Historical holiday fun

Wilton Historical Society has a Holly, Jolly Saturday planned for Dec. 10, with a visit from Santa, model trains, craft workshops, and a silhouette artist on hand to create heirloom-quality portraits.

Santa will be available for confiding holiday wishes from 11 to 2, and during the same time, visitors may drop in to make pomanders and decorate gingerbread cookies in the 1860 Abbott Barn. There is a fee of $5 for both workshops.

Silhouette artist Debbie O’Connor will create portraits in miniature from noon to 4. Appointments are required; call 203-762-7257.

The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit: An Interactive Wonderland will be open from 10 to 4. Dressed for the holidays, the society’s historic 18th and 19th Century buildings have been transformed with eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns chock full of buildings, tunnels, cable cars, and two working Ferris Wheels. There are lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains.” A special train play room for the youngest guests features Thomas the Tank Engine and a Brio set. The exhibit is free to all children and members, $10 per adult non-member.

The Betts Store museum shop will also be open.

The Wilton Historical Society is at 224 Danbury Road. Information: 203-762-7257 or wiltonhistorical.org.