Organizers say tickets are selling fast for Savannah’s Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns on Dec. 8.

The highly anticipated annual event draws visitors from around the region, so if locals want to take part, they'd best not wait, as this event sells out early each year.

This intimate tour experience allows guests to look “behind the doors” at exquisite architecture, beautiful furnishings, and gracious hospitality. Sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the tour is in its 44th year as a holiday landmark event.

The tour features eight private homes and three inns in two tour sessions, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or noon-4 p.m. The same houses are on each session. 

In addition to private residences, the tour will include two of Savannah’s most beautiful museum homes: the Andrew Low House, an Italianate mansion where Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts of America, and the Green Meldrim House, one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the South. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman used the house as his headquarters when the Union Army occupied Savannah during the Civil War. In addition, participants will be able to visit the Massie Heritage Center, the oldest school in continuous operation in Georgia. It houses exhibits on Savannah architecture, culture and education.

Historic inns also are part of the event, offering visitors a close look at The Ballastone Inn, Eliza Thompson House and the Kehoe House. The inns will be at their festive best, decorated with captivating displays that reflect the owners’ passion for the holidays.

The DNA’s mission is to enhance the quality of residential life in the National Historic Landmark District, protect Savannah’s unique downtown environment, and advocate public policies which support these objectives. With this in mind, funds generated by the Holiday Tour of Homes are donated back to the community in the form of grants. Last year’s event raised more than $48,000, which supported building houses for veterans, improving bike safety, sponsoring summer camps for children, providing food for the homeless, teaching girls computer skills, tree planning, urban planning efforts, and counseling at-risk youths.

Tickets for the Holiday Tour of Homes and Inns are $65 for each session; go to DNAHolidayTour.com.