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Tallman Holiday Tours

Holiday Tree Show at Lincoln-Tallman House Brings 21 Days of Joy

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Janesville, WI — Bright, festive, and uniquely decorated each year, the 2019 Holiday Tree Show features more than 30 Christmas trees adorned by local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. The 21 days of open-house style tours at the Lincoln-Tallman House begin   November 29 and run through December 30.

Guests will discover trimmings in each room of the Lincoln-Tallman House, at 440 N. Jackson Street in Janesville. While strolling the mansion, folks are welcome to enjoy complimentary Christmas cookies and cider.

This year, the Rock County Historical Society (RCHS) is partnering with the Rotary Botanical Gardens, with dates of the Holiday Light Show and Holiday Tree Show corresponding.

“We are excited about this partnership,” said Timothy Maahs, RCHS’ Executive Director. “By coordinating dates, we’re offering families and adults alike two magical experiences in Janesville.”

Maahs is also enthusiastic about the variety of sponsors decorating trees this year. “With more than 30 businesses, nonprofits and individuals sponsoring trees, this is another way that RCHS is working in tandem with the community to help get the word out about the many offerings in Rock County,” he added.

From a tree dressed like a ballgown by a local designer, to an evergreen bejeweled with hats, scarves and ribbon by a downtown hair salon, the unexpected greets each visitor.  

New this year, a ticket to the Holiday Tree Show may be used on any of the tour dates. All tours are open-house format, allowing guests to view at their leisure. Evening Tree Shows will be lit only by the glow of the Christmas trees and gasoliers, providing an even more enchanting experience.

Opening day is November 29, with the season running through December 30. Days and hours are: Thursdays and Fridays: Noon – 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: Noon – 4 p.m. On Monday, December 23 and Monday, December 30, hours are Noon – 7 p.m. Closed December 24, 25, and 31.

Tickets are available online at www.rchs.us/event/ or by calling RCHS at 608-756-4509 Ext. 301. Ticket prices are $10; $5 for children age 10 and under; and free for children age 4 and under.

Home to six uniquely different historic sites on a 3.5-acre campus in the historic Look West Neighborhood, the Rock County Historical Society’s mission is to bridge past and present through capturing and sharing stories about Rock County, Wisconsin. Its sites include the award-winning Lincoln-Tallman House, Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center, Charles Tallman Archives, Tallman Carriage House, Wilson-King Stone House, and the Frances Willard Schoolhouse.