Programs and Events
The Fairfield Museum offers a wide range of exhibitions and programs for families, children, and adults! Our programs inspire children and adults to discover the world around them. Are you a member? Consider joining or renewing your membership! Sign up today!
Holiday Express Train Show
Through Jan. 5, 2020: Hours Vary
A Fairfield tradition returns with exciting programs and activities for visitors for all ages! Visit the Fairfield Museum this year during the holiday season to view the display of model trains and the elaborate scenery! The trains travel through villages, up and down mountainsides, and across snowy fields, mesmerizing all who come to see them. Train-themed items and other holiday gifts are on sale in the Museum Shop, and fun events, including story times and candy house workshops, take place all month long.
Local Heroes: What’s Your Emergency?
Through April 5, 2020, 10am-4pm
This family-friendly exhibition, which features interactive activities and a dress-up corner, takes visitors through the story of a local Nor’easter, and shows how Fairfield’s first responders keep the community safe. Illustrations by Fairfield County artist Christine Kornacki weave together the story of a fictional nor’easter with historical photographs and artifacts from the Museum’s collection to explore what happens when the Nor’easter brings an emergency situation, and the support citizens receive when dialing 9-1-1.
Choo Choo Storytime
Tuesdays, December 9:30am
Discover adventures on the tracks with books that spark the imagination every Tuesday morning this December. Stay late and enjoy our holiday train show which springs to life at 10am.
Holiday Crafts & Cookies
Fridays, December 13th, 20th, 27th and January 3rd, 4:30-6:30pm
Join us on Friday evenings when the Train Show is open late for fun, hands-on activities and refreshments. On Friday, December 20th enjoy a special Polar Express themed evening and meet a costumed conductor!
Free with admission
Candy House Workshop
Saturday, December 14
Holiday fun for the whole family. Celebrate the magic of the season by creating a sweet and colorful Candy House built with recycled materials and lots of sweet treats! Let your imagination bring to life a holiday scene decorated with gumdrops, peppermints, marshmallows, licorice, and more!
Members: $15; Non-Members: $18 per house. This does sell out, so reserve your spot by clicking the desired time, below:
Paint a Train Workshop
Workshop for ages 5 – 12. $5 at the door.
Put together wooden parts with glue to construct a mini model train. Finish your toy by painting it with colorful and creative designs.
Workshop Dates & Times
December 23, 11:00 – 12:00pm, 1:00 – 2:00pm
December 24, 11:00 – 12:00pm, 1:00 – 2:00pm
December 26, 11:00 – 12:00pm, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Special Advance Preview Showing of A Christmas Carol
Thursday, December 19, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
$100 per person. Includes pre- and post-show beverages, nibbles, and tickets to the performance.
This is a special fundraising preview showing that supports Fairfield Museum’s community educational programs.
In this original adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens classic, created as an immersive tour through Burr Mansion, the audience will follow Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future from room to room. Audiences will be guided from Scrooge & Marley’s to Bob Cratchit’s House to Mr. Fezziwig’s Christmas party! This promises to be a unique, intimate, and unforgettable experience. Patrons will be standing for the entire play and will need to be able to ascend and descend a flight of stairs.
Presented by Fairfield Center Stage
- Fridays Dec 20 & 27 @ 6:30pm & 8:30pm
- Saturdays Dec 21 & 28 @ 12pm, 2pm, 6pm, & 8pm
- Sundays Dec 22 & 29 @ 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
- Thursday Dec 26 @ 6:30pm and 8:30pm
“A Christmas Carol Experience,” a new adaptation of the Dickens classic, will be an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience through the many rooms of the historic Burr Mansion as they follow Ebeneezer Scrooge and the Three Ghosts on their journey. The evening will also feature a choir singing carols and dancing at Fezziwig’s party. This one-hour-long version will be limited to 32 guests per show, and promises to be a unique, intimate, and unforgettable experience.
Tickets, which also include figgy pudding and hot cider served during the play, are $35 for adults and teens (13+), and a limited # of lower-priced tickets ($20) will be allocated for each performance for children 12 and under. Patrons 21+ have the option to ‘spike’ their cider with rum or whiskey for an additional $5.
Ethnic Eats: A Celebration of Eritrean and Ethiopian Cuisine
Saturday, January 11, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join Connecticut Institute for Refugees & Immigrants, Fairfield Museum and History Center, and First Church Congregational for “Ethnic Eats: A Celebration of Eritrean and Ethiopian Cuisine.” Enjoy a buffet of meat, vegetarian, and vegan food prepared by CIRI clients and hear from Evelyn Isaia, founder of Ratatouille Catering; Pamela Aflalo, founder and owner of Nutty Bunny; Aida, CIRI Client & lead Ethiopian chef for Ethnic Eats.