30 Ways to Get Into the Spirit

From neighborhood strolls to seasonal concerts to live reindeer on the Avenue, when it comes to holiday time, there's no place like home

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Light It Up!

Town Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony
This annual tradition dates back over half a century. Evolving from a Christian tradition to a more secular “Tree Lighting,” the event kicks off with a welcome by Recreation Supervisor Frank Gabriele; and the first selectman will offer a holiday message to the multigenerational crowd this cheery event draws. The young set will be thrilled to find Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and Frosty offering free candy canes and mechanical reindeer rides. As always, the Greenwich High School Chamber Singers will entertain with holiday melodies. Chocolate chip cookies and cider will be served.
Date & Time: December 2, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Place: Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road
Information: greenwichct.org

Old-Fashioned Night

First Light Festival, Old Greenwich
For seventeen years, the Old Greenwich Merchant’s Association has organized this fun night of extended shopping hours, horse-drawn carriage rides, carols and much more. Each store offers something different, from wine tasting at Sam’s Package Store to free roses at the flower shop. Kids will scope out the hot cocoa, face painting, magic shows and, of course, Santa! “Last year’s First Light was extra special,” says Richard Fulton, owner of Chilly Bear. “We honored all town departments that protected Greenwich during Hurricane Sandy.” This year we also feature Family Centers’ fundraising event in Binney Park with the lighting of thousands of luminaries. Luminary kits will be sold in stores in advance.
Date & Time: December 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Place: Sound Beach Avenue & Arcadia Road

Shopping with Heart

Breast Cancer Alliance Holiday Boutique
In its fifteenth year, this event offers shoppers the opportunity to do their holiday shopping, find great gifts for friends and family, and feel good about spending—
15 percent goes to the Breast Cancer Alliance. Over forty vendors attend, including Stella & Dot, Glory Cashmere, Bellin House Portraits, Peaceable Hill Paperie, Stanton Sweets and East End Foodies.
Dates & Times: December 3, 6 to 9 p.m.; December 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Place: Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road
Information: 203-861-0014, breastcanceralliance.org

Antiquarius Holiday Boutique
The Holiday Boutique, benefitting the Historical Society, moves to a new venue this year at Christ Church Parish Hall. Shoppers will enjoy exploring the wares of new vendors and perennial favorites, offering “a fabulous array of one-of-a-kind gifts.” On opening night, shoppers can enjoy a cash bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from Meli-Melo while shopping. Those seeking a historical outing mixed with holiday shopping can combine the Holiday House Tour on December 11 with a visit to the boutique. Meli-Melo box lunches can be ordered in advance for pick up at the Boutique.
Dates & Times: December 10, 6 to 8:30 p.m. and December 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
Place: Christ Church Parish Hall, 254 East Putnam Avenue
Information: 203-869-6899, ext. 10; greenwichhistory.org; free admission; advance ordered box lunches, $25, available for pick-up from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Greening the Holiday Baskets of Greens for Inspirica
Volunteers at this annual outreach event arrange baskets of fresh evergreens to donate to Inspirica (formerly St. Luke’s Lifeworks) residents, who would not otherwise have holiday decorations. No talent or experience is needed, just bring “a big heart and help decorate. Your holiday will be enriched by your participation.” A light lunch will be served.
Date & Time: December 4, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: Garden Education Center, 130 Bible Street
Information: 203-869-9242, gecgreenwich.org; $20 donation requested  


Greenwich Agenda

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     @ Greenwich Education Group

    If you are planning on taking the SAT or the ACT in October or November, this is an ideal time to start your preparation! Once school begins,...

  • Seaside Center: Shoreline Seining and Plankton Tow

     @ Seaside Center

    Help us gather plankton and see what creatures are living in our ocean’s water! Examine microscopic organisms caught in our plankton net...

  • Cool and Collected ‘14

     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    (Gallery 1) Featuring artists:  Carla Goldberg, Melanie Kozol, Francis Sills, and Eve Stockton Summer exhibition at Kenise Barnes...

  • TREEHOUSES: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Saturday, June 21 - Monday, September 1 Hidden in the leaves, snug in the trunk or burrowed under the roots, what types of animals actually...

  • Exhibit: Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing | Greenwich, CT

     @ Bruce Museum

    May 3 – August 31, 2014 Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing This exhibition focuses on two of the world’s leading...

  • Seaside Center: Story Time

     @ Seaside Center

    Grab a comfy seat as we read stories about our favorite sea creatures. We will even take a peek at a real-life version of the animal in our...

  • Saturday Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    We will feature an array of new and different International wines that are selected by our staff as “Staff Picks Favorites” in...

  • Seaside Center: Naturalist's Choice

     @ Seaside Center

    Be surprised! Changing topic that is fun and fascinating, selected by the Naturalist!

  • Happy Hour | Greenwich, CT

     @ Morello Italian Bistro

    Refresh yourself with our famous Red & White Sangria! Don’t forget that during happy hour every day 4:30pm-6:30pm your 2nd drink...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Animal Meet and Greet

     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 22 - August 31, 3:30 - 4:00pm Stop by for a chance to meet one of our Overbrook Nature Center or Heckscher Farm animals up...

  • Bar: Live Music | Greenwich, CT

     @ Barcelona Greenwich

    Join us in Greenwich every Sunday for live music and half-priced bottles of wine!

  • Wine Time Social Hour | Greenwich, CT

     @ Barcelona Greenwich

    $4.00 select wines, $4.00 well drinks, and $3.00 beers.

  • Bar: Ladies Night | Old Greenwich, CT

     @ Beach House Cafe

    Drink Specials starting at 9:00pm 'till close, $2.00 off any Martini or Margarita.

  • Tuesday Wine Appreciation Night | Greenwich, CT

     @ Terra Sole

    Receive 50% off on most listed Wine under $100.00 and 25% off on bottles $100.00 and over!

  • Seaside Center: Shoreline Seining at Low Tide

     @ Seaside Center

    Help us collect data for the Long Island Sound biodiversity database. 1:00 pm: June 24, July 8, Aug 5, 19. 4:00 pm: July 1, 15, 22, 29,...

  • “Summer Sings!” Wraps up the Season at First Congregational Church of Greenwich

     @ First Congregational Church of Greenwich

    Do you miss singing in your church choir during the summer months? Then join ‘Summer Sings!’ at First Congregational Church of...

  • Happy Hour Beauty Thursdays!

     @ ELLELA Cosmetics & Lashes

    Our Summer Happy Hour Beauty Thursdays are back at ELLELA Cosmetics! Hit the top of Greenwich Ave from 4pm to 8pm for the BEST Blowouts before...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Seaside Center: Arts and Crafts

     @ Seaside Center

    Let your creativity float free! Practice the art of Gyotaku fish prints; make a sundial, a shell wind chime, or fish bowl! Activities vary every...

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