48th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour
Few things kick off the holiday season like one of Raleigh's longest-held holiday traditions. The 48th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour® will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 & 15 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy intimate tours of these lovely homes decked out in their Christmas finery.
Homes featured in the tour date from late-1800’s to mid-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 today’s modern lifestyle of the homeowners. Docents at each stop offer insider information such as the home’s unique features, the family lineage and surrounding community.
“It is always such a wonderful time when the homeowners of Historic Oakwood graciously open their doors and welcome folks from all over to take in the history, the decorations and the magic of this neighborhood,” said Carmen Ritz, tour chairperson. “This event has sold out in recent years, which speaks to the fact that people annually make this one of their must-do Christmas traditions – and for good reason. You can feel the majesty of the holiday season just strolling from home to home.”
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 non-profit organization The Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood. Advance tickets are available now for purchase for $25 online at www.historicoakwood.org, or beginning around Thanksgiving at Logan’s Trading Company, 707 Semart Drive, Seaboard Station, Raleigh. Group rates are also available through December 1. Day-of tickets will be available at The Tucker House, 418 N. Person St. Advance purchases are highly encouraged as 2017 and 2018 sold out.
About the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour®
The 48th 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 (https://www.facebook.com/HistoricOakwood/) and by visiting www.historicoakwood.org.
About the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood
Historic Oakwood is now one of Raleigh's tourist attractions – but it wasn’t always the case. A 1972 announcement of a major thoroughfare planned through the heart of the neighborhood united residents, and the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, a non-profit corporation, was formed. The thoroughfare plan was thwarted, and the neighborhood revitalization continues to this day through projects such as supporting the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house and facilitating the major restoration of an endangered home on Person Street.