It is the season to be jolly, and Dayton-area residents are preparing to deck their halls.
You can see some of those halls.
Here is a rundown of the Dayton area’s most festive holiday tours and how to take them.
🎄 MCPHERSON TOWN HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24. There will be guided tours every 12 minutes.
Cost: $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased at mcphersontown.com/holiday-home-tour.
Description: McPherson Town neighbors open 10 beautiful historic homes to the public during Thanksgiving weekend every two years. Guests will be treated to an array of decorations, stories, lights, music and delicious treats reminiscent of holidays past.
The McPherson Town Historic District is a small neighborhood and the tour homes are clustered to minimize walking. Tours should take just under two hours to complete, including a stop to enjoy holiday desserts and beverages at no additional cost.
🕎 GRAFTON HILL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
When: noon to 4:40 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Tour times are 12 p.m, 4 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. The 12:40 p.m. tour is sold out.
Cost: Each tour is $25 per person. Call 937-222-2000 or visit Eventbrite.com for tickets
Description: The guided walking tour includes some of the most notable homes in the historic district.
This year we have the special treat of beginning our tour in the sanctuary of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N. in Dayton.
The tour will take approximately 3 hours. Refreshments and warm beverages will be served at one of the neighborhood’s homes featuring three decorated floors and 20 Christmas trees.
⚠️ (SOLD OUT) OREGON DISTRICT HOLIDAY TOUR
When: Monday, Dec. 3 to Monday, Dec. 5. Tour times are 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly.
ALL DAYS OF THE EVENT ARE SOLD OUT SO START PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR’S TOUR. Tickets are $25 each and non-refundable. To purchase, visit OregonHolidaytour.eventbrite.com
Description: Six lavishly decorated residences will participate in this year’s tour, including this year’s dessert house constructed by stepladder inventor John H. Balsley more than 140 years ago.
Guides in period hats and capes will lead guests to the homes with lanterns, highlighting the history of the neighborhood and its restoration.
The interiors of five homes decorated by owners will be toured.
⚠️ (SOLD OUT) OAKWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S INAUGURAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
When: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
Cost: Tickets are SOLD OUT. They were $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour.
To purchase: oakwoodhistory.org.
The tour includes seven architecturally unique homes ranging from Craftsman, American Foursquare, Swiss Chalet, Tudor, Prairie Style and Italian Renaissance Revival. The tour will conclude at the historic Long-Romspert Homestead & House Museum, where there will be musical entertainment, snacks and hot drinks.
The event replaces the society’s annual Christmas Open House.
The Oakwood Historical Society says it decided to switch to a home tour due to their popularity of historic home walking tours.
The self-guided walking tour begins at the Sugar Camp parking lot, where attendees will receive a tour booklet and map. The tour is open to all, not just members of The Oakwood Historical Society.
The tour will take two hours to two hours 30 minutes to complete, and the society says it can be done at your own pace.