Connecticut Trolley Museum Holiday Events

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This conductor checks his open-air trolley at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor.

Winterfest and the “Tunnel of Lights”

Winterfest 2020 and the “Tunnel of Lights” began Friday, November 27. Winterfest will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from November 27 through December 20. Additionally, the Museum will be open from December 26 through December 30. Winterfest and the “Tunnel of Lights” is celebrating its 42nd year as a family holiday tradition. Halls are decked both inside and outside with over 15,000 lights. Outside, closed trolley cars transport jolly guests down a tunnel of lights as they sing traditional Christmas carols with their trolley car operators. For an open-air view of the “Tunnel of Lights,” one open sleigh car is lit up entirely with holiday lights. Be sure to dress warm and bring blankets. Inside, the Visitor Center is a Winter Wonderland with multiple model train layouts and lights galore. Admission prices are $15-$20 per person and all ticket sales must be made in advance. Museum members receive half off admission.

Christmas Tree Trolley

Christmas Tree Trolley will be held on Saturday and Sunday November 28 and 29. For that special authentic Christmas experience, travel by an antique trolley car to Skylark Place where you can choose a specially selected pre-cut white spruce tree and bring it back with you on the trolley. Additionally, enjoy the Visitor Center which is decorated like a Winter Wonderland with multiple model train layouts and lights galore. Connecticut Trolley Museum (CTM) will be selling family/friends packages for this program at a cost of $150 for up to six family members/friends that includes the Christmas tree. All ticket sales must be made in advance. Museum Members receive $50 off this package.

Storytime Trolley with Santa & Elf

It’s Christmas Story Time at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Photo provided by CTM

A great program for our younger visitors. Storytime Trolley with Santa & Elf will run on Saturday and Sunday December 12 and 13. Visitors will enjoy a ride in a decorated vintage trolley car where Santa will visit with each child (distantly). Also, while on board Santa’s elf will read a holiday story, and each child will complete a holiday craft. Following the trolley ride, Museum guests will head to the Visitors Center which has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland with multiple model train layouts and lights galore. Admission prices are $25 per person and all ticket sales must be made in advance. Museum members receive half off admission.

As many people know, the Museum was hit hard along with other businesses, by the pandemic. The events CTM hold are fundraisers which are extremely important in supporting the museum. Also, this year the Museum will be selling beautifully made holiday centerpieces to help make up for lost revenue due to the pandemic.

Frosty and Rudolph visit the trolley barn during Winterfest. Photo provided by CTM

The Connecticut Trolley Museum will be following the State of Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines including masks while visiting. All tickets sales must be made before visiting the Museum at www.ct-trolley.org 

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