Williams Woodland Park Holiday Home Tour

Williams Woodland Christmas tour

So the final fun escapade of my Saturday was a trip to the Williams Woodland Park Holiday Home Tour.

Although this neighborhood is in my hometown, I had never heard of it. It was really charming. Most of the houses were built in the early 20th century. I went with daughter #2, a friend, and her daughter. We made our way to several different houses.

Williams Woodland Christmas tourA few were “in progress,” aka pretty much gutted. I never get too excited by those. But the majority were all fixed up beautifully, like this one. I always am amazed too by the way all the owners seem to have put away every bit of clutter they own. Impressive!

In the Carriage House

Williams Woodland Christmas tourThere were lots of nice extras. Several houses had out refreshments that guests could enjoy. There were artists selling goods at one spot, too. Being me, I enjoyed seeing some pets at the houses — dogs, a couple of giant fish (the owner said they were called Oscars), even a bunny!

Williams Woodland Christmas tour

One house had a carriage house — and a carriage! — out back. Nice. It was fun to imagine how this part of town must have been 100 years ago.

Williams Woodland Christmas tour

After touring several of these homes, you start noticing certain things. One thing I loved was all the built-in wood bookcases and cabinets. I would love to have that in a house! As you can see, there were LOTS of people at this. Way more than I would have expected.

Fort Wayne horse carriage

We’d read that there were free horse-drawn carriage rides, but we assumed that the lines and demand for these would preclude them for us. So we were pleasantly surprised to exit a house just as the carriage let out a bunch of people. We hopped in and got a ride. That was really fun!

One of the spots we visited was an apartment in a beautiful old building, built just before the Depression. I didn’t take any photos there, but I wish I had. The building had such a great ambience, like stepping into another era.


So there you have it; a vicarious look at a lovely Christmas tour. Have you taken any this season?

6 thoughts on “Williams Woodland Park Holiday Home Tour

  1. The carriage ride must have been exciting! And happily, it wasn’t that cold out yet and windy like it is now. Glad that you discovered something new to do in Ft. Wayne at holiday time. The list grows longer each year and I admire your get-up-and-go to actually do these fun things. Thanks for sharing again!

  2. It sounds like an enjoyable experience. I’m glad you and Daughter #2 did it, along with your friends. I’m sure things were beautiful. I can’t imagine why you would have an open house if your house were gutted. That’s beyond my understand.

    Friends and I will be going to Frankenmuth on Saturday, if the weather permits.

  3. Thanks for sharing the photos! The houses look so charming, and I love the carriage house and carriage.

  4. I really enjoyed reading about the houses tour and the pictures were great. I especially like the carriage house and am glad you got to take a carriage ride. I took a Christmas house tour in my area a few years ago and it was really nice to see. Most of the houses were mansions though but going on a tour is the only way I’d ever get to see the inside of them. All were extravagantly decorated, very pretty.

  5. I took a Home Tour Saturday in Seymour IN. I enjoyed it immensely. We went to six homes. One captured my heart! It was built in 1880 for the founder of Seymour, Meedy Shields’s daughter, Eliza. It was loaded with antiques and the owner 100% knows how to decorate using antiques. She & her husband also collect UHL Pottery. I will remember that home for a long long time!

  6. I have not gone on any home tours, Christmas or otherwise, except those that operated something like museums (Biltmore, historic homes in Charleston, etc.). I can’t imagine living in a home while all those people are coming through! It looks like a lot of fun. Glad you got to do the carriage ride! My son worked for several summers at a Christian camp in CA that, instead of having woodsy cabins, was run in a Depression-era then-luxury hotel. We went to visit one summer, and it was such a neat building!

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