Visitors to the century-old mansion of William Gillette in East Haddam will see a touch of holiday spirit as volunteers prepare to bedeck the late actor’s eccentric home with yuletide lights and festive cheer. The castle will be open for self-paced tours from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday on Thanksgiving weekend, and every following weekend through December 19, the news release said. Each day’s final tour starts at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $6 and may be obtained at the entrance on the day of visit. To guarantee a slot, advance purchase is recommended. Guests can use the Reserve America website ( tinyurl.com/4ty5e59p ) under “Gillette Castle State Park Tours.” Though the mansion is closed to the public on weekdays, the park at 67 River Road remains open, and visitors may stroll about the grounds to view the external decorations during regular hours (8 a.m. until sunset daily year-round). The decorations are expected to be completed by the Thanksgiving holiday and remain in place through Jan. 2, the press release said.
The holiday program includes many events, including weekend appearances by local musicians and scavenger hunts. Information will be posted at gillettecastlefriends.org .
Harold “Tyke” and Theodora “Teddie” Niver are expected on Sunday afternoons to greet and entertain visitors while portraying William and Helen Gillette.
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