This is Atlanta’s big gift to adults who love beauty. During this time of the year metro Atlanta, Georgia offers the most beautiful holiday tour of homes. Full of historic meaning and community love. Many communities come together to showcase holiday beautification and also raise support for well deserving charities.
These are five of the must see holiday tour of homes for Atlanta, Georgia. The tours are beautiful but the history behind the origination is what makes this one of the best holiday events in the Atlanta area. Please check requirements as some of the tours are not for children under a certain age.
For more than 30 years, Grant Park has celebrated the December holidays with the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes providing Atlanta and surrounding communities with a unique glimpse into the historic intown neighborhood. Held in the evening with the glow of holiday lights, the Candlelight Tour is a great way to see the neighborhood and at the same time, get into the holiday spirit.
Grant Park is Atlanta’s largest historic district with homes built in the Victorian, Craftsman, Italianate and various other styles from the turn of the 20th century. The Candlelight Tour features eight to ten homes each year, usually representing historic renovations as well as new homes built to reflect the historic district’s character. Also on the tour is St. Paul United Methodist Church. The church’s beautiful Neo-Romanesque sanctuary is admired by tour-goers for its soaring stained glass windows and pipe organ from the 1880s.
Tour-goers are encouraged to come an hour early each evening to St. Paul United Methodist Church which houses the ticket booth and serves as the first stop on the tour. Here you may find that special, out-of-the-ordinary gift at the Artist Market which is returning to the area just off the sanctuary. It will be open from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Also on Saturday, families can visit Santa at the church and then join a caroling hayride that will make its way to some of the tour homes.
At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, visitors will enjoy the fabulous St. Paul choir perform a Candlelight Christmas Concert. Each night features a bake sale and complimentary hot apple cider and hot chocolate to keep tour goers nice and warm.
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The Marietta Pilgrimage is a Christmas Home Tour that takes place in the historic districts around the Marietta Square. The tour, a favorite holiday tradition for 25 years, showcases 6 private historic homes all lovingly restored and decorated for the season.
The Marietta Pilgrimage offers either a Day Tour or an evening Candlelight Tour. The Day Tour will showcase all 6 homes and public buildings and the Candlelight Tour features 3 of the 6 homes. You may also purchase a combination ticket which allows you to see the public buildings and 3 of the homes during the Day Tour and the remaining 3 homes during the Candlelight Tour.
This much-honored event will unveil its 25th Edition, December 3-4, 2011.The Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society organize the tour each year. Tour Homes for pictures and histories of the homes on tour this year.
The Day Tour runs Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm. The Candlelight Tour is Saturday from 7pm-9:30pm. Check the Schedule page for details.
The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes began in 1972 with the first “Virginia-Highland Bungalow Tour”. Since then, home tours were held through 1977 and again in 1980-1982 (featuring 10-14 homes each year). The focus of these Tours was on “bungalows” and it was more of a local community event.
The event was re-vitalized in 2004 with the current “Homes for the Holidays” Tour that has become a citywide celebration of the neighborhood. Virginia Highland has become a focal point of Atlanta, drawing many to its rich but unassuming architecture; its cultural events such as the Summerfest Arts Festival; its numerous high quality restaurants and shops; and it’s love of involvement. If ever there was a vibrant and eclectic community that is “involved” in its surroundings, Virginia-Highland is it!
The Tour of Homes is a reflection of that ethic. Re-vamped to attract a larger audience and generate income to improve local parks and other civic initiatives, the Tour is also fun and interesting. One cannot find anywhere in Atlanta such a rich and diverse assortment of homes and lifestyles.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days
A Southern Trilogy Candlelight Tour of Roswell’s Three Southern Trilogy Sites: Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation Home. Visit all three homes in beautiful candlelight and enjoy festive holiday decorations, children’s activities, seasonal treats, and entertainment. Barrington Hall presents décor of A Very Southern Christmas, showcasing the traditions that make Christmas in the South a truly unique experience. Bulloch Hall celebrates A Christmas Carol, with décor depicting the Dickens’ Christmas Classic. Smith Plantation presents All I Want for Christmas with decorations by the Roswell Garden Club.
Dec 10th, 2011 (Sat) See home tours.
Northwest Atlanta Neighborhood (Garraux Road and Nancy Creek Road)
Peachtree Garden Club’s annual holiday tour was held on December 8th, 2011 and featured four distinctive homes in an exclusive northwest Atlanta neighborhood.
All proceeds of the Tour benefit the Peachtree Garden Club Community Fund, which in turn supports charitable, scientific & educational needs in the fields of horticulture and conservation through the donation of funds to organizations in the Atlanta area. The Tour is sponsored by individual PGC members as well as corporate sponsors, including Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty at the Platinum level;Tunnell and Tunnell Landscape Architecture and Arcus Capital Partners at the Gold level; Linder Security Systems,The Mercantile , Gramercy Fine Linens & Furnishings, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and The Hagedorn Family Charitable Fund at the Silver level; and Campbell and Brannon Property Tax Services, LLC at the Bronze level. This year’s Tour honored PGC member Pat Hartrampf.