For the locals and the visitors; Mystic and Holiday have a lot in common. Whether it is the most WONDERFUL place to be or the most WONDERFUL time of the year, the December season of jolly and the feeling of warmth, nostalgia and community starts with the smell of pine needles, the sound of jingle bells, the look of bright lights, the taste of hot cocoa, and the feeling of belonging.
Where to stay:
Stay in the heartbeat of Downtown Mystic at the Whaler’s INN. This charming historic Inn is the gem of downtown Mystic. The up-to-date amenities and “home-like” feel is in walking distance to all downtown shops and restaurants. The smell of snow and lights that glow fill the streets with excitement. Whaler’s Inn is quaint and beautiful with stunning views and a friendly atmosphere.
Photo credit @mysticchamber
Photo credit @mysticchamber
Nov. 26: Santa Arrives by Tugboat & The Lighted Boat Parade 2:00pm Santa Claus is coming to Town: On the dock of downtown Mystic, children and
families gather to greet Santa near the beautiful downtown decorated Christmas Tree. 6:00pm-8:00pm- Lighted Boat Parade: A 19 th Annual Tradition of decorated local boats for the holiday theme. Boats are judged on creativity and team spirit; with prizes offered in five categories: ‘Most Charismatic Crew’, ‘Innovative Vessel’, ‘Best Dressed Vessel’, ‘Most Holiday Spirit’ and ‘Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur’.
Nov. 26-27: Christmas at the Mill 10am-6pm Gather for face painting, crafts, and pictures with Santa, face painting in our Mill of 80 vendors. Saturday the 26 th also includes the Stonington Farmers Market. Sunday the 27th, the Mill will be hosting a Jazz band.
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17: Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Village 5 – 8 p.m. This free-roaming experience exemplifies the differences between the modern and 19th century holiday seasons. A festive light display, live music, and fire pits creates an ambiance for a visit from St. Nicholas and horse and carriage rides. Holiday themed stories, crafts, and games transforms the Mystic Seaport into holiday and family traditions. Premiering this year, Mystic Seaport Museum will be exploring the time-honored tradition of celebrating the holidays with ghost stories! Experience our original theatrical event “Yuletide Spirits” and learn how ghost stories like “A Christmas Carol” became a staple of winter festivities, and why they’re now just a spectra of the past. As you explore our historic village, you’ll enjoy classic carols, master a 19th century dance, and of course sip hot drinks while listening to chilling tales — but not too hot or too chilling for the whole family to enjoy!
Dec 7, 2022: Luminaria and Downtown Mystic Stroll 5-9 p.m. Stroll the bustling streets of Downtown Mystic for the 25 th Annual Stroll & Luminaria. Shops will be open late; serving cookies and cider are served and carolers are singing. Roam the shops and uncover hidden holiday gifts for everyone on the list.
Dec. 9, 2022: The Festival of Lights 4-10 p.m. Come to Olde Mistick Village in Mystic to experience the magic of the holiday season. With the walkways brilliantly lit by thousands of luminaries, this festive village becomes a hidden treasure for unique shops, quaint traditions, and holiday cheer.
What better way to welcome in the Holiday Season than with a cheerful Espresso Martini on crisp December night.