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Mark your Calendars for the Church Hill Holiday House Tour and Candlelight Walk!

Join the Church Hill Association for a weekend of their annual Holiday Festival featuring the Holiday House Tour Preview and the Candlelight Walk.

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Candlelight Walk / Friday, December 7, 7:15 PM

Meet bagpipers and carolers at Jefferson Park (Union Hill) at 7:15 PM, and then stroll towards historic St. Johns Church to join with the Vespers. Grab a candle, and continue down gaslit sidewalks as neighborhood parties spill into the streets and proceed together to historic Libby Hill Park. Meet Santa and enjoy the spectacular city skyline with 180 degree view, all dressed up for the holidays! FREE – all are welcome!

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Holiday House Tour / Sunday, December 9, noon-5:00 PM

Designed by Major William Mayo in 1737, Church Hill is the oldest community in historic Richmond with homes built as far back as the 1700s.  The neighborhood is an elegant mix of Federal, Greek revival and Victorian homes alongside innovative condominiums within historic structures and a growing number of thriving new restaurants and businesses. Neighbors will open their treasured homes for you to experience the sights, smells and sounds of holidays past and present.

Enjoy these guided tours and get a peek into unique spaces decorated for the holidays. Shuttle service is offered between each home beginning at St. John’s Church.

TICKETS HERE or around the neighborhood at:

  • Hill Cafe – 2800 E. Broad St.
  • Patrick Henry Pub – 2300 E. Broad St.
  • Poe’s Pub – 2706 E. Main St.
  • Shops at 5807 – 5807 Patterson Ave.
  • Sub Rosa Bakery – 620 N. 25th St.
  • Union Market – 2306 Jefferson Ave.
  • WPA Bakery – 2707 E. Marshall St.

No tickets mailed. Will call available at St. John’s Parish Hall 2401 E Broad Street starting at noon. Free enclosed and heated Trolley services to each home begins in front of the Church at noon. Questions? Email twilds12@comcast.net

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9 comments

Jenni Treadwell
Jenni Treadwell 11/14/2018 at 8:08 AM

Yes yes yes!

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jeanmcdaniel 11/15/2018 at 1:04 PM

To put a house on the tour that is under renovation is a mistake. It was stated in the CHA newsletter that this would be of interest as “a work in progress”. There is no factual basis to indicate that people who spend money to see decorated period houses are interested in seeing this. In fact there is a basis to indicate the opposite. In prior house tours, promotional pushing of undecorated commercial property / rental property was NOT well received. A committie of concerned residents was formed to address this issue for future Christmas house tours and the written consensus ( this report was put in the CHA binder for future reference and benifit of those in charge} was against doing this very thing. Clearly, all of the time and effort of this committee was a waste of their time. Billips Funeral Home is advertising an “open house” for the tour. Will it be decorated?

It would also be appropriate to state the cost of tickets being sold. There is no mention of what the tickets cost either in the CHA Newsletter or in this post. The CHA slowly and increasingly is moving to share less and less solid information with the surrounding community.

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Gustavo 11/15/2018 at 2:11 PM

Jean, please click on the link where it says TICKETS here. It takes you to a checkout page. They’re $25

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jeanmcdaniel 11/15/2018 at 5:14 PM

Gustavo, Thank You. Your link does say the tickets are $25.00. However, When I click on “tickets” in the body of this post it says nothing about $25.00 tickets. It does say for $100.00 to $250.00 you can get two tickets. It also says you can spend more money but it dosen’t say what you get for your $500.00.

I was trying to point out that accurate, readaley available information should be forth coming without clicking obscure sites that no body knows about.

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Jacob C. 11/15/2018 at 5:58 PM

Hi Jean,

Two different things. You’re looking at the sponsorship levels. Tickets to the event can be purchased by clicking the big blue button that says purchase tickets. It’s right after the first few paragraphs on that page. It is $25/ticket.

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Sandra Todd 12/05/2018 at 7:30 PM

With the possibility of winter weather, are still having the house tours? Do you know if any houses have set for sale? We enjoyed that when we ran into that a couple years ago.

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crd 12/06/2018 at 8:49 AM

@6 At this point, I think it is still scheduled. There is no rain date. And none of the houses on tour are for sale.

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Queen of Church Hill 12/06/2018 at 11:21 AM

I’m excited about seeing the “work in progress” house and think it’s a great addition to the tour.

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Kay 12/06/2018 at 7:25 PM

I can’t wait to see the “work in progress” house. This home truly can’t be appreciated without seeing the “before” photos. This house has been a complete mess for decades but it looks great even though it’s incomplete…a very nice restoration here.

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