During our festive Jolly Janesville weekend, a highlight was seeing the Holiday Tree Show at the Lincoln-Tallman House. As we wandered through the rooms of the Lincoln-Tallman House, decked out with over 100 trees and decorations each uniquely done by a local business, nonprofit, or family, we couldn’t help but feel the holiday magic in the air.

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About Lincoln Tallman House

The Lincoln-Tallman House was owned by William Morrison Tallman, a distinguished attorney and politician in Janesville. Their claim to fame is Abraham Lincoln’s visit in October 1859 when he stayed while campaigning in Janesville. Today, the Lincoln-Tallman House serves as a museum where guests can embark on a tour to learn more about the family’s history and the lifestyle of that era.


Street parking was easy to find surrounding the house.

See Santa and Mrs. Claus

Upon entering the impressive home, we spotted Santa and Mrs. Claus right away. We swiftly snapped some photos and then proceeded to explore the rest of the house.

Find your favorite tree

We strolled through the multi-leveled floors of the Lincoln Tallman House. Along the way, we saw more than 140 decorated trees of all sizes ranging from 3 feet to 12 feet. The 20-foot main tree was so high that its top could be seen in an opening on the second floor.

It’s completely self-guided so we took our time going from room to room to admire the fun details of all the trees or marveling at the architecture of the 1850s house. Volunteers are all around ready to answer any questions that you may have. And it was hard to pick a favorite but the pink Christmas room was oh-so-cute.

See the Lincoln Room

A must stop is the Lincoln Room, where Lincoln stayed overnight. It also happens to be a great spot for photos too!

Admire the house

Our visit during the Holiday Tree Show not only allowed us to admire beautifully decorated trees but also offered the opportunity to explore the house and architecture. I absolutely loved taking photos of the spiral staircase.

Stop and shop

I was delighted to discover a room transformed into a charming little shop and happy to have found a Janesville ornament to adorn our tree. At first, I was tempted by the beautiful hand painted Lincoln Tallman House ornament, but given that it was made of glass would probably not fare well.



Stop downstairs in the museum’s Speakeasy for a beverage then sip while you stroll through the house! Cash only.


What a fantastic way to highlight the charm of the historic home and admire the uniquely decorated trees by the community. Without a doubt, a cherished holiday tradition for our family in Janesville!

Nitty Gritty

Website: https://rchs.us/event/holiday-tree-show/
Address:440 N. Jackson St., Janesville
When: Now until December 30. Hours are Thursday-Friday 3 PM – 7 PM and Saturday-Sunday Noon-4 PM.
Cost: Adult tickets are $15. Age 15 and under FREE. Tickets are available online at www.rchs.us/christmas and may be used on any tour day. Or tickets may be purchased at the door.
Bathrooms: Available close to exit