November 21-23, 2014
The 27th annual Christmas Tour features four privately owned homes and the historic Octagon House, all decorated in their Christmas finery.
CRAFT SALE & MARKETPLACE
Saturday Only, November 22: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
FREE Admission - No Ticket Required
Hudson House Grand Hotel
1616 Crest View Drive
2 Floors of vendors & crafters. Find the perfect item for your home or gift for a friend at the Craft Sale & Marketplace held in conjunction with the Christmas Tour of Homes! Explore the booths 30 crafters on the ground floor and 14 marketplace vendors on the second level of the Hudson House Grand Hotel. Jewelry, apparel, ornaments, household goods, and gourmet foods are among the most popular items.
BLACK TIE AFFAIR
Includes the Evening Dazzle Tour (see below) followed by a celebration. Come ready to enjoy great appetizers, delicious desserts, a cash bar and live entertainment. Transportation included. Limited availability.
Friday Only: November 21, 6pm-11pm
Thank you to our sponsors:
Friday Only: November 21, 6pm-9pm
November 22 & 23
Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday Noon - 4pm
Tickets: $18 ($20 after November 14)
A map is provided with each ticket. Shuttle transportation included. **Due to narrow country roads and hllls, parking will be a challenge. We strongly encourage the use of the FREE shuttle service for the Traditional tour. Get picked up and dropped off right at the front door!
Door prize registration included with presale tickets only (ordered on or before November 14). Descriptions for this year's homes are at the end of this page.
Must be 12 or older to attend. Make sure you wear socks as you will need to remove your shoes at each of the homes (break out your favorite holiday socks!).
Tickets purchased by November 14 are entered into the Purple Bow door prize drawings. A list of participating businesses is printed on your ticket. Check your ticket number at each home and at participating businesses.
Tickets can be purchased at the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, 502 2nd Street, with Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, cash or check in person or over the phone at 715.386.8411 / 800.657.6775. OR download and mail in the Ticket Order Form.
GIRLS GETAWAY LODGING PACKAGES
Slip away with the girls for the weekend to shop, dine, relax and attend the Christmas Tour of Homes! Find a list of participating lodging properties and their special discounts being offered only for the weekend of the Christmas Tour of Homes. 2014 Girls Getaway Flyer.
We have Answers. Please review our most frequently asked questions below.
Do I need a ticket to go to the Craft Sale?
No! The craft sale and vendor marketplace is FREE to attend. The craft sale is only on Saturday, November 22 from 9am-5:30pm at the Hudson House Grand Hotel (1616 Crest View Drive).
What hours are the Chamber office open to buy tickets?
Our regular office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. We are located at 502 2nd Street in downtown Hudson. We will be open the weekend of the tour on Saturday, November 22 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, November 23 from 11:30am-4pm. We accept cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard & Discover Card) payments.
Are there any additional Ticket Sales locations besides the Chamber office?
Yes, tickets for the Traditional Tour can be purchased at Lavender Thymes (512 2ndStreet), SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery (401 2nd Street), & Hudson House Grand Hotel (1616 Crest View Drive). Cash or Check only at these locations. Dazzle Tour tickets can also be purchased at Lavender Thymes. TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD AT THE HOMES.
Can I buy Tour tickets the day of the event?
Tickets for the Dazzle Tour can be purchased up until the day of the event on November 21 at the Chamber office (502 2nd Street) or Lavender Thymes (512 2nd Street).
Traditional Tour tickets can be purchased now AND through the entire event weekend at the Chamber office (502 2nd Street) with cash, check or credit card or at the following locations with cash or check only: Lavender Thymes (512 2nd Street), SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery (401 2nd Street), and Hudson House Grand Hotel (1616 Crest View Drive).
Tickets for the Black Tie Tour must be purchased by November 14 to guarantee a spot. If you are interested in attending please call the Chamber after November 14 to inquire about availability 800.657.6775.
Can I buy Tour tickets at the homes?
No, tickets are NOT available at the homes. Ticket can by purchased at Lavender Thymes (512 2ndStreet), SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery (401 2nd Street), & Hudson House Grand Hotel (1616 Crest View Drive). Cash or Check only at these locations. Or at the Chamber office (502 2nd Street) with cash, check or credit card.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is included with the Black Tie Tour on Friday evening as well as the Traditional Tour on Saturday and Sunday. There is NO transportation for the Dazzle Tour.
Where do I park and catch the shuttle for the Traditional Tour?
Parking and shuttle pick up is at the Hudson House Grand Hotel (1616 Crest View Drive).
How often do shuttle buses run for the Traditional Tour?
Shuttles run approximately 15 minutes apart. There are 10 shuttle buses.
Can I drive myself?
Absolutely! A map is provided with each ticket and lists the home addresses as well. If you drive yourself, please park only in designated parking areas (parking in a NO Parking area will get your vehicle towed at your expense).
What happens if there is inclement weather? Can I get a refund?
The tour is held rain, snow or shine. (We've put in an order for shine!) Please dress appropriately for the weather as you may experience some wait times outdoors. There are no refunds for tickets purchased.
What if I don't make it to all the homes during the Traditional Tour or Dazzle Tour?
We design the tour route and shuttle service to provide you with the best opportunity to see all the homes in one visit. If for some reason you cannot make it to all the homes your Traditional Tour or Dazzle Tour tickets can be used on BOTH Saturday and Sunday during Tour hours as well to visit any previously unseen locations.
Do I need to take my shoes off in the homes?
Yes, you will be required to remove your shoes as you enter the homes. Make sure you have shoes that go on and off easily. You must be wearing socks (break out your favorite holiday themed socks to wear!). You will be provided with a plastic shoe bag to carry your shoes through the homes and to use at each location.
Can children attend?
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the tour.
Can I take photos?
We do not allow any photos to be taken inside of the houses.
Who displays decor in the homes? Can I purchase the items?
Our retailers and local businesses help the homeowners prepare for the Tour each year. The majority of items are available for purchase. Display cards are printed with the participating business name for your reference. Feel free to inquire with the homeowner as well or contact the Chamber office and we will assist you in locating an item seen on the Tour.
What is the Purple Bow?
Local businesses will be giving away door prizes at their location during the tour hours only. Each ticket purchased before November 14 is entered into the door prize drawing. A list of participating businesses is printed on your ticket. Look for the purple bow as well that identifies participating businesses. Each home has a larger grand prize as well. Make sure you check your ticket number at each home too.
Are there any special lodging discounts?
Yes! Slip away with the girls for the weekend to shop, dine, relax and attend the Christmas Tour of Homes! Find a list of participating lodging properties and their special discounts being offered only for the weekend of the Christmas Tour of Homes. 2014 Girls Getaway Flyer.
If you have additional questions please call our office (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm) at 715.386.8411 or 800.657.6775.
This year’s homes include a:
1995 ranch style home is a mix of traditional and contemporary styles with a southwest flavor. It offers simple elegance. The uniquely different southern design is built on 2 acres of professionally landscaped grounds. The house itself is somewhat of an earth home with 3 sides being partially underground. The 4 car, heated garage with portico boasts a workshop complete with epoxy floors, TV, bathroom and water fountain. This country retreat features an open spacious floor plan with every hall decked out for Christmas!
Fall in love with a 5900 square foot, two story Arts & Crafts home. Tucked away in beautiful Eagle Bluff, you will discover a home that offers a space for everyone! The inviting kitchen is the center of the home, great for cooking and entertaining. Step into the gourmet kitchen with attached butler’s pantry, also enjoy the wine cellar in the lower level. Custom designed in 2003 for a large family, the bonus room includes a stage and a craft room! During the holidays you’ll find a little Christmas around every corner.
Built in 2002, a reproduction Arts & Crafts bungalow is the perfect “empty nest” home for a couple with a large family. A two story exterior fieldstone chimney, stained glass windows, hardwood floors, a Parisian themed music room and a unique lower level dining area for holiday entertaining are some
unique features of this home. Old World Style yet eclectic, a mixture of family antiques, repurposed and new. Set on a wooded lot, a screened porch with fieldstone fireplace offers a place to enjoy the four seasons.
Historic Octagon House Museum-Built for Judge John Shaw Moffat and his wife, Nancy Bennet Moffat, New Yorkers who arrived in Hudson in 1854 with their young daughter, Mary. Four generations of the musically inclined Moffat-Hughes family lived in the home over a span of 102 years. The Octagon House is a fine example of the novel eight-sided dwelling popular in America in the mid-1800s. Such a house was considered conducive to healthy living as light and air could enter from eight directions.
If walls could talk, a charming Italianate home would tell the story of the Ira Saunders Family. Built around 1860, the Saunders were amongst the earliest settlers in Hudson. They remained in Hudson until the close of the Civil War. Although many renovations have occurred since, the home remains traditional throughout, the holiday decor still resonates with the memories of Christmas’ past. Fresh cedar garlands, winter berry spruce, and hydrangea bouquets, clove-studded orange pomanders, and tinsel glistening on the tree. A touch of Victorian elegance is reflected in the sparkle of crystal and silver. The Christmas spirit lingers within the walls of this historic house.