Plans have been finalized for the Holiday House Tour set for Sunday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The tour, which was not held last year, is returning this year under the sponsorship of Downtown Washington Inc. In the past, it has been put on by Washington Preservation Inc.
“We want to see this fun holiday tradition continue so we decided to take it over,” said Bridgette Epple, executive director.
Epple said it will be the 30th year for the tour which features homes and businesses decorated for Christmas.
Kristy Stoyer, Downtown Washington Inc. board member and event chair, said a trolley service will be available this year to allow participants to park and take a ride to each stop.
“The trolley will make a loop between all the stops and the downtown post office, which will be our refreshment stop,” Stoyer said.
“We also tried to keep the houses in a close proximity so participants could walk to the stops if they choose,” she added.
Stoyer said the tour offers a good mix of older restored homes and new construction to showcase the importance of Downtown Washington’s past and future. The tour stops include:
• The Stoyer Home (above Trashy Roots Salon), 3 W. Second St.
• The Marquart Home (above The Landing), 300 W. Front St.
• Bogue Townhome, 528 W. Front St.
• Connor Townhome, 536 W. Front St.
• Johnson Home, 504 W. Third St.
• Niehaus Home, 428 West Third St.
• St. Peter’s Church Festival of Trees, 20 E. Fifth St.
• Old Downtown Post Office, 123 Lafayette St.
“We hope participants not only enjoy seeing all the homes decorated for Christmas, but also enjoy the stories and history of each home,” Stoyer said.
She said the downtown organization is excited to partner with St. Peter’s Church to feature its annual Festival of the Trees.
“We hope it’s another event that our participants enjoy,” she said.