The winter in Connecticut has already begun with the recent snowfall this past weekend. But here in the Nutmeg State we do know how to celebrate this cold weather season. From hiking to holiday displays, here are 13 fantastic winter places to visit that are absolutely incredible to view this time of the year.
1. Wonderland At Roseville
Wonderland at Roseville is a truly epic lights display created each year by a family in Fairfield. They welcome you to walk around their yard and view all of the holiday lights. This is one winter activity that will not disappoint.
226 Roseville Terrace
Fairfield, CT 06824
2. Beardsley Zoo
Sam and Jacob, two reindeer, are spending some time at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. They would love to have you stop by and say hello before they have to head back to the North Pole.
1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06610
3. Knights of Columbus Museum
The Knights of Columbus Museum in downtown New Haven has an exhibit of Christmas trees that is truly unique. The decorations are made by elementary school students from all over Connecticut. The museum is also featuring an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world.
1 State St.,
New Haven, CT 06511
4. Powder Ridge Park
At Powder Ridge Park you can rent a snowbike - if you can ride a regular bicycle then this is a piece of cake! It's a great way to enjoy the slopes if you don't know how to ski.
99 Powder Hill Rd.,
Middlefield, CT 06455
5. Winterfest and Tunnel of Lights
There is something enchanting about taking a ride on a historic trolley all decked out for the holidays. The tunnel of lights sparkles festively as you pass right through the display.
58 N Rd., East Windsor, CT 06088
6. Brooksvale Park
Brooksvale Park in Hamden is a marvelous place to go during the colder months. It has hiking trails and a barn where you can see horses, sheep, chickens and other animals. During the late winter, the staff at Brooksvale make their own maple syrup and you can visit their sugar shack.
524 Brooksvale Ave., Hamden, CT 06518
7. Downtown Cabaret Theater
The Christmas Elf is an entertaining holiday musical that runs from November 11th- December 28th. This is one show at the Downtown Cabaret Theater that you won't want to miss.
263 Golden Hill St.,
Bridgeport, CT 06604
8. Bushnell Park
Winterfest at Bushnell Park in Hartford offers free skating and rentals so everyone can enjoy this traditional winter activity.
9. Lake Compounce
You won't want to skip viewing the Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce this season. Tons of glittering lights, food trucks, hot chocolate and Santa all in the same spot. It will knock your socks off.
186 Enterprise Dr.,
Bristol, CT 06010
The town of Kent comes alive with gingerbread houses during the holiday season. Throughout the month of December, you can stroll through town and view these amazing creations in the windows of the local businesses.
11. Valley Falls
Located in Rockville, this waterfall is absolutely stunning when frozen over in the wintertime. There are hiking trails that lead the the falls and it makes for a great way to get outside. This is one of the best winter places to take a hike in Connecticut.
12. Hubbard Park
The Festival of Silver Lights at Hubbard Park in Meriden is absolutely enchanting in the wintertime. It is free to walk or drive through the park and check out the lights display. This is one of those winter places that just comes alive during the holidays.
999 W Main St., Meriden, CT 06451
13. Allegra Farm
Dashing through the snow in a horse drawn sleigh is the perfect way to get away from all of the hustle and bustle. It's a traditional New England activity that Allegra farm offers to its visitors.
69 Town Rd., Colchester, CT 06415
What other winter places do you love to visit in Connecticut. Share them in the comments section so we can add to the list!