Every year, during the holidays, New Orleanians decorate their homes in the most festive seasonal décor, and some even open their doors for public viewing! Check out the holiday home tours below to experience the magical ambiance of New Orleans homes.
Two local organizations, the Preservation Resource Center and the Patio Planters, conduct New Orleans holiday home tours on selected weekends during the month of December. The PRC tours take in homes in the city’s Garden District and the Patio Planters tours include residences in the French Quarter.
Homes of the Garden District
The PRC home tour is self-guided, originating at Trinity Episcopal Church (1329 Jackson Avenue). As many as half a dozen Garden District homes may be included on the tour. Visitors can view and marvel at these homes’ holiday decorations, chat with the homeowners and, either before or after their tours, they can enjoy a holiday boutique and cafe at tour headquarters in the church.
The tours last from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 9-10. Admission is $30 in advance and $40 day of event. Tickets can be purchased at the PRC office, 923 Tchoupitoulas Street in the Warehouse Arts District or on the PRC’s official website here. Proceeds from the tour help support the mission of the Preservation Resource Center, which is dedicated to preserving New Orleans’ unique architectural inventory.
Homes of the French Quarter
The Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour is also self-guided, taking in several elegant old French Quarter residences, some of which have attractive courtyards and gardens gaily festooned in the spirit of the holidays.
As its name implies, the nonprofit Patio Planters organization is “dedicated to the beautification of the Vieux Carre, mainly from a horticultural point of view” according to its mission statement. Proceeds from the tour go to benefit a major holiday event held on the evening of the tour date – Caroling in Jackson Square.
French Quarter residents will open their homes for the Patio Planters self-guided walking tour between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on December 17 Tickets are $20 each (children under 12 free), and will be available for purchase prior to the tour at 533 St. Ann Street and at 527 St. Philip Street or by calling 888-756-6250. More details can be found on the tour page of the Patio Planters website.
Downriver Art Home Tour and Sale
One of the most unique home tour experiences you can find is hosted by the Creative Alliance of New Orleans. This tour allows you to explore the local art, antiques and harvest foods at 10 different locations in the Holy Cross neighborhood and Lower Ninth Ward. Discover the incredible works in local artists’ galleries and homes, and even purchase the art to take back to your own home.
Admission is FREE for the tour and sale, and donations are gratefully accepted.
The CANO home tours take place on December 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can register in advance online at www.cano-la.org and see details on various tour locations.