Feel festive this week at the seventh annual Dallas Woman’s Forum Holiday Home Tour at the historic C. H. Alexander Mansion, just blocks from the Dallas Arts District. The tour is part of a month of fun at the mansion, called “One Enchanted Christmas,” which will continue later in the month with a European Tea Room.
The Holiday Home Tour, Dec. 4-7, will take visitors through the spectacular rooms of the first floor of the mansion, cheerfully decorated for Christmas. Upstairs, guests can shop among 20 merchants in a gift boutique, offering antiques, jewelry, handcrafted home decor, candles, chocolates, teas, jellies, stationery, and vintage clothing. There are also tasty treats to buy at the Bake Shoppe, and tickets are available in advance for lunch at a Holiday Bistro.
“One Enchanted Christmas” will continue with a European Tea Room in the mansion Dec. 11-14 and 17-20 at noon each day. A traditional three-course tea will begin with passed champagne and will include the Alexander Mansion private blend tea, Caramel Almond Bliss. Reservations are required.
The mansion was once one of many lining Ross Avenue at the turn of the last century, when it was a high-status neighborhood in Dallas. Now it is one of only two remaining from that era (the other being the Belo Mansion). Designed by Fort Worth architectural firm Sanguinett & Staats with C.D. Hill, it is remarkably untouched from its original state of 1904. It is known for its striking triple-wide staircase with a ten-foot-tall Tiffany-style window on the landing, with vibrantly colored glass depicting a grape arbor. Be sure to check out the seven fireplaces in the mansion. The library fireplace is particularly unusual: its hood is made from half a bell bought by the mansion’s owners in Europe, sawed in half, and crafted into a hood. The Dallas Woman’s Forum purchased the mansion in 1930, and its preservation is one of the group’s missions.
Proceeds from One Enchanted Christmas will benefit the preservation of the C.H. Alexander Mansion and the charities of The Dallas Woman’s Forum: Landauer ChildCareGroup Center, Alley’s House, and Birdie Alexander Elementary School. Donations will also be accepted during the events.
Location: Alexander Mansion, 4607 Ross Ave.
Holiday Home Tour
Dates: Dec. 4-7
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets: Adults, $10 in advance, $12 at the door; children, $5; Holiday Bistro reservations are $15.
European Tea Room
Dates: Dec. 11-14 and 17-20
Tickets: $47 for adults; $20 for children under 12. Reservations required.
Purchase tickets by calling 214-823-4533 or clicking here.