The Great Trains Rumble into Town Dec. 1
The Great Trains and Santa highlight the Wilton Historical Society’s holidays. Join the Wilton Historical Society for many holiday events.
With dozens of trains whistling around mountain passes, and past familiar landscapes, the Wilton Historical Society at 224 Danbury Road opens its holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 1 with the grand opening of the annual Great Trains exhibit.
This year’s train exhibit includes familiar favorites such as Thomas the Tank engine and a range of makes, models and gauges – from O-gauge to a 1920’s-style G-gauge track, including HO and S gauge sets.
The trains run Dec. 1 through Jan. 16. Hours are Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 to 4, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4. Admission is free to children and Society members and $5 per non-member adult.
More than just trains, however, the holiday exhibit at the Society includes a vast collection of toys, dolls and miniatures sure to delight boys and girls of every age. View die cast sleighs, wagons cars and more from the early 1900’s, stuffed animals and a collection of dolls including a 1930’s Shirley Temple doll.
With the trains always rolling, a range of events designed to bring the holiday spirit to Wilton join the exhibit.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 – 4, Santa Claus will take time off from his busy schedule at the North Pole to find out what all the good little girls and boys would like for Christmas. Children can sit on Santa’s lap and make their requests while a memorable photograph is taken for the family album. Cost is $5 per member family, $10 per non-member family and includes admission to the Great Trains exhibit.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 4, master silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor returns to the Society to provide her portraiture skills. Whether individual cuttings, multiple children or entire family groups, these silhouettes will delight grandparents and other relatives. Silhouettes are offered for $30. Reservations are required. Information and reservations: 203-762-7257.
On Sunday, Dec. 18, the Society’s annual Mulled Wine holiday party ushers in the season. Free and open to all from 3 to 5 p.m., the festive affair is a great way to learn more about the Society and meet and mingle with your Wilton neighbors.