Massachusetts Holiday House Tours, December 11 and 12, 2010

Last week we updated our readers on Holiday House Tours taking place the first weekend in December, and this week we highlight some events happening on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12.

We’ll begin in Newburyport, with the Custom House Maritime Museum Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 11. Now celebrating its 17th year, The Holiday House Tour is back and big as ever! This year’s tour is proudly sponsored by Stone Ridge Properties to benefit the Custom House Maritime Museum.  Prepare yourself for a treasured celebration of holiday traditions. The 2010 Holiday House Tour will feature ten prominent homes all decorated in splendid holiday fashion.  This year, six tour homes are located in Newburyport, along with one each in Newbury, Byfield, Rings Island and on West Newbury’s River Road. Highlights include an elegant Greek revival, a stately Georgian reproduction, the historical Wheelwright House (perhaps the finest example of Federal architecture in Newburyport!) plus an “over 55” gated community retreat and a magnificently restored 1700’s farmhouse.  Hours and ticket information will soon appear on line, or email and you’ll receive information as soon as it becomes available.

On Sunday, December 12, the West Falmouth Library hosts a Holiday House Tour and Boutique from 12 noon – 4 pm.   Tickets ($25) will be available in advance at the library beginning November 16.  Day of the event price is $30.  Further details will be available at in the coming days.

Closer to Back Bay, the Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams Street, Milton,  will sponsor a Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 12, from 1 – 4 pm.  More details will follow at