Holiday Express Train Show and Winter Wonderland exhibit opens

Bring your family to the Fairfield Museum before or after Fairfield’s annual Tree Lighting event on Friday, Dec. 1. The Holiday Express Train Show grand Opening Night celebration will take place from 5-8 p.m. and the Museum also will welcome visitors to its new exhibition, Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland exhibition celebrates the history of winter activities.

Winter Wonderland exhibition celebrates the history of winter activities.

Visitors on Opening Night will be the first to view the annual show which features model trains and winter landscapes There also will be cider, cookies and a craft activity. “The Holiday Express Train Show is a special tradition here at the Fairfield Museum,” said Christine Jewell, director of education and community programs. “Opening Night is a community favorite, and it’s full of old-fashioned holiday fun.”

On Opening Night, Museum members are always free and nonmember guests will receive a discounted admission rate of $3 per person or $10 for a group or family of four. Children ages 5 and under are free. Become a Museum member during the Train Show and receive an additional 6 months for free. (Members receive free admission throughout the year, discounts on programs, advance notice of exhibits, special events and programs, and 10% off in the gift shop.)

New this year, the Museum is displaying a Winter Wonderland exhibition in the Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery that celebrates the history of winter activities like sledding, skating, and skiing. It also explores how people deal with the less enjoyable aspects of winter, such as shoveling snow and coping with blizzards. The exhibition runs through Feb. 19, 2018.

The Holiday Express Train Show will be open through Jan. 7, 2108. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10-1, Saturday and Sunday, 10-4 and new extended hours on Fridays, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. During the holiday vacation week, Dec. 26-29, the trains will run all day, from 10-4. The show is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Programs related to trains, holidays and history, including story sessions and a build-a-train workshop will run all month. For a full list of programs and activities, visit fairfieldhistory.org/programs-events/holiday-express-train-show/.

The Holiday Express Train Show is sponsored by Hatfield Insurance Agency, Inc., People’s United Bank and Roland & Co. with thanks to Connecticut G-Scalers Club, Housatonic Model Railroad Club, Central Connecticut G-Gaugers and Hobbytown USA.

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