Residences in the Albany and Old Decatur Historic Districts are not normally open for public viewing except when a select number of homes open their doors during the annual holiday tour. This year's tour features 12 stunning homes and sites each beautifully decorated with luminaries, fruit, greenery, and thousands of lights. Participating homes and sites include the Reeves-Brown-Reed House, the Vickery-Wascom House, the Gray-Frankson House, the Chrissinger-Arthur House, Vintage Faith Church, the Minor-Storey-Prestwood House, the Beason-Schuerer House, the Wert-Gebhart House, First United Methodist Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, The Old State Bank, and the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.
Along with the self-guided tour of homes, neighborhood churches will open their doors for inspirational concerts and refreshments. From 2 to 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church presents Nativities from Around the World and will offer refreshments. Carillon Christmas music can be heard throughout the afternoon and evening at First Presbyterian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by Glee Interiors, carriage rides will be offered beginning at 2 p.m. at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center (weather permitting).
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased in advance at the Decatur/Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bank Street Art and Antiques, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Tammy Eddy Antiques and Interiors, and Jimmy Smith Jewelers. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at Jimmy Smith Jewelers, Decatur/Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Tammy Eddy Antiques and Interiors, and Bank Street Art and Antiques from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Old State Bank, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, and First United Methodist Church from 2 to 7 p.m. Proceeds from the tour are used to preserve, protect and enhance the character and legacy of the historic neighborhoods. For a schedule of events and more information on the historic homes and sites, visit www.decaturchristmastour.com.