Holidays during MGM Springfield: Nov. 23. Ice skating from 1:45 to 10 p.m., hosted by U.S. National Figure Skating Champion Nancy Kerrigan. Tree lighting during 7 p.m. Santa will be there for photos. Ice course will be open until Mar 3, Monday to Thursday 2 to 9 p.m., Friday 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m., Sunday noon to 9 p.m. Admission on Nov. 23 usually is free. Admission after Nov. 23 is $12, $8 for kids, veterans, active-duty troops and initial responders, with $5 for movement rental. One MGM Way, Springfield, Mass. mgmspringfield.com.
Northern Lights Limited and Santa Express: Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. Christmas-themed sight rides, any one hour and 20 minutes. Santa Express (daytime) is $45 initial class, $20 coach. Northern Lights (nighttime) is $55 for first-class, $30 for coach. 12, 2:15, 5 and 7:15 p.m. Railroad Museum of New England during Thomaston Station, 242 E. Main St. rmne.org
Gingerbread House Workshop for Kids: Nov. 24, 25, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Royal icing, sprinkles, decorations, sugars, gumdrops, peppermints, sprinkles, cookies. $19.99. 10 a.m. and noon. Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. Pre-paid reservations are required: 860-308-1657, lymanorchards.com
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: Nov. 24. Seventeenth annual procession. Santa arrives by tugboat during 2 p.m. Tree lighting during 6 p.m., followed by vessel parade. Admission is a fondle or cloak concession to advantage Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. Mystic River Park, Cottrell Street. mysticchamber.org.
Trees in a Rigging: Nov. 25. Annual tune sing and aflame vessel parade. Lantern-lit tune wander down Main Street — spectators can move their possess lanterns — with Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and antique cars stairs off during 4:30 p.m. and leads to Connecticut River Museum to see vessel parade. Free. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St. in Essex. ctrivermuseum.org.
Holiday Tree Lighting: Nov. 29. Rides, petting zoo, bookmobile, touch-a-truck, crafts, live music, food trucks, Santa Claus. Toys for Tots will collect donations. Free. Festival starts during 4 p.m., tree lighting during 7 p.m. New Haven Green. facebook.com
West Hartford’s Holiday Stroll: Nov. 29. Tree lighting, live holiday music, visits with Santa Mrs. Claus, strolling Victorian Carolers, face painting, print booth, food sampling. 5 to 8 p.m. West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. bluebacksquare.com
Firelight Festival: Nov. 30. Gather around a glow for roasted marshmallows and chestnuts, popcorn, prohibited cocoa, mulled cider and hourly readings of The Night Before Christmas. Tour a 1639 Whitfield House after dim and learn a origins of today’s Christmas traditions in a “Holidaze” display. $6; giveaway for children 12 and younger. Visitors speedy to move donations of non-perishable food for Guilford Food Bank and new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. 4 to 8 p.m. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St. in Guilford. 203-453-2457
Christmas by Candlelight: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23. “North Pole Village,” with Santa, a travel by a super-sized “The Night Before Christmas” storybook, a indication tyrannise display, strolling carolers, horse-drawn sleighs, gingerbread houses and a Christmas qualification workshop. $28; $14 ages 4 to 12; giveaway for children 3 and younger. Thursday, Friday and Sunday tickets purchased before Nov. 22 by members accept 25 percent off, nonmembers 15 percent off. 3 to 8 p.m. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road in Sturbridge, Mass. osv.org/cbc.
Gingerbread Weekend: Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Walking route to see 40 gingerbread houses in downtown Putnam and to revisit life-size gingerbread residence and take photos with “Gingie.” Maps accessible during The Flying Carpet Studio, Victoria Station Cafe, Putnam Visitors Center and other Main Street shops and restaurants. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Free. facebook.com.
Flurry Zone, an Indoor Snow Experience: Dec. 1 to 31. A sleet appurtenance will furnish a shout each hour on a hour. Free with aquarium admission, that is $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $17.95 children. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maritime Aquarium during Norwalk, 10 N. Water St. maritimeaquarium.org.
Dudley Farm Open House and Holiday Market: Dec. 1, 2 and 8. More than 30 vendors will have creatively cut holiday greens and wreaths, nature-based tabletop holiday decor, ornaments, late anniversary vegetables, naturally lifted beef and eggs, jams and more. Dec. 1 and 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dudley Farm, 2351 Durham Road, Guilford. dudleyfarm.com, 203-457-0770.
Holiday Model Train Show: Dec. 1 and 2. Show facilities sight layouts in a dual many renouned scales, HO and N. Trains will run all day. The Torrington Area Model Railroaders will benefaction vast HO scale and N scale layouts. Free, move donations of nonperishable food equipment for a Friendly Hands Food Bank. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Torrington Armory, 153 S. Main St.
Winter Wreath Workshop: Dec. 1, 10 a.m. Celebrate winter and a gratifying deteriorate as we emanate a spray from uninformed locally grown greens, afterwards adorn your masterpiece with healthy trimmings. Plus comfortable mulled cider and a cookie. Wreath frames and handle provided. Bring your possess palm clippers. 10 a.m. $15. Ansonia Nature Center. Register: 203 736-1053.
Dashin’ Through a Bars: Dec. 1. Holiday-themed bar yield via Hartford. Holiday nauseous sweaters, Santa or elfin suits encouraged. $29.99 early bird, $39.999 after Nov. 25. Portion of a deduction advantage Toys for Tots. Tickets during eventbrite.com.
Holiday Carnival: Dec. 1. Jugglers, carolers, Santa, birds of chase demonstration, giveaway screening during 1:30 p.m. of “Polar Express.” Free, deduction from present sales advantage volunteerism advocacy classification Project Outreach. Donated canned products advantage a Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. Carnival stars during 11 a.m. Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd. in Mystic. facebook.com