Plans have been finalized for the 31st annual Holiday House Tour, sponsored by Downtown Washington Inc.

The tour will take place Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m.

“The house tour is a wonderful way to start off your December holiday activities,” said Kristy Stoyer, event coordinator.

“All ages are welcome to tour historic homes and public spaces,” she said.

Trolley rides will be available and refreshments will be served at the downtown post office.

Tickets can be purchased at the downtown post office, Washington Historical Society Museum, Hillermann Nursery and Schroeder Drug.

The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance ticket sales will end at noon Saturday, Dec. 7.

People also can purchase tickets online at

This year’s Holiday House Tour stops will include four traditional homes and the St. Francis Borgia Rectory, Gottfried’s Cabin, the downtown post office and St. Peter’s Church Festival of Trees.

The homes to be featured are:

• Clary Home, 204 E. Second St.;

• Hellebusch Home, 206 E. Second St.;

• Bowman Home (including the new studio of Slava Bowman Photography), 121 E. Second St.; and

• Bocklage Home, 110 E. Second St.

“We hope guests not only enjoy seeing all the homes decorated for Christmas, but also enjoy the stories and history each has to offer,” said Stoyer, adding one more home may still be added.

“We also are excited to once again offer a trolley service to allow guests to park and take a ride to each stop,” she said. “It was a big hit last year and we are happy to provide the service once again.”

The trolley will make a loop between all the stops and the downtown post office, which will be the refreshment stop.

The trolley also will stop at St. Peter’s Church which will feature its annual Festival of Trees.