Whether you're in search of something fun to do with the kids or you have a babysitter and are planning a night out, look no further because Patch editors have picked a variety of events taking place today and tomorrow to help you make the most of your weekend. Click on the headline of each for more information.
Food Drive for the Trumbull Food Pantry
When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2
Where: Porricelli's, White Plains Road, Trumbull Center Shopping Plaza
Description: The next food drive for the benefit of the Trumbull Food Pantry is this coming weekend, December 1-2, from 10-2 both days in front of Porricelli's. Volunteers will stand in front and collect non-perishable food, paper goods, and toiletries.
"This is an important time of year for the food pantry, as they have a lot of demand at this time and just gave out a ton of food for Thanksgiving," said one volunteer.
Friends of the Library Book Nook Sale
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., Trumbull
Description: Friends of the Trumbull Library sales are the first Saturday of each month from September through June. For information or to volunteer, call the Library or get contact information at their website.
Stamford Heights & Lights
If you're looking for some holiday-themed fun this weekend, Stamford won't disappoint, with a number of activities taking place.
Saturday brings hundreds (possibly thousands) of Santas to the streets of Stamford for a bar-hopping event known as SantaCon. Sunday, the Ferguson Library holds its Holiday Book Festival during the day and the tree lighting / building jumping event known as Heights & Lights in the evening, with Santa rappeling down Landmark Square.
There are also clothing and toy drives taking place with the emergency responders in the city, should you have a little extra and want to make a disadvantaged child's life just a little bit better this holiday season.
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The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 2 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Where: The Burr Homestead (739 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT)
Cost: $10 adults/$5 children and seniors
Description: "The 31st annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival is a fun-filled weekend featuring holiday shopping and festive events. Come take a photo with Santa; buy a custom-created live wreath; tour the designer-decorated rooms; or shop for exquisite trees and wreaths throughout the mansion or at the gift boutique. Tickets also available for special events such as a formal gala, a nighttime children's event, a wine tasting and a traditional Christmas tea. All proceeds benefit the Cardinal Shehan Center and Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. Please visit www.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org for more information." Click here to read Patch's preview of the event.
The Hamden Silverbells Festival
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Town Center Park, Dixwell Avenue next to Hamden Middle School
Description: Town Center Park will be filled with holiday lights and community merrymaking on Sat. Dec. 1 from 2 - 6 p.m. for Hamden's Silverbells Celebration. The event will include a puppet show, carousel rides, hayrides, crafts, letters to Santa, caroling, treeligthing and Santa's arrival by firetruck. All events except for the puppet show are free, and the raindate for the outdoor activities is the next day, Sunday, Dec. 2.
Huge Moving Sale
When: Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1 & 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: 45 Rivendell Dr, Shelton
Description: All items in excellent condition. Great prices. Everything must go. Couches, Victorian Settee, chairs, cocktail tables, Bar stools, antique accent tables, kitchen set, oriental rugs, small entertainment center, sewing machine, pictures, household items, china, glassware/cookware.
Candlelight House Tour
When: Saturday Dec. 1 & 2 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Huntington United Methodist Church, 338 Walnut Tree Hill Rd, Shelton
Description: Featuring the heart of six unique locations (3 in Trumbull), the tour will highlight a variety of Christmas traditions. At Huntington United Methodist Church, we will feature a holiday Gift Boutique, Café, Cookie Walk and refreshments.
Downtown Ridgefield’s 13th Annual Holiday Stroll
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Downtown Ridgefield on Main Street
Description: Downtown Ridgefield will be hosting their annual Holiday Stroll all day on Saturday, December 1st. There will horse-drawn carriage rides, musical performances, children’s shows, ice sculpting and much, much more! As always, we’ve heard the Santa and Mrs. Claus are even planning a stop at this year’s Holiday Stroll. If this snow continues, they’ll need Rudolph to get them here!
Darien: Santa Comes Down the Chimney! Sit & Talk with Santa
Where: Outside The Melting Pot 14 Grove St, Darien, CT 06820
When: 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1
Description: Come sit on Santa's lap and see if you made it on the nice list this year. You can enjoy music, food, elves, santa, glow snap bands, and MORE! There could be a BIG surprise! Come right outside of the Melting Pot to the Grove Street Plaza. Santa Comes Down the Chimney at 5 p.m. Come Ride on Rudolph & Lucy the Polar Bear at 4 p.m.! Live music, free candy Canes, cocoa and glow stix.