Following is a holiday calendar featuring a list of 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, contact Deborah Rose by e-mail at, by fax at 860-350-6794 or by mail at 45B Main St., New Milford, CT 06776.

For more information, call Ms. Rose at 860-355-7324.


-Fair-trade global handcrafts store: Dec. 11 and 18, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bridgewater Congregational Church, Clapboard Road.


-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, 634 Kent Road (Route 7), across from George Washington Plaza and next to Blue Fiddle Gallery. For more information, call 860-442-3859.

-United Methodist Church offerings: Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services, 6:30 and 11 p.m. Church, Route 7.


-Pancakes with Santa: Dec. 12, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Kent Community Nursery School at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Main Street.

-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.

-Christmas luncheon for seniors: Dec. 16, noon. Senior center, Swift Lane. $3. For reservations, call 860-927-1003.

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

-First Congregational Church of Kent offerings: Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services, 5 p.m. family service and 9 p.m. candlelight service. Dec. 27: Hymn sing, time to be announced. Jan. 3: Program with Lynn Redgrave who will read "Visions of Mary" by Edward Tyler," during service. First Congregational Church, Route 7.

-Sale of Kent Historical Society calendar: Runs through holiday season. $10. Available at House of Books, Heron Gallery and Richard Lindsey, all on Main Street; historical society, Swift Street; and town hall, Kent Green.

Marble Dale/New Preston

-Christmas bazaar: Dec. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Route 202.

New Milford

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

-"Season's Greetings": Friday and Saturday nights, 8 p.m., through Jan. 2, as well as Dec. 13 and 20, 2 p.m. TheatreWorks, 5 Brookside Ave. $20. 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.

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

-United Methodist Church offerings: Dec. 12: Christmas cantata, 7 p.m. following spaghetti supper. Dec. 13: Advent festival, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 20: Christmas pageant, 5 p.m. Church, 68 Danbury Road (Route 7). For more information, call 860-354-4596.

-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.

-Breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus: Dec. 13, 9-11 a.m. VFW, Avery Road. $5/person 3 and older. $20 family maximum.

-NMHS band winter concert: Dec. 17, 7 p.m. New Milford High School, Route 7 South.

-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.

-Hands-on Train Display: Dec. 19-31. Presented by Chamber of Commerce at railroad station, Railroad Street. Open daily, noon-4 p.m. except Christmas.

-GOP Christmas dinner: Dec. 20, 5-6 p.m. cocktail hour. 6 p.m. dinner. Tivoli Restaurant, 7 Main St. For more information and sign up, call Lois at 203-451-9776.

-12th annual "Holiday on the Green": Dec. 20, 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.

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

-Christmas concert with Doug Hartline & Friends: Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Northville Baptist Church, 9 Little Bear Hill Road. Bring non-perishable item for food bank.

-Carol Sing: Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Village Green.

-Holiday Tree at town hall: Donations of children's hats, gloves, mittens and scarves are sought for the tree at the entrance to town hall. Items will be donated to those in need. For more information, call the mayor's office at 860-355-6010.

-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.

-Sale of 2009 Country Church Collection of ornaments: Runs through holiday season. Sponsored by Greater New Milford Board of Realtors. $5/each. $20/set of four. For more information, call Janet Webster at 860-355-0994 or visit

-Holiday open house: Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Goatboy Soaps, 1 Murphy's Way. Includes visits with goats. For more information, call 860-350-0676.


-Messiah Community Sing: Dec. 27, 4 p.m. Sponsored by Shepaug Friends of Music at Roxbury Congregational Church, Church Street.


-Hamukkah party: Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 9 Route 39 North. For more information and registration, call 860-355-8050.

-Sherman Congregational Church offerings: Dec. 13: Christmas pageant, 10 a.m. Concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services, 7:30 p.m. family service and 11 p.m. service of lessons and carols. Sherman Congregational Church, Church Road.


-Gunn Memorial Library kids' event: Children's holiday sale: Dec. 11, 3-4:30 p.m. and Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Library, Wykeham Road.

-Holiday in the Depot: Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m. Town hall, Bryan Memorial Plaza, and vicinity.

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

-HORSE of Connecticut Christmas open house: Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. HORSE, 43 Wilbur Road.

-Slices with Santa: Dec. 13, 2-8 p.m., with Santa to arrive at 3 p.m. Co-sponsored by fire department and JD Tuckers at JD Tuckers, 38 Bee Brook Road. $10/adult. $5/child.

-Holiday concert: Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Presented by Gunnery students at First Congregational Church on the Green.

-Christmas concert and carol sing: Dec. 19, 5-6 p.m. Salem Covenant Church, Baldwin Hill Road.

-Indian market open for holiday season: Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 20, noon-4 p.m. Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road. For more information, call 860-868-1649.

-"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.

-"Christmas through the Ages": Runs through Jan. 17. Gunn Museum, Wykeham Road. For more information, call 860-868-7756.

Area towns

-Open farm days: Dec. 12-13, Dec. 19-21. 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 of pay $2 to use theater's. For more information, call 203-775-0023.

-Holiday bazaaar: Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 55 Village Green Drive, Litchfield. Interested vendors should call 860-355-6905. Benefits The Simon Foundation, a non-profit animal rescue organization.

-"Nutcracker": Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Pomperaug High School, 234 Judd Road, Southbury. $25/adult. $20/senior 65 and older and children 7-21. $12/child 6 and under. For more information, call 203-263-5107.