Holiday in the Country
Holiday shop and craft fair through Dec. 18

Holiday shop and craft fair through Dec. 18

The Holiday Shop at Trumbull High School’s Agriscience and Biotechnology Center, located at 536 Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull, runs through Wednesday, Dec. 18. Hours are weekdays 9-3 p.m.; weekends 10-4 p.m. Sale features wreaths, poinsettias, and other plants. Most items are grown or made by the students. For further information, call 203-452-4200.
Hosting during the holidays: The main event

Hosting during the holidays: The main event

Each New Year’s Eve for the last 10 years, at least, my husband and I have a hosted an informal gathering of our closest friends and their children. It started with one family, and over the years grew to include about eight or nine other families. We’re pretty organized, which works in our favor when...
Taste of the trail: In search of Connecticut chocolate

Taste of the trail: In search of Connecticut chocolate

It’s the kind of trail that nearly everyone wants to traverse. And there’s no better time than the holidays to trek near or far within the state to taste a world of chocolate that’s made right here. With one dozen destinations, the Connecticut Chocolate Trail was compiled by the state Office of Tourism. While each...
Holiday happenings for the young and young-at-heart

Holiday happenings for the young and young-at-heart

• Fairfield’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held at Town Hall on Friday, Dec. 6. Festivities begin at 5:50 p.m. with the Fairfield Woods, Roger Ludlowe and Tomlinson middle schools chamber choirs singing songs of the season. The Bridgeport Theatre Company and the Fairfield Warde Choral Group will also be performing. Free hot...
Shelton tree the star of Rockefeller Center this holiday season

Shelton tree the star of Rockefeller Center this holiday season

A piece of Connecticut will help mark the Christmas season during the tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center on Dec. 4. The Norway spruce belonging to the Vargoshe family, of Kazo Drive in Shelton, will be decorated and on display for the holiday season. It is 76 feet in height and 47 feet in diameter, and...
Make holiday mail memories at Connecticut’s Little Town of Bethlehem

Make holiday mail memories at Connecticut’s Little Town of Bethlehem

At first glance, the Bethlehem, Conn., Christmas Town Festival is the kind of event one would expect to see in nearly any small New England village at the holidays — there’s the giant tree on the green, crafters selling their wares, strolling carolers and musicians, hayrides, and Santa posing for pictures at the firehouse. But...

A caroling we go:

The most popular Christmas songs

Decorations and shopping are integral parts of the holiday season, but very often it is the music being played over the airwaves that sets the tone for the festivities to come. Christmas music has been enjoyed for decades and certain compositions are widely loved and played year after year. The American Society of Composers, Authors...
Ski in Connecticut during the holidays

Ski in Connecticut during the holidays

Where, when … and even for free!

You don’t have to drive up to Vermont or fly out to the Rocky Mountains to enjoy some good skiing or snowboarding. Connecticut has a few decent ski areas of its own. And with the mountains being so close, families can easily — and affordably — enjoy a day on the slopes during the Christmas...
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

The timeless holiday classic dances into a town near you

My secret wish is to dance in Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet. It would even be all right if I wasn’t cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy, although I think I would enjoy being lifted high in the air by the handsome Prince during Act II’s romantic pas de deux. No, I would actually prefer to wear...