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Annual Victorian Christmas Tour Showcases Eight Historic Homes, Features Victorian Tea


Victorian Christmas Tour

The 19th Annual East Row Victorian Christmas Tour will be held December 1 and 2, 2012 in the East Row Historic District, Newport.  Tour hours each day will be 12:00 – 6:00.  The East Row Historic Neighborhood Association is presenting the tour.  The East Row Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the second largest historic district in Kentucky

In addition to eight showcased homes, the Tour will feature the beautiful sanctuary of the historic century-old former Christian Church which is now known as The Sanctuary and functions as a special events center.   The Sanctuary will also serve as the site for Tour ticket sales.

After touring The Sanctuary, visitors may walk through the homes, which reflect Queen Anne and Italianate architecture styles. Interior features include original staircases, fireplace mantles and woodwork. While garlands and greenery are hardly needed for the homes, which were selected for their distinctive interiors and exteriors and historic design, the residences will be decorated in their best holiday finery. Besides holiday decor, visitors will see newly renovated kitchens, master suites, bathrooms and other areas.

Highlights of the homes include:

Most people choose to walk the Tour, but for the convenience of visitors, a shuttle will make periodic stops along the route during Tour hours. Restrooms will also be available at designated areas. While the East Row Historic District may be easily maneuvered by wheelchairs, the homes on the tour are not handicapped accessible.

Tour tickets may be purchased in advance online for $15(PURCHASE TICKETS). Tour tickets purchased online must be picked up at The Sanctuary during tour hours. On tour days, tickets are $18 per person and will be available during tour hours at the The Sanctuary, 417 E. Sixth St. (northwest corner of Monroe and Sixth Streets). Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Christmas Tea

For the fourth year, the popular Victorian Christmas Tea will be held on both days of the Christmas Tour in a beautifully restored East Row home. (The address for the Tea will be given at the time of on-line ticket purchase.) A traditional savory-sweet English tea will be served, including tea sandwiches, scones (with homemade clotted cream and jam), assorted cakes, tarts and cookies. Seatings will be at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Advance purchase tickets are $25 and are available online only beginning October 1, 2012 (PURCHASE TICKETS). Tickets are very limited so we suggest you purchase early!

NOTE: Tickets for the Victorian Christmas Tour and the Victorian Christmas Tea are separate.

This year, a portion of the proceeds from the tour will benefit the Newport Independent School District Educational Foundation, Inc., for the book rooms project

Directions to the The Sanctuary: From I-471: Take Exit 4 West (KY 1120 -10th Street). Continue West to Monroe Street. The Sanctuary is located at 417 E. 6th Street, on the northwest corner of Monroe and Sixth. (Map to The Sanctuary)
Free parking is available at the lot between Fifth and Sixth Streets and Washington Avenue or at St. John’s United Church of Christ parking lot at Fourth Street and Park Avenue. Visitors may also park at Newport on the Levee. There is also limited on-street parking.