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Polar Express, Guitar Concert, Solstice Celebration

This Week in New London, Dec. 19-25

New London Main Street’s latest roundup of city events goes through Christmas Day, so it’s no big surprise that there’s a big focus on the holidays and winter season this time around.

First off is something we can all appreciate: a celebration of returning sunlight. The New London Healing Arts Center holds a free solstice celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday. At 11 a.m. on the same day, the Public Library of New London screens the film The Polar Express. And of course, the Rink at Parade Plaza is open for the season. Although closed to public skates on Mondays and Wednesdays, regular times are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, while skate rental is $4.

The holidays extend into other events this season as well. If you’re looking to give art as a gift, “A Miniature Show” at The Gallery at Firehouse Square has small works starting at $25 while Studio 33’s last “Super Saturday” promotion—featuring jewelry designer Nancy Harwood—is this weekend. While you can’t buy them, you can still enjoy the “Dinotopia” illustrations of James Gurney at Lyman Allyn Art Museum through Feb. 2.

Finally, in the music scene, guitarists Nels Cline and Julian Lage visit the Garde Arts Center’s Oasis Room at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday; tickets are $40. You can also check out the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus concert at the Harkness Chapel on Friday. Starting at 8 p.m., admission is $22 or $20 for students and seniors.

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