A Winter Walk: Knowing Trees Without the Leaves will be held on Dec. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Greenwich Land Trust, 370 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. It is a medium-intensity, naturalist walk through the forest of the 40-acre Lapham Preserve. The walk will focus on the identification of trees and understanding the survival strategies of flora and fauna during the winter months. Meet at Lapham Preserve, between 95 and 85 Richmond Hill Road, Greenwich. The walk is free. Register for the walk by emailing [email protected].
The From City to Sea exhibit opens Dec. 15 at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport. It features works by Susan Fehlinger and will run through Feb. 23. For more information, visit westportlibrary.org.
The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance’s Nutcracker is on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at 2 and 6 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield. Enjoy a beautiful holiday tradition in a magical land where sugar plums dance and flowers waltz to tell the classic tale of a young girl and her Nutcracker prince. Tickets are $20-$25. For more information, call 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Connecticut Theater Dance’s Nutcracker shows and tea party will be held during the Nutcracker Festival in downtown Westport on Dec. 15-16. For more information, visit nutcrackerfestival.com or call CTD at 203-293-4355.
Sounds of the Season
Music on the Hill’s Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert will be on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, visit musiconthehillCT.org.
A Grow Your Own Mushrooms workshop will be on Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Louise Mueller Preserve, 370 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. Learn about the ecological role of native fungi while building your own mushroom log that will produce edible mushrooms for years to come. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Register online at gltrust.org.
Fairfield’s Santa Fun Run will be on Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sherman Green, 1450 Post Road, Fairfield. Runners are encouraged to dress in a Christmas costume for the run and to bring canned goods to be donated to Operation Hope. The run is a free, 1.5 mile race. For more information, call 917-297-1985.
Nuts About the Nutcracker
The Enchanted Garden’s Nuts About the Nutcracker will be on Dec. 16, noon and 5 p.m., at Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road, Ridgefield. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 203-431-3350 or visit enchantedgardenarts.com.
The Darien Arts Center’s Scenes from the Nutcracker will be performed on Dec. 16-17 at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit darienarts.org.
The Connecticut Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is on Dec. 16 at 2 and 6 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 1 and 5 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. It features guest stars from American Ballet Theatre as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier, Connecticut Ballet’s professional corps de ballet, and more than 125 children and adult character performers. Tickets are $40-$75 at the box office. For more information, call 203-325-4466 or visit palacestamford.org.
A Tartan Terror Christmas is on Dec. 16 at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Palace Danbury, 165 Main Street, Danbury. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit thepalacedanbury.com.
Woodbury Ballet’s The Nutcracker is on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury. Tickets are $33-$53. For more information, call 203-346-2000 or visit
*Bach to Pops
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra: Bach to Pops is on Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. at Norwalk Concert Hall at 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. Holiday classics will be performed for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are $10-$50. For more information, visit norwalksymphony.org.
New Haven Ballet
The New Haven Ballet’s Nutcracker will be performed Dec. 16-17 at the Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven. Tickets are $27.50-$68. For more information, call 203-562-5666 or visit shubert.com.
Carols by Candlelight
St. Stephen’s presents Carols by Candlelight on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield. The concert is a celebration of Advent and Christmas presented by the St. Stephen’s Festival Choir, St. Stephen’s Choristers, soloists and the Connecticut Chamber Players, a 28-piece professional orchestra. The concert is free.
The Greater Bridgeport Symphony’s Holiday Interlude concert will be Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at The Klein, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. Tickets are $15-$59. For more information, call 203-576-0263.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol will be performed on Dec. 17 at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport. The musical captures the humorous and touching moments of Charles Dickens’ classic tale with all the familiar characters. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit westportplayhouse.org.
Nutcracker in Ridgefield
The Ridgefield School of Dance’s Nutcracker is on Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School, 10 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield. Tickets are $13-$22.50. For more information, visit tututix.com or call the dance school at 203-894-5957.
The U.S. Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet will perform on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull. The concert is free. For more information, call 860-701-6826.
Harpist Rebecca Swett will perform on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Stratford Library at 2203 Main Street, Stratford. For more information, visit stratfordlibrary.org.
A Celebration of Holiday Classics concert will be on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan. The trio of Maria Tiscia, David Oliver and Jim Scianna will perform holiday classics. The concert is free. For more information, visit newcanaanlibrary.org.
A Family Concert will be on Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane, Westport. The concert is free and fun for the whole family. For more information, call 203-222-1424.
The Sanctuary Series Holiday Concert is on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, N.Y. Tickets are $35-$50. For more information, visit theSanctuarySeries.org.
Handel’s The Messiah will be performed on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury. The Danbury Concert Chorus and Danbury Symphony Orchestra will perform. For more information, call 203-748-1716 or visit danburymusiccentre.org.
Lessons and Carols
Christmas Lessons & Carols will be held on Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport. The event is free. For more information, call 203-227-0827.
Rockapella will perform holiday favorites on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield. Tickets are $47. For more information, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.