Holiday Homes: The season is the reason for these open house tours

A home from last year’s Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes.

If you’re looking for decorating inspiration or just like the idea of wandering through some beautifully decked out homes, Intown has an array of tours on tap this month.

A home on this year’s Virginia-Highland tour.

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
The 23rd annual tour will be held Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are eight homes on this year’s tour, including Craftsman Bungalows, American Foursquare, English Country Style and a former industrial office space transformed into a modern loft. The event will include food tastings at the homes on Saturday and Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m. from local restaurants including Atkins Park, Apres Diem, The Canteen, Cape Dutch, Fontaine’s Oyster House, The General Muir, Highland Tap, Marlow’s Tavern, Press & Grind, San Francisco Coffee, Saint Germain, Tapa Tapa and The Warren. Tickets are $25. Visit vahitourofhomes.org for more information.

Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour
The 2017 tour will feature four distinctive Buckhead homes on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 at peachtreegardenclub.org.

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes
The 37th annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each day on Dec. 9 – 10. This year’s tour includes a Saturday VIP Walking Tour of Oakland Cemetery and a Sunday Eventide Brewing VIP Holiday Experience. There will also be a festive trolley to take visitors from stop to stop. An artist’s market and holiday concert are also on tap for the weekend. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 after Dec. 8) at CandlelightTourofHomes.com.

This year’s Home for the Holidays.

Home for the Holidays
The annul home tour began in mid-November and continues through Dec. 10, benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This year’s show house is at 1800 Garraux Street, and the English country estate-inspired mansion has been decorated by some of the city’s most noted interior designers. The home is open for tours Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit, atlantaholidayhome.com.

The Wren’s Nest

The Wren’s Nest
The historic West End home of children’s author Joel Chandler Harris will be open Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a Victorian Holiday Open House. The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble will perform and Social Butterfly Catering will provide food. Admission is free, but a contribution is welcome. For more information, visit wrensnest.org.

Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market
The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes and Holiday Market will be held on Dec. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. (the market is open noon to 6 p.m. at the Avondale Community Club). This year’s tour spans almost 90 years beginning with an Avondale “original” built when the city was established in 1926, a thirties bungalow, a forties Colonial Revival, two recently renovated 50s bungalows, and a new Arts and Craft home built in 2015. A point of interest on the tour includes the Little Tree Art Studios, located in the burgeoning Rail Arts District. Over 25 established and emerging artists working in a variety of disciplines will be showing their work. For more information, visit avondaletourofhomes.com.

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