Trains roll in for annual holiday show

It wouldn’t be the holiday season in Wilton without the Wilton Historical Society’s annual Great Trains Holiday Show, which opens Friday, Nov. 23, from noon to 4, at 224 Danbury Road.

The show gets in full swing on Saturday, Nov. 24, when puppeteer, singer and songwriter Tom Hooker Hanford performs  Fiddle de Dee: Children's Folk Songs of Old New England from 2 to 3. The program features music of the mid-19th century, and lore about trains, Thanksgiving and holiday traditions. Hanford performs in costume, with props and masks, making for a magical hour. There is no charge to attend the show.

Also on Saturday, from 11 to 1, visitors may color a wooden train engine that is suitable for a holiday ornament. There is a fee of $5 per child for members, $15 per family; and $10 per child for non-members, $30 per family.

The society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings will be dressed for the holidays and transformed into a train-lovers delight. There will be nine layouts, including G, HO, O, N, S gauge and Lego trains that make their way through tiny towns filled with buildings, tunnels and landscapes. There are lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains.” In a special room for the youngest guests, Thomas the Tank Engine and Brio trains are ready for hands-on fun.

New this year, the popular Alvin the Chipmunk layout may be found upstairs in the society’s Toy Loft, which is filled with the favorite toys of yesteryear.

Admission to the train show is free to society members, for non-members, $5 per child, $10 per adult. The show will from Nov. 23, through Monday, Jan. 21, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 to 4, Sundays, noon to 4.

Coming up on Saturday, Dec. 8, is Holly Jolly Day with Santa visiting from 11 to 2, pomander and gingerbread workshops, and silhouette cutting by Deborah O’Connor (by appointment). Performers from Music on the Hill will sing and their Songs with Santa in the 1860 Abbott Barn.

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