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'Tis the Season: 6 Holiday House Tours in Pittsburgh

If you haven’t yet begun to deck your halls for Christmas, this is a great way to get ideas!




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holiday home tours

Not to give you an earworm, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — everywhere you go. With the holiday season officially here, take a peek inside some of the more fabulous homes in the area by taking in one or more of these upcoming holiday home tours.

Bonus: If you haven’t yet begun to deck your halls for Christmas, this is a great way to get ideas!
 
What: The annual The Ben Avon Holiday House Tour features seven homes in a range of architectural styles, plus the stately Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. Proceeds benefit the Avon Club Foundation, a community service organization.
When: Tours take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. A candlelight tour takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., with a special holiday happy hour taking place from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Check-in is at The Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar, 7221 Church Ave., Ben Avon.
Tickets: Purchase tickets at The Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar or Café Notte (8070 Ohio River Blvd., Emsworth) or online at avonclub.benavon.org/site/house-tour/. Advance tickets are $25. Day of tickets are $30 each.
 
What: The Cranberry Women’s Club presents its annual Christmas House Tour for 2015. Proceeds benefit Gleaners Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
When: From 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.
Where: Check in at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.
Tickets: Cost is $20 per ticket. Visit cranberrywomensclub.org for more information.
 
What: The Zelienople Historical Society’s annual Christmas Home Tour features 10 area homes decorated in a variety of styles and includes a catered luncheon.
When: Self-guided tours begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.
Where: Check-in at Passavant House, 243 S. Main St., Zelienople.
Tickets: Tickets are $22 each and may be purchased in advance at Passavant House, or by calling 724/452-9457.
 
What: Experience a bygone era with the Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour, featuring restored Victorian homes in the Allegheny West neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Homes will be decorated to celebrate a 19th-century-era Christmas.
When: Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
Where: Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave., North Side. Free parking is available at a specially designated CCAC parking lot on Ridge Avenue.
Tickets: For advance tickets, call 888/71-TICKETS or visit showclix.com/event/OldAllegheny2015. The cost is $35 per ticket. Tickets to the toy train museum are available for an additional $15.
 
What: The Brentwood Library’s Holiday House Tour features seven homes along Brownsville Road and beyond. All proceeds benefit the library.
When: Self-guided tours take place from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13
Where: Check in at the Brentwood Library, 3501 Brownsville Road, Brentwood.
Tickets: Tickets are $22 each and may be purchased at the Brentwood Library or by visiting here.
 
What: The Crafton Through the Ages House Tour
When: From 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.
Where: Check in at the Church of the Nativity, 33 Alice St., Crafton.
Tickets: Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at St. Philip School, the Crafton borough building or the Crafton Library. Tickets the day of the event are $20.
 

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Searching for unusual holiday presents? Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair, takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
(1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., downtown; 412/565-6000, handmadearcade.com)
 

 

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