New Orleans holiday home tour going virtual in 2020

A Christmas tradition in New Orleans is going virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Preservation Resource Center’s Holiday Home Tour will still happen this year, but it will be hosted all online. Participants will purchase tickets in advance and then receive a link to six preproduced video home tours on Dec. 12.

Danielle Del Sol, the nonprofit’s executive director, told WDSU that the tour will include a diverse set of homes from across the city.

“We decided that because this year is different and kind of strange, we’re just going to roll with it and break out of the Garden District,” Del Sol said. “So we actually have houses all over the city as part of this series.”

That includes the homes of well-known people, such as James Carville and his wife, Mary Matalin.

“Unsurprisingly, their home is phenomenally interesting, full of interesting décor. It’s a wonderful Uptown home,” Del Sol said.

Del Sol said the holiday home tour is a key part of the nonprofit’s fundraising efforts each year and stressed the community’s support is needed now more than ever.

“The reason that we have such a robust tourism industry is because New Orleans looks like New Orleans,” Del Sol said . “So the work we do to preserve this way of life and preserve our history is so important to who we are as a city.”

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