Santa and Mrs. Claus Will Visit Elmhurst for Annual Victorian Christmas Dec. 8

WHEELING — Elmhurst, The House of Friendship in Wheeling will once again open its historic holiday house to the public from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 for the sixth annual Victorian Christmas Tour.

“The beautiful Bloch mansion and our entire campus will be dressed to the nines in holiday finery, from themed Christmas trees to whimsical decorations, to delight all ages,” commented Jamie Crow, executive director, adding, “The residents of Elmhurst delight in showing off their beautiful home at the Christmas season.”

A special treat for children will be a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus during the afternoon, Crow notes. Children from Wheeling Country Day School and St. Michael Parish School will sing carols of the season during the event which is free to the public.

Crow notes that some residents decorate their apartments for the holidays and invite visitors to take a glimpse during the afternoon event.

“Elmhurst residents have been enjoying the beauty of the holidays for seven decades, thanks to the generosity of the Bloch family. This is our way of sharing that Victorian splendor with the community that has supported our efforts on behalf of older adults for over a century,” Crow explained.

Elmhurst, located at 1228 National Road in Wheeling’s Pleasant Valley area, is a licensed assisted living residence for older adults, a non-profit founded in 1890. The organization moved from downtown Wheeling to the former estate of Bloch Brothers’ Tobacco magnate Samuel S. Bloch when it was donated to the organization 1940. Two additions have been added to the original mansion, allowing 46 residents, men, women, and couples to reside there.


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