled with holiday lights and community merrymaking on Sat. Dec. 1 from 2 - 6 p.m.  for Hamden's Silverbells Celebration. The event will include a puppet show, carousel rides, hayrides, crafts, letters to Santa, caroling, treeligthing and Santa's arrival by firetruck.  All events except for the puppet show are free, and the raindate for the outdoor activities is the next day, Sunday, Dec. 2.  

Huge Moving Sale

When: Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1 & 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: 45 Rivendell Dr, Shelton

Cost: Free

Description: All items in excellent condition. Great prices.  Everything must go.  Couches, Victorian Settee, chairs, cocktail tables, Bar stools, antique accent tables, kitchen set, oriental rugs, small entertainment center, sewing machine, pictures, household items, china, glassware/cookware.

Candlelight House Tour

When: Saturday Dec. 1 & 2 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Huntington United Methodist Church, 338 Walnut Tree Hill Rd, Shelton

Cost: $15

Description: Featuring the heart of six unique locations (3 in Trumbull), the tour will highlight a variety of Christmas traditions. At Huntington United Methodist Church, we will feature a holiday Gift Boutique, Café, Cookie Walk and refreshments.

Downtown Ridgefield’s 13th Annual Holiday Stroll

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Where: Downtown Ridgefield on Main Street

Description:  Downtown Ridgefield will be hosting their annual Holiday Stroll all day on Saturday, December 1st.  There will horse-drawn carriage rides, musical performances, children’s shows, ice sculpting and much, much more!  As always, we’ve heard the Santa and Mrs. Claus are even planning a stop at this year’s Holiday Stroll. If this snow continues, they’ll need Rudolph to get them here!

Darien: Santa Comes Down the Chimney! Sit & Talk with Santa

Where: Outside The Melting Pot 14 Grove St, Darien, CT 06820

When: 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1

Cost: Free

Description: Come sit on Santa's lap and see if you made it on the nice list this year. You can enjoy music, food, elves, santa, glow snap bands, and MORE! There could be a BIG surprise! Come right outside of the Melting Pot to the Grove Street Plaza. Santa Comes Down the Chimney at 5 p.m. Come Ride on Rudolph  & Lucy the Polar Bear at 4 p.m.! Live music, free candy Canes, cocoa and glow stix.

New England Academy of Dance's 27th Annual Nutcracker Performance

Where: New Canaan High School

When: Saturday, Dec 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2

Cost: $25

Description: New England Dance Theatre, a regional ballet production company located in New Canaan, will present multiple full-length productions of “The Nutcracker” at New Canaan High School in New Canaan on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 pm, Saturday December 1 at 4:00 pm, and Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 pm.  In its 27th year of performing this holiday classic, NEDT’s Nutcracker features lavish sets and costumes, professional dancers from New York City and preprofessional NEDT company dancers, and over 160 ballet students from NEAD.

Wreath Decorating Festival at Woodcock Nature Center

Where: Woodcock Nature Center

When: Saturday, Dec. 1

Cost: $50

Description: Using a wonderful array of natural dried flowers, grasses, nuts, fruits, berries and cones, you will leave with an incredible balsam fir holiday wreath. All materials are included in this Ladies-Night-Out event, the proceeds from which benefit the Woodcock Nature Center. This year’s “Ladies Night” Wreath Festival Evenings will run for eight nights with two time slots each evening - 6:30-8:15 and 8:30-10:15. Registration is only available on line.

 

Bethel: Journey to Bethlehem

When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Where: First Congregational Church of Bethel

Cost: Free

Description: People of all ages from the Bethel community are invited to a series of fun gatherings designed to help us experience what it might have been like to journey with Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Through various activities, conversation and short video clips filmed on location in Jesus' homeland, you will deepen your understanding of Jesus’ life and times. Each gathering will begin with a potluck or pizza from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Brookfield: St. Joseph School Christmas Festival

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: 5 Obtuse Hill Rd, Brookfield, CT

Cost: Free

Description: More than 35 vendors will sell their wares.

New Milford: AWS Annual Christmas Bazaar

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: 11 Railroad St, New Milford, CT

Cost: Free

Description: The Animal Welfare Society of New Milford's Annual Christmas "Fundraising" Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 1, at the New Milford Railroad Station.

Brookfield: Holiday Tree Lighting

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: Brookfield Municipal Center

Cost: Free

Description: Ring in the Holiday Season with the Brookfield Girl Scouts at the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 1, at the Brookfield Town Hall.  The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. sharp and include caroling, refreshments and Santa.

 

Norwalk: Grand Opening of Blue Star Bazaar at Sono Marketplace

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: 314 Wilson Ave, Norwalk, CT

Cost: Free

Description: Sono Marketplace will be a year round indoor market influenced by the ambiance of European markets and food courts. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2012 and will include holiday carolers, a magician, and photos with Santa Claus.

 

Norwalk: St. Philip Victorian Christmas Festival

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: 23 France St, Norwalk, CT

Cost: Free

Description: St. Philip Church will host a Victorian Christmas Festival with handcrafted items, unique gifts, music and food.

 

Easton: Holiday Open House at the Adams Schoolhouse

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Where: The Adams Schoolhouse

Cost: Free

Description: Join us as we ring in the holiday season on December 2 with a special holiday open house at the historic one-room Adams Schoolhouse in Easton. Children and their families are invited to make holiday crafts and enjoy hot cider and sweet treats. Carolers from Joel Barlow High School’s Select Choir will close the holiday festivities with song and good cheer at 3 p.m. In the spirit of the season of helping others, the society is accepting non-perishable food donations for local food shelters.

 

Orange: The Mix LIVE @ Orange Ale House

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Where: Orange Ale House

Cost: Free

Description: The Mix is a powerhouse rock band featuring 6 of the areas most highly regarded musicians and the greatest repertoire of unforgettable and awe inspiring tunes ever to hit the airwaves. If you like the music of Led Zeppelin, Journey, Boston, Kansas, Whitesnake, Foo Fighters, Styx, Heart, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top and other true classic greats, then The Mix is the band that you need to see.

St. Agnes Christmas Fair

When: Saturday, December 1st at 9:00 am

Where: St Agnes Catholic Church, 400 Merwin Ave, Milford, CT

Cost: Free

Description: St. Agnes Christmas Fair to benefit Helping Hands For Hurting Hearts, an outreach of St. Agnes Church that helps poor pregnant women. Come do your Christmas shopping. Bring the children. One of our vendors has gingerbread houses for children to decorate while you shop. Stop and have lunch. 

About this column: From our neighborhood to the towns around us, if you're looking for something to do this weekend we've got you covered.

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