Celebrate Shakespeare

CONNECTICUT Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Celebration is Dec. 31-Jan. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. It is a unique Elizabethan feast and it benefits the Connecticut affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 203-703-8598

Victoria Mansion Christmas

MAINE Christmas at Victoria Mansion: One Hundred Years Past, continues through Jan. 4. Venture back in time to Christmas 1914. This season's décor will reflect how Edwardian elegance graced the mansion's interiors as the First World War still seemed an ocean away. www.victoriamansion.org/events_rentals/events.aspx

Juried art

MARYLAND The Annual Patuxent Art League Juried Exhibition in Laurel continues through Dec. 31. Juried by a regional professional, this annual exhibition is organized by the Patuxent Art League and showcases work from artists 18 & older who live in Maryland, Washington, and Virginia; it includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage, and more. www.mncppcapps.org /pgparks/art_events/exhibitions.aspx?q=montpelier

Christmas in Nantucket

MASSACHUSETTS Nantucket Noel & Christmas Stroll continues to Jan. 3. It includes craft shows, theater, exhibitions, an antiques auction, more than 100 creches at the Methodist Church, a Ghost Walk, and Festival of Trees (through Dec. 31). www.nantucketchamber.org/nantucket-noel--christmas-stroll.html

Historic holidays

NEW JERSEY Visit Kip's Castle in Verona for a self-guided tour of the first floor and experience the holidays circa 1928. Closed Dec. 25 and 29. www.essex-countynj.org

Satchmo's home

NEW YORK Enjoy the holiday season, through Dec. 31, at the house where jazz legend Louis Armstrong lived and died - now a tribute to his life and legacy. The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, still furnished as it was when Louis and his wife, Lucille, lived there, lets viewers peek into their intimate life. louisarmstronghouse.org.

Gettysburg New Year's

PENNSYLVANIA Celebrate New Year's Eve in downtown Gettysburg with free entertainment, arts for children, music, and fireworks. www.adamscountyartscouncil.org

Celebrate at the mansions

RHODE ISLAND Christmas at the Newport Mansions runs through Jan. 4. The Breakers, the Elms, and Marble House Newport are open for Christmas revelry, offering music, tours, and poinsettias, evergreens, wreaths. www.newportmansions.org /events/christmas-at-the-newport-mansions

Kwanzaa celebration

VIRGINIA Celebrate Kwanzaa in Richmond on Dec. 27. There will be candle-lighting, an African market, food, workshops, children's events and more. efsinc.org/event/2014-capital-city-kwanzaa-festival/