This Weekend: Photos with Santa, Holiday Shopping at Hygienic Art Shows

Don't miss the community Christmas feast in Gales Ferry, gift wrapping at the Dog Watch Cafe, Festive Brass concert at Olde Mistick Village and the Christmas party at the Montville VFW!


The holidays are here—and we hope you’re ready! We don’t want you spending all weekend shuffling through your attic in search of those Old Navy fleeces you hid months ago. There’s just too much holiday fun to be had this weekend, and we can’t let you miss it! Now we know you’re busy and all, but this weekend’s lineup is too good to pass up. Check out all the local holiday happenings and try to fit some into your weekend!

WHERE/WHEN: Saturday at the from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHY GO: Still need a gift for the grandparents? Just throw on some festive sweaters and pick up a frame!

PRICING: Photo package prices vary.


WHERE/WHEN: The show at Hygienic Art wraps up on Friday.

WHY GO: Still need some gifts but not really feeling the mall? Art makes a great gift.

PRICING: Items range from $10 to $200.

WHERE/WHEN: Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at in Gales Ferry.

WHY GO: All are invited to attend this Christmas community tradition. , yum!

PRICING: No reservations are needed. Rides and dinner delivery are available. Call (860) 464-6516 for details.  

WHERE/WHEN: Thursday and Friday at the in Stonington.

WHY GO: The elves will wrap for you? What are you waiting for!

PRICING: Wrapping services are free! But you’ll need some money for that food you’re sure to inhale.

WHERE/WHEN: Check out the list of shops at Olde Mistick Village that will be open on Christmas Eve at 8 a.m.

WHY GO: You’ve gotta get that shopping done, whether you’re ready or not! And hey, stick around and you’ll get to enjoy some music from Festive Brass at 2 p.m.

PRICING: No charge for concert, but you need those wallets for shopping!

WHERE/WHEN: Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the .

WHY GO: Christmas costume contest, Santa, drink specials and more—sounds like a jolly good time!

PRICING: No cover charge.


Still have free time? Here are some more ways to keep busy this weekend:

: Santa will swing through the Quaker Hill neighborhoods on Thursday and Friday evenings. Schedule a stop for your little ones!

MYSTIC CONTRA DANCE: Burn off some of those Christmas cookie calories dancing to live music!


  • Friday at 8 p.m. in the Wolf Den.
  • Friday at 10 p.m. on the Tuscany Patio.
  • Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Wolf Den.
  • Sunday at 2 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena.
  • Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Wolf Den.

: The Mystic Aquarium’s holiday celebration begins Monday and runs through Sunday, Jan. 1.


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