2011 Candlelight Tour of Homes

By Sonia Fuller

For more than 30 years, Grant Park neighbors have adorned their grand old homes with festive lights and fresh garland, and celebrated the beginning of the December holidays with the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes. Taking place this year on Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., this special tour of homes offers a unique glimpse into the historic intown neighborhood.

“Grant Park is as magical as it is historic, and during the holiday season when the homes are all decked out and the lights are twinkling, it can nearly take your breath away by its beauty,” said Tad Mitchell, Grant Park resident and owner of Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, a long time supporter of the Candlelight Tour of Homes.

“The Candlelight Tour allows us to show off our beautiful old neighborhood, while supporting three of our community nonprofits,” continued Mitchell, who also is a parent at the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool (GPCP), one of the three benefitting organizations of the Tour, along with the Grant Park Parent Network (GPPN) and St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Established in 1882, Grant Park is Atlanta’s largest historic district with homes built in the Victorian, Craftsman, Italianate and various other styles from the turn of the 20th century. The Candlelight Tour features up to 10 homes each year, including houses with renovations as well as new homes built to reflect the historic district’s character. The tour begins at St. Paul, which once housed one of the largest congregations in Atlanta. The beautiful Neo-Romanesque sanctuary, built entirely by large blocks of granite, is admired by tour-goers for its soaring stained glass windows and pipe organ from the 1880s.

As part of the Tour weekend, visitors can enjoy the annual Holiday Artist Market located just inside the church off of the sanctuary from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Each night features a bake sale and complimentary hot apple cider and hot chocolate to keep tour goers nice and warm.

On Saturday, Evenings at St. Paul presents from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. old-fashioned caroling hayrides as well as visits with Santa, sponsored by the Grant Park Parents Network. Sunday’s visitors are encouraged to arrive at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy the fabulous St. Paul choir perform a Candlelight Christmas Concert in the beautiful sanctuary. 

“Hearing the carolers as they go from street to street in the tractor-pulled hayride each night during the Tour makes me wonder if Grant Park residents 100 years ago were not doing the same thing,” said St. Paul Pastor Susan Grady. “Nothing brings feelings of nostalgia like the holidays, particularly in such an historic setting.”

Tickets may be purchased for $15 each in advance or $20 per ticket the weekend of the tour by calling (404) 688-7501 or ordering online.

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