Reeves-Reed Arboretum Annual Holiday House Tour Set For Dec. 5

This year's Reeves-Reed Arboretum Holiday House Tour will include seven elegant homes in Summit and Short Hills. (Photo courtesy of Reaves-Reed Arboretum)

This year’s Reeves-Reed Arboretum Holiday House Tour will include seven elegant homes in Summit and Short Hills. (Photo courtesy of Reeves-Reed Arboretum)

SUMMIT – Things are getting festive as the final touches are being put on Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Annual Holiday House Tour, set for Thursday, Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

The tour will include seven elegant homes in Summit and Short Hills, all decked out for the holidays, ranging from contemporary homes to stylish Tudors, and including the mansion at Greenwood Gardens and Wisner House on the Arboretum grounds.

Advance ticket prices are as follows:

  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum and/or Greenwood Gardens member tour ticket: $30
  • Non-member tour ticket: $35
  • Combo ticket for house tour and luncheon at Beacon Hill Club: $65
  • All tour tickets on the day of the event are $40. Limited day-of-availability for lunch at Beacon Hill possible for an additional $35; check with Arboretum staff.

For ticket-bearers at the $250 level, the day includes a pair of tickets, the luncheon, and a jitney ride that leaves from the Grand Summit Hotel and takes participants to each home on the tour.

During the day of the tour, Wisner House will host the annual Designer Holiday Boutique and Gift Gallery, where tour participants can shop for holiday gifts handmade by area artists and craftsmen. Hours for The Holiday Gift Boutique are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and will continue on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. when you and your children can have cookies and cocoa with Santa and have your picture taken while you tell him if you’ve been naughty or nice ($5 per person).

Reeves-Reed Arboretum will again be selling limited edition hand-crafted art glass ornaments, created with actual leaves from Arboretum trees. Each ornament is numbered and comes with a ribbon for hanging. The Arboretum debuted the first ornament last year, and some of those will be available this year as well for anyone who missed the opportunity to start their collection. All proceeds from the ornament sales benefit the Arboretum.

“Every year, the Holiday House Tour gets more exciting as more people get involved and more people turn out to see these beautiful homes,” said Frank Juliano, Executive Director of Reeves-Reed Arboretum. “This year’s event promises to be one of the best ever with so many breathtaking homes, and even more beautiful gifts at the Holiday Boutique, and of course, the ornaments which were a big hit last year.”

Another addition to this year’s event: while supplies last, Summit Downtown Inc. will give all give all Holiday Boutique shoppers a $10 gift card good for shops in downtown Summit.

Other sponsors include The Beacon Hill Club; Beechwood Title Agency; The Grand Summit Hotel; Hall’s Garden Center and Florist; Happy Holiday Lites; Hartlaub, Dotten & Mezzacca, PC; and Hilltop Community Bank.

For tickets and information, visit or call 908-273-8787.

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