First Coast Holiday Home Tours

By Monica Gutos

Once houses and street lamps are adorned with tinsel and twinkling lights, it’s apparent the holidays have finally arrived. While you and your family may not be able to walk through a snowy winter wonderland here on the First Coast, touring some of the most beautifully decorated residences and inns can be just the ticket to get into the holiday spirit. This long-standing tradition of viewing holiday displays in someone else’s home may seem a bit intrusive, but it’s an exciting way to find inspiration for your own festive décor. Grab a camera and slip on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and get ready for a season of splendor.

Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour
Dec. 4–5
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On this self-guided home tour, you and your family can stroll through six private beach homes along the coastline while songs from carolers and other musicians fill the air with holiday cheer. A free trolley service will transport you from a central parking area to the homes. ameliahometours.com

Photo courtesy of Garden Club of St. AugustineGarden Club of St. Augustine Tour of Homes
Dec. 6
12 to 5 p.m.
Since 1968, the Garden Club of St. Augustine has been decking the halls of some of the most beautiful homes and landmarks in the nation’s oldest city. There will be free transportation for visitors on the Old Town Trolley. Guests can also partake in tasty treats and purchase unique crafts for family members or friends. gardenclubofstaugustine.org/tourofhomes.html

Springfield Holiday Home Tour
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