2023 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

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2023 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

Discounted [$15] advance tickets for the Model Train Museum are still available until Nov. 30.  Train museum tickets will be available at the door the two days of the tour at the regular price [$20].  Please see below for times that the train museum is open. 

House tour tickets for 2023 are SOLD OUT!

Friday, Dec. 8, 2023  | 5:00pm - 8:00pm or Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 |  10:00am - 8:00pm

Thank you for your interest in this year's tour. We are overwhelmed by the response to the house tour this year but it is important to keep the groups a managable size. If you would like advance notice when next year's tours go on sale please sign up for our <mailing list>.  We hope to see you next year! No house tour tickets will be available at the door. We are do not maintain a waiting list. 

Experience a By-Gone Era

Guided tours leave every 12 minutes! 


We are excited to welcome you to the 40th Annual Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour. 

These personally guided tours afford a rare opportunity to glimpse a by-gone era and experience the warmth of the season in a truly old-fashioned style. Most homes in Allegheny West are over 100 years old and Victorian in architectural style. Lavishly decorated for the holidays, they recall the late 19th Century birth of the traditional American Christmas: elaborately decorated mantels, towering Christmas trees and pine, holly and mistletoe on stairs and chandeliers. 

More information about  the tour including directions & parking may be found on our website under Frequently Asked Questions



       Before Nov. 30:  House Tour - $35 | Train Tour - $15

         After Nov. 30:  House Tour - $40 | Train Tour - $20

Limited tickets for the house tour may be available at the door, if a specific time has not sold out, however, walk-ins will be asked to wait until there is an open tour (sometimes up to 2 hours). The shortest wait times are likely to be after 6:00pm (be sure to visit the train museum first!)   There are no wait times for the Train Museum. Please note that the 2022 sold out in November. 



For walking tours leaving AFTER 6:00pm on Saturday, if you are planning to visit the trains, you must visit the trains BEFORE the tour, because the museum will be closed before your tour is finished. If your house tour begins after 6:00pm on Saturday AND you would like to visit the trains please START at Holmes Hall (719 Brighton road). Allow about an hour to visit the trains before walking over to Calvary Church to check in for your walking tour.

About the Tour

Our tour features 5 or 6 restored Victorian homes plus the historic Calvary United Methodist Church, famous for its beautiful Louis Tiffany stained glass windows, all decorated to celebrate a Nineteenth Century Christmas.

All tours are guided and leave every 12 minutes from Calvary Church.  You must purchase tickets for a specific time slot on either Friday or Saturday.  Train tickets need to be purchased separately.  Tour guides will explain Victorian holiday traditions, provide the history of Allegheny West and its famous Nineteenth Century residents and discuss the individual homes as they are visited.

Plan to come early!  Calvary church will be hosting a Christmas Shop featuring local artisans in the basement of the church.  They will make arrangements to hold your purchases during the tour.

The doors at Calvary church open at 4:30pm on Friday and 9:30am on Saturday. 

Train Museum

As part of your tour, you can visit one of the world’s largest toy train museums – a private collection of hundreds of colorful train sets from the early 20th century; many of them rolling through enchanting miniature villages. There is an additional charge for the train museum. 

You may purchase Train Tour tickets at the door at 719 Brighton Rd. ($20) without purchasing Christmas House Tour tickets.  

Important: The Train museum is only open:

       Friday | 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm ~ Saturday | 12:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Train tickets are valid for a single admission during any period when the museum is open, no matter which house tour date/time you purchased the tickets from.  If you are only purchasing Train Museum tickets without attending the walkig tour, choose either the Friday 7:30pm time or the Saturday 12:30pm options. If you are purchasing walking tour tickets then you will have the option to purchase additional train museum tickets when you purchase walking tour tickets.  IMPORTANT please see the note about about train museum tickets for tours leaving after 6:00pm on Saturday. 

Looking for Brunch, Lunch, Tea or Dinner Tours?

We will not be offering special meal tours as part of a package this year. If local restaurants are offering special Brunch or Dinner seatings we will post more information.   We can happily recommend any of our local restaurants. Please contact them directly to check availability and hours during the tour.

Exchanges and Refunds

We are unable to offer refunds for tickets purchased in advance, however, you are welcome to have someone else use the tickets. We do not maintain any kind of waiting list for people wishing to sell or purchase tickets.  If you would like to exchange your ticket for another time slot that still has tickets available,  please contact Showclix directly at 1-888-718-4253.  You may exchange tickets purchased before 11/30 for a new time/day after 11/30 for no additional increase in ticket price. 

Additional Questions?

We're looking forward to welcoming you to our neighborhood.  Please give us a call if you have any questions:   (412) 701-4092 or tours@alleghenywest.org. Our volunteers are unable to change tour times, please contact Showclix at the number above if you would like to change times.  

Thank you for supporting the Allegheny West Civic Council.


This unique tour is part of Rick Sebak’s Emmy Award® winning documentary, Happy Holidays in Pittsburgh, showcasing the finest holiday celebrations in Western Pennsylvania and is featured in the best selling international travel guide “1000 Places to See in the U.S and Canada Before You Die.”

In The Press

“Falling in love with Old Allegheny”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Allegheny West home retains spirit of ‘Jewish Santa’”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Calvary United Methodist Church 971 Beech Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
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