Carols by Candlelight

October 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Events

2012 Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour
Six Houston Heights Neighbors Open Their Homes on
Friday, November 30 & Saturday, December 1
Patron Party is set for Thursday, November 29

Mark the calendar now for “Carols by Candlelight,” the 2012 Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour, set for Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1. Six Houston Heights neighbors will welcome visitors into their homes that will be all decorated for the holidays.

The Tour provides a rare opportunity to look inside these unique spaces that reflect the rich Houston Heights architectural tradition and the personalities of the homeowners.

Houston Heights Neighbors and Their Homes:

    • John and Diedre Reed, 606 East 8 1Ž2 – Traditional Louisiana cottage filled with antique furniture and unique collections, including blue and white Delftware.
    • Alyssa Parrish and Michael Bublewicz, 528 Arlington – Renovated 1920s cottage nominated for a HHA Community Improvement Award.
    • Marisa and Gavin Hurd, 946 Arlington – 1894 Queen Anne Victorian cottage, updated and expanded in 2010.
    • Brad Wise and Shireen Taylor, 433 West 24th –   Circa 1915 Craftsman Bungalow listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    • Shana Ross and Mary Beth Reuter, 1008 West 15th – Contemporary with stained concrete floors, exposed ductwork, and framed by trees, so prevalent in the neighborhood.
    • Adolphus and Celisa Pressley, 1522 Alexander – 1920s Bungalow restored to create an eclectic style using reclaimed materials in the house and furnishings.

See below for detailed home descriptions.

The experience will be complete with the joyous sounds of carolers at each home and at the Heights Fire Station, where local food trucks will be available for visitors to enjoy.

The Tour has become a favorite seasonal destination, where visitors can also enjoy getting in some holiday shopping in the antiques and vintage clothing shops, art galleries, and eclectic boutiques. There are coffee shops for a relaxing break, and fine dining at world-class restaurants in the area

Holiday Home Tour Headquarters:
Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street at Yale, Houston, Texas 77008.
Ticket sales, parking, the shuttle stop and food trucks will be located here, in addition to entertainment by neighborhood carolers.

Tour Hours:

  • Friday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tickets & other information:
Advance tickets will be available online at beginning October 31 and at various Houston Heights locations closer to event date.  Tickets will also be available during tour hours at the Holiday Home Tour Headquarters and at each Holiday Home Tour home.

Tickets are $20 in advance for all six homes or $25 on tour days. $5 per-home tickets can also be purchased during tour hours at those particular homes. Bundles of 10 tickets will be available online for $175 through November 28.

Free shuttle buses will operate during the tour on both Friday and Saturday. Patrons may board the shuttle buses at the Holiday Home Tour Headquarters, where parking is available.

The Patron Party is an annual festivity that will take place Thursday, November 29, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at 941 Cortlandt, the beautifully redesigned and renovated 1920s bungalow home of Leann Mueller, this year’s Holiday Home Tour Executive Chair. Entertainment will be provided by classical-music group WindSync, Ensemble in Residence with the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual tickets are $125 and include an exclusive preview of the Homes on Tour from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

For more information, visit, call the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002 and select option 7, or e-mail

The Houston Heights Association (HHA) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit civic organization which promotes and fosters friendship, goodwill and community spirit within and around the Houston Heights. Proceeds from the HHA Holiday Home Tour go directly into the community for beautification, restoration, and maintenance of the Heights Boulevard esplanade, Marmion and Donovan Parks, and the historic Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station.  Additionally and among its many other endeavors, the HHA supports educational activities for local schools and schoolchildren, and promotes local businesses.

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