Holly Days

Get into the swing of the holidays at Westport Museum! November and December are jam-packed with safe events for all ages.

WM offers plenty of holiday themed activities: Gingerbread Contest and classes, Winter market, author discussions and more! The Shop at Wheeler house has unique holiday gifts you won’t find anywhere else in Westport and the toy & candy selections will have visions of sugarplums dancing in eager little eyes.

Select the event you’d like to attend below for more details.

November 1st through December 23rd

Get out the frosting and the gumdrops and enter your gingerbread version of the Bradley-Wheeler House, Westport Museum’s headquarters—or a Westport historic building of your choice!

November 1st through December 23rd
November 12th through December 12th

Nothing heralds the holidays season like the delightful smell of baking treats in the oven. Ring in the festivities with a unique cooking experience that recalls the charming holidays of yore–in the comfort of your own home!

November 12th through December 12th
November 20, 2020

Join Iron Chef America Alum Lorilynn Bauer to learn the secrets of fantastical gingerbread house construction

November 20, 2020
December 11, 2020

Alan Katz will discuss his newly released children’s book series, Lieographies: the absolutely untrue, totally made up, 100% fake life stories of three of the world’s greatest heroes: Babe Ruth, Amelia Earhart, and Thomas Edison

Signed books available!

December 11, 2020
December 12, 2020

Outdoor Winter Market

This socially-distanced, mask-required event will bring the holiday spirit to downtown as a COVID-friendly version of the Museum’s beloved annual Holly Days events

December 12, 2020
December 15, 2020

Bringing trees into the home during the winter months is an ancient tradition, dating before the advent of Christianity. Westport’s own tradition of artist ornaments decorating a heritage tree began in the mid-20th century. Tour this heritage tree and get a closer look at some of the most unusual and interesting pieces

December 15, 2020
December 18, 2020

Jane Ziegelman, the award-winning author of 97 Orchard, will discuss her book, A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression, delving into the hardship’s families faced with putting food on the table during the worst economic collapse the U.S. has ever seen

December 18, 2020
December 29, 2020

‘Tis the season to enjoy more objects from the museum’s collection! Hear more about items rarely seen themed around wintery fun, including; ice skates, a child’s sled from the Victorian period and furry accessories to keep you warm

December 29, 2020