As was mentioned in this morning’s article, New London Main Street has managed to keep an annual holiday celebration going and it’s highlighting this week’s picks for things to do in the city. The Celebration of Lights and Song kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Parade Plaza with a visit from Santa Claus, dancers from The Nutcracker, figure skating and hockey demonstrations, and a tree lighting at 5 p.m. Open skate at the Rink at Parade Plaza will continue afterward with vouchers available for future visits; regular hours at the rink continue.
Other holiday events start earlier in the day on Saturday, when the New London Community Orchestra performs the Musical Sleigh Ride Holiday Concert at New London Harbour Towers. The concert starts at 2 p.m. with a suggested donation of $5. The Provenance Center hosts a “Downtown for the Holidays” bazaar. Enjoy some nibbles, listen to music from guitarist Ron Murray, and shop for local artwork, jewelry, and more from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Second Congregational Church hosts its annual Harps on the Hill concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday; it’s free, but donations of non-perishable food are appreciated.
Elsewhere in the music scene, the campuses on the north side of New London are especially active. Tonight, Connecticut College’s jazz ensemble and traditional jazz band come together for a 7 p.m. show at the Cummings Arts Center entitled “The Elegance of Ellington;” admission is $5, or $3 for students and seniors. At the same venue, for the same price, you can catch the Connecticut College Community Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Thursday and a percussion and new music concert at 7 p.m. on Monday. The Coast Guard Band Chamber Players put on a free “Winter Winds” concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Leamy Hall.
In the art world, Sound Community Services and the TSETSE Gallery put on a “Dimensions of Wellness” exhibit from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the gallery. The event features artwork as well as games and crafts promoting self-improvement. Spirit Gallery continues to show “Chromophilia,” an exhibit by Ashleigh Kay, until Jan. 19.