You can experience
some of this magic in Old Louisville's
Yuletide Holiday House Tour, which takes place every year on the
first weekend in December. The 2006 tour will be held on Saturday December
and Sunday December 4, from noon until 6pm. Old Louisville's finest
mansions will be decked in holiday
in Old Louisville's Conrad House
(Open to the public throughout the season)
What makes this all so
special is that most of these houses are private homes, and are rarely ever
open to the public for tours. In fact, most individual houses are open to the public
only once in a lifetime. So if you missed a house this year, you may
not get a chance to see it ever again. And you may return year after
year, and the tour will never be quite the same!
We've heard many who
came away from the tour exclaim that the tour seemed more like Christmas
than Christmas itself. We who live here sometimes forget that not
everyone routinely has the opportunity to experience our magnificent
Victorian interiors, much less with giant Christmas trees, hearths and
doorways and staircases festooned with garlands. It truly can be an
old-fashioned picture-postcard Yuletide dream.
proud owners of the houses go all out in their decorating. Visitors
enjoy the scent of cedar and pine and spice. Visitors also get to meet
some of the people who live in Old Louisville. Each house is manned by
volunteers from the neighborhood, and sometimes the owners themselves, who
will explain some of the unique architectural features of each home, and
sometimes an unexpectedly fascinating history. Visitors can see
for themselves how Victorian ambiance is blended into our modern lifestyle.
tour is sponsored by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. Tickets
are only $20 per person if purchased in advance or $25 on the days of the
tour. There will be a
holiday gift boutique. Transportation is provided between the houses, and several Old
Louisville restaurants will be open during the tour so that you can
experience a taste of Old Louisville as well!
can get tickets from the Old Louisville Information Center, or order
center is located in Central Park just across from the intersection of St.
James Court and Magnolia. The telephone number is (502)
635-5244, and the center is open weekdays from 1pm until 5 pm. Mailing address is 1340 S. Fourth Street in
Central Park, Louisville 40208. On the days of the tour, the ticket
booth will be in the Conrad-Caldwell House.
Use the Magnolia Street entrance.
here for more information and advance ticket order form for this year's
to think of a great holiday gift? How about sending someone special
some of the best bourbon candy on the planet from the Old Louisville Candy
Company. It's a mom and pop source that makes bourbon balls by hand in
a mansion on Third Street:
Click here for more.
Old Louisville holiday tradition is the Living
Christmas Tree at the
Street Baptist Church at Third and St. Catherine. There will
be several performances of this annual event. It's a beautiful sight
with beautiful sounds in a beautiful setting. Although tickets are free,
seating is limited compared with the great demand, so it's best to get your
tickets early (order on the Walnut Street Baptist
site). There may be no information there until late, so you might contact the church for ticket information, phone (502)
589-5290, or email.
2006 should be during the 1st 2 weeks in December
As a guide, Performances
for 2003 were:
December 5 - 7:30 PM
December 6 - 3:00 PM
December 6 - 6:00 PM
December 7 - 3:00 PM
December 7 - 6:00 PM
December 10 - 7:30 PM
December 12 - 7:30 PM
December 13 - 3:00 PM
December 13 - 6:00 PM
December 14 - 3:00 PM
December 14 - 6:00 PM