Gillette Castle to open for holidays

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EAST HADDAM, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is opening the historic Gillette Castle in East Haddam for the holidays.

The 24-room home, built by the actor William Gillette, will be decorated in the style of 1914, when construction began.

The castle will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be sold until 3:30 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. Local entertainment will take place on selected days and free hot chocolate and warm cider will be available.

The grounds of the Gillette Castle State Park, which border the Connecticut River, are open daily year round. The state acquired the property in 1943.

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