The Fairfield Museum and History Center will shout "All aboard!" on Friday evening with the opening of its annual Holiday Express Train Show.

The model-train exhibit opens at 7 p.m., after the lighting of the town Christmas tree on the adjacent Town Hall Green, and it continues through New Year's Eve.

The train show kicks off a series of holiday-related events planned by the museum that include a candy-house-building program, puppet-making theater and a candlelight tour of the historic Ogden House.

Model trains in the display wind through holiday scenery and around a Christmas tree, the museum said in a news release. A camera mounted on one of the trains will provide visitors a track-level view of the scale-model route.

For opening night, children ages 10 and under will be admitted free. General admission will be $3 tonight, the museum said.

A related story program for children is scheduled on Sunday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 18. Choo Choo Storytime is scheduled both days from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

In another program -- Terrific Trains on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m. to noon -- children ages 6 to 10 can built their own wooden, model train and decorate it.

A model train that runs on steam can be viewed on Dec. 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In keeping with the railroad theme, the museum's gift shop has stock a line of gifts for train lovers and shoppers of any age, the museum said.

Hosts for the exhibit include members of the Fairfield-based Housatonic Model Railroad Club and the Connecticut G-Scalers Club, who will answer visitors' questions and point out details of the collectibles, classic trains, modular dioramas and antique trains in the display.

The train display will be open every day through Dec. 31, although times vary. A schedule may be viewed at the museum's website:

On Friday evening, Dec. 9, visitors to the Ogden House can step back more than 260 years for a glimpse of Christmas circa 1750. The candlelight tour will be conducted by docents between 5 and 7 p.m. Admission for is $3, and pre-registration is required. The house is at 1520 Bronson Road.

Museum visitors can create their own candy house on Saturday, Dec. 10. Session are planned from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Among the available house-building materials will be graham-cracker roofs, gumdrop windows, licorice fences and other sugary supplies, the museum said.

The cost is $15 for museum members, and $20 for non members. The museum suggested pre-registration.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, children ages 6 to 10 may make puppets from felt, and then decorate a table-top set and put on their own plays. The program is from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is at 370 Beach Road. For more information, visit: