Combine your love of the holidays and New Orleans this season with the Preservation Resource Center. Their annual Holiday Home Tour takes place this December and offers a whole new take on your typical Garden District Tour. Proceeds from the weekend's events directly support the preservation of the city's historic architecture, neighborhoods, and cultural identity.

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The weekend kicks off with the Patron Party on Friday, December 13. The lavish cocktail reception takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the home of Robin and Allan Kanner. The soirée is presented by Regions Bank and features an open bar, cuisine by Palate New Orleans, and live music by pianist David Torkanowsky. Tickets start at $250 and include tickets to the Holiday Home Tour. 

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After an evening of mingling and glamour, join the PRC on the 44th Annual Holiday Home Tour, presented by McEnery Residential. During the event, which takes place on both Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, attendees will tour seven homes and one church in the Garden District and Lower Garden District. Each residence is dressed up for the holidays and is sure to inspire your own décor. 

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Guests will also have the opportunity to shop the holiday boutique which features over 30 local businesses. Music by musicians and groups like The Crescent City Trio and Indigo Strings will accompany the festive experience and a cafe will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Advance sale tickets are available ($30 for members and $45 for non-members), as well as day-of tickets which cost $50.

If you can't make the party or tour, or simply can't wait, PRC's book Building on the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans should be able to hold you over. Written by Susan Langenhennig, John Pope, and Danielle Del Sol, with photos by Chris Granger, readers will see all of the ways that passionate residents of the city have come up with to rescue, restore, and preserve the city. A book signing will be held at Hazelnut on November 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. and during the Holiday Home Tour at the holiday boutique.