Fri., Nov. 26–Sun., 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

Sat., Nov. 27

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A Charlie Brown Christmas: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang put on their own Christmas play and ultimately discover the true meaning of Christmas. 1 & 5 p.m. Tickets start at $34. Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven, 203-562-5666

Sat., Nov. 27

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical: Audiences are transported to the North Pole as an elf helps his new human family remember the importance of Christmas cheer. 3 & 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95. Toyota Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford, 203-265-1501

Sun., Nov. 28

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presented two shows at the Santander Arena Wednesday evening.  Trans-Siberian Orchestra  Photo by Harold Hoch  11/25/15

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The progressive rock band celebrates 25 years of music with Christmas Eve and Other Stories, an explosive holiday rock opera. 3 & 8 p.m. $50.50–$89.50. Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville,

Sun., Nov. 28

A John Denver Christmas: Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon will perform Christmas music just like John Denver would have. Collins and some of the original artists of Boulder Canyon originally met in Aspen, Colorado at the largest annual celebration of Denver’s life and music. Chris and Boulder Canyon have gone on to tour from coast-to-coast to pay tribute to Denver’s music. 5 p.m. $30–$45. Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall St., Norwalk, 203-831-5004

Wed., Dec. 1–Sun., Dec. 12

A Christmas Carol

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

Ongoing

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

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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