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Events >> Christmas Tour of Homes & Craft Sale

The annual Christmas Tour features 5 privately owned homes and the historic Octagon House, all decorated in their Christmas finery. 
 
CRAFT SALE & MARKETPLACE
Saturday Only, NOvember 23: 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 at Urban Olive & Vine. Come ready to enjoy great appetizers, delicious desserts, a cash bar and live entertainment. Transportation included. Limited availability.
Friday Only: November 22, 6pm-11pm
Tickets: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. 

Thanks to our Black Tie sponsors;

J & L Steel & Electrical Services    

Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com

Minnesota Monthly

 

EVENING DAZZLE TOUR

Visit our five homes during the evening hours when each home sparkles and glows! Includes a stop at the Octagon House. Transportation NOT included
Friday Only: November 22, 6pm-9pm
Tickets: $35
 
TRADITIONAL TOUR
November 23 & 24
Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday Noon - 4pm
Tickets: $20. Can be purchased all weekend (see below for locations) NOT AVAILABLE AT THE HOMES!
 
A MAP is provided with each ticket. Shuttle transportation included. Door prize registration included with presale tickets only (ordered on or before November 15).
 
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 15 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 you can download and mail in your payment with the ORDER FORM. 

 

View a pdf of the 2013 Home Descriptions

 

2013 Ornament
New for 2013 is a hand painted ornament to help kick off the Christmas Tour of Homes. This year's ornament will feature the Historic Octagon House. Ornaments are for sale now at Lavender Thymes(512 Second Street #13), SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery (401 Second Street), and Et Cetera (507 Second Street) in downtown Hudson. Ornaments will also be sold at the Hudson House Grand Hotel on November 23 at the Craft Sale (1616 Crest View Drive). Cost is $20 each and a variety of colors will be available. (Final image may differ from image on the right).


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. Click HERE for complete details. When booking your lodging you must mention you are calling for the Girls Getaway Package to receive the discount.
 

Got Questions? 

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 23 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 23 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, November 24 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 22 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 15 to guarantee a spot. If you are interested in attending please call the Chamber after November 15 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). Click HERE to  see the bus route.
 
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). Click HERE to download the Map. 
 
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 15 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! Our lodging properties have each designated a special lodging rate or package for overnight guests staying the weekend of the Tour. Visit the Girls Getaway information page for complete details.
 
 
If you have additional questions please call our office (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm) at  715.386.8411 or 800.657.6775.

Contact: 715.386.8411/800.657.6775

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