Intimate Look Inside Historic Oakwood Homes


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Intimate Look Inside Historic Oakwood Homes Decked in Christmas Cheer

45th Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour Lets You Step into Centuries Old Home Dec. 10-11.


RALEIGH, N.C. — One of Raleigh's longest-held holiday traditions invites North Carolina residences on an intimate tour of 12 Historic Oakwood residences during the 45th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour on Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Homes featured in the tour date from mid-1800’s to early 1900’s, and range in style from Queen Anne cottages to Neoclassical Revival and Italianate residences. Attendees will witness a mix of holiday décor, either mirroring the home's yesteryears or matching the modern lifestyles of the homeowners. Docents at each stop offer insider information about the home’s unique features, the family lineage and surrounding community.  

“The homeowners graciously open their doors to the public and showcase the home’s character adorned in holiday decorations,” said Ellen Nightingale, Oakwood resident and tour chairperson. “What better way to get into the holiday spirit than this Raleigh tradition that dates back nearly half a century?”

Ticket holders are welcome to tour the properties at their own pace, typically allowing three to four hours to view all the featured homes and the neighborhood. The annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour benefits the nonprofit Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood. Advance tickets are on sale for $25 online with group rates available. Day-of tickets will be available at The Tucker House, 418 N. Person St.

About the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

The 45th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour offers a chance to walk back in time through some of Raleigh’s oldest and grandest homes. The self-guided tour features different homes each year, and visitors can tour them at their own pace. Get a glimpse of past tours on the Oakwood Facebook page and by visiting