This Weekend: Countdown to Noon, Holiday Party at New London Ice Rink

Don't miss the New Year's Celebrations at Mohegan Sun, Aretha Franklin at Foxwoods and more!


We sure hope you’ve had some time to relax after the holidays. You were probably hoping we’d give you a little break this week to catch up on sleep and maybe pick up some post-holiday bargains at the mall. Well, we’re really sorry to tell you this, but your time is up. We’re moving right along to New Year’s! There are some great celebrations going on in the area, so plan on saving your pajamas and chili dip for another night. Now start planning your weekend, already!

WHERE/WHEN: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in Niantic.

WHY GO: Want to ring in 2012 with the little ones? Do it at noon instead!

PRICING: Celebration is free with museum admission.

WHERE/WHEN: At the Mystic Aquarium through Sunday.

WHY GO: The holidays aren’t over yet! Keep the celebration going at the aquarium.

PRICING: Activities are included with general admission.

WHERE/WHEN: Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the ice rink on Parade Plaza.

WHY GO: Bring the family for some skating, hot chocolate, holiday music and horse-drawn hayrides!

PRICING: Admission is free. Skate rentals available at no charge.

WHERE/WHEN: Friday at 8 p.m. at the MGM Grand Theater.

WHY GO: She’s the Queen of Soul—why wouldn’t you want to see her?

PRICING: Tickets are $50, $60 and $70 each.

WHERE/WHEN: The fun starts on Saturday!

WHY GO: It’s your one-stop-party-shop.

PRICING: Pricing varies for activities.

WHERE/WHEN: Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Groton Inn and Suites.

WHY GO: Have fun ringing in the New Year and support the New London Community Meal Center!

PRICING: Tickets are $50 per person or $100 per couple and $25 from each ticket does to feed the hungry in the New London-Groton area.


 Still need more to keep busy? Here are some more ideas:

: Celebrate the new year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

: Performance benefits The Sidewalk Angels Foundation. Show starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets are $35.

: Celebrate New Year’s with the kids! Join the fun on Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Westerly, R.I. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

: Support the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut! The party will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Mystic Aquarium on Saturday.


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