Start the holiday season with the Christmas Tree Lighting at New London's Parade Plaza. Enjoy Christmas carols performed by the ECSO Chorus, Boys & Girls Club Latino Choir, NL Arts Magnet Pathway Chorusand the Shoreline Ringers Bell Choir. See Santa's magnificent arrival in a brilliantly illuminated Jeep parade down Banks Street. Capture a picture with Santa at The Golden Owl immediately following the tree lighting!
Art=Gift 2023 features handcrafted, affordable art by local and regional artists for the holiday season. Art=Gift includes a wide array of exquisite art includes paintings, prints, photography, glass art, jewelry, hand-printed T-shirts, knitted garments, drawings, wood-turning, holiday cards, ornaments and more.
Embrace the holiday spirit with A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS, a variety show full of nostalgia, charm, and awe-inspiring performances for all ages. Get ready to be dazzled, enchanted and filled with holiday cheer as you witness the incredible talents of world-class entertainers performing to your favorite holiday music. Celebrate the magic of the season with the entire family.
Bring the whole family out to the Submarine Force Library and Museum for a day of holiday fun - Fitch High School Jazz Band, hands-on children's activities by Niantic Children’s Museum and Submarine Base Librarian. Special visit by and photos with Santa from 10AM-12PM.
Start your holiday season at Winter Wonder Day! Enjoy special crafts and activities inspired by Lyman Allyn's Wonderment exhibition. Explore the Museum’s galleries, make fun art, and take photos with Santa. Fun for the whole family!
During this evening of generosity and holiday spirit featuring live music, refreshments, and cocktails, you can bid and if you win, you may take home a holiday-themed decorated tree or donate the tree to a New London family in need. The event kicks off at 6PM. Live auction begins at 7PM.
Hanukkah commemorates the one-day supply of oil miraculously lasting eight days. Join in the celebration as the Jewish community lights the first candle of the menorah to celebrate the Hanukkah - the Festival of Lights - and the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem.
When the curtain rises, professionally trained Eastern CT Ballet dancers and guest artists from NYC Ballet share the spotlight in this nautical-themed live performance of The Nutcracker. Set in New London in the 1850s, the scenery celebrates SE CT's seafaring past and transforms the stage into a wintry day in the whaling city. Stage sets display tall ships in port, New London Custom House, Whale Oil Row, lighthouses, and a sea captain’s Victorian home.
Join around the roaring fire and sip hot cider, enjoy tasty sweets, and toast marshmallows. Do some shopping for great books, patches, and other Fort Griswold memorabilia. The Museum and the Monument will be open. Guided tours of the Fort are at 11:30AM. Saxophone Santa stops by @ 12:15PM!
Bring your kids to see Santa and take keepsake photos. Santa has lots of visits to make and will be at Shaw Mansion for only 2 hours so plan accordingly. All visitors will receive a complimentary candy cane. This event is free and open to the public. Note: Bring our own camera. NLCHS will not be providing photographic services.
Celebrate the Season
Holiday Open House
SUN, DEC 10 | 3PM-5PM
Avery-Copp House Museum, Groton
Experience the magic of Christmas past and explore the museum decorated for the holidays as it might have been a century ago. Refreshments will be served. Free community event. Please bring a Groton Food Bank donation.
Grab a map and a festive New London Santa Hat at any of our participating locations. Explore the charming streets of downtown New London as you shop for holiday gifts. Check out the list of special offers from the businesses participating on that day. Make sure to visit all the locations to collect Christmas stamps on your map. Turn in your completed map at Flavours of Life for a chance to win a fabulous DNLA merchant gift basket. Enjoy this delightful day-long holiday shopping extravaganza!
Enjoy this festive season with traditional Christmas Lesson and Carols in the historic Pequot Chapel. Sing along and be inspired one again by the story of Christmas. This is a free event but donations are gratefully accepted. No tickets or reservations are required and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
The City of New London and the New London NAACP invites all to a ceremony to light the Kinara for the first night of Kwanzaa. The word kinara is a Swahili word that means candle holder. The seven candles represent the Seven Principles (or Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa. Red, green, and black are the symbolic colors of the holiday. During the week of Kwanzaa, a new candle is lit on the kinara each day.
Purchased on-line between NOV 26 and DEC 31 using promo code MerryDays.
Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Order processing and per ticket fees not discounted. Some restrictions may apply. All ticket purchases are final, once the order has processed discounts cannot be applied. No refunds. No exchanges. Need help? Call (860) 333-6706.
Purchase $100 in TRHP Gift Cards between NOV 26 and DEC 31 and receive a complimentary 4-pack* for a Happy Hour or Sunset Harbor Cruise during the 2024 summer season.
* Limited to cruises without special guests or hosts.
Some additional restrictions and limitations may apply.
In addition, purchase $100 in Garde Gift Cards, and receive a complimentary 4-pack single ticket admissionto the 2024 Breezeline Winter Cinema Series in a Stocking Stuffer just for you!
Disclaimer: Enter discount code at checkout Not valid on VIP, Meet & Greet, Garde Circle or Front Loge tickets. Limit 4 tickets per order. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Order processing and per ticket fees not discounted. Some restrictions may apply. Limited quantities available in select locations. All ticket purchases are final, once the order has processed discounts cannot be applied. No refunds. No exchanges.
Need help? Call the Garde box office! (860) 444-7373 ext 1.
If you’re on the hunt for distinctive and unique holiday gifts, shop small and local by stopping by our gift shop. You’ll find the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties, and we also have great art-related gifts for all ages.
Art=Gift 2023 features handcrafted, affordable art by local and regional artists, priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season.
Art=Gift includes a wide array of exquisite art includes paintings, prints, photography, glass art, jewelry, hand-printed T-shirts, knitted garments, drawings, wood-turning, holiday cards, ornaments and more.
From neat little toys to lovely and unique art and articles to compliment any decor to fort mousepads, mugs, ballcaps and sweatshirts, there's something for everyone on your list. And, there's always the "White Elephant Corner".
Nautical bells made locally by Belvin Bells, great submarine movie classics, items celebrating "Rosie the Riveter" (Naomi Parker Fowler), apparel, home furnishings, books, jewelry, stationery and toys, the SFLM Store has something for everyone on your list!
Thames River Heritage Park Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to connecting, preserving, supporting and promoting the history and heritage sites along the Thames River estuary today and for generations to come.