Holly Jolly Saturday!


Santa Visits the Wilton Historical Society, Saturday, December 9, 11:00 – 2:00

Silhouette artist Debbie O’Connor Creates Portraits

Plus, Holiday Trains! Pomander and Gingerbread Cookie Workshops!

Song with Santa and Music on the Hill!


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 9 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 Debbie 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 eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many different kinds of buildings, tunnels, cable cars, and a new BIG LEGO set-up. The interactive display enchants 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, $10 per adult Non-member. Holiday Workshops for making a pomander and decorating a gingerbread man cookie are $5.00 each per person.