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Great Trains Holiday Show

November 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

$5 – $10

Trains, Trains, and more Trains for the holidays at the Wilton Historical Society!

After the familiar Thanksgiving rituals of parades, turkey and football, treat the children in your life to an entrancing afternoon with trains and live entertainment. Dressed for the holidays, the Wilton Historical Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with many different model train layouts winding through tiny towns with a variety of different kinds of buildings, tunnels and landscapes! The model train displays enchant visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains.” In a special train room for the youngest guests, Thomas the Tank Engine and Brio trains are ready for hands-on fun. The Wilton Historical Society is the place to be – come enjoy the ever-popular Great Trains Holiday Show!

New this year – model trains are toot, toot, tooting upstairs in the Toy Loft, which is filled with the favorite toys of yesteryear, where the very popular Alvin the Chipmunk layout can be found.

Model train enthusiasts can see nine layouts, including G, HO, O, N, S gauge and Lego trains.

The Great Trains Holiday Show opens on Friday, Nov. 23, 12-4 p.m..

And even more on Saturday, Nov. 24!  Special Performance 2-3 p.m., puppeteer/singer/storyteller Tom H. Hanford. No charge

Join Tom Hooker Hanford as he performs seasonal songs and stories for kids at the Opening Weekend of the Great Trains Holiday Show! His programs combine music, storytelling, and colorful painted masks. In recent years Tom has taken his interactive shows for children to Old Sturbridge Village and The Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts, Clermont State Historic Site, The Farmers Museum, Olana, and Erie Canal Village in New York State, and many other museums, historic sites, festivals, schools and libraries.

See the Great Trains Exhibit on Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), and leave some time for the kids to enjoy an art project. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. they can color a wooden train engine, perfect for using as an ornament. Art project fee:  Members are $5/child, max $15/family; non-members are $10/child, max $30/family.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 8, which is a Holly Jolly day at the Society, with Santa visiting (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), pomander and gingerbread workshops, Music on the Hill singing and ringing their Songs with Santa in the 1860 Abbott Barn, and silhouette cutting by Deborah O’Connor (by appointment).

The Great Trains Holiday Show will run from Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 through Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Wednesdays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays 12-4 p.m.. Admission is free for members of the Society; $5/non-member child and $10/non-member adults. Please check the website for additional holiday programs and updated train show schedules.


November 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am
January 21 @ 4:00 pm
$5 – $10
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Wilton Historical Society
(203) 762-7257


Nick Foster


Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT
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