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Best Holiday Home Tours In LA

November 28, 2013 4:14 PM

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(credit: Banning Museum)

(credit: Banning Museum)

(credit: Banning Museum)

(credit: Banning Museum)


With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to glean a bit of inspiration from some of the most eclectic, dressed-up homes in Los Angeles. Holiday home tours are a tradition in many communities and offer guests a look into the history, architecture, and design of homes across the Southland. Whether you’re looking for ideas to inspire your own holiday home decor, or simply looking for a unique way to kick off the holiday season, check out the best Holiday Home Tours in Los Angeles County. Many of these tours have a philanthropic component which makes them that much more compelling.

(credit: Pasadena Holiday Look in Home Tour and Boutique)

(credit: Pasadena Holiday Look in Home Tour and Boutique)


Pasadena Holiday Look in Home Tour and Boutique
1800 Huntington Drive
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 793-7172
December 7th & 8th
www.pasadenaholidaylookin.org

Celebrating its 46th year, guests will have the opportunity to view four architecturally distinct homes decorated for the holiday season. Each home will showcase Pasadena’s awe-inspiring historic and modern architecture and feature the floral artistry of Pasadena’s notable designers including Jacob Maarse, Ixora Floral Studio, Mary Falkingham Floral Designs, and Drew Domenghini. After a tour of the homes, guests can enjoy music by the Pasadena Symphony, stroll the gardens, and shop at the holiday boutique for gifts including fashion & accessories, gifts & decor, and gourmet foods. Proceeds from the Holiday Look in Home Tour will benefit the Pasadena Symphony and a variety of educational outreach programs for youth. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance to save $10. Parking is free at the event as well.

(credit: Sandpipers)

(credit: Sandpipers)



Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour

920 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(626) 793-7172
December 6th-8th
www.sandpipers.org

Attracting more than 3,000 patrons, this annual community homes tour will showcase 4 of the most distinct homes in the South Bay, all dressed up for the holidays. Once you’ve toured the homes, be sure to stop by the Holiday Boutique & Cafe to shop gift ideas from local artisans and vendors or indulge in some refreshments. Alternatively, you can visit the Bank of Manhattan Roof Top for wine tasting, entertainment, and food (a separate fee is required). Proceeds from these year’s Holiday Home Tours will benefit Sandpipers philanthropic programs.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)



West Adams Heritage Association 26th Annual Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner

2263 South Harvard Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Starting November 22
www.westadamsheritage.org

During this sell-out event, guests are invited to a progressive dinner throughout the homes along main Avenue in Wellington Square. Some of the homes represent the craftsmanship of homes contracted prior to World War I, while others showcase more distinct Spanish, Tudor, Norman, and Revival styles. Guests can also opt for a self-guided walking tour on Sunday between 12 and 2 pm. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $30.

(credit: Banning Museum)

(credit: Banning Museum)



Victorian Christmas At The Banning Museum

401 East M Street
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 548-7777
Dec. 7th and 8th | Tickets: Free
www.thebanningmuseum.org

During this free family event, guests are invited to tour the historic residence, festively decorated for the holidays. Built in 1864, this 23-room mansion was restored to its original Victorian motif and offers visitors a living historical experience, showcasing how the Banning family lived and worked. During the 2-day celebration, guests will enjoy festive entertainment, refreshments, a children’s Victorian craft, and a horse-drawn trolley ride between the residence and the Drum Barracks Civl War Museum. Queen Victoria will also greet guests and Jolly St. Nick will post for photo opportunities with the children.

(credit: 57th Annual Yule Parlor Parade)

(credit: 57th Annual Yule Parlor Parade)



The 57th Annual Yule Parlor Parade

Multiple Locations
Dec. 5th and 7th | Tickets: Free
www.yuleparlorparade.org

This longstanding community tradition features tours of 4 historic Palos Verdes Peninsula homes follow by tea at the church. Each of the homes are decorated for Christmas and proceeds benefit a variety of South Bay charities. After touring the homes, be sure to stop by the Neighborhood Church for sandwiches, turkey-filled puffs, and homemade cookies while enjoying holiday music. Be sure to stop by the Yule Shop, Vintage Shop, and Bake Shop for unique hand-made crafts, homemade baked goods, and other vintage treasures. To learn more about the locations for the event, please visit: Ticket & Location Information

Caryn Bailey is a Southern California-based writer and LA native who can be found writing daily on her lifestyle blog Rockin’ Mama or on Twitter @RockinMama.

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