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25 Things to Do in Litchfield County This Winter

By Allie Steers

It’s no secret that Litchfield County is bustling in the warm months, but that’s not to say there’s a shortage of activities in the winter. If you prefer winter sports activities or simply strolling around town—we’ve put together a list of 25 things to do this winter from snowshoeing to wreath-making. Have a wonderful holiday season!

1. Hit the slopes! Go skiing and snowboarding at Ski Sundown and Mohawk Mountain (they also have snow tubing!

Mohawk Mountain Ski Area

2. Go ice fishing at one of the many lakes or ponds. (Bantam Lake, Mount Tom Pond, Burr Pond and Saltwater Pond, Mohawk Pond, East Twin Lake, etc.) But please read about ice safety before you go

3. Unwind and relax with The Spa at Litchfield Hills, Mayflower Inn & Spa, The Winvian Spa, and Byrde + the b

4. Support families in need this holiday season by attending the Washington Volunteer Fire Department’s 14th Annual Slices with Santa event on December 11 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

5. Go for a Holiday themed train ride with the Railroad Museum of New England and pretend you’re on the Polar Express

6. Visit Brookside Farm II in Litchfield or Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse in Torrington

7. Stop by the Holiday Gift Show at WAA from November 26 – December 24

Washington Art Association

8. Make a gorgeous wreath for your home with Angevine Farm December 10, 11,12,17,18,19

9. Support local businesses with our Holiday Gift Guide 

10. Full Moon Walk by The Institute for American Indian Studies on December 18

11. Shop locally made items for your holiday gatherings at Kent Barns Holiday Farm Market on December 11

12. Dine at The Mayflower in the elegant Garden Room or the newly renovated Tap Room. If you’re looking for something more intimate, reserve a private dining experience

Mayflower Auberge, Garden Room

13. Christmas Village opening parade in Torrington on December 12

14. Check out the Gingerbread Festival in Kent from December 1-31

15. Check out A Dickens’ Christmas Village and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas displays at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens. On display until December 28

16. Visit the covered bridges in all their snowy glory

17. Go snowshoeing or XC Skiing at a local preserve

18. Holiday in the Depot on December 10

19. Volunteer at a local non-profit

Clover Ridge Animal Sanctuary

20. Watch the Nutmeg Conservatory perform the classic “The Nutcracker” at the beautiful Warner Theatre from December 11-19

21. Get crafty with Hawk Ridge Winery’s Holiday Workshops in Watertown

22. The Institute for American Indian Studies Annual Holiday Market on December 11 and 12

23. Open Air Art Exhibit in West Cornwall: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” December 11, 2021 – January 2, 2022

24. Carl Bozenski’s Christmas Village December 12-25

Christmas Village, Photo courtesy of Jenna Cooke

25. Go ice skating on Mount Tom Pound or attend a Open Family Skate Night on Sundays at The Frederick Gunn School’s Linen Rink 

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