Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Day Tour, 6-9 p.m. Candlelight Tour
Advance Tour Tickets: $25 Day Tour, $30 Candlelight Tour (available for purchase here)
Day-of-Tour Tickets: $30 Day Tour, $35 Candlelight Tour
Tickets are available on the day of the tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anchor & Anvil Coffee Shop or all day at our Gourmet Goodies House at 151 Dickson Ave. For those who previously purchased online, please bring your email confirmation to the Anchor and Anvil to check in on the day of the tour and receive your tickets and program booklet.
Presented by Grand Fir Sponsor Goodrich and Geist
This year, we proudly present our 2021 Holiday House Tour through seven 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, where special attention was paid to preserve the original character of the house. 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 allows them to see how the homes have transitioned across time.
All proceeds from the Holiday House Tour support grants to local nonprofits and scholarship awards for students in the Avonworth community.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about tour logistics.
Many thanks to all Tour sponsors
Douglas Fir Sponsors
Balsam Fir Sponsors
Allegheny Millwork & Lumber, Co.
Amante Radiant Supply
Connolly, Steele and Company, P.C
Dr. Julia Dentice
Choice Restorative Medicine
Fox Rothschild LLP
Kiddie Academy North Pittsburgh
Signature Financial Planning
Colorado Blue Spruce Sponsors
202 Hometown Tacos
Allegheny Financial Group
Christ Church at Grove Farm
Kim Ifft Photography
MoonFlight Car Wash, Dog Wash and Coffee Shop
Pizza Pronto Pizzza
Werner Bicycle Shop
White Pine Sponsors
Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets purchased prior to Dec. 4 are $25 for the Day Tour (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) or $30 for the evening Candlelight Tour (6-9 p.m.) The fastest way to receive your tickets in advance is to visit The Anchor and Anvil Coffee Shop at 7221 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA 15202 and purchase them in person. Physical tickets will be available at Anchor & Anvil beginning in mid-October and this page will be updated when they are available.
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 at Anchor & Anvil under the name of the person who ordered the tickets. We are unable to accept any reservations by phone.
2. During what time periods am I allowed to tour the homes?
If you have purchased a Day Tour ticket, you must view the homes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you have purchased the evening Candlelight Tour ticket, you must view the homes between 6 and 9 p.m. Due to the popularity of the evening tour, a limited number of tickets will be sold for this timeframe to help control the flow of tour participants and prevent crowding.
3. 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. We will share a map of the tour route here in the coming month.
4. Can I purchase tickets at the door?
You may purchase tickets on the day of the tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar or all day at our Gourmet Goodies House at 151 Dickson Ave. Tickets purchased on the day of the tour will be $30 for Day Tour tickets and $35 for Candlelight Tour tickets.
5. 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.
6. What precautions are you taking for COVID-19?
Avon Club follows the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines for the safety of our participants. In addition, we do require a mask for entry to any home and require a mask be worn properly over the nose and mouth — regardless of vaccination status — so please bring a mask.
Once inside a home, maximum capacities will be managed to ensure social distancing. A one way flow through the homes (in the front door, out the back door) will be implemented to prevent close contacts. High touch surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day, and hand sanitizer will be available at each home. Where appropriate, windows will be open to create ventilation.
By purchasing a ticket, you acknowledge reading and understanding our COVID-19 Safety waiver.
7. 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.
8. How long does the tour take?
You should allow about 3 hours for the tour. The walking path is about 1 mile in total throughout the neighborhood.
9. Can I take photos?
We request that you do not take photos of the interior of the homes; it disrupts the flow of visitors through the houses. Photos of the exterior are welcome.
10. 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. The homes were not on the tour in 2019.
11. What if there is bad weather?
All tours will take place as scheduled and will not be canceled for weather related reasons.
12. Is there a place to grab a quick bite to eat before or after the tour?
Gourmet Goodies will be available for sale at two of the homes on the tour. Additionally, there are several local restaurants nearby: the Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar, Cafe Notte, Chev & Rachel’s in Emsworth and a multitude of restaurants in Bellevue.
13. Is there a craft fair?
The Avonworth Annual Marching Band Craft Show will be open from 10 am to 3 pm at the Avonworth High School.
14. Are there restrooms available?
Restrooms are available at the Community Presbyterian Church or the Ben Avon Borough Building. Local restaurants may also allow for use of their restrooms by patrons.