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Dec
2
Sat
December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery Tickets
Dec 2 @ 9:30 am – Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm
December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery |  |  |

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “On Light and Florals,” featuring the still-life florals of New York painter, Murray Smith. His exhibit runs December 1 – 23. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

Dec
8
Fri
Visit with Santa and His Friends @ Stepping Stones Museum for Children Tickets
Dec 8 – Dec 24 all-day
Visit with Santa and His Friends @ Stepping Stones Museum for Children |  |  |

Meet Santa & his friends Frosty the Snowman, Penguin and Reindeer in a place just for kids of all abilities that is fun, safe and accessible. Children can play, make festive crafts, and engage in special activities to make it an enjoyable time for the entire family.Bring your camera to take FREE treasured photos of your smiling child with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from now through Dec. 17, and then each day from Tues. Dec. 19 to Sun. Dec. 24 from 11:15am – 12:15pm . Regular museum admission applies and can be put toward the purchase of a membership – a perfect gift for the holidays!

Dec
9
Sat
Scenes from the Nutcracker @ Darien Arts Center Tickets
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Scenes from the Nutcracker @ Darien Arts Center |  |  |

The Nutcracker comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s (darienarts.org) dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at their annual production, ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.

The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”

This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.

Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. Show times are December 9, 10, 16 and 17 at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. Call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org for reservations.

Additionally, ages 6-11 attending Saturday, December 9th performances of the Nutcracker may want to participate in the Holiday Print-Making and Frame Decorating Workshop in the DAC Visual Arts Studio from 1-3p.m. Participants will sip hot cocoa and eat holiday treats while creating holiday-inspired Styrofoam prints on the DAC’s printing press. Their prints can then be put in a frame that they decorate, creating a perfect gift for family, teachers and friends. Fee for the workshop is $40, with no registration fee.Register for the workshop at darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.

Dec
17
Sun
Family Gallery Tour @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Family Gallery Tour @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

Designed for families with children ages 6-10 and their families, this program will provide an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. Free with admission; no registration required.​

Holiday Handbells at Westport Barnes & Noble @ Westport Barnes & Noble Booksellers Tickets
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Holiday Handbells at Westport Barnes & Noble @ Westport Barnes & Noble Booksellers |  |  |

Ring in the season with Music on the Hill at the Westport Barnes & Noble store! Handbell ringers will provide festive bell music for holiday shoppers starting at 1 p.m. Kids can join in with sleigh bells. Visit with Music on the Hill greeters to learn about joining a choral or handbell ensembles in 2018.

Science Sunday: Time in the Touch Tank @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Science Sunday: Time in the Touch Tank @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

A drop-in program designed for children aged 4 and up and their families. Participants will explore simple science concepts and subjects while partaking in fun, kid-friendly experiments, projects and crafts inspired by the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This program is free with general admission and no advance registration is required.

Join us for a hands-on experience in our marine tank as we explore the animals of the Long Island Sound.

Mary Ann Hall Music for Children, Free Family Concert at the Seabury Center @ Seabury Center Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mary Ann Hall Music for Children, Free Family Concert at the Seabury Center @ Seabury Center |  |  |

On Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 4 pm, Westport Historical Society is pleased to present its traditional one-hour Holiday Concert, presented by Mary Ann Hall’s MUSIC FOR CHILDREN & Beyond™ program at the Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane, Westport. This concert will feature songs of Christmas and Hanukkah performed and accompanied by faculty from MUSIC FOR CHILDREN on guitar, harp, keyboard and flute. Holiday refreshments will be served after the concert.

Now in its 12th year, the holiday concert is hosted by Westport Historical Society. “We are thrilled to offer this concert, free of charge, this year, to Westport families to enjoy. The concert will celebrate the themes of “peace, gratitude and kindness,” according to the Society’s Executive Director, Susan Gold. Mary Ann Hall, who holds a master’s degree from the U of Michigan, founded MUSIC FOR CHILDREN 43 years ago on the principle that “the child is the instrument.” Their mission, she said, is to develop musicianship and a lifelong enjoyment of music by “connecting the ART of the music with the HEART of the CHILD.”

The concert is free but reservations are strongly encouraged. Kindly call Westport Historical Society at 203-222-1424 to make your reservations.

Rob Mathes Holiday Concert @ Schimmel Center Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Rob Mathes Holiday Concert @ Schimmel Center |  |  |

The holidays have found a new rocking tradition! Emmy winner and Grammy-and-Tony- nominated Rob Mathes, a Greenwich, Connecticut resident, returns to the Schimmel stage with his band of all-star musicians including instrumentalists from Saturday Night Live and the Late Show with David Letterman. Come for an afternoon of funk- and R&B-laden original tunes, holiday classics, and audience favorites to put you in the spirit of the season. Rob Mathes has worked professionally with U2, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Sting. With friends like his, you never know who could show up!

Schimmel Center
schimmelcenter.org
Tickets start at $29
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY
212-346-1715

The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques |  |  |

Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.

The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.

Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at admin@balletdesameriques.com or call (646) 753-0457.

The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques Tickets
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques |  |  |

Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.

The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.

Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at admin@balletdesameriques.com or call (646) 753-0457.