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Urbanna Christmas House Tour to feature 8 stops


On Saturday, December 7, Urbanna will once more be the destination of an ever-growing number of people who make the Urbanna Christmas House Tour an annual tradition. The tour will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

It’s all about Christmas Urbanna style—twinkling lights, carols, decorated storefronts, shops dressed in their festive best and local restaurants primed and ready for the occasion, especially right now when Rappahannock River oysters are at their mouth-watering best.

Tour-goers should look for special open houses at several of the boutiques and galleries and a wine tasting at Taste of Urbanna on Virginia Street in the heart of the village.

This year the list of homes and buildings on the tour includes historic “Lansdowne,” the “Barnes House,” the “Williamson House,” “Fort Nonsense,” the “James Ross River Plantation,” the “Middlesex Woman’s Club,” the “James Mills Scottish Factor Store,” and Urbanna United Methodist Church. 

The “Pearl,” Urbanna’s community trolley, will shuttle visitors from Urbanna United Methodist Church to each tour destination and back.  There will be ample parking at the church and on the streets. 

“If you haven’t yet visited this lovely old waterside town, this is the perfect time,” said tour spokesperson Ginny Sawkins. “Come to Urbanna for a sampling of its famous Tidewater-style hospitality and start the season off at the Christmas House Tour.”

Tickets are on sale for $20 per person and can be purchased in advance at the following locations: In Urbanna, Lowe Tide, Cyndy’s Bynn and Make Thyme; in Locust Hill, River Birch Gifts; in Hartfield, Wilton Cottage; in Kilmarnock, Papeterie and The Wild Bunch; in Richmond, Janet Brown at Murphies in Carytown; and in Midlothian, Pigtails and Crewcuts.

Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour at Urbanna United Methodist Church.

For more details and information, check out the tour’s Facebook page and the Urbanna website, or call 758-1606.

posted 11.13.2013

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