The holiday season is in full swing on December 15 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum located on 295 West Ave. in Norwalk www.lockwoodmathewsmansion. The Mansion is hosting the annual and very festive Holiday Open House that is fun for the entire family and especially geared toward children.
The celebration begins with Santa Claus who will make his appearance at the Mansion from 12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. Santa will spend a full hour at the Mansion greeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes before he heads back to the North Pole.
Santa’s departure is followed by Story Time at the Mansion from 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Kids will listen, sing, dance and “shake” along with Vicki Oatis, Director of Children’s Library Services at the Norwalk Public Library as she reads books about the holidays, sings classic holiday songs, and moves and grooves with jingle bells and egg shakers. Kids will enjoy the story of Olivia Helps with Christmas, written by Ian Falconer, a former resident of Rowayton. A series of fun and magical books will be read, and stories will be told using a magnetic board. All rhymes and songs will be interactive and easy to follow along.
Making Merry at the Mansion takes place from 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. and includes the talented voices of the Matthew Surapine Studio. This performance is sure to spread holiday cheer and spirit amid the beautiful surroundings of this landmark historic museum. Selections will be taken from seasonal music and will include favorites from our rich musical theater heritage, as well as from the great American Songbook.
After all this entertainment, what could be better than the Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea Party that begins at 3:15 p.m. and ends around 4:00 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress up, bring a favorite bear, a doll, or a toy, and practice good etiquette, as the Mansion continues its tradition of high tea during the holiday season. A tea party bingo will end this playful event with lots of prizes. Seating is limited. Please RSVP.
General Admission tickets to the Holiday Open House at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum are $5. Tickets to the Victorian Tea are $10 (advance ticket reservation and purchase required).
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About the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Tours for the museum and holiday exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-838-9799.