Tickets go on sale next week for “A Dickens of a Christmas: Holiday Home Tour” in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill Historic District.
The bi-annual holiday walking tour features guides in period costumes sharing the history of the Victorian-style homes, neighborhood and city.
“We had a lot of fun with last year’s outdoor luminary walk for Holiday on the Hill,” said Susan Gray, Holiday Home Tour board president. “But I know we’ve all been looking forward to - and working hard at - welcoming folks back into our homes for the traditional Dickens tour that so many of us know and love.”
The Holiday Home Tour, postponed last year, is returning Friday, Dec. 9 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Tours take approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete and start every half hour, organizers said in a press release.
Organizers explained tour group sizes have been reduced this year to allow for more guest interaction and greater spacing and safety inside homes.
“With fewer spots, we may sell out earlier this year,” Gray said. “I definitely recommend making your plans in advance.”
Another new aspect this year is having tours end at the WinterGarden. Organizers described the space as “a Bavarian chalet-themed outdoor wonderland with a fire pit and heaters, sweet and savory treats, and conversation with neighbors.”
“With the Bossler Mansion under construction we knew we had to still create that amazing feeling of the holidays to send our guests home with,” Gray said. “Our neighbors really came together and I’m so excited for people to experience the WinterGarden.”
Tickets for the tour are $25 in advance starting Nov. 1 or $30 at the event, if available.
For more information about “A Dickens of a Christmas: Holiday Home Tour,” visit the event’s Facebook page. Tickets will be available on EventBrite.
In addition to the tour, there will be a Holiday Gift Shoppe at 1500 E. Fifth Street featuring gift items handmade by residents and friends of the neighborhood. Tickets are not required to visit the shoppe.