2019 Ben Avon Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10am-4pm and 6pm-9pm
$25 in advance, $30 day of tour
Please click here to purchase tickets online (with an added convenience fee). (Tickets will not be mailed out, bring your email confirmation to check-in the day of the tour to receive your tickets and program booklet at The Anchor and Anvil Coffee Shop at 7221 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA 15202.)
This year, we proudly present our 2019 Holiday House Tour, where we will offer tours through 7 beautiful homes in the Ben Avon Borough. The homes we have chosen represent a wide variety of architectural styles and designs, as well as diversity in age of the homes. Each is beautifully decorated to not only honor the historical features of the home, but also to demonstrate the unique style and taste of the homeowners. Our homeowners are happy to share their journey with you regarding their home, including any upgrades and changes made. This year we are pleased to present some of the very old historic homes, and some of the newer, more recently built homes. In the older homes, special attention was paid to preserve the original character of the house. The newer homes were carefully crafted to complement the historic borough and its local architecture, while incorporating modern designs. We will also provide our guests with a detailed history of the homes, and of our area in general. This gives our guests a fascinating look back into times past and also see how the newer homes have transitioned across time.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets purchased prior to December 7 are $25. The fastest way to receive your tickets is to visit The Anchor and Anvil Coffee Shop at 7221 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA 15202 or Café Notte at 8070 Ohio River Blvd, Emsworth, PA 15202 and purchase them in person. You may also purchase tickets at our website. We do not mail out tickets; you will receive an email confirmation. The day of the tour you will check in under the name of the person who ordered the tickets at one of our pickup locations (The Anchor and Anvil or the Ben Avon Borough Building, 7101 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA, 15202). We are unable to accept any reservations by phone.
2. How do I get there and where do I park?
Ben Avon is located west of Bellevue along Ohio River Boulevard, Route 65. Free parking is available on the street and in the Community Presbyterian Church parking lot at 7501 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA 15202. Here is a map of the house tour route:
3. Can I purchase tickets at the door?
You may purchase tickets on the day of the tour at the door or at Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar for $30 each (cash or check only) from 10 am to 4 pm, or at the Ben Avon Borough Building.
4. If I registered and paid in advance, what do I need to bring with me?
We no longer send out tickets. You should check in under the name of the person who purchased the tickets. If you are able to, please print out the email confirmation you received, but it is not required. If you did not receive an email receipt, there’s a possibility that your transaction was not completed correctly. Please email: email@example.com if you have questions about your reservation.
5. Is the tour suitable for children?
The tour is not especially well suited for younger children (under 12) although obviously you know your children and what they would enjoy. The tour is self-guided and self-paced so you may use your judgment, however there are no reduced rates for children.
6. How long does the tour take?
You should allow about 3 hours for the tour.
7. Can I take photos?
We request that you do not take photos of the interior of the homes; as it disrupts the flow of visitors through the houses. Photos of the exterior are welcome.
8. Are the same houses on the tour this year as on the last tour?
The Community Presbyterian Church has conducted open houses in prior years. All of the homes were not on the tour in 2017.
9. What if there is bad weather?
All tours will take place as scheduled and will not be canceled for weather related reasons.
10. Is there a place to grab a quick bite to eat before or after the tour?
Gourmet Goodies will be available for sale at one of the homes on the tour, which will be announced at a later date, and also at the Ben Avon Borough Building. During lunch, the cafe will be open at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, serving soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. Also at the Community Presbyterian Church, there will be a cookie walk starting at 10am. Additionally, there are several local restaurants: the Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar, Cafe Notte, and Chev & Rachel’s in Emsworth.
11. Is there a Craft Fair?
This year there will be Holiday Crafts at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. Also, the Avonworth 29th Annual Marching Band Craft Show will be open from 10 am to 3 pm at the Avonworth High School.
12. Are restrooms available?
Restrooms are available at the Borough Building and the Community Presbyterian Church. Local restaurants may also allow for use of their restrooms by patrons.