Greetings from snowy New England! I was feeling badly last weekend for the Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2020 committee because the weather was just awful for their event! Not only did they have to stage it outside, but it was a rainy day (surrounded by two nice days, of course!). I think though given the major snow storm we are having right now, last week’s rain was probably better. This year’s tour benefitted the Aid Association of the Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport and they did such a wonderful job making this modified tour feel special and unique.
The price of the tour was per car load since it was a driving, parking and walking tour and they gave us wonderful goodie bags filled with a big box of delicious cookies, hand sanitizer, pens and discounts to local stores. They also came up with the fun concept of providing a soundtrack that was specific to each house via Spotify playlists. Unfortunately, my phone was not cooperating so I wasn’t able to take advantage of this feature on the tour.
But I can now as I’m writing this post and you can listen too as you read – we’ve gone multi-media y’all!
Holiday House Tour 2020 – O Holy Night
This Federal home on High Street was built in 1806. Their outdoor display theme was “O Holy Night”. The outdoor features an all white display of heralding angel cutouts and nativity scene.
The floral and greens displays, by Beach Plum, did not disappoint on the tour!
Holiday House Tour 2020 – Seas & Greetings
This 1850 Colonial revival style house is also located on famous High Street. The theme of “Seas & Greetings” speaks to the owner’s love of the ocean and fishing. Newburyport is an historic seafaring city of course. Love the star fish on all the window wreaths!
Santa and his friend arrives in a Boston Whaler!
The garland on the classic white fence had so many cute nautical touches.
And a fantastic lobster pot Christmas tree caps it all off! This took some time and dedication to assemble!
Holiday House Tour 2020 – A Fresh Cut Christmas
This vintage inspired scene imagines the family trip to the woods to cut down the Christmas tree and includes a spot for gathering around the fire pit for hot chocolate and s’mores. Buddy the Elf makes an appearance too!
Holiday House Tour 2020 – Seaside Yuletide
This sweet antique home was built in 1800 and is located along the banks of the Merrimack River in Amesbury, MA.
Befitting its waterfront setting, the house is decked in a nautical theme including this gift laden Deer Isle dory from the famous Lowell’s Boat Shop which is just up the road.
Who doesn’t love a boatful of presents!
A lovely luncheon set up on the front lawn was welcoming in all it’s soggy glory! (It had begun pouring at this point!)
Holiday House Tour 2020 – A Yellowstone Christmas
This beautiful home, built in 1984 (a newbie!) and neighbor to the yellow home above, featured several outdoor living vignettes around the theme of the television series Yellowstone, which stars Kevin Costner and is set in Montana.
Another glorious greens display. Still looking cozy despite the weather!
Loved this dining set with the plaid blanket tablecloth set up on the home’s putting green. Yes, I said that right – this house features its very own putting green. You can see more photos of the outdoor living spaces and more on my summer kitchen tour post from 2019.
Holiday House Tour 2020 – Journey to the North Pole
Just next door is this sweet 1930’s home decorated with the Journey to the North Pole theme.
A beautiful cobblestone driveway land Santa’s village leads to JOY!
Santa was apparently on a break, but he’s clearly hard at work!
Holiday House Tour 2020 – Let’s Party S’more
This beautiful waterfront home is relatively newly built and has gorgeous views of the Merrimack River in Newburyport. The deer and sleigh is illuminated at night (another view I missed!).
This house below wasn’t on the tour, but I just loved the classic front door with portico and life-size toy soldiers.
Along my journey I ran across this fun group of bike riding carolers! This is so Newburyport, I have to say. Even I bought a bike when I lived there.
And finally, my co-pilot for the tour was my little Sansa, who was a very good girl.
Once again, thank you to my friends up in Newburyport for always thinking of me – I’ll take any excuse to visit all the gorgeous homes!
All photos ©Linda Merrill unless otherwise noted.
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