Lighting Up the Season

Avondale Estates Tour continues with changes

IN A YEAR where the best made plans have been riddled with cancelations, the annual Avondale Tour will not be one of them. There will be changes. The 28th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be the Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Lights this year.

The committee is asking residents to decorate with extra exterior lights and add a Santa to their decorations. This will make for an engaging game of “Where’s Santa?” for children attending.

The tour will still feature homes, including Avondale “originals.” One 1926 home on Clarendon Place will become a fairytale castle with a slow, cascading twinkle of lights. Another on South Avondale Road is using white lights, air-blown Christmas figures and greenery to create a Winter Wonderland.

“Lights, lights and more lights” is the decoration theme for a 1932 Tudor Revival home on Lakeshore Drive. Down the street, the decorations of the totally remodeled home on the lake will be a celebration of light. Whimsical elements of reindeer, candy cane-wrapped trees and a home-built gingerbread Christmas train on the roof complete the tableau.

A 1950s bungalow on Wiltshire Drive will be lighted by colorful Christmas spheres of variously sized orbs made by the homeowners. A 1950s Ranch on Majestic Circle will be “Majestic, Magical, Mayhem” using overthe-top colors and loads of lights featuring the Majestic Magic Tree.

A 1951 ranch on Fairfield Drive will feature a light extravaganza. A 1961 split-level on Berkeley Road will be seen with a largerthan-life display of Christmas memories and lights dancing to music.

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. Lake Avondale will be included where walkers can see a floating Christmas tree.

The Holiday Market has also evolved to fit the current world circumstances and meet the needs of many who depend on gift shopping there. This year will be a virtual market sponsored by Constellation Energy, with many of the long-time vendors offering their goods.



When: Sunday, Dec. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: Buy online or in person. Price is per car.
Cost: $20 per car at Finders Keepers Consignments or Garage Door Studio $25 per car online at

The virtual market can be found at