Five Home Tours to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit
From the Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour on the North Side to the Holiday Musical Tea & Tour at Hartwood Acres, get some merry inspiration at these elaborately decorated events.
Looking forward to cozy nights wrapped in Christmas sweaters, drinking peppermint hot chocolate and surrounded by holiday decor? Us, too. Here are few holiday-themed home and retail tours around the city if you can’t wait to get into the spirit.
Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour
Experience Christmas decor of the 1800s with a tour of six restored Victorian homes — plus the historic Calvary United Methodist Church, famous for its Louis Tiffany stained glass windows — in the Allegheny West neighborhood on the North Side. Each location is decorated to portray Christmas as it was in the 19th century, which includes embellished fireplace mantels, elaborately decorated Christmas trees and staircases and chandeliers adorned with holly and mistletoe. Tours take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $30 per person before Nov. 30 and $35 at the door.
Norwin Historical Society Annual Holiday House Tour
If you’re looking for something to fuel your holiday nostalgia, the “Home for the Holidays” tour in Westmoreland County features a variety of Christmas decor styles to spark your spirit. Taking place Saturday, Dec. 1, the annual event sponsored by the Norwin Historical Society features homes in various styles such as traditional, craftsman, Victorian and farmhouse. Tickets are $20 for a self-guided tour and $35 for a VIP transport tour.
The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour
The holiday season is sweet and sugary — at least it is in Lawrenceville. Taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 2,the self-guided Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour allows you to sample treats as you browse the trendy neighborhood’s retail and home decor shops. While the free tour is walkable a trolley will be available from 12 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1 to take participants to the more than 40 participating locations in Lawrenceville’s business district.
Holiday Musical Tea & Tour
There’s nothing quite like cozying up with a hot cup of tea accompanied by the scent of Christmas evergreen and sounds of holiday music. At the Holiday Musical Tea & Tour at Hartwood Acres Park Mansion, attendees can do just that. Succeeding a musical program, an assortment of tea will be served in the mansion’s Great Hall, along with a tour of the mansion’s elaborate Christmas decor. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are available for those age 12 and older. The cost is $33 for Allegheny County residents and $41 for non-residents.
Cranberry Christmas House Tour
Get local inspiration to guide your own holiday-themed decor pursuits when the Cranberry Women’s Club hosts its annual Christmas House Tour from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The tour features seven decorated homes. Participants will receive instructions and a map for the self-guided tour at the Cranberry Municipal Center. Homeowners and members of the Cranberry Women’s Club will be present at each home to guide attendees. Tickets are $20 per person.