BARNESVILLE -- The Belmont County Historical Society's Victorian Mansion Museum, 532 N. Chestnut Street, Barnesville, is celebrating the "The Magic of Christmas" 2008 Christmas season with weekend tours to showcase the many Christmas trees and beautiful decorations throughout the exquisite Victorian Mansion.

Volunteers have been busy the last few weeks preparing the 26-room mansion for the Christmas season. Committee chair Jeffrey Van Horn, commended the following decorators and committee members who have volunteered their time and talent to make the Museum "light up for the holidays": Jita Clift of Blossoms, Amy Corder, Brenda Hitt, Sharon LeeWood, Debbie Lucas, Roxanne Roby, Carolyn Stephen, Gary and Beth Stephen of Bless Your Heart, Emery Stewart, Barnesville; Dawn Daubenmeyer, Belmont; Nancy Mayo, Bethesda; Pat Ketzell, Bridgeport; Flushing Garden Club, Flushing; Tracy Temple, Hendrysburg; Jeffrey Van Horn, Averil Lynn, Morristown; Vickie Duvall and Holly Carpenter, Jerusalem; Judy Craig, Brenda Ponzani of Ponzani Florists, St. Clairsville and various Museum board members.

The holiday tours will continue each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21. The holiday tour hours are Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour fee is $5 for adults and students ages 6-18, $2. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are available at a reduced rate by reservation only, please call 740 425-2273, 425-2343, 425-1112 or 484-4716.

As a convenience to the many visitors the Museum Christmas tours will be extended from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9 by reservation only. Please call (740) 425-2273, 740 425-1112 or 484-4716 to reserve a tour time. The above tour fees apply.

Many talented individuals and groups will be performing to make the tours seem more like "Home for the Holidays."