Tour of Homes

The Washington Candlelight Tour of Homes 2022 highlighted a number of beautifully decorated homes for Christmas.  We aim to find a variety of homes from newer construction to historical and everything in between.  The proceeds from this event fund our holiday lights around the square.  This is a weekend event you do not want to miss out on in Washington.

The 2022 Homes were:
Patrick & Jenny Morgan, 1602 N Marion Ave.
Clay Whisler (Ola Babcock Home), 429 S Marion Ave.
Bruce & Julie Timmins, 2669 Wayland Rd.
Ron & Char Anderson, 2345 265th St.
Brian & Tracy Strabala, 2495 Sockum Ridge Rd.

The 2022 Business Stops were:
Repurpose It, 107 W 2nd St.: Drink & Appetizer & Craft Stop
Hills Bank, 2481 IA-92 : Mike Zahs Nativity Scene & Cookie Stop


Since 2018, the Chamber has invested over $35,000 into our community’s holiday lights. We want to thank these partners who have contributed both financially and in-kind over these years: Washington County Riverboat FoundationCity of Washington, Washington Iowa Betterment Foundation, Greiner BuildingsPaneless Windows and BW Construction. These businesses are in addition to the sponsors of our Tour of Homes, which is the primary fundraiser for our holiday lighting season.
We have approximately 5,500 linear feet of lighting in the downtown area and have been expanding and improving the holiday lights in our community by converting and replacing the strands to LED bulbs. In addition to the lights lining the rooftops downtown, we have upgraded the fountain and snowflake lights to LED and we have added lights on approximately 15 new buildings.
If you would like your building to be considered for lights, please contact the Washington Chamber at 319-653-3272 or email [email protected]

Washington Wonderland: Holiday Light & Decorating Contest for Downtown Businesses. The contest will be held November 26-January 1.  Maps are available at the Chamber and participating businesses.  Download the Map below.  Submit your choice for the People’s Choice winner by dropping off the voting slip at the Chamber, 205 W Main Street or email [email protected]

Washington Wonderland Presenting Sponsor:


Tour of Homes Presenting Sponsor:

Additional Sponsors:

2021 Washington Wonderland Contest Winners:

Best Decorated Home voted by the
Tour of Homes Committee & People’s Choice:
Matt Lins & Kelsey Martin’s Home – 1121 N Marion Ave.
Prize: $100 Gift Card to Ace-N-More & Custom Door Sign from Repurpose It
Best Decorated Business voted by the Tour of Homes Committee:
The Village-101 S Marion Ave.
Prize: $100 Gift Card to Ace-N-More
Best Decorated Business voted by the People’s Choice:
Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.-108 S Iowa Ave.
Prize: Custom Door Hanger from Repurpose It