A Visit to Santa’s House returns to Fairfield Dec. 2-4

2016visittosantashouseThe Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield will transform the historic Burr Homestead into a winter wonderland for their annual fund-raiser, A Visit to Santa’s House on Friday, Dec. 2, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 739 Old Post Road.

A Visit to Santa’s House has raised thousands of dollars for charity. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the club’s charitable partner, Healing Tree Economic Development in Bridgeport.

The event is made possible through the contributions of local individuals, businesses, and corporations —most notably, Presenting Sponsor Newman’s Own.

Although A Visit to Santa’s House is synonymous with holiday tradition, the event adds a few surprises each year…including performances from The Nutcracker by Flash Pointe Dance on Saturday and Sunday.

Kids can stop by to create a holiday craft to take home, and experience live entertainment. This year’s performance schedule will feature everything from dance routines to martial arts demonstrations and holiday storytelling. Santa’s Salon, is also back, featuring face painting and temporary tattoos courtesy of the National Charity League. Candy Guess, sponsored by Saugatuck Sweets, challenges visitors to try to win a candy-licious jar by guessing the number of sweets it contains. Guests of all ages may test their luck in the raffle room, and select homemade treats at the gourmet Bake Shop. All families will also take home a complimentary bag of reindeer food to help guide Santa and his reindeer to their homes on Christmas Eve.

In an effort to be eco-friendly, the JWC and Santa’s House will be doing its part to go “evergreen.” Many decorations and holiday crafts use repurposed materials donated by members and volunteer groups. In place of event programs, the JWC will utilize various social media (and elves) to direct visitors around the house and to publicize sponsor information.

The highlight of A Visit to Santa’s House is a personal visit with Santa himself, when each child may spend a few special moments whispering their wish list into Santa’s ear. Parents are invited to capture these memories with their own cameras and smartphones free of charge. 

Advance tickets to A Visit to Santa’s House are $6 for adults and children ages 2 and up and may be purchased at Flash Pointe Dance, Giant Steps, Hobby Town USA, Magic Beans, Saugatuck Sweets (both Fairfield & Westport locations) and from JWC members. Tickets at the door are $8.

Santa’s House Room and media sponsors for this year’s event also include Black Iron Group, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, Fairfield Magazine, Flash Pointe Dance, Giant Steps, Hobbytown USA, Minuteman Press,  National Charity League, News12, Dr. Salvatore Pizzino DDS & Associates, R.C. Bigelow, Inc., Saugatuck Sweets, SuzySaid, Two Men and A Truck, and WEBE 108.

This year, the JWC will be assisted by volunteers from institutions and organizations around the Fairfield community, including National Charity League (Fairfield chapter), Student Athletes Serving Others (SASO), Wakeman Boys and Girls Club’s Keystone, Torch Clubs, and Fairfield University men’s Lacrosse Team and JWC Alumnae.

Healing Tree Economic Development, the JWC’s current charitable partner and the recipient of the 2016 Santa’s House proceeds, was established in 1990 and has serviced universal devastations while providing and maintaining a wide range of services. They maintain a vigilant consistent focus on their neighbors and surrounding areas.

The Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield, a member of the Connecticut Junior Women, Inc., is a nonprofit service organization whose projects also include the Town wide Spelling Bee for fifth-graders. To find more information about A Visit to Santa’s House, and to learn more about the club, visit jwcfairfield.com. The club may also be found on Facebook.

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