Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 marks the 35th Annual Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour. Guides will bring attendees to six different restored Victorian homes including the historic Calvary United Methodist Church, which is famous for its Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows.
The tour will begin at the church, located on Allegheny and Beech Avenues, and free parking is available throughout the neighborhood and select CCAC parking lots. Tours will be completed in 12-minute intervals between 5 and 8 p.m. on December 9, and between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on December 10.
According to a press release, “These guided tours afford a rare opportunity to glimpse a by-gone era and experience the warmth of the season in a truly ‘old-fashioned’ style. Most homes in Allegheny West are over 100 years old and Victorian in architectural style. Lavishly decorated for the holidays, they recall the late 19th Century birth of the traditional American Christmas – elaborately decorated mantels, towering Christmas trees and pine, holly and mistletoe on stairs and chandeliers.”
One of the world’s largest Toy Train Museums, located in Holmes Hall at 719 Brighton Ave., will be on display for attendees over the weekend. John DeSantis is the owner of the exhibit and has been collecting trains since the age of 2. There will be over 8,000 trains on display that take up two floors of his home.
In a previous interview with The Northside Chronicle in 2013, Carole Malakoff said the Old Allegheny Christmas Tour was created by a group of neighbors and the first tour had such a powerful debut that “there were people lined up around the church to go out on tour.”
Tickets for the house tour are $35 per person and $15 per person for the model train exhibit. Tickets can be bought online or by calling 1-888-718-4253. Reservations are required for the tour, and it is recommended that tickets for the train exhibit are bought in advance.