Christmas at the Schaeffler House

The William and Ida Schaeffler House will be decorated for a Victorian Christmas with live Christmas music, opening for the Christmas season on Saturday, Dec. 1. Not only is the Schaeffler House on the National Register of Historic Places, but also the decorations will take the visitors back a century in time.

Electricity was only beginning to be available when the house was built in 1909, so the Schaefflers would have had few if any electric lights. Instead, their decorations would have focused on greenery, garlands of cranberries and popcorn, presents, toys such as soldiers and dolls, and fruits and nuts. And of course, on Christmas Eve they would have decorated their live tree with candles. Many of our decorations will reflect those themes.

The 2018 theme is Nativities. The Schaefflers were German, so they would have certainly displayed a beautiful, hand-carved nativity. Nativities throughout the house will remind visitors of the nativity scenes that have been displayed over the last century in the house.

The Christmas decorations will be accompanied by live Christmas music, including an a capella men’s quartet, a sing-along of German Christmas carols, and a country band.

The community will celebrate the opening of the house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in conjunction with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s Down Home Christmas.
The house will be decorated through the Christmas seasons and tours will be available Tues/Thurs/Sat 9am-noon and Tues/Thurs 1-3pm and by appointment.

Visitors may purchase tickets at the door or online at All proceeds and donations will help paint the Schaeffler House.

Admission $5, students $3, pre-school free.