The Staci Zampa Team’s top 10 ways to celebrate the holidays in Stamford!

The holiday countdown is ON! Chanukah is just 3 days away, Christmas is 6 days away and New Years Eve is 12 days away.

But, the countdown doesn’t mean your time should be spent stressing. Luckily, Stamford is making it easy to make time for what the season is really all about; spending quality time with family and friends! So, whether you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, entertain out of town guests or just get out of the house, there are several wonderful events in Stamford to make your season merry and bright.

Scroll down for The Staci Zampa Team’s top 10 ways to celebrate the holidays in Stamford!

Photos with Santa at Stamford Town Center
Available through Christmas Eve

Mondays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sundays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Santa is listening to Christmas wishes and taking photos with children of all ages in the Grand Court at Stamford Town Center. There are several photo packages available, including digital copies of your photos for social media posting. Stamford Town Center is also hosting Holidays In Harmony with musical performances all season long!

The Half Full Winter Beer Garden at Mill River Park

Open through New Year’s
Co-working Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fridays, 4 p.m.  – 10 p.m.
Saturdays, noon – 10 p.m.
Sundays, noon – 8 p.m.

The 6,000 square foot tent beside the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skate Center boasts a holiday festive “après-skate” theme. The bar serves Half Full beer, cider and wine, along with a kid zone featuring visits from Santa, holiday market and lounge. On Saturday, December 21, master sculptors will build a bar and tables out of ice, along with an ice-carved Santa!

Santa’s Coming To LaRocca’s Country Market

Saturday, December 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa will arrive at LaRocca’s Country Market in North Stamford at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 in an antique fire truck! He’ll be listening to Christmas wishes, taking photos & handing out candy canes to good girls and boys! Plus, enjoy hot cocoa, cider, eggnog & more!

Connecticut Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Palace Theatre

Saturday, December 21, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 22, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Join the Connecticut Ballet’s holiday tradition as Clara travels with her Uncle Drosselmeyer through the Land of the Snowflakes to the Land of the Sweets and back! Arrive early for holiday shopping at the Nutcracker Holiday Boutique and stay after the show to meet the guest stars in the lobby.

Giant Menorah Lighting at Latham Park

Sunday, December 22, 4:30 p.m.

Join the community in lighting Fairfield County’s largest menorah with Chabad of Stamford on the first night of Chanukah! The annual event includes a Gelt Drop and Olive Oil Press this year. There will also be donuts, hot apple cider and latkes for the whole family!

Christmas Eve Trivia Night at Bareburger Stamford
Tuesday, December 24 at 7 p.m.

Head to Bareburger in Harbor Point for trivia! There will be prizes, swag and $3 off all 20 oz. drought beers!

Chanukah House Experience – Family Day Brunch
Wednesday, December 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a family day with pancakes, waffles and eggs. Plus, special guest Bobbie Doowah who will be performing a concert for children. There will also be a chance to give to those in need by baking Challah and making chicken soup for ‘Shabbat 2 Go’ packages.

Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Main Library, Third Floor AuditoriumTuesday, December 31, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Ring in the New Year a few hours early, as a family! This event is great for kids ages 3 to 8. Kids and parents will enjoy music, crafts, a photo booth and countdown to noon.

New Year’s Bash at Serafina at the IC
Tuesday, December 31, 7:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Usher in 2020 with dinner and dancing at the Italian Center Stamford. The event will include a buffet dinner with carving stations, elaborate antipasto platters, raw bar, seafood, specialty desserts, a full bar, midnight champagne toast and more! Price is $150.00 for adults who are Italian Center members and $175.00 for non-member adults. Reservations are limited, so be sure to make them by Friday, December 27.

Prime Stamford: “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” New Years Eve Soiree

Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Ring in 2020 on the water at Prime in Stamford! Price is $247 per person, which includes tax & 20% gratuity. There will be a top shelf open bar all night! The menu will include Beef Wellington, a raw bar station, hand rolled sushi station, antipasto/cheese station and passed canapés including lobster rolls! There will also be a midnight champagne celebration and music from DJ Banks!

We hope this holiday season brings you health, happiness and quality time with loved ones!

Get to the (Harbor) Point!


Exploring Stamford’s crown jewel on the Sound.

A Staci Zampa Exclusive

Like many coastal communities, Stamford is defined by its waterfront – and what better way to be defined than Harbor Point. A peninsula jutting out into the Sound as part of the city’s South End section, Harbor Point shines as one of the largest and most successful redevelopment districts in the nation.

Harbor Point

A mixed-use development, Harbor Point boasts more than 2,000 new apartments and condos, intermingled with swaths of offices, restaurants, and retail establishments where factories once stood. Common spaces include several parks, marinas, and a boardwalk.

Its most notable residential developments include The Lofts at Yale & Towne, a redeveloped lock factory, 101 Park Place at Washington Boulevard, a 15-story luxury apartment complex adjacent to a park, 111 Harbor Point, another 15-story tower, and Beacon Harbor Point, a two-tower, 22-story harborside complex.

Whether you live in Harbor Point itself or elsewhere in Stamford, the district’s myriad retail, food, and cultural attractions are all within easy reach – especially thanks to the Harbor Point Trolley – a free service that shuttles people between Harbor Point and downtown Stamford via a 14-stop, 30-minute loop.

Here’s a rundown of Harbor Point’s can’t-miss attractions:

• Fairway Market. A stop on the trolley loop, Connecticut’s first Fairway outpost – and the chain’s seventh and largest – is an 85,000-square-foot store located at the corner Market and Canal streets.

• Historic District. Spanning nearly 200 acres, this neighborhood in Harbor Point includes some of the city’s oldest buildings, dating back to the late 1800s, and the Pulaski Street Bridge, a wrought-iron bridge spanning the Rippowam River.

• Farmers’ Market. Held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harbor Square, the market offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, breads, flowers, plants, and more.

• Boating. You don’t have to own a boat to get out on the water – opportunities and options abound. The Carefree Boat Club is a membership program that provides access to a fleet of different style boats for various occasions, from fishing to parties. In addition, Harbor Point’s four marinas offer afternoon and sunset sailboat excursions, kayak and paddleboat rentals, and even a complimentary water taxi service.

• Food & Dining. Harbor Point features a wide variety of cuisines presented by some of the trendiest establishments. From Fortina’s pizza and Italian fare, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s comfort food, and Walter’s iconic hot dogs, to Crab Shell’s catch-of-the-day seafood and the heaven-sent treats and baked goods of Patisserie Salzburg, no matter your craving it’s sure to be satisfied.

• Health & Wellness. A robust roster of weekly fitness classes is on offer at Harbor Point’s parks and outdoor spaces — including Zumba, CrossFit, and yoga. Hey, parents – there’s even a weekly “Stroller Strides” class that moms and dads caring can do with their babies. Additionally, Harbor Point is home to several health, wellness, and beauty establishments, including saunas, gyms, salons, and spas to pamper you from head to toe.