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November 29, 2023

Celebrate the 2023 Holiday Season in New Haven: 3 Must-Attend Events

As the 2023 holiday season approaches, New Haven, Connecticut, is bustling with festive spirit and an array of events that promise to make your celebrations memorable. From traditional light displays to unique cultural experiences, New Haven offers something for everyone. Here are three must-attend events in New Haven this year to get into the holiday spirit.

New Haven Tree Lighting

Where: New Haven Green, 250 Temple Street, New Haven

When: Thursday, November 30, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the City’s Tree Lighting event in downtown New Haven on Thursday, November 30, from 5-7:30 PM! This annual celebration starts the holiday season with live performances, family activities, amusement rides, and the dazzling tree lighting. Don’t miss the Touch A Truck, collecting new toys and books. Also, explore the Small Business Holiday Village on the Green until December 2! Learn more about New Haven Tree Lighting.

New Haven Fantasy of Lights

Where: Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven

When: Through – December 31st, 2023; 5-9 p.m.

For over 25 years, the Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven has been a cherished holiday tradition for families in Southern New England. This enchanting drive-through display, adorned with over 60 animated features and 100,000 lights, primarily eco-friendly LEDs, not only dazzles visitors but also supports vital services for individuals with disabilities. The historical backdrop of the park, featuring a historic lighthouse and one of the few remaining carousels from the 1920s, adds to the magic, making it a must-visit holiday destination. Learn more about New Haven Fantasy of Lights.

The Nutcracker & Christmas Carol at Shubert Theatre

Where: Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street, New Haven

When: Throughout December.

This holiday season, Shubert Theater in New Haven is the place to be with two captivating shows: The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. Experience the enchantment of the New Haven Ballet’s full-length production of The Nutcracker, featuring students and guest artists from New York City Ballet. Dive into the magical journey of Clara Von Stahlbaum in this Tchaikovsky-scored classic. 
Then, embrace the festive spirit with a brand-new production of A Christmas Carol, a beloved Dickens’ tale brought to life with holiday songs and a vibrant cast. Both shows promise to be heartwarming additions to your holiday celebrations! Learn more about performances at Shubert Theater in New Haven.

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