Holly Jolly Saturday!


Santa Visits the Wilton Historical Society, Saturday, December 8, 11:00 – 2:00

Silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor Creates Portraits

Plus, Holiday Trains! Pomander and Gingerbread Cookie Workshops!
Song with Santa and Music on the Hill!
Shopping – Pop up Holiday Market all day!

What could be more in-the-holiday-spirit than a chance to confide in Santa, see chuffing trains run, savor the scent of cloves and gingerbread, have an heirloom-quality silhouette portrait made, and find one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends? This year, a singing Santa, plus the cheerful bells and voices of Music on the Hill can be heard in the Abbott Barn, too! Saturday, December 8 is a Holly Jolly day at the Wilton Historical Society, with something for everyone. From 11:00 – 2:00 Santa will be visiting! Workshops in pomander-making and gingerbread cookie decorating will be open for drop-in fun from 11:00 – 1:00 in the 1860 Abbott Barn. Silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor will be creating her amazing silhouette portraits, (11:00 – 3:00) and offering them by appointment; call 203-762-7257 to reserve a booking now. And Songs with Santa, with the cheerful voices and handbells of Music on the Hill will ring out in the afternoon from 2:00 – 4:00.

The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit: An Interactive Wonderland will be open from 10:00 – 4:00. Dressed for the holidays, the Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings have been transformed into a train-lovers delight with many different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many different kinds of buildings, tunnels, and cable cars. New this year – a new train set up in the marvelous Toy Loft, with its magical collection of dolls, tin toys, doll houses, stuffed animals and other fascinating items!. The interactive displays enchant visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains”. In a special train play room for the youngest guests, there are buttons galore to push, plus Thomas the Tank Engine and a Brio set for hands-on fun.

The Betts Store museum shop, which is freshly stocked and brimming with an eclectic mix of beautifully hand-made items, many made locally, is a “best bet” stop for great gifts.

Admission to the Great Trains Holiday Exhibit: An Interactive Wonderland: Free for all children and Members; $5per child, $10 adult Non-member. Holiday Workshops for making a pomander and decorating a gingerbread man cookie are $5.00 each per person.