Historic Christmas House Tours in Pennsylvania

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Many historic societies in Pennsylvania communities know well that touring other people's houses is just plain fun, especially when they are decked out for the holiday season.

Victorian Christmas Tour

  • Every year a theme like "Aprons and Ascots" sets the tone for the holiday decor and parties that take place in the grand homes, churches and museums of Williamsport. Victorian, Colonial, and even some fairly modern houses downtown and in the surrounding countryside are lit up and garland-adorned for public tours, often guided by hosts in period apparel while music of the season rings through the streets and halls.

    Lycoming County Visitor Information Center
    210 William Street
    Williamsport, PA 17701-6506
    800-358-9900
    preservationwilliamsport.org

Candlelight House Tour

  • Since 1973 Harrisburg homeowners have welcomed the public into their stately abodes when they are decorated for the Christmas season. For one afternoon in December, by ticketed admittance only, 20-plus mansions and public buildings are dressed for the season and share their spirit with tour attendees. Map and property checklist are provided.

    Historic Harrisburg Association
    P.O. Box 1843
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-1843
    717-233-4646
    historicharrisburg.com

Christmas Open House Tour

  • During the first week of December, and for one day only, many of the private estate homes and classic public buildings in Newton are open to ticket-bearing members of the public. Each year, a home base (where tickets are sold) welcomes tour members with refreshments and holiday cheer.

    Newtown Historic Association, Inc.
    Centre Avenue & Court Street
    Newtown, PA 18940
    215-968-4004
    newtownhistoric.org

Christmas in the County Historic House Tours

  • An annual event, the Franklin County holiday home tour includes refreshments and ticket sales at the Old Jail. This event takes place the first week of December for one afternoon and includes a holiday greenery competition in the Old Jail lecture hall.

    Franklin County Historical Society
    175 E. King Street
    Chambersburg, PA 17201
    717-264-1776
    pa-events.com

The Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

  • This holiday decor tour features a number of historic Pittsburgh homes and includes a Toy Train Museum tour--the only time each year the museum is open to the public. There are two days of three-hour tours with 25 guests in each group; value-added features include a holiday shopping fair and High Tea.

    Allegheny West Civic Council
    812 Western Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15233
    412-323-8884
    alleghenywest.org

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