Winona County History Center

Weekdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Noon - 4:00 PM
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160 Johnson St., downtown Winona
Phone: (507) 454-2723

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Christmas Candlelight House Tour

Sunday, December 8, 2013

3 -8 p.m.

Join friends and family to go on a self-guided tour of  Winona homes, both historic and newer, and a church – all decorated for the holidays.

This fun event has been a favorite holiday tradition for decades. Attendees take a self-guided tour of area homes, both historic and newer, all decorated for the holidays, as well as a local church. This year the Basilica of Saint Stansislaus Kostka, also known as, St. Stans, will be the church on the tour.

Tickets will be available at the Winona County History Center starting the week of Thanksgiving! The History Center will be open Noon – 8 p.m. the day of the Tour. Tickets are not available at the homes.

Tickets are $10 for our members or $12 for the general public. When you buy your ticket you will get: A ticket (also good for 10% off in the Museum Shop), House History sheet with map, a bag for your shoes and a fun Christmas experience!

The Trestor Trolley will take attendees on the House Tour! Tickets to ride the Trolley are an additional $10 and are available at the Winona County History Center. No reservations. Tickets for the trolley will be sold with the Christmas House Tour Tickets on a first come – first serve basis.

2013 House Tour Stops

The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, 625 E. 4th St.

David & Ann Kohner, 654 Kerry Dr.

Stan & Joey Hawkins, 829 Springbrook Dr.

Lawrence & Jeanette Indra, 417 Olmstead St.

Jake & Kristin Biesanz, 1450 Sunny Ridge Dr.

John & Heidi Gallagher, 677 Washington St.

Donna Kamann & Eric Christensen, 125 Mill St.

Tour FAQs

Are tickets available at the Homes?

No, ticket packets are sold only at the History Center. (Trolley Tickets are an additional $10)

Will refreshments be available?

Yes, the Winona County History Center will have light refreshments.

Are Restrooms available?

The homes will not have restrooms for public use. Please stop at a public facility along the tour (i.e.: Gas Station, History Center).

Do we have to remove our shoes?

Yes, except for the Church, we ask attendees to remove their shoes/boots before walking through the homes. We suggest wearing shoes/boots that easily slip on and off to avoid congestion at entries.

What is parking like?

It depends how busy a house is. Most homes have street parking, but be prepared to walk a block or two or up a driveway. Please do not park in a driveway unless signage instructs you to.

How do we know what house to go into?

Ticket maps are general, but if snow and frozen ground allows signage, then directional signage is also used. Homes on the tour will have their lights all on, luminaries at the entrance and people to greet you at the door. The House History sheet also has a picture of each house.

If you have additional questions give us a call at 507-454-2723