Visit with Santa, have a cookie with Mrs. Claus and benefit a local charity, Brady’s Smile, all at the same time at the 25th annual “Visit to Santa’s House, which opens Saturday at the Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road.
The two-day event, sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club of Fairfield, with support from Newman’s Own, transforms the historical mansion into a winter wonderland, incorporating favorites such as face painting, a bake shop and, of course, the jolly old fellow himself.
This year, though, there will be new activities, such as a crafts room and an upstairs entertainment room that will have a rotating schedule of music and dance, a holiday puppet show, and readings of the new Christmas classic, “The Elf on a Shelf.”
Visitors can bring their own cameras to get a holiday picture of their children with Rudolph in a private, decorated area. New additions to the baked-goods shop include bottled water, Goldfish crackers and allergy-free goodies. Captain’s Pizza will also be on sale from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For parents, there will be raffle tickets for sale for a variety of themed baskets, and a gift shop selling holiday novelties.
Brady’s Smile, the beneficiary of the weekend’s proceeds, was created in 2008 by Annie and Matt Hinton of Fairfield in memory of their son, Brady, who died on his second birthday. The goal is to make life easier in newborn and pediatric intensive-care facilities for patients and their families, and programs have been established at 13 hospitals in seven states.
“We are deeply honored to have the opportunity to work together with the JWC Fairfield to help make life easier in the ICU for families and their children,” Annie Hinton said. “Together we will make a difference in the local community.”
Advance tickets cost $5 for adults and children 2 years old and over. They are on sale at Blinn’s Toy Store, Yellow Moon Toy Company, Giant Steps, HobbyTown USA and from Junior Women’s Club members. Tickets at the door are $6.
Hours for “Visit to Santa’s House” are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.