Great Trains returns with something new

Kendra Baker photos
The 18th- and 19th-Century buildings on Wilton Historical Society’s 224 Danbury Road campus have been transformed into a train-lover’s paradise for the return of the Great Trains Holiday Exhibition on Friday, Nov. 24, at noon. Two special events based on the show will take place on Saturday.

The annual show features different train layouts that wind through tiny towns with numerous buildings, tunnels and two working Ferris wheels, as well as buttons that activate lights, bells, whistles and more.

This year’s exhibition will also feature a new display built completely of LEGOs.

Returning will be a special room for youngsters with Thomas the Tank Engine and Brio sets.

A group of engineers who helped build the exhibition will be present to answer any questions and engage in “train talk” with visitors.

The Great Trains Holiday Exhibition attracts “tons of kids with their parents and grandparents,” as well as “train aficionados of all ages,” volunteer and former Wilton resident Steve Desloge told The Bulletin last year.

“Many visitors come back year after year, and many come more than once during the exhibit.”

The Great Trains Holiday Exhibition will run through Monday, Jan. 15, with the following hours of operation:

  • Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 10 to 4.

  • Sundays, from noon to 4.

Admission to the show is free for children under 12 and historical society members. There is a $10 fee for adults who are non-members.

Puppets and painting

On Saturday, Nov. 25, from 11 to 1, the historical society will also host an art workshop where children can paint wooden train engines. There is a $5 per-child and $15 per-family fee for members, and a $10 per-child and $30 max per-family fee for non-members.

Then, from 2 to 3, there will be a special puppet performance by Jim Napolitano. He performs one of the oldest forms of puppetry — shadow puppetry. He's performed for the PBS show Between the Lions, Disney's The Book of Pooh and Nickelodeon in A Show of Hands. His puppetry has taken him across the country and around the globe. The show is free.

Information:, 203-762-7257.