Fourth Ward Holiday Tour returns, shifts to outdoor-only event

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Celebrate the season with a festive outdoor stroll through one of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods, beautifully decorated for the holidays.

The Fourth Ward Holiday Sip & Stroll is set for Dec. 2-4. Each night from 5-9 p.m., visitors can enjoy a self-guided, porch-crawl-style tour in the picturesque Victorian-era heart of the neighborhood. There will be seasonal live music, carriage rides and complimentary food and drink tastings along the way.

Day-specific tickets, valid only on the date for which they are issued, cost $30. Weekend flex tickets that can be used on any date during the tour cost $40. Tickets can be purchased online at fourthwardclt.org.

During event hours, tour-goers must redeem their tickets at the ticket booth at W. 9th and N. Poplar Streets to receive their guidebooks, which are required for touring.

Limited free on-street parking is available throughout the neighborhood on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour-goers are encouraged to use ride-share services or the light rail.

Since its public debut in 1979, the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour has become a beloved Charlotte holiday tradition. Last year, the event was canceled because of the pandemic. This year, organizers shifted to an outdoor-only tour because of ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19.

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