The holidays will remain in full swing at the historic Burr Homestead on Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday Dec. 15, as the Junior Women's Club of Fairfield transforms the historic mansion into Santa's House.

"A Visit to Santa's House," now in its 28th year, gives children the chance to enjoy a cookie with Mrs. Claus, make a special holiday craft to take home, marvel at a model train display, and -- of course -- visit with Santa Claus.

Hours are on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can listen to stories, watch shows, get homemade treats at the bake shop, and take a chance in the raffle room. They can also visit "Santa's Salon," which features face painting, nail painting and temporary tattoos courtesy of the Fairfield Ludlowe High School cheerleading squad. Entertainment this year includes dancers from Flash Pointe Dance, children's music and movement, Irish dancing, and martial arts demonstrations.

"A Visit to Santa's House" has raised thousands of dollars for charity in the past nearly three decades since it started. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the club's new charitable partner, the JWC Girls Zone, where girls ages 11 through 17 benefit from mentoring relationships with Junior Women's Club members at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport. The girls in the new program helped prepare the children's crafts to be used at Santa's House, according to Eustace, who has been a member of the club for 13 years. The other co-chairs of Santa's House this year are Jenn Dooher and Jennifer Hinkle.

The community event is made possible through the contributions of local individuals, businesses, and corporations, Eustace said.

Advance tickets to "A Visit to Santa's House" are $5 for adults and children ages 2 and up and may be purchased at: A little square, 1981 Post Road; Chloe's Closet, 1700 Post Road; Giant Steps Toy Store, 226 King's Highway East; Hobbytown USA, 847 Post Road; Yellow Moon Toy Company; 2268 Black Rock Turnpike; and from club members. Tickets at the door are $7.

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Visit to Santa's House
What: Santa takes residence in the Burr Homestead, offering visits with him and Mrs. Claus, crafts-making and much more.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tickets: $5 in advance at selected merchants (see story) or $7 at the door.

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