Fri., Dec. 3–Sun., Dec. 5

Avon Winterfest: This inaugural holiday event promises a full slate of events, including a tree-lighting ceremony and visits with Santa. Proceeds from the festival will benefit patients with IBD and Crohn's disease. Downtown Avon, 860-301-7332, avonwinterfest.org

Sat., Dec. 4

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Lewis Black: Stand-up comedian, actor and author Lewis Black brings his pissed-off optimism and, hopefully, a release of anger and disillusionment for the audience in his “It Gets Better Every Day” tour. 8 p.m. $50–$75. Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford, 203-325-4466

Sat., Dec. 4

Pentatonix: Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix’s “Evergreen Christmas Tour” celebrates the quintet’s sixth holiday-themed album, Evergreen. 8 p.m. $55, $75. Tickets at tinyurl.com/pentatonixevergreenMohegan Sun Resort & Casino, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville,

Sat., Dec. 4

The Boston Pops: Celebrate the magic of the season as “America’s orchestra” performs its annual concert bursting with holiday music favorites, including a traditional carol sing-along, plus a visit by jolly old St. Nick. 8 p.m. $65–$75. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, UConn, Storrs, 860-486-4226

Sun., Dec. 5

Morgan James: New York-based soul singer and songwriter Morgan James brings “A Very Memphis Magnetic Christmas” tour to the Northwest Corner. 8 p.m. $32–$62. Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Road W, Norfolk, 866-666-6306

Sun., Dec. 5

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: The neoclassical new-age music group will put on its classic show of contemporary holiday music. 7 p.m. $35–$55. Foxwoods Resort & Casino Premier Ballroom, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket,

Sun., Dec. 5

A Magical Cirque Christmas: Experience an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, hosted by magician and circus stunt performer Lucy Darling, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. 4 & 8 p.m. $27–$62. Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford, 203-325-4466

Ongoing

A Christmas Carol

Through Dec. 12 — A Christmas Carol: The Legacy Theatre wraps up its inaugural season with an adaptation of the timeless Dickens classic. $45–$75. See website for times. The Legacy Theatre, 128 Thimble Islands Road, Stony Creek, 203-315-1901

Through Dec. 19 — Envisioning Space: Architecture Through the Ages: A collaboration of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and the Stamford Art Association, artists from various media will exhibit work that shows how architecture evolves through time and how it influences society. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, 203-838-9799

Through Dec. 19 — Gingerbread House Festival: Gaze upon row after row of creative and colorful gingerbread creations, all made by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members. The friendly competition element of the festival is back. “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” will be open for purchasing holiday-themed gifts and treats. Festival hours: Thu., Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Mon.–Wed. Free. The Wood Memorial Library & Museum, 783 Main St., South Windsor, 860-289-1783

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Magic of Lights

Through Jan. 02 — Magic of Lights: Celebrate the coming of the festive season with a mile-long, drive-through holiday lights experience. The sparkling path is overflowing with displays that bring holiday themes and characters to life. See website for times and ticket info. Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, 860-610-4885

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Blue Corvette, 2016.

Through Jan. 02 — Luster: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting: This traveling exhibition comprises more than 55 paintings by nearly 15 leading photorealists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London, 860-443-2545

Through Jan. 02 — Holiday Lights Spectacular: The Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport is transforming into a family-friendly, drive-through light and laser experience. A winter wonderland will feature lasers, choreographed lighting, projection mapping, tunnels and millions of lights. Hours: Mon.–Thu. 5–10 p.m., Fri.–Sun. and holidays 5–midnight. For tickets, go to tinyurl.com/holidaylightsspectacular. Hartford. Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, 500 Broad St., Bridgeport, facebook.com/holidaylightsspectacular

Through Jan. 09 — Holiday Show: Peace on Earth: This year Spectrum Gallery presents Peace on Earth as its annual Holiday Show. This message of hope explores our personal, geographic, and economic worlds at peace, through both imagery and mood. Show includes representational and abstract art, mixed media, sculpture and photography. Artisans Store brims with new fine crafts and, as always, the Gallery presents its six-foot Holiday Tree adorned with handmade ornaments. Hours: Wed.–Sat. noon–6 p.m. and Sun. noon–5 p.m. Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook, 860-767-0742

Through Jan. 09 — Peace on Earth holiday art show: Spectrum Art Gallery presents its annual Peace on Earth holiday show, featuring representational and abstract art, mixed media, sculpture and photography, all with a message of hope and peace. An artisans store will offer fine crafts. Hours: Wed.-Sat. noon–6 p.m., Sun. noon–5 p.m. Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook, 860-767-0742

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Mary Way, Charles Holt (1772–1852), 1800.

Through Jan. 23 — The Way Sisters: Miniaturists of the Early Republic: A new exhibition presents the story and art of Mary Way (1769–1833) and Elizabeth (Way) Champlain (1771–1825), two sisters and artists from New London who were among the earliest professional women artists working in the U.S. The women created collaged and painted portraits that pushed the boundaries of miniatures as an art form, while serving to expand gender roles for women. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London, 860-443-2545