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A Holiday Stroll, a Hoot for Hunger, a Gingerbread House Workshop, and More in Stonington This Weekend

Check out what is going on in the region this weekend.

Stonington Borough Holiday Stroll
Friday, 5:30 p.m. - For one night each year, time seems to stand still in Stonington Borough. A horse and wagon will transport strollers up and down streets lined with shops and historic homes decorated with wreaths and twinkling lights. The stroll kicks off at Wadawanuck Square where carolers will gather in front of the library and sing prior to the tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus. After the much anticipated tree lighting, strollers can enjoy free cider at the library and then head down Water Street where most shops will be offering refreshments and an opportunity to get a start on holiday shopping. Most stores will be open until 8 p.m. The holiday stroll is a festive, frenzy free environment to see what’s in the shops in your own backyard. There will be plenty of free parking at the Town Docks. The Stroll is sponsored by the Stonington Borough Merchants Association and the Stonington Village Improvement Association.

Hoot for Hunger
Friday, 7 p.m. - A Hoot for Hunger to benefit the New London 
Community Meal Center will be held on Friday. Admission is free but monetary donations are encouraged. There will be several performers.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturday, 2 p.m. - Children and their adult caregivers are invited to make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, frosting, and candies. Registration is required. Children are asked to bring in candies to share.

Mystic Ballet's Nutcracker Spectacular
Saturday, 7 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. - Since 1997 Mystic Ballet has entertained audiences in four continents, bringing its unique brand of live entertainment to theaters, and now to Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino. From the creative minds of Mystic Ballet, comes a brand new heart racing experience that will leave you breathless. Nutcracker Spectacular follows the enchanting adventures of Clara, through two acts, with a time travel twist. Prepare to lose yourself in the magic, the excitement, the experience of dance, special effects and an interactive set that artists dive into, leap from, and get “crushed” under. The Nutcracker Spectacular is edge of your seat entertainment – the perfect way for families to ring in the holiday magic. Visit http://mysticballet.org/the-mystical-nutcracker/ for the prevue, access for group sale, and special VIP opportunities. To buy tickets, visit http://www.foxwoods.com/thenutcracker.aspx.

Caring Santa
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - Crystal Mall is hosting Caring Santa, a time for families with special needs children to have a calm, sensory-friendly environment to visit Santa and have a photo experience.

Christmas with the Celticity Trio

Sunday, 3 p.m. - The Celticity Trio returns to Christ Episcopal Church in Norwich on Sunday with its ever popular Celtic Christmas Program. This exciting trio combines cutting edge artistry, passion, and a contemporary touch to traditional Celtic music. With a unique blend of instrumental sizzle, vocal beauty, and captivating arrangements, Celticity puts forth an immensely exciting performance. Celticity is Sylvie Harris on guitars and banjo, Megan Sweeney on flute, fife, and pennywhistle, and Phred Mileski with vocals, psaltery, accordion, and the Bodhran Drum. This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the Chamber Series. For more information, visit ccsarts.org, e-mail ccsartsmail@yahoo.com, or call 860-425-0663.

We Make Joy! A Community Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Sunday, 4 p.m. - This celebration with music, dance and drama, has delighted generations from all over New England since 1981. Community talents from many backgrounds and cultures fuse to create an entertaining and unique seasonal event enjoyed by all ages. The performances are free, though donations at the door are gratefully accepted. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive early. There are two performances, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Throughout the world, people have gathered to celebrate the presence of light and hope, and this spiritual recognition of the returning light persists in the traditions of all the world´s cultures.

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