Holiday Lights

The 31st annual Holiday House Tour, sponsored by Downtown Washington Inc., will take place this Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Kristy Stoyer, event coordinator, said the tour is a great way to kick off holiday activities.

“All ages are welcome,” she said. “The tour will not be canceled due to the weather so we encourage people to get their tickets in advance.”

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

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

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

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. “We also are excited to once again offer a trolley service to allow guests to park and take a ride to each stop.

“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.