Get in the Holiday Spirit With These House Tours

From the Joy of Cookies tour in Lawrenceville to the Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour on the North Side, these six local events feature fabulously decorated homes.


‘Tis the season to hang boughs of holly … and Christmas lights … and tree ornaments. If that sounds right up your alley — and you’re looking for inspiration — there are plenty of house tours taking place around the area that feature homes decked out for the holidays. Here’s a look at where to go to get your house tour on.

The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour 2019
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 6 -7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 8
Where: Lawrenceville
Tickets: This event is free and open to the public
More info: For this self-guided tour, all that is needed is a map and an empty stomach to try all of the cookies offered at each of the 40 stops. Parking will be available at Busy Beaver, located at 4743 Butler Street. More parking locations will be announced soon.

Ben Avon Holiday House Tour
When:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 7
Where: Ben Avon Borough
Tickets: $25 (in advance), $30 (day of tour)
More info: Tour seven homes in Ben Avon, ranging in age and design, each decorated to honor the uniqueness of the homes and their owners. Free parking will be available on the street and in the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot, located at 7501 Church Avenue.

Zelienople Historical Society Christmas House Tour
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 7
Where: Zelienople
Tickets: $25 (must be purchased in advance)
More info: Ticket fees include a catered luncheon with a quilt raffle drawing and door prizes. The locations of the self-guided tour’s starting point and luncheon will be listed in the greeting card given to ticket holders. 

Oakmont Christmas Home Tour
When: 12 to 4 p.m., Dec. 8
Where: Oakmont Chamber of Commerce
Tickets: $25 (must be purchased in advance)
More info: This tour features six homes — each new to the tour — decorated for the holidays and is self-guided. This tour has been known to sell out, so act fast!

Crescent Hills Holiday House Tour
When: 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 8
Where: Crescent Hills neighborhood in Penn Hills
Tickets: $20
More info: The tour includes eight houses throughout the Crescent Hills community, all decorated for Christmas. Free refreshments along with gift, craft and food items for purchase will be available at 203 Glenfield Drive.

Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour
When: 5 to 8 p.m., Dec. 13 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 14
Where: Allegheny West neighborhood on the North Side
Tickets: $35
More info: While touring six restored Victorian homes and the Calvary United Methodist church, tour guides will detail the origins of the traditional American Christmas. The homes will all be adorned in lavish Christmas decorations. For an additional fee, attendees can visit Allegheny West’s Train Museum.

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