Light Up Old Lyme!

We are very excited about this years’ Light up Old Lyme with several events hosted by Lyme Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce members.  Please take a look at the details of the holiday seasons’ events.

Sunday  November 11

High Hopes Holiday Market, 10am to 4 pm. More than 60 curated vendors present food trucks, kids’ activities, handmade silver jewelry & clothing, , chocolate & more. Entry FREE with donation of a non-perishable food item for Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Tickets for Taste the World available online. Proceeds benefit over 1,750 High Hopes’ participants.  More information is available on the High Hopes Holiday Market web site.

Friday, November 30  through end-December

Community Tree Lighting hosted by the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce, Fri, Nov. 30 4-4:45pm: outside Center School (inside if inclement weather). Festive music by Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Band, conducted by Carrie Wind. Community carol sing. Seasonal refreshments provided by Essex Savings Bank.

Holiday Book Sale: Preview Night with Wine Reception hosted by Phoebe’s BookCellar, Fri. Nov 30, 4-7pm: Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library:  Shopping, live music, and light refreshments.  Gift quality – including rare and collectible- books available for purchase in the festively-decorated Reading Room.  All BookCellar books half-price or less. All proceeds benefit the Library. Sale continues Dec. 1, 9am-2pm.

Delights of December Holiday Pops Concert by Old Lyme Town Band, Nov. 30 7:30pm: Christ the King Church;  Sun., Dec. 2: 2pm: Lymes’ Senior Center, Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme. Free admission.

Cookie Walk hosted by Child & Family Agency  Sat, Dec. 1,  9am-12 noon: Old Lyme Town Hall. Choose from a huge selection of beautiful, delicious, homemade cookies & other gift items. Benefits Child & Family Agency.

Pictures with Santa!  hosted by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau. FREE. Donations benefit LYSB. Sat., Dec 1, 10am-12 noon: Old Lyme Town Hall. Meet Santa and his Elves!

Musical Masterworks Dec. 1 and 2 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Schubert’s Winterreise by baritone Randall Scarlata and veteran pianist, Jeewon Park. Join Edward Arron, Artistic Director, for a pre-concert talk before each performance: Sat 4pm; Sun 2pm  Tickets:  or 860 434 2252.

Deck the Walls is the Lyme Art Association’s annual member show featuring more than 200 works of art priced for holiday gift giving.  Opening Reception Friday, November 30, 5-7pm.  Gallery hours Wed- Sun, 10-5 pm, and by appointment.   $5 donation suggested.

Florence Griswold Museum’s Magic of Christmas Nov. 23 through Jan. 6. Enjoy Miss Florence’s Artist Trees, Christmastime Teas, special events & hands-on crafts for all ages, and wonderful items in The Shop!

Annual Community Wreath Making Event hosted by Duck River Garden Club,  Dec. 5, 6:30 pm, bring gloves, clippers, and clipped evergreens if you have some! Rogers Lake Community Center. Our community is invited to join Club members and create festive wreaths for town buildings.

Student Holiday Art Sale, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Sill House Gallery, Opening Reception: Fri., Dec. 7, 5 – 7 pm. Art Sale on View: Dec. 7 – 14.

2018 Homes for the Holidays Tour Sat., Dec 8, 11am-3pm.  Self-guided tour of beautifully decorated village homes & businesses hosted by the Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center. Ticket stubs valid for free admission to Florence Griswold Museum Magic of Christmas that day.  The Lyme Art Association’s Deck the Walls exhibit will also be open. Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Select Singers perform at the OL Historical Society; Old Lyme Town Hall hosts a Holiday Boutique from 10am-4pm, featuring beautiful, hand-crafted items. Tickets $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Call 860-434-1728, Ext. 1 and leave a message or purchase through Eventbrite @

Santa’s Trunk Show Sat., Dec. 8, 9 am – 4 pm. APC Driving Gallery, Old Lyme Shopping Center. Car art, automobilia and collectibles for the holidays.

Con Brio Choral Society Dec. 7, 8pm and Dec. 9, 3pm Christ the King Church, Old Lyme, with Danielle Munsell Howard, Soprano; Louise Fauteux, Soprano; Allison Messier, Mezzo Soprano, and the Con Brio Festival Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce. Open seating, unreserved. Tickets at or 860.526.5399, or at the door.

The Nutcracker by Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Dec. 8, 1:30 and 7pm, Dec. 9, 1:30pm  at The Garde Arts Center, New London. Tickets at 860-444-7373 ext.1 or

Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHSI) Sat., Dec. 8(am), 15 & 22(am & pm): Holiday Sale of OLHSI Books & Gifts at Old Lyme Post Office.  Books, calendars, household items and other Society merchandise.  On Dec. 8,  OLHSI’s 55 Lyme Street headquarters will be part of the OLCLC Home for the Holidays tour.

LYSB’s HOLIDAY GIFT WORKSHOPS: Gingerbread House Family Workshop  Sun., Dec. 9, 12:30-2pm. An annual tradition Fee: $15/house   Festive Felt Stocking, Tues., Dec. 11, 4-6pm and Felt Holiday Ornaments, Tues., Dec. 18, 4-6 pm.  Fee: $25.  Registration required.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for the accuracy of the information above.

The ‘Light Up Old Lyme’ logo was designed for the Chamber by Lisa Reneson (Two Sisters Design) and is used with permission.