santaclausThe holidays will be in full swing at the historic Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road in Fairfield, as the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield hosts the 31st “A Visit to Santa’s House.”

The annual fund-raiser is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Visit to Santa’s House has consistently raised thousands of dollars for charity. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the club’s charitable partner, Healing Tree Economic Development in Bridgeport.

Sponsors of A Visit to Santa’s House include Newman’s Own; Black Iron Group; Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey; Fairfield Magazine; Flash Pointe Dance; Giant Steps; Hobbytown USA; Minuteman Press; National Charity League; News12; Dr. Salvatore Pizzino DDS & Associates; R.C. Bigelow Inc.; Saugatuck Sweets; SuzySaid; Two Men and A Truck; and WEBE 108.

This year, the Junior Women’s Club will be assisted by volunteers from institutions and organizations around the Fairfield community, including National Charity League (Fairfield chapter), Student Athletes Serving Others (SASO), Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s Keystone and Torch clubs, and Fairfield University’s men’s lacrosse team and JWC alumnae.

A Visit to Santa’s House will also include performances from The Nutcracker by Flash Pointe Dance on Saturday and Sunday, holiday crafts for children, live music and martial arts demonstrations, and holiday storytelling.

Santa’s Salon is back, featuring face painting and temporary tattoos courtesy of the National Charity League. Saugatuck Sweets will offer a chance to win a jar of candy by guessing how many pieces are inside. The bake shop and raffle room will be open, and families will be able to take home reindeer food for Christmas Eve.

Many decorations and holiday crafts use repurposed materials donated by members and volunteer groups.  In place of event programs, the JWC will utilize various social media (and elves) to direct visitors around the house and to publicize sponsor information.

The highlight of A Visit to Santa’s House is a personal visit with Santa himself, when each child may spend a few special moments whispering his or her wish list into Santa’s ear. Parents are invited to capture these memories with their own cameras and smartphones free of charge.

Advance tickets to A Visit to Santa’s House are $6 for adults and children ages 2 and up and may be purchased at Flash Pointe Dance, Giant Steps, Hobby Town USA, Magic Beans, and Saugatuck Sweets (both Fairfield and Westport locations) and from JWC members. Tickets at the door are $8.

The Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield, a member of the Connecticut Junior Women Inc., is a non-profit service organization whose projects also include the townwide spelling bee for fifth graders. To find more information about A Visit to Santa’s House as the big day nears, and to learn more about the club, visit www.jwcfairfield.com. The club may also be found on Facebook.