Barker to celebrate Christmas

Barker Mansion will offer Christmas-themed Behind the Scenes Tours starting Friday.


MICHIGAN CITY — The Christmas Behind the Scenes Tours of Michigan City's Barker Mansion in December will offer guests a look at the typically off-limits spaces of the historic home.

The two-hour tours are offered on Dec. 6 and 15; they begin at 7 p.m. and venture into the basement where an old electrical panel, laundry room and summer kitchen can be found. The tours, led by Assistant Director TJ Kalin, also includes a look at former servant’s quarters and allows guests into the archives, storage areas and rooms that are typically roped off during regular tours. Adding to the visual display this month are eleven Christmas trees throughout the home.

“We’re taking our typical Behind the Scenes Tour and giving it a Christmas twist,” Kalin said. “I will be weaving in tales of Victorian Christmas traditions the Barkers may have enjoyed, plus guests will get to see the Christmas storage areas where we keep our hundreds of ornaments and pieces of décor.”

The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington St. in Michigan City. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in the early 1900s after he expanded onto his father’s original 1857 home on the same site. Reservations are required by calling 219-873-1520 or searching “Barker Mansion” on Cost is $15 per adult and $10 per youth, ages 15 and under. For more information, visit

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