Following is a holiday calendar featuring exhibits, theater performances, festivals, fairs and other special events happening in the Greater New Milford area this holiday season.

To submit a holiday press release, calendar item or place of worship service or event, e-mail the information to drose@newstimes.com, fax it to 860-350-6794 or mail it to The Spectrum, 45B Main St., New Milford, CT 06776. For more information, call 860-355-7324.

BRIDGEWATER

Fair-trade global handcrafts store: Nov. 26, Dec. 3,10, 17, 3-5 p.m.; Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 11:30-5 p.m. Dec. 3: Christmas concert. Dec. 24: candlelight services, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Bridgewater Congregational Church, Clapboard Road. For more information, call 860-354-8283.

Bridgewater senior center events: Dec. 1: Tai Chi classes, 10:30 a.m. $16 for 8 sessions. Dec. 4: Christmas tree decoration and Tree of Light lighting ceremony, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10: basket delivery. Dec. 15: bingo, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18: Christmas lunch, noon. $10 donation. Dec. 20: Christmas centerpiece class, 10:30 a.m. Computer Club: E-Bay and PayPal Transactions, Dec. 7; Christmas Letter Introduction, Dec. 14; Creating Your Own Christmas Letter, Dec. 21; One-on-One, Dec. 28. Beginner classes: Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Tuesdays: Computer Club, 10 a.m.; Quilting Group, 1 p.m.; VNA New Milford Blood Pressure and Sugar Screening, Dec. 14, 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays: Tai Chi, 10:30 a.m.; Mahjong, Dec. 8 and 22 at 1 p.m. Thursdays: coffee hour, 10 a.m. Fridays: poker, 10 a.m.; Camasta, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 1 p.m. Bridgewater Senior Center, 132 Hut Hill Road. For more information, call 860-355-3090.

"A Season of Joy" concert with the Kent Singers: Dec. 5, 3 p.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Main Street. $10/adult. $8/senior and child 12 and older. Free/child under 12. For more information, call 860-354-2156.

Holiday breakfast: Dec. 5, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Hosted by Women's auxiliary of Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department at firehouse, Route 133. $5/person. $15 family maximum.

GAYLORDSVILLE

Merwinsville Hotel holiday festivities: Opening reception, Dec. 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $10/person. Also open Dec. 4-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with storytelling each day at 11 a.m. Merwinsville Hotel, Browns Forge Road. For more information, call 860-350-4443 or e-mail info@merwinsvillehotel.org.

Holiday bazaar: Dec. 3, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Soup, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. United Methodist Church, Route 7.

Holiday open house: Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Little Red Schoolhouse, Gaylord Road.

Ham dinner: Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m. Firehouse, Route 7.

Town tree lighting: Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Outside firehouse, Route 7.

Neapolitan crèche: Dec. 4: lighting for first time this season. Crèche will be lit 5-11 p.m. every night except Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve when it will be lit until 1 a.m.

Sale of seasonal wreaths: Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 20. Made by Lise Goedewaagen and Peter Flynn at World's Best Wreaths Outdoor Environments, 634 Kent Road (Route 7), across from George Washington Plaza and next to Blue Fiddle Gallery. For more information, call 860-442-3859.

KENT

Gingerbread displays: Nov. 26-Dec. 31. 1 Landmark Lane, Kent Green. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 860-927-1463.

"Walk off the Turkey" walk: Nov. 26, 1:45 p.m. Backcountry Outfitters, 5 Bridge St. For more information, call 860-927-4555.

Holiday events: Nov. 27: photographs with Santa at Backcountry Outfitters, Bridge Street, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 28: Sherman Chamber Ensemble concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 4: babysitting, noon-4 p.m. Library, 32 North Main. Caroling, cookies and hot coca at Fife `n Drum, Route 7 North, 5 p.m. Parade to St. Andrew's Church for lighting of town tree. Dec. 11: breakfast with Santa, 8:30-10:30. Kent Community Nursery School, 6 Bridge St. Holiday concert, 3 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1 North Main St. $15/seat. $40/reserved seat. Reception to follow. Dec. 12:Edmund Morris book signing, 2-4 p.m. Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Blvd. For more information or registration, call 860-927-3761. Dec. 12: Kent singers holiday concert, 3 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1 North Main St. Dec. 19: gingerbread contest winner announcement, 4 p.m. Gingerbread Station.

Cookie decorating event -- hosted by Walkers Shortbread: Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Kent Memorial Library, 32 North Main St. Ages 3 and up. For more information, call 860-927-3761.

Hospice Tree of Life ceremony: Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m. Swift House, Swifts Lane. To light a bulb on the tree, call the VNA at 860-354-2216.

Pancakes with Santa: Dec. 11, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Kent Community Nursery School at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Main Street. $5/adult. $3/child 3-12. Free/child 2 and under. $20 family maximum.

Holiday bazaar: Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by library's Parents' Committee at library, Main Street.

"A Season of Joy" concert with the Kent Singers: Dec. 12, 3 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Main Street. $10/adult. $8/senior and child 12 and older. Free/child under 12. For more information, call 860-354-2156.

"Christmas Tree-O: A Holiday Concert": Dec. 11, 3 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Main Street. Features music by Litchfield Jazz Festival artist-in-residence Matt Wilson. Reception to follow at Ober Gallery, 14 Old Barn Road. $15/general admission. $40/reserved seat and reception. For more information, call 860-921-5600.

Holiday boutique: Runs through Dec. 23, Kent Memorial Library, Main Street. Open Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m-5:30 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Christmas services: Dec. 24: Holy Eucharist, 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist with choir, 11 p.m. Dec. 25: Holy Eucharist, 11 a.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Main Street.

Christmas services: Dec. 24: family service, 5 p.m. Service of lessons and carols, 9 p.m. First Congregational Church of Kent, Main Street.

Holiday bazaar: Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by library's Parents' Committee at library, Main Street.

Men's shopping night: Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m. Backcountry Outfitters, Bridge Street.

Holiday offerings at library: Dec. 9: gingerbread house decorating, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 19: "All Aboard for Train Time," 10:30 a.m. Library, Main Street. For more information and sign up, call 860-927-3761.

Stuff-a-Truck: Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kent Volunteer Fire Department, 28 Maple St.

Concert of Advent and Christmas music: Dec. 13, 3 p.m. First Congregational Church, Route 7.

NEW MILFORD

Historical society gift shop open: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Dec. 18. Historical society, 6 Aspetuck Ave.

Pancake breakfast with Santa: Nov. 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by Palm Rebekahs at Odd Fellows Hall, 25 Danbury Road (Route 7). $5/breakfast. $5/photo with Santa.

"Almost, Maine": Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 3-Jan. 8, 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, 2 p.m. TheatreWorks, 5 Brookside Ave. Dec. 2: free dress rehearsal for seniors, 8 p.m. Dec. 9: pay-what-you-can-night, 8 p.m. Dec. 16: holiday party night for groups, 8 p.m., $40/person. Dec. 31: New Year's Eve gala performance, 8 p.m., $$60. All other tickets, $20. Parking available in lot behind Catherine E. Lillis Building off East Street. For more information and tickets, call 860-350-6863.

Maxx events: Dec. 3: 6th grade holiday dance. $8. Student ID required. Dec. 4, 11, 18: front room, 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, 20: "Snacks @ the Maxx," 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 10: 7th and 8th grade holiday dance. $8. Student id required. Dec. 17: holiday show. $10. 6 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email Jbgbambi@aol.com. Dec. 24-25: closed. Dec. 28-30: "Snaxx @ the Maxx," 2-5 p.m. Dec. 31: New Year's Eve party, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Jan. 1: closed. The Maxx, 94 Railroad St. For more information, call 860-210-2165.

Festival of Lights -- lighting of trees on Village Green: Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. Village Green. Includes singing, visits with Santa, holiday readings and lighting of trees.

Christkindlemarkt: Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Arion Singing Society, 411 Danbury Road. For more information, visit www.arionsingingsociety.com.

"A Challenge to Life and Soul" Advent lunch: Dec. 5, 2 p.m. Hosted by New Milford United Methodist Church at Anthony's Lake Club, 10 Christopher Columbus Ave., Danbury. With guest speaker Mike Kelly. $25. For more information and sign-up, call Steve Kolitz at 203-417-9670.

AARP Chapter No. 3241 luncheon: Dec. 8, noon. Matteo's Restaurant, 122 Litchfield Road. Donation of $5 and a gift. For more information, call 860-355-8999.

Child safety seat clinic and stuff-a-cruiser: Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Walmart, Route 7 South. Bring new, unwrapped gift for child aged 2-16 to be donated to Santa Fund.

Wreath ceremony: Dec. 11, 11:45. St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, 87 Park Lane Road. For more information, call 860-354-7137.

Christmas offerings: Dec. 12: candlelight concert, 4:30 p.m. Snow date, Dec. 19. Dec. 19: "The Gift of the Magi" children's Christmas pageant, 10 a.m. Dec. 24: services at 7 and 10 p.m. First Congregational Church, 36 Main St.

Hands-on Train Display: Dec. 18-31. Open daily, noon-4 p.m. except Christmas. Presented by Chamber of Commerce at railroad station, Railroad Street.

Water Witch firefighters to deliver pre-Christmas gifts: Dec. 18, 19, 27. $50 donation requested for delivery of pre-wrapped gift. Photos with Santa available. For more information and registration, e-mail waterwitch150th@yahoo.com by Nov. 27.

13th annual "Holiday on the Green": Dec. 19, 1-3 p.m.. Co-sponsored by Prudential Adams & Associates Realtors and Housatonic Valley Insurance on Village Green. Include horse-drawn hay rides and photos with Santa. For more information, call 860-355-2646.

Carol Sing: Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Village Green.

"Christmas in Connecticut" showing: Dec. 22, 6 p.m. Memorial Hall in the public library, 24 Main St. For more information, call 860-355-1191 ext. 201..

Merryall Chapel Christmas Eve service: Dec. 24, 9 p.m. Merryall Chapel, Merryall and Chapel Hill roads.

Downtown stores open late: Participating stores open until 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18. Downtown New Milford.

First Friday of the Month event: Dec. 4. At participating downtown stores.

"`Tis the Season" musical: Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. High school, Route 7 South. $15/adult. $12/child and senior over 64. Benefits Ann's Place in Danbury. For more information, call 203-775-6300.

"Season's Greetings": Friday and Saturday nights, 8 p.m., Dec. 4-Jan. 2, as well as Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 2 p.m. TheatreWorks, 5 Brookside Ave. $20. Dec. 10: pay-what-you-can-night, 8 p.m. Dec. 13: benefit performance for BINA, 2 p.m., $35/ticket, $30/additional ticket. Dec. 31: Gala performance, $50. For more information about all shows except the Dec. 13 benefit, call 860-350-6863. For more information about the benefit, call 860-927-7913.

Holiday bazaar: Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Presented by Animal Welfare Society at railroad station, Railroad Street.

"Holly Jolly Children's Christmas Party": Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m. Northville Baptist Church, 9 Little Bear Hill Road. For more information and registration, call 860-350-8397.

Christmas bazaar: Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Arion Singing Society, 411 Danbury Road (Route 7 South).

Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 6, 8-11 a.m. Hosted by Sarah Noble Intermediate School Band Aides at Sarah Noble, Sunny Valley Road. $5/person 2 and older. Bring hats, gloves, mittens or scarves to donate to those in need.

Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-noon. Dan's Dining Car, Railroad Street.

Pet photos with Santa: Dec. 6, noon-2 p.m. Barkery Boo-tique, Bank Street.

DAR Christmas party: Dec. 6, 12:30 p.m. Candlewood Valley Country Club, Route 7 South. $25/adult. $15/child 12 and older. Free/child under 12. For more information and reservations, call 860-354-5521.

Live nativity: Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. Bible Baptist Church, Route 7 North.

Dog parade: Dec. 13, 1 p.m. Village Green.

Holiday book sale: Dec. 13, 1-5 p.m. Sponsored by FRIENDS of New Milford Library at the library, Main Street.

Holiday party for boys and girls aged 4-7: Dec. 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Library, Main Street. Registration required. For more information, call 860-355-1191.

Christmas concert: Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 36 Main St.

Toy, food drive: Runs through Dec. 22. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items and health and beauty aids may be dropped off at at Webster Bank in New Milford, Sherman, Sharon, New Preston, Bridgewater, Litchfield, Winsted, Torrington, Kent and Morris; Levine Automotive on Route 7 in New Milford, as well as those in Danbury, Brewster, Norwalk, Winsted and Hartford; Party Depot on Sunny Valley Road in New Milford, as well as those in Danbury and Ridgefield; Southworths Automotive, Bennett Automotive, New Milford Cycle and J&J, Printing, all on Route 7 in New Milford; and other sites in Brookfield, Danbury and Thomaston. For more information, call Don Clady at 860-354-5110.

ROXBURY

Land Trust Mine Hill hike: Nov. 27, noon-2 p.m. Mine Hill Preserve, 95 Mine Hill Road. For more information, call 860-350-4148.

Tree lighting: Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Green, town center.

"Country Church Christmas Fair": Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Roxbury Congregational Church, 24 Church St. For more information, call 860-355-1978.

Holiday craft fair: Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Christ Church, 4 Wellers Bridge Road.

Festival of holiday trees and country Christmas traditions: Dec. 4, 4-8 p.m. Roxbury Senior Center, 7 South St. For more information, call 860-354-9604.

Festival of Trees: Dec. 5, 4-8 p.m. Presented by Friends of the Roxbury Senior Center at senior center and barn, 7 South Street.

Holiday offerings: Dec. 19: Christmas caroling. Dec. 24: children's service, 4:30 p.m., service and carols, 7:30 p.m. candlelight communion, 11 p.m. Roxbury Congregational Church, 24 Church St.

SHERMAN

"A Child's Christmas in Wales": Opens Dec. 3, 8 p.m., with spritzer party at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 3-Jan. 1, 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, 2 p.m. Sherman Playhouse, Route 37 and 39. Dec. 2: half-price night, 8 p.m. Dec. 31: New Year's Eve gala performance, $40. All other tickets, $20/adult. $10/student with id. For more information and tickets, call 860-354-3622.

Christmas bazaar: Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sherman Congregational Church, Church Road.

Hannukah Festival: Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m. Location, address. $5/family. Jewish Community Center, 9 Route 39 South. For more information or reservations, call 860-355-8050.

"Festival of Carols" Christmas cantata: Dec. 12, 4 p.m. Sherman Congregational Church, Church Road.

Carol sing: Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Sponsored by Sherman Congregational Church at gazebo, Veterans Field, Saw Mill Road.

Christmas pageant: Dec. 13, 10 a.m. service. Sherman Congregational Church, Church Road.

Christmas Eve services: Dec. 24. Family celebration, 7:30 p.m. Lessons and carols, 11 p.m. Sherman Congregational Church, Church Road.

WASHINGTON

"Focus: Art and Design" holiday gift gallery/sale: Nov. 26 through Dec. 11. Washington Art Association, Bryan Memorial Plaza. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 860-868-2878.

Exhibit of Christmas trees, old toys and memorabilia: Nov. 26-Jan. 16. Gunn Museum, Wykeham Road. For more information, call 860-868-7756.

Gunn Museum "Washington Winter Wonderland" holiday exhibit reception: Nov. 28, 1-3 p.m. Exhibit on desplay through Jan. 16. Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Road. For more information, call 860-868-7756.

Festival of Trees: Dec. 3: cocktail party, 5-7 p.m. $12/person $20/couple. Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. No charge. Library, Wykeham Road. For more information, call 860-868-7586.

Indian market open for holiday season: Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 4-19, noon-4 p.m. Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road. For more information, call 860-868-1649.

Holiday in the Depot: Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. Town hall, Bryan Hall Plaza, and vicinity.

Christmas offerings: Dec. 12: children's pageant, 10 a.m. Dec. 18: Christmas concert, 5 p.m. Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5 p.m. Salem Covenant Church, Baldwin Hill Road.

New Year's Eve party: Jan. 2, 1-3 p.m. Gunn Museum, Wykeham Road. For more information, call 860-868-7586.

Gunn Memorial Library kids' events: Dec. 4: gingerbread house-making session, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9: holiday sale, 3:30-5:30 p.m., as well as Dec. 10, 3-4:30 p.m. and Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Library, Wykeham Road.

Holiday bazaar: Preview party, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Bazaar, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church, Route 47. $35/person for preview party. For more information, call 860-868-2527.

Indian market open for holiday season: Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 4-19, noon-4 p.m. Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road. For more information, call 860-868-1649.

Men's shopping night: Dec. 12, 4-7 p.m. Washington Art Association, Bryan Memorial Plaza.

"Focus: Art and Design" holiday gift gallery/sale: Runs through holiday season. Washington Art Association, Bryan Memorial Plaza. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 860-868-2878.

AREA TOWNS

Open farm days: Saturdays-Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 19, as well as Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Alpaca Connection Farm, 132 Orchard Ave., Woodbury. For more information, call 203-266-9002.

Story time and visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus: Dec. 12-13, 2-4 p.m. Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Route 25, Brookfield. Bring non-perishable food item for food bank. Bring camera or pay $2 to use theater's. For more information, call 203-775-0023.