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Candlelight House Tour Highlight of Beaver Celebration

Dec 01, 2016 07:39AM ● By Clare Heekin Lynch

This holiday season, you’re invited to take a walk through six Beaver and Brighton Township homes that are decked out with Christmas spirit in one of the region’s most beloved holiday home tours.

The 30th annual Candlelight House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 4, kicks off the season by showcasing some of the area’s most inviting properties—both historic and newer homes in the community. It is also one of the biggest fundraisers for Saints Peter and Paul School in Beaver. 

“The Saints Peter and Paul Candlelight House Tour has become a cherished Beaver community tradition,” said PTG president, schoolteacher and school mom Maureen Lucci. “While the tour is a fun, festive way to kick off the holiday season, it is also an important fundraising event for our school, which offers the foundation for academic excellence and success in life. All proceeds raised by this event benefit the school’s students and its curriculum.”

Always held the first weekend in December, the Candlelight House Tour is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the area’s most historic regions. “We ask homeowners in the area who decorate beautifully for Christmas to open their homes to the public for one night,” said Lucci. “These generous homeowners have houses that are attractive inside as well as outside, and we’re very fortunate for their kindness and charity.” 

Aglow with holiday spirit, the houses are sure to inspire decorating and entertaining ideas for tour-goers' own homes. And as an added bonus, they can also enjoy everything that the area has to offer during the holiday season, including local restaurants and shops.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the tour. “Once you purchase tickets, we invite you to the school for a pre-event reception at 3:30 p.m., where you will receive a map of all the home sites while enjoying complimentary refreshments, the children's live Nativity, and raffle baskets,” said Lucci. “The tour is self-guided, so we encourage you to visit all of the houses at your leisure until the event ends at 8 p.m.”

Candlelight House Tour tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at the Saints Peter and Paul School office, the Hostess Shoppe, Café Kolache, which are all in Beaver, and at Rome Inspirations in Rochester. For more information, call 724-774-4450 or email

Upcoming Events

There are many exciting events coming up in 2017, and you can find them all at Beaver’s new website, which will launch in January 2017.

“Our new website,, is going to offer some fresh new features including aerial shots and 360-degree views of the area,” said Paula Johnston, Beaver Area Chamber of Commerce president and co-owner of Generations Photography. “Its modern appearance will make for a more user-friendly browsing experience and will put a greater emphasis on what it’s like to live and work in our town.” 

Save the Dates

June 10:  Garrison Day Craft Sale

August 12:  Hot Summers Night Car Cruise 

September 16:  Beaver Wine Festival 

November 24:  Light-Up Festival