Christmas by Candlelight Hours
Our Museum and Distillery will be open 4 - 8 p.m. on December 9, 10, 16, and 17 for our Christmas by Candlelight program. Guided tour tickets are available here and anyone is welcome visit the Museum and Distillery for free.


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Christmas by Candlelight

Saturday, December 16, 2023 - Sunday, December 17, 2023 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
West Overton Village
109 West Overton Road
Scottdale, PA 15683
Christmas by Candlelight

Discover Holiday History

Christmas by Candlelight invites you to a 19th century Christmas!

Take a candlelit tour of the 1838 Overholt Homestead. Enjoy historically accurate decor as you learn about some of our most beloved Christmas traditions and how the Overholts celebrated (or not!) in the 1800s. As you tour room to room, follow the Overholts’ traditions over the century and how they changed over time. Learn about Christmas in southwestern Pennsylvania as far back as 1800, the lore of gift givers like Belsnickel and Santa Claus, and the origins of other customs.

Also taste warm spiced cider and a sweet treat from the Overholts’ 1830s kitchen, visit the carriage house where our historic sleigh will soon be filled with gifts, and stop in the Educational Distillery for samples, bottle sales, and Christmas-themed cocktails.

In the Museum, partake in holiday traditions like stringing popcorn, decorating ornaments, and making Christmas cards. Explore our award-winning exhibition, Forging Ahead and Falling Behind, about the history of West Overton’s villagers and industries.

Homestead tours are limited due to capacity in the house, so tickets must be purchased in advance.

Guided Tour Schedule

Tours will be offered December 9, 10, 16, and 17. They will leave on the half hour, the first tour leaving at 4:00 p.m. and the last tour leaving at 7:30 p.m.

Christmas Open House

While guided tours are paid and scheduled in advance, the Museum will be open for free on the tour days from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to stop by to enjoy the exhibition, crafts, special treats, and the Distillery. 


Thank you to our event sponsor, Armstrong.

Join us!

Space is limited to 10 guests per tour and advance registration is required. Tours are priced at our regular admission:
  • $12 for adults
  • $10 for seniors, teachers, students, children 6+
  • Free for children 5 and under, West Overton Village members, and SNAP/EBT recipients

Plan Your Visit

Enjoy guided tours, exhibitions, and our Educational Distillery. Check our Hours and Admission to plan your visit!