It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and we do mean a lot. Take some time in between shopping trips this weekend to enjoy some of the many holiday events going on in Fairfield. Here's a list of a just a few:
On Saturday night, they'll flip the switch on the town's towering Christmas Tree on Town Hall Green. There will be musical performances starting about 6 p.m., and the kids can indulge in free hot chocolate and glow necklaces. The lights will go on when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck at 7 p.m., and the Rev. David Spollett of First Church Congregational gets to do the honors this year. After the tree lighting, cross the street to First Church Congregational's Three Kings Bazaar, where there will be a Night Carol Sing at 7:15 p.m.
Also on Friday, the popular Holiday Express Train Show opens at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, a stone's throw from Town Hall Green at 370 Beach Road. The show runs through Jan. 5. For hours and more information, go here: http://bit.ly/IHvh5Y
You also can do a good deed Friday when Band Together stages a benefit concert for Compassionate Care Services at the Fairfield Theatre Co., 70 Sanford St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $30 for FTC members and $35 for non-members and includes the pre-party with food and drink. For more information, visit www.fairfieldtheatre.org, www.bandtogether.org or www.pinkaid.org.
The annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival takes over the Burr Homestead all this weekend, with activities ranging from a family dinner on Friday to a "PJs & Pancakes" family breakfast on Sunday. You'll find an array of holiday designer rooms, a gift boutique and Santa himself at the festival. Hours are: Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Separate hours for special, ticketed events. For more details, check: www.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org
The Scandinavian Club, 1351 South Pine Creek Road, will host a holiday fair and baked goods sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artisans, door prizes, Nordic gifts, homemade crafts and baked goods, a string quartet will be featured. There will also be a traditional Swedish meatball lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reservations are recommended. Call 203-938-9677 or visit www.thescandinavianclub.com
Do you really and truly need to know what's going to be under the Christmas tree? Then make a visit Sunday to the Psychic Fair at the Fairfield Inn, 417 Post Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, visit www.ctpsychics.com or call 203-470-1806.