HOUSTON (Oct. 15) — The 30th annual Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour will offer an “antique” twist on an event that has become obligatory for Houstonians in the know. Themed “These are a few of my favorite things…,” this year’s Holiday Home Tour guests will enjoy a special collection of antique Christmas decorations decking the halls of five special homes in the historic Houston Heights.
“For 30 years now, local residents have proudly opened their residences to the general public so people can see and experience some of the most unique and oldest homes in our city,” said Andrea Hellyer, chairwoman of the HHA Holiday Home Tour. “It’s an extra special time of the year with the holidays approaching and all the decorations and lights, so we feel it’s the perfect time to show off the very best of our neighborhood.
“The Heights is known for its wide array of architecture and design so we always try to include a variety of homes each year. From recently restored historical masterpieces to funky bungalows, we try to include something for everyone.”
This year’s homes include a beautifully restored Victorian, a quirky original cottage bungalow and three renovated craftsmen bungalows.
“We have a selection committee and we try to pick the homes everyone’s been talking about,” Hellyer said. “The ones you go by and say, ‘I wonder what that house looks like inside?’ We then approach the homeowners and explain what we’re doing. Most of them know of the Holiday Home Tour and embrace the spirit of the history we’re trying to preserve and share.
“Once we select the houses, we spend a lot of time with the homeowners to learn the history and special nuances of their individual properties. In that way, our on-site docents can explain and enhance our guest’s visits.
“We take a lot of pride in this event. It takes more than 100 volunteers and plenty of long hours to make it happen. Being a docent — or volunteering to help with any Heights Association event — is a great way to get involved in our community and meet new neighbors while serving others.”
The 2019 HHA Holiday Home Tour will take place from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, and 3-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at HoustonHeights.org. Interested parties are encouraged to sign-up early as space can be limited.
The tour is self-guided so guests may visit the five participating homes at their own pace. Shuttles will be provided between the homes and the historic Houston Heights Fire Station located at 12th Street and Yale. Free parking is available on site. Guests may also drive themselves between the homes.
“It’s usually a great time to enjoy a little walk, meet some new friends and learn a bunch of neat history about our city,” Hellyer said. “We have so many guests that have been coming for years and the feedback always is very, very positive. People are simply blown away by what they see. We get lots of questions and our docents are ready with informative answers. I’ve personally served as a docent for seven years. I love it, and I know our guests will also.”