Lighting the Way

Avondale Estates 29th Annual Christmas Tour of Lights and Holiday Market Shines


IN A YEAR that began with loss and change, the tradition of light and hope continues in Avondale Estates long-running Christmas Tour of Lights and Holiday Market.

For 2021, 12 homes representing the various styles of architecture in the city will be featured, including three of the 1926 “Avondale Originals.” One has been transformed into a gingerbread house, another boasts a red carpet leading through Christmas trees to the home flanked by six-foot nutcrackers and lit by an oversized “Joy,” and a third is decorated with crazy Christmas creatures out front. Other homes will feature blow ups and displays from sophisticated to fun with just a touch of tacky.

Trees along Berkeley Road will light the way to three more homes including a Craftsman built in 2016 decorated with wreaths, lights and seasonal greenery; a 1950s ranch with lights on the roof and trees, and stars and a Christmas gnome out front; and a 1951 modified ranch decorated in a very traditional manner with lush greenery and large red bows.

The magic continues at a magnificent showplace on Hess Drive where one of the largest homes in Avondale built in 1964 is displayed, and the decorations on Nottingham Drive will be a surprise built with thousands of lights.

In addition to the featured homes, the city will be lit up along every street in the Avondale Estates Business District and in the plazas around town. See the floating Christmas tree on Avondale Lake and visit Santa at the Avondale Community Club.


The in-person Avondale Holiday Market is back. Community-builder Constellation Energy is sponsoring these beloved artists selling their hand-knitted scarves, pecans, jewelry, photography, bird feeders, smoked salmon, jams and ornaments by paying their vendor fees. Finish off your holiday shopping list with one-of-a-kind gifts.



Buy Tickets: Finders Keepers Consignment, Garage Door Studio or Avondale City Hall for $20 per car or online at for $25 per car.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Light Tour 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Holiday Market
Noon to 6 p.m. at the Avondale Community Club. Masks required.

More info at