Christmas Tour FAQ
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How do I purchase tickets?
The easiest way to purchase tickets is online or you may purchase tickets by phone by calling (888) 718-4253. We do not mail out tickets; you will receive an email confirmation. The day of the tour you will check in under the name of the person who ordered the tickets. Tickets are $30 before November 30 and $35 after. To be notified when online tickets go on sale for future tours, please sign up for our mailing list here.
How do I get there and where do I park?
For GPS, use 954 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. This location is directly across from the on-ramp to the Ft. Duquesne bridge. It is the parking lot between the Subway Sandwich Shop and Graybar with the white kiosk.
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
I am unable to use tickets purchased in advance; is it possible to get a refund?
Can I change the time/date of my ticket?
Can I just visit the train museum?
Friday: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm | Saturday: 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Please note, that because the “museum” is actually a personal collection displayed in a private home it is only open to the public once a year during the two days of the Old Allegheny Victorian House Tour. Our volunteers are unable to arrange separate viewing times.
Is the train museum included in the regular tour ticket?
Important Note: The Train Museum closes at 9:30 pm on Saturday (although the house will still be open for the tour.) If you have tickets for Saturday tours leaving Calvary Church after 6:00 pm the Train Museum will be closed before your group arrives at Holmes Hall. Plan ahead and make sure you visit the trains before your tour. Allow at least one hour or more to see the trains and arrive at Calvary Church in time for your tour.
How long does the tour take?
Is the tour accessible for guests using wheelchairs, walkers or strollers?
For individuals who require the assistance of a service animal, please notify us in advance by emailing email@example.com or leaving a message with your phone number at (412) 323-8884. In some years there are homes on tour with residents who suffer from severe allergies, so we would like the opportunity to work with you to ensure that we are able to provide appropriate accommodations for everyone. We are unable to accommodate emotional support animals on the tour.
Are there ASL interpreters available?
Is the tour suitable for children?
Not really. The tour is not especially well suited for younger children (under 12). Obviously, you know your children and what they would enjoy. The tour involves a fair amount of walking & standing outside in the weather as part of the guided tour which in our experience, isn’t flexible enough for younger children.
We do not have a discounted children’s price for the tour, however, there is no charge for infants/babies that will be carried the entire tour. Please be considerate of other tour goers and the guides and step into another room or outside if your baby begins to fuss.
Strollers are not allowed in the homes during the tour, although you may opt to leave strollers outside each house. Most of the entrances/exits to the homes involve a least a few stairs and some of the smaller homes will not have room for a stroller.
Younger guests may enjoy a visit to the Train Museum. It is possible to purchase just Train Museum tickets. See above for details.
Can I take photos?
Unless a homeowner asks you not to, photographs are fine on the tour. The tours are on a tight schedule so please do not get separated from your group while taking photos.
Are the same houses on the tour this year as last year?
One of the houses, Holmes Hall (home of the Train Museum), and Calvary Church are always on the tour. We vary the other 6 houses as much as possible (we’re a pretty small neighborhood!).
What if there is bad weather?
All tours will take place as scheduled and will not be canceled for weather related reasons. Please plan appropriate attire (especially shoes!) This is Pittsburgh and bad weather is part of the charm.
Is there a place to grab a quick bite to eat before or after the tour?
Food is usually available at Calvary Church for purchase. Typical food selections include: roast beef sandwiches, hot dogs, chili, cakes, cookies, coffee, tea, soda, hot chocolate and cider. More information about local restaurants can be found in our Visit section of the website. Please be sure to check business hours.
Are there brunch, lunch or dinner tours available?
We will not be doing special Brunch, Lunch or Dinner tours this year. However, we’re working with local restaurants to offer special seatings/menus to go along with the tours. When we have the details worked out we will update this page and send out information about these special offers to the events mailing list (sign up here).
Is there a holiday shop this year?
This year The Holiday Shop will be at Calvary Church. Vendors will be selling antiques, collectibles and holiday gift items. We encourage you to come early and allow time for shopping before you take the tour. The folks at Calvary will hold your purchase while you’re on the tour.