This year, the much-anticipated Concord Holiday House Tour, set for Saturday, December 2, emphasizes the town’s unique place in history. Hosted by the Concord Museum, the tour includes seven historic homes adorned in garland. The home interiors will include a wide variety of trees, glittering ornaments and sprays of evergreens with ribbons.
This year’s tour features homes from the Colonial and Federal eras, along with a mid-century modern construction. In addition, there will be two historically-significant homes. One is Henry David Thoreau’s family home. It is opening on this tour as part of the Concord Museum’s year-long celebration of Thoreau’s 200th birthday. The museum has teamed with the Minute Man National Historic Park to open one of its historic homes and display period decorations from the era when Thoreau and his circle of Concord associates contributed so many significant works to the canon of American literature.
Each house on the tour will have a different holiday theme, all created by leading interior designers from Boston and the local area. Complimentary snacks and treats will be available along the route.
“The house tour has become a holiday tradition for almost a thousand tour-goers from the Merrimack Valley, the Boston area and beyond,” says Aura Bruce, co-president of the Concord Museum’s Guild Board. “Concord is a town that has a significant number of antique and architecturally unique homes. Over the years, we’ve found that while most of our visitors come for holiday inspiration, many join in just to get a peek inside some of Concord’s most beautiful private homes.”
Now in its seventh year, the event is organized by the Concord Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, which raises money to fund the museum’s educational programs. Each year, 12,000 schoolchildren visit the museum where trained educators conduct curriculum-based educational talks, tours and activities, such as problem-solving, historical detective work and role-playing.
Hours for the home tours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online, by calling (978) 369-9763, or picked up at Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Road, Concord. For convenience, tickets may be picked up starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $40 for museum members and $45 for nonmembers. Prices after November 30 are $45 for museum members and $50 for nonmembers. Tickets and maps can be picked up on the day of the tour at the Concord Museum, located at 200 Lexington Road.