Historic Homes for the Holidays 2019: Tickets on sale now!

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. •

15 thoughts

  1. It’s so fun to see a preview of the homes you’ve got on the tour this year. Last year’s tour was amazing! I wouldn’t miss it this year.


  2. Ive been trying to buy tickets on line but nothing comes up with the boy your tickets here except information. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Went on tour last year and loved it.


    1. Hi there. Thanks for trying to buy your tickets for the Historic Homes for the Holidays tour, and I’m so sorry for the web difficulties. We are up and running again (and I am officially not an IT expert). 🙂


  3. Would love 2 tickets but can’t see where that can be done. I am unable to pick them up in person. Can you let me know what I need to do?


  4. Hi, Rebecca. Sooo excited for the historic homes tour again this year! This will definitely be an annual event for me and my friends! I had a hard time finding any press about it and we were thinking it wasn’t going to happen this year. Will the Post Register and Idaho Falls Magazine be doing features soon about it? Would love to see more out there on it so you are able to raise more money for a worthy cause. Thanks so much for creating this wonderful tour. I, too, love old historic homes and this tour fills my “old homes bucket”. Blessings, Marina


    1. Hi, Marina. I’ve been in touch with the Post, and they said they will cover it—I hope that happens soon! I appreciate anybody who spreads the word to friends via Facebook or Instagram or simply by recommending the tour. It’s tricky for me to get the word out on my own. So grateful for people like you who support the tour.


  5. Can you give out addresses? I do not live in IF but grew up there. Many houses look so familiar and I would love to know where they are.

    I visited during the 4th of July week and went by my old neighborhood and was blown away at how well cared for the homes were. So proud of those who have taken care of historic homes in IF.


  6. Hi! I won tickets for the tour but I need logistics like does the tour last that entire 4 hours or do you just show up anytime between then? Where do you go to start the tour? Thanks! So excited 😁


    1. Yay! Congrats! The tour is very flexible. You can visit the houses in any order and at any time Friday or Saturday (or both) while the tour is running. Tour times are Friday (today) from 4-8 and Saturday from 10-2. If you want to see all the houses, plan on three or four hours. 🙂 Hope you have a great time.


  7. Disappointed that we missed it. We read a post that states: “The tour will take place December 7th, 4:00-8:00 p.m. and December 8th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.” SO we planned on going today. Bummed for sure


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