Adventures in Florida: Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the temperatures are below 70º, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! However, while I may have been rocking my reindeer sweater and shopping for my Secret Santa, my first real Christmas feeling didn’t come until last night, when I had the opportunity to preview the Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by the Sanford Historic Trust.

Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes |

For those who are unaware, the Holiday Tour of Homes is a tradition in Sanford, entering its 31st year. This event, which takes place Saturday, December 7, from 3-9 p.m., is a self-guided walking tour that features 10 local homes that have been decorated for Christmas. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!


Most of the homes are historic and feature 19th and early 20th century architecture, and give visitors a glimpse into Sanford’s past. The holiday decorations in each home are absolutely beautiful, and often had their own unique spin (one house even took on a beach Christmas theme!). Visitors will be guided by luminaries and can enjoy live music along the way to each home. Refreshments will also be served.


As someone who grew up in South Florida, where the architecture doesn’t date back particularly far, I loved visiting these historic homes and imagining them around the holidays 100 years ago. For those who live in the Orlando/Central Florida area, this tour should absolutely be on your calendar to ring in the holiday season. Here’s what you need to know.

When: Saturday, December 7 from 3-9 p.m.
Where: The tour features homes on Magnolia Avenue and Park Avenue in Sanford’s Historic District. You can begin the tour at any stop, but you must check in first at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. There will be street closures, and while there will be golf cart routes provided, this is primarily a walking tour.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online here.


More information about the tour, as well as its after party, can be found on the website here. The Holiday Tour of Homes is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit, and should be a part of every Central Floridian’s holiday schedule.

Are you planning to attend? Drop a comment to let me know which homes were your favorite this year!

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