If you’re new to the area and not familiar with The Fan Historic District, it’s a residential downtown neighborhood mostly developed from 1890-1930, and one of the most desirable spots to live in the city. It is so accurately described as one of Richmond’s greatest architectural assets “displaying a rich, cohesive collection of historic homes in a variety of architectural styles such as Victorian, Italianate, Richardson Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, American Arts and Crafts, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, and Art Deco.” No wonder so many Richmonders have dreams of living in the district. And during the holidays, forget it, EVERYONE wants to live there. It’s a magical place to be.
The Fan District Association, knowing how beloved homes in the area are to all of Richmond, seized an opportunity to fund raise and began the tradition of opening the beautifully decorated homes to visitors during the holidays over 50 years ago, and they continue to tradition today. It’s a Richmond tradition that guests look forward to every holiday season and it’s a fantastic way for the Association to raise money to keep the neighborhood beautiful and thriving. All of the proceeds for this event go towards improvements to enhance the neighborhood such as school projects, tree planting, park and alley refurbishments, neighborhood concerts and collaboration with the City of Richmond Police and VCU. This is a great way for Richmond residents to enjoy the magic of the Fan’s historic homes during the holidays and also show love to our the city we call home.
This event takes almost a full year of planning to come to fruition each December and a committee of volunteers work to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. Ticket vendors are booked, refreshments are planned and prepared, trolley routes and countless other details are coordinated to make this a magical weekend for homeowners and visitors of these festive Fan homes.
Support The Fan and head out this weekend to see samples of both the grand residences and modest quaint homes of the district all lit up for the season. The tour always shows a great representation of the diversity and character of the neighborhood with that twinkling, warm touch the holiday season brings.
This year’s tour is taking place this weekend, Dec. 8-9, from 12pm-5pm. Tickets for the event are available online now at the advance ticket price of $25 or at these stores today before 5pm.
- Black Swan Books, 2601 W. Main St, Open Fri-Sun (accepts cash, check, and credit cards)
- Strawberry Fields, 423 N. Strawberry St, open Mon-Sat (accepts cash, check, and credit cards)
- Ruth & Ollie, 3108 W. Cary St, open Mon-Sat (accepts cash, check, and credit cards)
- Carytown Collective, 3422 W. Cary St, open Tues-Sun (accepts cash and check)
- Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N. Thompson St, open every day (accepts cash and check)
Near West End:
- Shops at 5807, 5807 Patterson Ave, open Mon-Sat (accepts cash and check)
- Libbie Market, 400 Libbie Ave, open every day (accepts cash and check)
- Twig, 6112B Lakeside Ave, open Tues-Sun (accepts cash and check)
- Tweed, 4035 Lauderdale Drive, open every day (accepts cash and check)
You can also buy day-of tickets from the following locations Dec 8 & 9 (open 11:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday)
- Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, 2621 Grove Ave
- The Branch Museum, 2501 Monument Ave
- Greenfield Residences, 501 N Allen Ave
- Strawberry Fields, 423 Strawberry St.
- FDA Office, 208 N Strawberry Street
Click here for house rules, in-person ticket sales vendors, trolley information, etc.