Nichols House Museum’s Holiday Wreath Tour Dec. 12

The Nichols House Museum’s  self-guided Beacon Hill Holiday Wreath Tour returns Sunday, Dec. 12, from noon to 4 p.m., making stops outside 14 private neighborhood homes decorated with wreaths, garlands, and window displays for the occasion.

The tour, which is the museum’s biggest fundraising event of the year, according to Linda Marshall, executive director,  will guide attendees through the neighborhood, while highlighting the featured properties at their most festive.

This event is an offshoot of the museum’s Holiday House Tour – a tradition that dates back more than 20 years that was forced to pivot to the self-guided, socially distanced Wreath Tour last year in deference to the pandemic, said Marshall.

But unlike last year, this year’s tour will be a “hybrid event,” as Marshall describes it, with the Nichols House Museum decorated for the holiday season and open to attendees for self-guided tours during the event. (The Nichols House Museum had been open to tour-goers during the event in pre-pandemic times.) The Colonial Society of Massachusetts on Mount Vernon Street will also be open to tour-goers for the occasion. Light refreshments will be served, and the Olde Towne Carolers will be performing from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at various outdoor locations around the neighborhood.

“Last year, the event was very successful as it took place just when people were starting to feel comfortable again gathering outdoors,” said Marshall, “and we’re expecting this year’s event will be even more popular as people are feeling more comfortable gathering outdoors now.”

For the first time this year, the tour will also feature a drawing for  $250 worth of gift certificates donated by Winston Flowers, Baby Boyle Bouquets, Table & Tulip, and Rouvalis Flowers & Gardens.

Tour tickets are $55 each, while raffle tickets, which must be purchased separately, cost $10 each or $25 for three tickets.

Visit to purchase tickets for the Beacon Hill Holiday Wreath Tour, as well as for the raffle.

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