Ignite Your Christmas Spirit at the 44th Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

December 4, 2015

Laken Geiger
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Ignite Your Christmas Spirit at the 44th Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

Tour of Historic Homes Offers Peek Into Centuries Old Holiday Spirit Dec. 12 and 13

RALEIGH, N.C. — Oakwood residents prepare to deck their halls an open their historic homes to the public for the 44th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour on Saturday and Sunday, December 12-13, from 1 to 7 p.m. Triangle residents are invited to tour 12 of the area’s grandest homes.

Residents whose homes are featured spend six months getting ready for the tour, with many volunteers offering their talents and time for the event. The participating homes, dating from the mid-1800s to early 1900s, open their decorated doors to the public for the tour.

“Historic Oakwood’s Candlelight Tour is a treasured experience that dates back nearly half a century,” said Tour Chair Ellen Nightingale. “We offer individuals and families the opportunity to tour homes of all sizes and styles from different eras, all decked out for the holidays. What better way to get into the holiday spirit?”

Ticket holders can tour the properties at their own pace in any order, typically allowing three to four hours to complete the tour. Each home is staffed with docents who offer information about the rich history of the property and the community.

Fun for the entire family, visit 12 lovely homes decorated for the holidays, ranging in style from Queen Anne cottages to Neoclassical Revival and Italianate residences. This year's tour highlights include a fully accessible ADA-compliant home, and two once-condemned residences that have been delightfully brought back to life, renovated with their original charm intact.

The Tour is held each year in partnership with the nonprofit Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, this year Habitat for Humanity is also a partner.

Advance tickets are on sale for $25 through Dec. 10. Group rates available. Day-of tickets will be available at The Tucker House, 418 N. Person St.

About the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

The 44th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour offers a chance for area residents to walk 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 www.historicoakwood.org.