The holidays in Summit would not be complete without the annual Holiday House Tour to benefit Reeves-Reed Arboretum. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this eagerly anticipated holiday event.  

The highlight of the tour is admission to  lovely homes in Summit decorated for the holidays. The homes will be open from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Also included is the Beacon Hill Club which will host a Designer Holiday Boutique and Gift Gallery. The Holiday Boutique will feature tabletop arrangements created and donated by local designers and florists, all for sale the day of the tour. Gift Gallery participants include: Dinner-ware by Gail Garcia, Elaine Arsenault  Handbags, Fruition Chocolate Works and Confectionery, H. Roland, Serendipity Glass Studios, Shore Solutions LLC, The Blue Bird, Vintage Jewelry and Trelli Artisinal Biscotti.  Both the Designer Boutique and Gift Gallery will open between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  A percentage of sales from the Gift Gallery will be donated to the Arboretum.

Tour tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the main office at (908)273-8787 ext. 1414. Tickets are $35 for non members and $30 for members in advance. All tickets will be $40 the day of the tour. A luncheon will be served at the Beacon Hill Club. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Lunch will be served from 11:30 until 1:00 and costs $35 per person.  All proceeds will benefit the historic preservation of Reeves-Reed Arboretum and support its horticultural and environmental education programs.

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The Holiday House Tour is made possible through the support of presenting sponsor Lois Schneider Realtor, which continues the lessons and vision that Lois Schneider started over 35 years ago.  Lois not only passed on her extensive real estate knowledge, but she taught the value of giving back to the community through hard work, dedication and philanthropy to community causes.  Lois believed that the heart of a town lies in the generosity and involvement of those who live and work there, and Lois Schneider Realtor, now under the direction of Karen Schneider, Lois's daughter, will continue to be an active part of this community.  “Lois Schneider Realtor  has been a consistent and enthusiastic supporter of Reeves-Reed Arboretum since its founding in1974”, states Frank Juliano, Executive Director, “ and we are pleased to be celebrating this 20 year partnership with them.”

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is the only public garden and one of the largest green spaces in the City of Summit.  The Arboretum seeks to engage, educate and enrich its visitors so they may become better stewards of nature and the environment. This mission is achieved through the care and utilization of an historic estate and gardens. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey Historic Registries. For more information, visit our website at or call  (908) 273-8787.