It’s that time of year again, and I can hardly wait. The Historic Homes for the Holidays tour is just around the corner, and it is magical. Tickets are on sale now—click here for more info!
Here are a few things you should know about the tour and what makes it special:
- Tour dates are Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- This year’s tour will feature 10 historic homes and the recently restored Healing Sanctuary, all dressed in their holiday finery.
- This lineup of houses is new this year—you won’t see any of the same homes you saw on last year’s tour.
- This is an honest-to-goodness home tour where guests walk inside, see the rooms, drool over period details, and fall madly in love with old houses.
- This year’s homes range wildly in style, and I couldn’t be more excited about that. You’ll see everything from Victorian to farmhouse to Art Moderne to cottage to Tudor Revival.
- Tickets cost $10.50 per person online (a little extra to cover processing charges—buy them here) and $10 if purchased in person. Before the tour, you can buy tickets at RE/MAX Prestige, 1684 Elk Creek Drive in Idaho Falls; during the tour they’ll be sold at The Healing Sanctuary, 187 E. 13th Street. Each tour goer requires a ticket except babes in arms.
- All profits will be donated to Promise Ridge, which provides emergency temporary housing for single moms and their kids. I’ll be writing more about this group soon. I love their mission.
And here are this year’s houses:
It is a massive request to ask these homeowners to open their houses for the tour. For months they finish projects and clean and plan Christmas decor. They deserve so much thanks. And their homes are beautiful.
There are SO MANY reasons I organized this tour in the first place. I designed the tour I would like to take myself. I want more people to consider old-house living. I want to make Idaho Falls a more delightful place to live. I adore Christmas. And of course, I love the mission of Promise Ridge.
But last year’s tour exceeded all my expectations. We donated $11,300 to Promise Ridge. About 1,500 people attended (if you’re curious, the money that didn’t go to Promise Ridge went directly to expenses, and many of those expenses were in investments—yard signs, plaid fabric for hay bales people could sit on to remove shoes—I’m using again this year.
Last year I knew it was going to be good when I pulled on my red dress, stepped into my cheetah heels, walked outside five minutes before tour time to light candles on the front step, and could hear the crunch, crunch of people—lots of them—making their way up the sidewalk to my house. In a word, the tour felt magical. This year’s will too. And I promise that if you go, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit too. •