Carmel Clay Historical Society Holiday Home Tour returns Dec. 1


The Carmel Clay Historical Society will host the 22nd annual Holiday Home Tour, a walkable, self-guided tour of traditional homes near the Arts & Design District in Carmel.

A VIP tour will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, followed by a VIP reception with appetizers, wine and beer at the Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Rd.

“We’ve got a fabulous caterer, Yummy Stuff, providing the food,” said Debbie Gangstad, CCHS executive director. “There will be some entertainment. We’ve got a couple of artists who will have started (paintings), and we’ll be finishing them for people to bid on. It’s just a fun event.”

The tours will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

“Our theme this year is ‘Coming Home for Christmas,’” Gangstad said. “One home is decorating with a Christmas book theme. One room will be A ‘Cup of Christmas Tea.’ Other rooms include ‘Polar Express’ and a ‘Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Some of our patrons come each year for the decoration ideas, while others are looking more at the architecture.”

The homes are near enough that guests can drive or walk to each.

“The Carmel Holiday Trolley will be running around town during the Saturday tour,” Gangstad said. “We also have a shuttle bus for patrons to catch to ride to the homes, or they can drive themselves.”

When a ticket is purchased, the location of the homes will be presented.

“They will receive a program that is actually their entrance into the homes,” Gangstad said. “From that point on we stamp that program to say it’s been used at each home.”

To purchase tickets in advance, visit The day of the tour, patrons can pay cash for tickets at any home, the Monon Depot (211 1st SW) or at the Children’s Art Gallery (40 W. Main St.). On the day of the tour, credit cards can be used to purchase tickets at the Monon Depot.


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