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“Nights Before Christmas” Tour of Homes in Madison, Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-5

Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes

Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Ann Mulligan
Madison Visitors Center

The 2015 Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes features six private homes, the Madison Presbyterian Church (celebrating 200 years), three historic sites and the History Center Museum.

There are three Hospitality Sites, where tour goers can stop in for a free refreshment and restrooms. Dates for this year’s tour are November 27 & 28 and December 4 & 5. Hours for the tour are Fridays 5-9 and Saturdays 3-9.

Tickets are on sale now at the Visitors Center, 601 W. First St., Madison Indiana and online at www.nightsbeforechristmas.com. Ticket prices are $12.50 for adults, through Nov. 13 and $15 after. Children’s tickets are $5 for children ages 5-15.

This year’s tour features four homes, never before seen, on any previous home tour:

The Lamson-Albers Home has undergone a complete makeover in the six months since it was purchased.

Once the residence of a local silversmith and watchmaker, The John Boyd Home served as a boarding house in the 1930s and 1940s and was known as the Danner House.

The Patton and Long Homes, located side by side, are believed to be from the same era. Both homeowners have done extensive work to make them the charming cottages you see today. They have successfully blended the old with the new and created a haven anyone would love to call home.

The Garber-Courtney Home, previously featured on the 2007 Christmas tour, has undergone extensive changes since last seen.

The Schroeder Home, originally featured on the 2000 Tri Kappa Tour of Homes, was damaged by a fire in recent years, but has been restored to its original charm.

All of the private homes on this year’s tour are located on Main St., with all but one, on the West end of town.

As always, Madison’s “crown jewel,” the Lanier Mansion, will be featured as well as the Schofield House and the Jefferson County Historical Society’s History Center, which will display gingerbread houses made by area children.

This year, Historic Madison, Inc. will showcase the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, a first for the Christmas tour. Hospitality sites include the Little Golden Fox, Galena Garlic Co., and the Seifert Short Folk Art and Doll Museum.

Another popular feature of the tour is the Great Cookie Caper! This event is held at the Visitors Center, 601 W. First St., Madison Indiana. It features a wide selection of homemade cookies and sweet treats. Cookies and treats may be purchased by the box for $6 or $12 or 3 cookies for $1.

This will be the 5th year for the Cookie Caper and each year the Christmas tour donates all proceeds to a local charitable organization. This year’s sales will benefit Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children.

Since its inception, the Cookie Caper in conjunction with “Nights” has raised nearly $7,000.00. Past beneficiaries include Lide White Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

The hours for the Cookie Caper are 4-8pm on both Fridays and 2-8pm (while supplies last) on both Saturdays of the tour.

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