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Posted on: October 31, 2023

Southwest Missouri Museum Associates Host Holiday Home Tour

A painted Christmas village with snow covered evergreen trees.


Springfield, MO. (October 31, 2023) – Looking for a fun new way to ring in the holidays with friends? Or festive decorating ideas for holiday entertaining? The Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA) are hosting a Holiday Home Tour in Springfield, MO on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM. The six beautiful homes opening their doors to the public range from ranch-style midcentury residences to a luxury downtown loft in a building over 100 years old. Most homes are located in the Rountree and Phelps Grove neighborhoods. 

“The most unusual home on the tour is a converted fire station built in 1912,” said event chair Patty Parker-Burns. “This residence had horse-drawn fire wagons, and the firemen’s pole is still in the living room. The other homes will feature everything from a Santa collection and handmade needlepoint ornaments depicting family travels to a potting shed waiting patiently for Santa.”

Tickets are $25. They may be purchased online via the SMMA Facebook page or through Eventbrite by clicking on: Tickets also are available at The Thicket, 1856 E. Cinderella in Springfield. On December 2, event tickets may be purchased from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM in the Springfield Art Museum's lobby. Proceeds will further the SMMA mission to promote and support the Springfield Art Museum and art appreciation in Southwest Missouri.  

“SMMA has donated more than $1.7 million to support the Springfield Art Museum,’’ said SMMA President Tina Stillwell. “Fundraisers like the Holiday Home Tour enable us to underwrite enhancements that are not in the Museum’s operating budget.”  

Want to go?
When: Saturday, December 2, 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $25
Where: Pick up physical tickets and event guides from the Springfield Art Museum lobby beginning at 10:00 AM on December 2. The Museum is located at 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO 65807.
Event contacts: Patty Parker Burns (Event Chair) 816-377-4819; Tina Stillwell (SMMA President) 417-830-9259.


The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, the Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. For more information, please visit or contact Joshua Best, Museum Affairs Officer at (417) 874-2859 or

The Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA) began as the Art Study Club, organized by Deborah Weisel, in 1926. The group incorporated as the Springfield Art Museum in 1928 and later deeded the Museum and its properties to the City of Springfield in 1947. After 1947 the group became the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates, a membership organization whose purpose is to support and promote the Springfield Art Museum and art appreciation in southwest Missouri.

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