Christmas is the best time to spotlight beautiful Christmas Show Houses and Tours. Designers go all out to shine and produce their best works. Bringing to life crafts that represent the meaning of holiday joy and special moments. This really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Check out these amazing Christmas Show Houses and Tours featuring top designers. Special events and presentations now accompany show houses and tours for holiday seasons.
A Grand Avenue Christmas at the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion
The Pabst Mansion is a fine sight any time of year, but decked out in holiday finery it’s a stunner. More than a dozen of the Milwaukee mansion’s 30+ rooms are elaborately decorated by professional and amateur interior designers, with lavishly festive results. Every year is different, making a visit to the mansion part of many Milwaukeeans’ annual holiday agendas. Completed in 1892, the mansion was designed in Flemish Renaissance Revival style, with turrets and gables that are especially attractive during the winter months when swags of greenery and red bows adorn the front façade.
December Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun Noon-4pm
Special Hours: Dec 24 10am-2pm, Dec 31 10am-2pm, Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Admissions: Adult $10, Senior/Student $9, Child (6-17) $6, Child (5 and under) Free
Lee-Fendall House — Alexandria, VA
In Alexandria, the second weekend of December always brings a fun holiday event: candlelight tours of several historic properties. The tour includes Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Carlyle House, and the Lee-Fendall House and is certain to get you in the proper frame of mind for celebrating the season. Start at Gadsby’s Tavern; a free shuttle links all the sites.
Dates: Dec 11 6pm-9pm, Dec 12 3pm-6pm
Admissions: Adult $20, Senior $15, Child (6-17) $5
134 N Royal St (and other sites)
Ryan Place — Fort Worth, TX
One of Fort Worth’s most exclusive historic neighborhoods, with fine examples of Italianate, Tudor, Spanish, Georgian, Colonial, Dutch, and Federal Revival architecture, Ryan Place is a must-visit holiday destination. Several homes are open the first weekend of December for docent-led tours — it’s a great kick-off to the holiday season and a prime spot for gathering ideas to use for your own holiday decorating. Nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church hosts a craft fair and tea room during the event.
Dates: Dec 3 6pm-10pm, Dec 4 2pm-10pm, Dec 5 2pm-6pm
Tickets: $20 at the door; $15 advance (available at Old Home Supply Store, 1801 College Ave; Old Neighborhood Grill, 1633 Park Place; the Butler’s Antiques and Uniques, 2221 8th Ave; some Albertson’s stores).
Bingham-Waggoner Estate — Independence, MO
Situated alongside what we now know as the Santa Fe Trail (wagon tracks cross part of the property), the Bingham-Waggoner Estate was constructed in 1827 and has had several residents through the years. Decorated for the holidays, the home outside of Kansas City is a stately example of late 1800s style. On the third floor there’s a tea room where you can enjoy fresh cookies and coffee or spiced tea after your tour.
Twilight Tour: Dec 5 4pm-7pm
Other Dates: Nov 27-Dec 30 (closed Dec 23, 24, 25): Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm
Admissions: Adult $5, Child (6-16) $2
313 W Pacific
Independence, Missouri 64051
Ramsey House — St. Paul, MN
A lovely Victorian-era home, the Ramsey House in St. Paul is worth a visit anytime, but during the holiday season it takes on an extra-special glow. The decorations are pure Victorian, right down to the original Ramsey family ornaments on the Christmas tree. Costumed guides lead tours, providing insight (and cookies!) to modern-day visitors.
Dates: Nov 17-21, Nov 24, Nov 26-28, Dec 1-5, Dec 8-12, Dec 15-19, Dec 23-24, Dec 26: Wed-Sat 10am-3pm, Sun Noon-3pm
Admissions: Adult $9, Senior/Student $7, Child (6-17) $5
Reservations required, call 651-296-8760.
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S Exchange St
St. Paul, MN 55102
Webb, Deane, and Stevens Houses — Wethersfield, CT
Wethersfield is chock full of historic homes and is especially picturesque during the holiday season. Visitors to the town near Hartford should absolutely seek out three houses that are part of a collection of historic properties operated by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America: The Webb House (1752), the Deane House (1770), and the Stevens House (1789). Each home is carefully decorated for the holidays and offers a glimpse of life in bygone days. The festive preview party includes live music and refreshments.
Preview Party: Dec 10, 5pm-8pm, $15
Other Dates: Dec 11-Jan 2: Mon, Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm (closed Tue)
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 10am-1pm. Closed New Year’s Day.
Admissions: Adult $8, Senior/Military $7, Child (5-18) $4, Family $20
211 Main St
Wethersfield, CT 06109
A Christmas Story House — Cleveland, OH
An iconic Cleveland destination, the classic house from everyone’s favorite holiday movie, A Christmas Story, is open to visitors! What better way to usher in the season than with a tour of Ralphie’s house! Guided tours include the home and the museum across the street.
Hours: Thu-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm
Tours (every half hour): Thu-Sat 10:15am-4:30pm, Sun 12:15pm-4:30pm
Additional Hours Information: Nov 24-Dec 29 Open Wed 10am-5pm, Dec 15-Dec 30 Open Daily except for Christmas Day, Throughout Dec Open Fri-Sat until 7pm, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Close at 2pm, New Year’s Day Closed
Admissions: Adult $8, Senior $7, Child (7-12) $6, Child (6 and under) Free
3159 W 11th St
Cleveland, OH 44109
Glessner House Museum — Chicago, IL
The 1886 Glessner House is a National Historic Landmark and an architecturally imposing building with an intriguing history. A visit during the holiday season finds the mansion’s interiors adorned with garland and perfectly trimmed Christmas trees. Take a guided Candlelight Tour of the Glessner House, which focuses on holiday customs of the late 1800s, and the nearby Clarke House (Chicago’s oldest building), which details traditions of the 1830s and 1840s; post-tour, enjoy cookies and hot cider. You can see the holiday decor during regular hours as well.
Candlelight Tours: Dec 11-12, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm
Admissions: Adult $18, Child (8-12) $14, pre-paid reservations required
Regular Hours: Nov 24-Jan 2, Wed-Sun Noon-3pm
(closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day)
Admissions: One house Adult $10, Student/Senior $9, Child (5-12) $6; Both houses Adult $15, Student/Senior $12, Child (5-12) $8
1800 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
Christmas Idea House — Mesa, AZ
This annual event covers two important aspects of the holiday season: festive decorations and shopping. The featured home changes each year, but it’s always one of the most amazingly decorated homes you’ll find. This year’s property is a 5,800-square-foot Tuscan-style house in Las Sendas, in the hills northwest of Mesa. Shuttle buses transport guests to and from the parking lot at Red Mountain United Methodist Church. Proceeds benefit the Desert Club for scholarships and community grants.
Holiday Soiree: Dec 2, by reservation only (contact for details)
Yuletide Brunch: Dec 3, by reservation only (contact for details)
Public Tours: Dec 3 4pm-9pm, Sat Dec 4 9am-5pm $10
Park at Red Mountain United Methodist Church
2936 N Power Rd
Mesa, AZ 85215
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House — Atlanta, GA
A holiday tradition, the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas House features a different property each year. This year, the Christmas House is actually two homes at the Mansion on Peachtree, an exclusive hotel/residence high-rise property. Lavish but oh-so-tasteful holiday decor is the norm each year, created by some of Atlanta’s most well-known interior designers. Proceeds benefit the Alliance Children’s Theatre.
Champagne and Candlelight Reception: Dec 2, 7pm-11pm, $150
Regular Hours: Nov 26-Dec 11, Thu-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm, $18
3376 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326