LIVINGSTON, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. has announced the Fifth Annual Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour, and this year it has been expanded to include 17 sites. The sites will be be decorated for the holidays and open to the public on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8. Included in the tour will be Livingston's Force Homestead and Museum, Kip’s Castle and the Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, with first-time sites Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Greenwood Gardens, Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center and The Salvatorian Fathers Catholic Church.
“The Holiday House Tour is a great example of organizations throughout the County pooling their resources to create a wonderful event for families to enjoy and to provide insight into how past holidays were celebrated,” DiVincenzo said. “Take a break from the hustle and bustle this December and visit 17 local homes and landmarks that will have decked the halls in holiday extravagance for one spectacular weekend. Tour historic Essex County with your friends and delight in the spirit of the season,” DiVincenzo said.
Here is the complete list of Historic Holiday House sites:
Essex County Kip’s Castle Park
22 Crestmont Road, Verona
Admission is free. Open 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Walther House at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair
Admission is free. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Ballantine House at Newark Museum
49 Washington Street, Newark
Suggested admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children, seniors and students, and free for Newark Museum members. Open 12 Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Canfield-Morgan House and Museum
903 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Open 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street, Newark
Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Open year round from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Force Homestead and Museum
366 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston
Admission is free. Open 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Glenmont at Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street, West Orange
Admission is $7 per person and free for children under 16. Tickets can be purchased at the Park’s Visitor Center and include access to the Laboratory Complex. Glenmont is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday by tour only. The Laboratory Complex is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills
Admission is $5 and free for children under 12. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Grover Cleveland Birthplace
207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
3 Kingsland Street, Nutley
Admission by donation. Open 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Montclair Historical Society Properties
Admission is $5 per person, $10 per family for all properties and free for members of the Montclair Historical Society. Open 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Israel and Nathaniel Crane Houses
108 and 110 Orange Road, Montclair
The Charles Shultz House-Evergreens, Montclair
30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair
65 Church Street, Nutley
Admission is free. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center
240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield
Admission is free. Open 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Salvatorian Fathers
23 Crestmont Road, Verona
Admission by donation. Open 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Zenas Crane Homestead
289 Westville Avenue, West Caldwell
Admission is free. Open 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Each site will offer something unique, including musical entertainment, refreshments or educational programs. There may be an admission fee at some locations. For more information, please call 973-239-2485 or visit www.essexcountynj.org.