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Covington Candlelight Christmas Tour
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Covington Candlelight Christmas Tour

On December 5, 2019, the Satsuki Garden Club will host an intimate holiday experience with the Covington Candlelight Christmas Home Tour. The public is invited to see traditional southern holiday decorations while touring five private homes and two churches.

Held every other year, the Covington Candlelight Christmas Home Tour always offers something different to see! This year’s tour includes four historic homes built from 1836 to 1948. Two of the homes are on Floyd Street - the Waites House and the Wright-King House. Known as “the yellow house”, the Wright-King House was recently renovated in 2017 and refurbished with original 1921 pieces. One home, a Tudor Revival that is owned by a local artist, is on Conyers Street. Two homes are on Monticello Street - the Bates-Terrell House and a charming southern cottage that was recently built to replicate historical homes in the area.

The First United Methodist Church, built in 1854 and modeled after a French Renaissance Cathedral, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are also open for touring. The homes and Methodist Church are all within walking distance or available as stops on the Downtown Trolley. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a short drive away and will have a nativity scene with live performances throughout the evening.

Historic Holiday Decor

One of the things that makes the Covington Candlelight Christmas Home Tour special as a holiday and history tourism destination is the fresh greenery the Satsuki Garden Club adds to each private home. The fresh greenery gives a historic touch to the ambiance and adds to the already-existing decorations of the homeowners.

First popularized in the south, fresh cuttings of Magnolias and pines became a traditional holiday d├ęcor when someone noticed they were evergreens. The fresh cuttings then began to appear in wreaths on doors and windows and in centerpieces on tables. Besides providing a lovely scent, the Magnolia and pine were symbols of good fortune and hope.

In addition to fresh evergreens, don’t be surprised if you find yourself surrounded with potpourri and citrus. Citrus also has historic significance. It was a luxury back in the 1800s. Wealthy residents of estates and plantations would use oranges and other fruit in decorations during the holidays.

During the tour, docents will help guide you through the homes while sharing tidbits of information, telling historical stories and pointing out pieces of interest. While you take the walking tour, carolers will be moving from house to house, courtesy of the Arts Association of Newton County. The Southern Heartland Art Gallery will also be open for viewing art while enjoying refreshments.

The Satsuki Garden Club suggests planning for the entire time on December 5th from 4pm to 8pm to take the Covington Candlelight Christmas Home Tour. Tickets are available at $20 per person and can be purchased from club members or at A Bouquet by Betty, Ramsey’s Furniture and Revolution Casual Living. All proceeds will go back to community projects.

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