The most recognized house in Taylors Falls open during the festival is the 1855 WHC Folsom House, a Minnesota Historical Society Site managed by Taylors Falls Historical Society. It is their fundraiser. Located at 272 W Government Street, guest hours are Friday, Nov. 29, 3-8 p.m., Nov. 30, 11, AM to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, between 1-4 p.m.
Each room of the house has been decorated for Christmas by different individuals and businesses. As the Lighting Festival tours are self-guided, you are encouraged to enjoy the house decorations at your leisure, as if you were an invited guest to a Victorian holiday party. Adult admission is $4, children 6 - 17 are $2, and under 6 are free.
The 1872 J.H. McCourt Greek Revival house is set against the hill at 643 Bench (main) Street. It has a history of being a private residence as well as a business establishment. From a 1930s photo it appears to have few changes to its exterior. Its most memorable business, A Bit of Sweden Smorgasbord, served chicken dinners between 1938 and 1954.
Meals were served in the front two rooms and the open front porch weekends during the summer season. Another business, Majestic Falls Spa, has just recently opened here. Come, enjoy the history and design of this house which is decorated for the holidays. The 1872 McCourt House is open two days only, Friday the 29th from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday the 30th, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $1 charge for ages 6-17, a benefit to help pay for the Lighting Festival.
For a full listing of the three-day event, go to lightingfestival.com. The Santa Parade is 6 p.m. Friday. All events are family friendly and designed to create holiday memories in the Christmas card village.