Story by Lyda Kay Ferree. Photography courtesy of Darren Lykes.
Homes throughout Midtown Jackson will be decked inside and out as the Lambuth Area Neighborhood (L.A.N.A.) hosts its annual Holiday Home Tour Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4.
The association’s primary fundraising event will feature an array of distinctive decorations throughout the homes, offering tour goers the opportunity to enjoy the holiday splendor and to leave with an array of holiday decorating ideas that may be replicated in their own homes.
Holiday Home Tour chair Jenci Spradlin promises something for everyone. “Midtown Jackson is vibrant and distinctive. The Holiday Home Tour and other holiday-themed events throughout the weekend allow us to showcase and share our historic neighborhood with local residents and visitors from throughout West Tennessee and elsewhere.”
Luminarias will surround Campbell Lake on Friday, December 2 at 5:00 pm for the Lighting of the Lake signaling the beginning of the weekend festivities. No ticket is required. In the event of rain, the lake lighting will be rescheduled.
Cookies and Crafts with Santa—a special event for children and families, will be held at the Community Montessori School (former Tigrett Middle School) on Westwood Avenue from 5:30-7 pm. There will be plenty of fun things for the children to do, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Santa will arrive at 6:00 pm to listen to children’s Christmas wishes and pose for photographs.
The self-guided Holiday Home Tour officially kicks off on Friday, December 2 from 7-9 pm. The tour continues on Saturday, December 3 from 1-7 pm and Sunday, December 3 from 1-5 pm. Tickets will be on sale by November 16 and will be available at the following locations: Cambridge LTD., 2150 N. Highland Avenue; Carriage House Antique Market and Café, 195 Carriage House Drive; Marilyn Jackson’s Gifts, 405-J Vann Drive; Morris Nursery, 2108 Hollywood Drive; and The Vintage Market at 215 Church Street. Home Tour tickets are $10 in advance and $15 in the Welcome Center on each day of the tour. Tour tickets may also be purchased online at www.lanatn.org.
All tour-goers should begin the showcase of homes in the Tour Welcome Center located in the lobby of the Varnell Jones Administration Building on the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus at 705 Lambuth Blvd. Tickets will then be exchanged for the official list of homes and tour map. The Welcome Center will be open 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour on all three days.
New to the Holiday Home Tour weekend is the Christmas Cookie Classic, a 2k road race with a holiday twist. Jackson’s sweetest race will be held downtown at 9:30 am and is perfect for all ages and experience levels. The Christmas Cookie Classic is a challenge run in which participants aim to complete a 2k run while stopping to eat Christmas cookies at checkpoints throughout the course. Prizes for finishers and best holiday-themed costumes will be awarded. Registration is $25 in advance and will include cookies and a race t-shirt.
On Saturday, December 3 a Holiday Luncheon will be held at Chandelier Café and Cater at noon. Guests will enjoy a special holiday-themed gourmet lunch in the historic Neely House on Royal Street. What a perfect time to enjoy a holiday lunch with friends and family! The luncheon will include music, a silent auction and a wine pull. Guests may purchase festive signature cocktails.
Luncheon tickets for this reservation-only event are $30 per person and attendees at this festive event will receive one ticket to the tour during the luncheon that may be used on Saturday or Sunday. These special tickets will be sold at Cambridge LTD at 2150 N. Highland Avenue Monday through Friday from 10 am-6 pm and Saturday from 10 am-5 pm.
Ticket purchases for the luncheon must be made by November 30. No tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations may also be made by calling the L.A.N.A. voicemail at 888-423-5202 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.