Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced that Gillette Castle is now adorned in holiday finery this holiday season. Each room of the Castle will feature a picturesque variety of classic holiday ornamentation, garlands and decorated trees.
Gillette Castle State Park, located at 67 River Road, East Haddam, was actor William Gillette’s 204-acre estate known as the Seventh Sister, the focal point of which was his 24-room house reminiscent of a medieval castle. The State of Connecticut acquired the property in 1943 and established Gillette Castle as its 40th State Park.
This year the castle features multiple model trains as a tribute to Mr. Gillette’s fondness for railroads of his day.
The Castle will be open Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 30 through Dec. 22, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Tickets are sold until 3:30 p.m. The Castle will be open weekends only, weather permitting. There will be a bonfire, free cider and hot chocolate. The grounds of Gillette Castle State Park are open daily year round.
To add to the festivities, musical performances will be held in the Castle in the early afternoon some of the December dates and Santa will be appearing every Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Castle entrance fee is $6 for adults and children 13 and over, $2 for children ages 6-12, and free for children, ages 5 and under.
For more information call 860-526-2336 or visit www.ct.gov/deep/GilletteCastle.