The Historic Decatur Christmas Tour is always held the second Saturday in December. Historic properties located in the downtown area of Decatur, trimmed in traditional decorations, will be open for viewing as part of the self-guided tour from 3 to 8 p.m. Along with the tour, the annual event offers holiday decorating tips, carriage rides, refreshments, and live holiday music.
The 2016 tour features nine beautiful homes each beautifully decorated with luminaries, fruit, greenery, and thousands of lights, a bank, railroad depot; two churches and the Morgan County Archives. Residences in the Albany and Old Decatur Historic Districts are not normally open for public viewing except when a select number of homes open their doors during the annual holiday tour.
Along with the self-guided tour, neighborhood churches will open their doors for inspirational concerts and refreshments. Carillon Christmas music can be heard throughout the afternoon and evening at First Presbyterian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Tour attendees are invited to view a collection of historic art and photographs documenting the history of Albany, Old Decatur, Downtown and Old Town on display at the Old State Bank. Carriage rides will be offered beginning at 3 p.m. departing from First United Methodist Church (weather permitting). Tickets will be available day of tour directly from the carriage ride vendor.