What could be more in-the-holiday-spirit than a chance to visit with Santa, see chuffing trains run, savor the scent of cloves and gingerbread, have an heirloom-quality silhouette portrait made, and find one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends?

Saturday, Dec. 10 is Holly Jolly Saturday at the Wilton Historical Society, with something for everyone.

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.:  Santa will be visiting!
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.:  Workshops in pomander-making and gingerbread cookie decorating will be open for drop-in fun in the 1860 Abbott Barn.
  • 12-4 p.m.:  Silhouette artist Debbie O’Connor will be creating her amazing portraits in miniature and offering them by appointment; call 203.762.7257 to reserve a booking now.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.:  The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit:  An Interactive Wonderland will be open. Dressed for the holidays, the Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings have been transformed into a train-lovers delight, with eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many different kinds of buildings, tunnels, cable cars, and two working Ferris Wheels. The interactive display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to talk trains.  In a special train play room for the youngest guests, there are buttons galore to push, plus Thomas the Tank Engine and a Brio set for hands-on fun.

The Betts Store museum shop, which is freshly stocked and brimming with an eclectic mix of hand-made items, many made locally, is a “best bet” stop for great gifts. Admission to the Great Trains Holiday Exhibit: An Interactive Wonderland is free for all children and members, $10 per adult non-member.  Holiday Workshops–including both pomander making and gingerbread men cookie decorating–are $5 per person.

The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Road/Rt. 7.