The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum spread holiday cheer to Norwalk residents with their open house on Sunday afternoon.
Susan Gilgore, Executive Director at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum said, "Although this historic landmark is remarkable to visit all year round, it is especially festive and wonderful during the holiday season."
Families stepped back in time and learned about the progression of Christmas, depicted in several of the museums rooms.
Margaret Lopat, Education Coordinator at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum said "Every room is decorated in a different style, starting from 1850 to 1930. So you can see the progression of Christmas in America throughout the Victorian Era.
Kids also checked in with Santa Claus to see if they made the "nice" list, and enjoyed singing and dancing during story time.
"Always engaging kids with stories is such a wonderful way to bring in the holiday spirit. There are so many great books about the holidays that really teach kids about the holiday spirit, " said Vicki Oatis, Director of Children's Services at the Norwalk Public Library
In addition to stories, kids were able to name a reindeer and participate in Victorian tea party.
Gilgore added, "It's a great historical landmark, but it's a way to reach out to families and children in a thoughtful and meaningful way."
For more information about the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.