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CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381
Holiday Tour of Decatur’s Historic Homes Returns Next Month
Decatur, Ala. (Nov. 30, 2022) – The Albany and Old Decatur Historic Districts will present their annual Historic Decatur Christmas Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. Thirteen tour sites including homes, churches and historic places will be open for viewing as part of the self-guided tour from 3 to 8 p.m. Along with seeing some of Decatur’s most historic and architecturally significant dwellings, the festive event offers shopping, refreshments and live holiday music.
This year’s tour features six beautiful homes each beautifully decorated with luminaries, fruit, greenery and thousands of lights, four churches, two historic sites and an art center. 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:
The Crawford-Gill House, 804 Jackson Street SE
The Gray-Wiley House, 1038 Jackson Street SE
The Papenburg House, 425 Sherman Street SE
Old Decatur District:
The Black House, 404 Canal Street NE
The Knight-Irwin House, 501 Walnut Street NE
The Lyons House, 703 Ferry Street NE
Vintage Faith Church, 401 Sherman Street SE
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 202 Gordon Drive SE
Historic Depot and Railroad Museum, 701 Railroad Street NW
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 801 Jackson Street
First Missionary Baptist Church, 233 Vine Street SW
Old State Bank, 925 Bank Street (headquarters)
Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church Street (secondary headquarters)
Along with the self-guided tour, this year’s schedule includes a holiday market and bells choir at the Westminster Presbyterian Church from 2 to 8 p.m. and food trucks at the Old State Bank from noon to 8 p.m. Entertainment at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center include Christmas carols performed by the Bank Street Players and Dream Weavers, an appearance by Santa Claus from 4 to 7 p.m. and carriage rides ($10/person) (weather permitting) from 4 to 8 p.m. First Missionary Baptist Church will host a live presentation of the church’s history at 3:15, 4:15 and 5:15 p.m. 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 $30 each and can be purchased in advance online at https://decaturchristmastour.com/tour-tickets/. Tickets may be purchased in advance and on the day of the tour at Bank Street Antiques, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur Morgan County Tourism, Old State Bank, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Miss Muldrew’s, Tammy Eddy Antiques and Interiors, Hartlex Antique Gallery and Jimmy Smith Jewelers. 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.