Santa Claus is not only coming to town, he's taking up residence -- at least for the weekend.
The historic Burr Homestead will be transformed into the big guy's home, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will host kids and adults during the 27th annual A Visit to Santa's House on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday Dec. 9.
Santa will be seated by one of the mansion's fireplaces, where he will greet his young visitors and pose for pictures with them, and Mrs. Claus will serve snacks in her kitchen, organizers said.
The house will offer a crafts room where kids can make ornaments, a model train display, entertainment and games, a gift boutique for adults and other attractions.
Santa's House is put on by the the Junior Women's Club of Fairfield as a charity fundraiser.
This year it will benefit Thomas Merton Family Center, which helps needy Bridgeport families, plus a fund helping Fairfield victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Tickets are $7 at the door; $5 in advance from six local retailers.
The decorated mansion will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is a Fairfield tradition now dazzling a second generation of area kids and kids at heart.
Sponsors said the price of admission includes, among other things:
A photo with Santa in seat by the fire.
A cookie and drink from Mrs. Claus, dressed for the holidays in her Fairfield kitchen.
Opportunities for shutter bugs to take their own photos with some of Santa's friends who will be roaming the house -- Rudolph, Frosty, a friendly gingerbread man and Mary Poppins.
A chance to make a tree ornament in Santa's Craft Room.
Entertainment in two separate rooms including a variety of dance, music, martial arts exhibitions and other performances.
A model train display featuring a snowy New England scene.
Face painting and temporary tattoos.
Additionally, a bake shop will sell offer cookies, brownies, graham-cracker "gingerbread" houses and kits. On the second floor, a raffle room will feature prizes including an American Girl Doll, bicycles, birthday party packages, jewelry and tickets to Katie Couric's syndicated TV talk show "Katie."
Among the beneficiaries of the two-day festival, the Merton Center offers preschool, childcare and parenting assistance, plus meals, to needy Bridgeport Families. In Fairfield, the hurricane relief fund was launched by the town and the local nonprofoit Operation Hope.
VISIT SANTA'S HOUSE
When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Roadd
Tickets: Adults and children age 2 and up, $7 at the door; $5 in advance at six local retailers
Advance tickets: Blinn's, 50 Unquowa Place; Chloe's Closet, 1700 Post Road; Yellow Moon Toy Company, 2268 Black Rock Turnpike; Giant Steps Toys and Baby, 226 Kings Highway; HobbyTown USA 847 Post Road