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Hartford Stage is replacing one beloved holiday icon with another. It's taking a break from its annual production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and replacing it with playwright Joe Landry’s inventive stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s much beloved film classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” presented as a live radio broadcast.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 1961, file photo Caroline Kennedy wonders at the Christmas tree in the White House Blue Room before a party for White …

As a crowd gathered around the front steps of the Post Office to hear different acapella groups from Williams College perform, a long line of families waited patiently for free hot chocolate. Meanwhile, hundreds of others waited cheerfully on the sidewalks, greeting neighbors and strangers as they all waited for the big event. At the same time, dozens of dogs in holiday haberdashery were gathering with their human pals on a lawn nearby, preparing to make their way down Spring Street for the annual Reindog Parade.

Black Friday shoppers wait to enter the flagship Macy’s store in New York City on Nov. 26. Across the country, many stores were closed Thanksg…