Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Candlelight Tour of Homes
View pictures from the 2012 Candlelight Tour of Homes.
This annual event attracts approximately 1,000 visitors who enjoy the festive décor of several homes with varying architectural styles. An informative video about the event is provided below, and additional information about the tour is included below the video.
Previous tours raised thousand of dollars for local charities like St Petersburg Free Clinic, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Pinellas, Clothes to Kids, and Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless, as well as provided funds for improvements to the historic district.
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Rain or Shine Tour
This year’s 15th Annual Candlelight Tour will be held, Sunday, December 9th from 3 – 8 p.m.. This is a Rain or Shine event and will occur regardless of weather conditions. Tickets are nonrefundable.
Advance tickets are $20 through Saturday, December 8th, 2012 and sold online via PayPal or at one of the following locations:
- Artistic Flowers – 3247 4th Street North
- Beach Papery and Gifts – 553 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North
- Designer Exchange – 7038 Central Avenue North
- Designer’s Consignor – 1033 Central Avenue North
- Dolin’s Garden Center – 801 62nd Avenue North
- Florida Craftsman Gallery – 501 Central Avenue North
- Marion’s – 1301 4th Street North
- Smith & Associates – 330 Beach Drive Northeast
- Sunken Gardens – 1825 4th Street Northeast
- Rally – 2131 4th Street Northeast
- The UPS Store 200 – 2nd Street South
- Treehouse Gallery – 2835 22nd Avenue North
The video below provides a description of the event, and scroll below the video for tips how to plan your experience.
Selecting Homes to Tour
This is a self-guided tour of eight homes. Your ticket purchase will include a Tour Brochure, which provides a map of all event locations, the free shuttle route, and a detailed description of each home on the tour. There will be peak periods of visitors, but expect to spend about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to leisurely complete the tour.
The Tour Brochure is your admission ticket into each home. At each home, homeowners and tour volunteers will be present to answer questions.
Upon receiving your Tour Brochure, take some time to become familiar with the homes and their locations, and then plan your route.
Plan Your Route
In some cases, the homes and hospitality venues are grouped so that you can park centrally and walk to more than one house. Free shuttles will operate for the duration of the tour. They can supplement your walking endeavors, and can reduce your need to drive.
Refreshments and Restrooms
Hospitality Houses offer complementary refreshments and the use of their restroom facilities. Your Tour Brochure will identify these locations.
Safety and Other Considerations
Most of the homes have two stories. Tour volunteers will be present to assist. Smoking, food, and beverages are not permitted in the homes or on their properties. Please refrain from taking still or video photography.