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CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381
Annual Historic Decatur Christmas Tour of Homes Set for December 9
Decatur, Alabama – The Albany and Old Decatur Historic Districts will present their annual Historic Decatur Christmas Tour on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Thirteen homes, churches and historic sites will be open for viewing as part of the self-guided tour from 3 to 8 p.m. Along with the tour, the festive event offers holiday decorating tips, carriage rides, refreshments, and live holiday music.
This year’s tour features seven beautiful homes each beautifully decorated with luminaries, fruit, greenery, and thousands of lights; a loft apartment; a bank; three churches and a historic commercial building; and during the tour, two historic trees will be honored. 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. Participating properties include:
Lund/Miller Home (414 Sherman Street SE)
Peebles-Milam Home (614 Gordon Drive SE)
Westminster Presbyterian Church (801 Jackson Street SE)
Ford Home (614 Johnston Street SE)
Frahn-Henderson Home (632 East Moulton Street SE)
Brindley-Goodger Magnolia (Northwest corner of Jackson and 10th streets)
Garnett-Meely Home (618 Oak Street NE)
Speake-Carr Home (312 Lafayette Street NE)
Frazier-Long Home (209 Church Street NE)
Old State Bank (925 Bank Street NE)
First United Methodist Church (805 Canal Street NE)
Bailey Big Oak (315 Lafayette Street NE)
First Missionary Baptist Church (233 Vine Street NW)
Preservation in Progress:
307 Second Loft Apartments (307 Second Avenue)
Cross-Eyed Owl Building (105 1st Avenue NE)
Along with the self-guided tour, this year’s schedule includes a holiday market and a bells choir concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Carriage rides through Old Decatur will be offered beginning at 3 p.m. departing from First United Methodist Church (weather permitting). Tickets will be available day of tour directly from the carriage ride vendor. Downtown merchants and restaurants will be open for dining and holiday shopping before and during the tour.
Tickets for the Historic Decatur Christmas Tour are $25 each and can be purchased in advance at the Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bank Street Art and Antiques, Pineapple’s Home Décor and Holly’s Seasonal Shop, Tammy Eddy Antiques and Interiors, and Jimmy Smith Jewelers. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at Pineapple’s Home Décor and Holly’s Seasonal Shop, Tammy Eddy Antiques and Interiors, Bank Street Art and Antiques, Jimmy Smith Jewelers, and the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at First United Methodist Church from 12 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 each property, visit www.decaturchristmastour.com.
About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting www.NorthAlabama.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at www.facebook.com/VisitNorthAL.