Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are $30 for the Day Tour (10 AM – 4PM) and
$35 for the Candlelight Tour (6 PM – 9 PM). The Candlelight Tour is now SOLD OUT!
You can purchase tickets in the following ways:
- Online using Venmo (no fee)
- Online by credit card (adds a $1 convenience fee per ticket)
- In person by cash or check at the Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar, 7221 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA 15202
2. How do I get my tickets?
We do not mail out tickets; you will receive an email confirmation which you should show when picking up your tickets on the day of the tour. Pick up your pre-ordered tickets or purchase additional tickets on the day of the tour at the following locations:
The Holiday House Tour Program, with a map of the house locations, will be distributed at the above locations on the day of the tour.
3. 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 AM and 4 PM. If you have purchased the evening Candlelight Tour ticket, you must view the homes between 6 and 9 PM. 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.
4. How do I get there and where do I park?
Ben Avon is located west of Bellevue along Ohio River Boulevard, Route 65. Enter the Ben Avon Borough Building address if needed – 7101 Church Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202.
Free street parking is available throughout Ben Avon. The Community Presbyterian Church at 7501 Church Avenue, Ben Avon, PA 15202 offers free parking in their lot, located at the side of the Church on Rostrevor Place.
A map of the tour route is below, which includes ticket sale locations, home street addresses, and public restrooms. Homes can be toured in any order (and we encourage you to start at various places on the route), and the total tour is less than a mile.
5. Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Yes, tickets will be sold on the day of the tour at central locations (not at individual homes). The Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar, located at 7221 Church Avenue, will be selling the Day Tour tickets between 9 AM and 3 PM. NOTE: The Candlelight Tour is now SOLD OUT! Avonworth Historical Society, located at 7119 Church Avenue, will be open between 5 and 8 PM to pick-up advanced sale tickets and your program.
6. If I registered and paid in advance, what would I need to bring with me?
We no longer send out tickets. Check in under the name of the person who purchased the tickets. If you are able to, bring a screenshot of the email/Venmo 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: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about your reservation.
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?
No, there are different homes on the tour this year as compared to our last tour in 2021.
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 one of the homes on the tour (see map).
The Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar, located at 7221 Church Avenue, offers warm coffees and teas, smoothies, fresh baked goods, and sandwiches during the hours of 8 AM to 3 PM.
Community Presbyterian Church, at 7501 Church Avenue, will be serving soups, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages, and a “Cookie Walk” to stock up on your favorite holiday cookies.
Additionally, there are various local restaurants nearby: Cafe Notte, Chev & Rachel’s in Emsworth and a multitude of casual and fast-food restaurants along Ohio River Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue and Avalon.
13. Is there a craft fair?
Community Presbyterian Church is hosting a Craft & Vendor Fair between 10 AM to 4 PM on the day of the tour. They are located at 7501 Church Avenue in Ben Avon.
Avonworth Band Craft Show is being held from 11 AM to 4 PM on the Elementary school campus in buildings located at 1310 & 1320 Roosevelt Road, in Ohio Township.
14. Are there restrooms available?
Restrooms are available at the Ben Avon Borough Building (throughout the tour hours) and at the Community Presbyterian Church from 10 AM to 4 PM. Local restaurants may also allow for use of their restrooms by patrons.
15. Are there other activities in Ben Avon during the tour?
In addition to the craft fairs being held that day (see above), there will be music and carolers throughout the day.
The Music Note, located at 7110 Church Avenue, will be opening its studio for a day filled with music and fun. Visit with Santa (10:30 AM – 1:30 PM), Carols Sing-along (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM) and then join in with the strolling carolers around the Ben Avon community.
Avonworth School Singers, Chamber Choir, and other local musicians will also be performing along the House Tour route.