Unwrap the history of Old Louisville during the 44th annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour. Taking place Saturday, December 4th, and Sunday, December 5th, patrons will get a rare glimpse inside Victorian-era residences and historic buildings during the Yuletide season.

Tour-goers will learn the diverse history of Historic Old Louisville, which is home to the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States. In fact, two of Old Louisville’s most iconic mansions will be dressed in their holiday finery and open for tours this year. Known by locals as The Pink Palace, this Victorian Style Mansion is easily one of the most photographed mansions in Old Louisville.

The Pink Palace has not been open for public tours in 14 years. The Sloane Mansion, which has not been open to the public in over 25 years, is another Victorian Style Mansion on the 2021 Holiday Home Tour.

The eight participating properties include:

  • The Emil Tachau House — Palladian Style House on St. James Court
  • The Pink Palace — Victorian Style Mansion on St. James Court
  • The Conrad Caldwell House — Richardsonian Romanesque Mansion on St. James Court
  • The Bennett Young House — Neoclassical Style House on Fourth Street
  • The Vernon Price House and Garden — Victorian Style House on Fourth Street
  • Louisville Bourbon Inn (Bourbon Tasting) — Richardsonian-Romanesque House on Fourth Street 
  • The Woman’s Club (Holiday Gift Boutique) — Neoclassical Style Mansion on Fourth Street 
  • The Sloane Mansion — Victorian Style Mansion on Fourth Street

All of the locations on this year’s tour are located within a three-block radius, making the route easily a short dash through the snow. There is ample street parking, as well as parking at the Filson Historical Society lots on Third Street, and the Goodwill lot on Fourth Street across from the Louisville Bourbon Inn. 

Get a head start on your holiday shopping during the tour at the Holiday Gift Boutique, hosted by The Woman’s Club of Louisville, located at 1320 S. Fourth Street. The Boutique will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. 

Admission tickets are $30 and may be purchased online or in-person at the Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center inside Central Park (1340 S. Fourth Street). Upgrade your Holiday Home Tour experience by purchasing a combination ticket to the The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum’s Traditional Victorian Tea Party, which will offer a variety of teas and a sampling of savory and sweet treats.

The Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour is an all-ages event, and reservations are required. Children 12 and under are free, and masks are required upon entry. Patrons must start at Will Call inside the Visitors Center to receive their brochure, which will serve as an admission ticket, and will include a listing of all eight participating locations.

For more information about the Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour, visit oldlouisville.org/holiday-home-tour or call (502) 635-5244.