Newcomers might think the “official” beginning of the holiday season is when the first snowflake falls. Fairfielders-in-the-know, however, celebrate the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival as the true kickoff.
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The festival is a cherished event and one of the best ways to begin the season of giving. It is held at the historic Burr Homestead and has raised millions of dollars for nonprofit and charity organizations since it began thirty-one years ago.
This season the festival benefits the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center and the Cardinal Shehan Center and is themed A Season We Share.
The series of events, held between November 29 and December 2, include a wine-and-beer tasting and the delightful gala. (Be sure to check its website for information about all of the events.)
One of the most popular events, Share a Cup of Tea, is hosted by The Royal Tea Company. It’s an authentic and tasteful Victorian holiday tea also enjoyed by former clients Martha Stewart and the Duchess of York. It’s not to be missed, but get your tickets early (it sells out quickly).
Children will enjoy the Visit with Santa and the Sharing Is Caring events. If nothing else, simply delight in touring the mansion in its festive splendor.
739 Old Post Rd., Fairfield; fairfieldchristmastreefestival.org
Share a Cup of Tea by The Royal Tea Company
Sun., Dec. 2, noon–2 p.m., $50
Visit with Santa
Fri., Nov. 30, Fri. 1–4 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 2, 10–5 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 3, 10–4 p.m.
$10 adults, $5 children and seniors
Sharing Is Caring
Fri., Nov. 30, 5–7 p.m.
People with a December birthday tend to get birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper—but they don’t really like it. To keep your child feeling special on his or her December birthday, consider throwing a party outside the holiday-decorated and seasonally devoted home. Some ideas…
Sweet Rexies: Fulfill every child’s sweet-tooth dream. All parties include face-painting, temporary tattoos, a craft, decorations, balloons, age- appropriate games, pizza and drinks. Plus guests get to make ice cream sundaes and enjoy candy favors and prize giveaways. The package runs $325 for eight children and $24.95 for each additional child, up to fifteen total.
1552 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-254-3254; sweetrexies.com
Sportsplex: Ice-skating, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, soccer, Wiffle Ball, dodgeball, handball, floor hockey, kickball, Parkour, fencing, karate, laser tag, rock wall climbing and more!
85 Mill Plain Rd., Fairfield, 203-683-0000; sportsplexatfairfield.com
Make & Mingle: Get crafty in this relaxed yet bright and airy craft-maker’s showroom. Best of all, the kids spend their time at the party making their own party favor, like an adorable tote bag. The shop moved from Fairfield down the road to
165 Post Road East, Westport, 203-292-8668; makeandmingle.com