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Holiday home tours around Savannah

Do your toes curl at the sight of perfectly stacked poinsettias and fireplace mantles topped with elegant amaryllis? Does your heart pitter-patter over abundant ropes of greenery and yards of silk ribbon?   If you answered yes, then you are in for a treat this year as Savannah and surrounding cities welcome the public to tour dozens of dazzling, decorated homes.

Tours of elegantly appointed homes are a southern tradition and this year the pickings are plentiful. Starting where all good things begin, in the historic district, two tours take place on December 12, 2009. Tours are coordinated by the Downtown Neighborhood Association.  The afternoon tour is scheduled from 11am-3pm and the evening tour runs from 5-8pm. Six unique historic homes will be featured on each tour for a total of 12 different homes to visit. There is an optional tea between tours.  The cost of each tour is $30. The tea (with Victorian sandwiches) is $20.

As if that is not exciting enough, the neighborhood association has created a new tour for 2009.  The new tour kicks off on Sunday December 13, 2009 from 12:30-3:30pm.  Tickets to the ‘Holiday Tour of Inns’ are $20. The Inn Tour will saunter through six prestigious, private inns.  Tickets for all association home tours can be purchased in advance at

Just south of Savannah, in Henry Ford’s former home, the ‘Richmond Hill Holiday Tour of Homes’ takes place Sunday, December 6th from 1-5pm. This self-guided tour includes six beautifully decorated private homes, a tea at St. Anne Catholic Church and door prizes. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations and are available in advance at the Richmond Hill Historical Museum for $25.00. Tickets are $30.00 on the day of the tour. For more information, call (912) 756-3697.

Finally, the St. Thomas Episcopal Church will host a charity-driven holiday home tour this year in the Savannah neighborhood- Isle of Hope. This multi-dwelling tour costs $20 and includes transportation to the homes and a musical church reception. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (912) 354- 5839.