Santa to Visit with Kids of All Ages in North Central Connecticut | Free time

MANCHESTER – The 38th Annual Santa Claus Workshop at Wickham Park, 1329 Middle Turnpike West, will be open from Friday December 13 through Monday December 23. Hours of operation are weekdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no admission fee. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The hilltop cabin in the park will be decorated with a more than 16 foot Christmas tree, lights and decorations.

To help spread the Christmas spirit, visitors can bring in a non-perishable food item that will be donated to local pantries.

For more information call 860-528-0856 or visit:

The clauses at Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse

SOUTH WINDSOR – The South Windsor Historical Society invites parents to bring their children to the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse Museum, 771 Ellington Road, for the annual Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit on Sunday, December 15, from noon to 3 p.m.

Museum president Joan Walsh said photos could be taken with the North Pole couple, and there will be gifts for the children and refreshments. The event is free.

The building was used as a one-room school from 1862 to 1952, then renovated and enlarged by the Historical Society as a museum with memorabilia from the school and the city.

The gift shop, offering items related to local history, will be open

Parking and entry are free; donations are welcome.

Appointments to visit the museum at other times in December can be made by calling 860-644-6000.

For more information about the museum or the Historical Society, visit Facebook or go to:

Santa’s Breakfast Graduation Project

COVENTRY – Project Graduation will have its annual Santa’s Breakfast on Saturday, December 14 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Coventry High School Cafeteria, 78 Ripley Hill Road.

Tickets are $ 8 for adults, $ 6 for seniors, $ 5 for children 2-9, and free for children under 2.

The menu includes pancakes, sausages, juice, milk, hot chocolate and coffee.

Vendors will sell gift items and raffle tickets will be sold for prizes.

WINDSOR EAST – Santa will ride in a historic caboose at Winterfest and the Connecticut Trolley Museum’s “Tunnel of Lights” until he is due back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Winterfest is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings until New Years Eve.

Entrance fees are $ 15 for adults, $ 14 for seniors (62 and over), $ 11 for children (4-12), $ 4 for children (3 and under); Members of the museum benefit from a half reduction on admission.

Father Christmas’s breakfast at the MassMutual Center

SPRINGFIELD – Meet and greet merry old Saint Nicholas as you sample pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit and other favorites in the MassMutual Center Ballroom on Saturday, December 14, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tickets are $ 18 for ages 12 and up, $ 10 for kids 3 to 11, and free for kids 2 and under. Tickets are on sale at the MassMutual Center box office and online at:

Profits will be donated to the Springfield Boys & Girls Club.

Breakfast with Santa includes free entry to:

• The Boys & Girls Club of Springfield’s 19th Annual Festival of Trees in the exhibition hall of the MassMutual Center. Local businesses, organizations, families and individuals decorated and donated over 130 trees on display.

• Wonderland workshop. Decorate cookies, make crafts, write letters to Santa, and treat yourself to unique treats and trinkets from local vendors at this family-friendly event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for a campaign to benefit local charities.

MANCHESTER – The Time Machine Hobby Store, 71 Hilliard St., will be hosting several special holiday events:

Sunday, December 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Kody the magician and a cartoonist.

Sunday, December 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., photos and story time with Santa Claus

In addition, trains will run both days at the same time.

For more information call 860-646-0610 or go to:

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