Moss Mansion at Christmastime

A lovely show of trees and vintage decor make a holiday season trip to the Moss Mansion memorable, especially during the annual Holiday Tour of Homes benefiting the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. 

LARRY MAYER/Gazette Staff

The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale celebrates the spirit of the holidays with the 13th annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local families open their decorated homes for this self-guided tour. All seven stops will feature music provided by the BSO&C and community musicians. All proceeds benefit the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.

The locations featured on this year’s tour follows:

The Moss Mansion, 914 Division St.: Enjoy a lovely show of trees and vintage decor for a spectacular Christmas season. Themed Christmas Tours began in mid-November with local charities sharing their creative flair with trees in each room of the museum. Tour guests vote for People’s Choice award while a Best of Theme award is made by staff and volunteers with a small cash prize to benefit that charity.

Gainan’s 2017 Dream Home, 502 N. 30th St.: See A Christmas to Remember, Gainan’s last Dream Home in their downtown location before their big move to Grand Avenue in the spring. 

Fagg Home, 3053 Thousand Oaks St.: The Fagg family home has three themed trees: an angel/religious tree in the living room; an elegant Radko tree in the entry; and Karen Fagg’s favorite, the snowman and family tree in the kitchen with all their children’s homemade ornaments made throughout the years.

Heringer Home, 3220 Country Club Circle: Built early in the 1960s, this house is the definition of mid-century architecture. When the homeowners renovated last year, they endeavored to achieve the mid-century modern aesthetic, preserving original characteristics and infusing complimentary modern elements. At Christmas, they use the same approach — selecting traditional, family heirlooms and pairing them with modern decorations that mirror the house’s mid-century modern vibe.

Marsh Home, 2716 McCormick Lane (please park only on the west side of the street to get to this home): Christmas memories abound in the cozy home of Lorraine Marsh. Her eclectic collection carries the memory of special friends, family members, or experiences. A multitude of nativity scenes from such varied locations as Spain, Germany and Madagascar are on display. The home is also the snack location, so come in and enjoy some holiday cookies and hot cider.

Berube Home, 2975 Palm Drive: Built in 1984, this home sits nestled beneath the Rims in Gregory Hills. The home has been extensively updated. The home holds a special surprise that is sure to be remembered. Visitors will experience the warmth of two fireplaces, the beautiful grounds, and grand views overlooking Gregory Hills.

Yeargain Home, 5332 Green Teal Drive: This home was on the Holiday Tour of Homes when it was first built. Since then it has been completely redecorated. The home, featuring five bedrooms and six baths, was built for taking care of people. 

Tickets are $25 in advanced or $30 day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased at the Billings Symphony box office, 2721 Second Ave N., Suite 350, by calling 252-3610 or going online to billingssymphony.org. They are also available at all three Gainan’s Flower and Garden Centers, The Base Camp, First Montana Title, Neecee’s, Wetzel’s Quality Cleaners, and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/ Floberg Real Estate. A map of the tour can be found at billingssymphony.org.

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Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.