Christmas at the Dana-Thomas House

Though it has been closed for months for a round of renovations, the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois is open for the holiday season, with several special events scheduled for the month of December.

The house will be decorated for the holiday season today through Saturday, Dec. 31.

Family night is 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. All visitors will be admitted free, although a donation of $1 per person is suggested. Regular holiday tours will be conducted during the day.

The Night of the Luminaria is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. About 1,000 luminaria will line the sidewalks and ledges of the structure.

The house will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The site is closed Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the year.

The suggested donation for all Dana-Thomas House tours, except Family Night, is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

In addition, the Dana-Thomas House Foundation Holiday Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. It will feature live music, food and beverages, and appearances by Susan Lawrence Dana and Santa Claus.

Cost is $20 for foundation members and Dana-Thomas House volunteers and $25 for the general public. Reservations, which are required, can be obtained by calling 788-9452.