Winterfest: Spreading Christmas Cheer on the Trolley Tracks

Connecticut Trolley Museum Winterfest

Back in October, I wrote a blog about the Connecticut Trolley Museum’s Pumpkin Patch – a Halloween themed trolley ride which included picking a pumpkin and decorating it. Well, my son had such an amazing time at that event that I decided to bring him and my wife back to the museum for their December holiday event: Winterfest.

The museum had two trolleys running the night we went, a traditional closed car and an open stadium-style seating car dubbed the “electric sleigh.” According to their website, during ride you’ll “join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the “Tunnel of Lights.””

Sadly, we didn’t actually sing any carols during our ride in the closed car, which was kind of a let down considering how much time we spent waiting in line, outside in the cold.

And honestly, we were expecting a bit more out of the tunnel of lights as well – the tunnel was made from strands of multiple colored lights hanging over the track and were a bit hard to see from inside the car. And aside from a little bit at the beginning, there weren’t any stand alone lights or decorations along the side of the tracks that we could see.We never got a chance to ride the open car, but both my wife and I agreed that the tunnel probably would’ve been more impressive from that car.

It wasn’t all bad though! At the end of the ride, we stopped just shy of returning to the museum and got to see a pretty spectacular light show choreographed to some Christmas music which they played over a portable boom box.

I think where we got our money’s worth was actually inside the museum. They decorated it with a bunch of various model trains – which I had to do everything in my power to stop my son from climbing in to the displays to play with them! They also had snacks and hot cocoa, pictures for the kids to draw, and of course the big man himself was there to meet the kids and hand out presents!

If you’re interested in trains and trolleys or are just looking for something to do with your family and you’re in the Windsor area, check out the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Winterfest tickets are only $12 for adults, $10 for kids, and $3 for children under four years old and for what you get, it’s a really good deal.

If you’d like to go and are also interested in supporting the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, the museum is hosting a special toy drive on November 30th. If you bring an unopened toy to the museum, your admission is half price!

If you need help deciding what kind of toy to donate, CCMC has a list of age appropriate toys here.

The Connecticut Trolley Museum is operating its Winterfest on the following dates during November and December:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday • November 24-26

Friday, Saturday & Sunday • December 1-3

Friday, Saturday & Sunday • December 8-10

Friday, Saturday & Sunday • December 15-17

Friday & Saturday • December 22-23

Tuesday through Saturday • December 26-30

If you have questions about the museum, visit them online at

Photo credit: Connecticut Trolley Museum

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