A Heartfelt Thank You!

The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives Tour of Homes Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made the Tour of Homes such an incredible success! We had a record year, with over 700 people participating in the tour, and we couldn't have done it without your support.

A special thank you to the homeowners for opening their homes for the tour!

Donna and Ken Gallagher
Karen and Keith Hunt
Barb and Dan Pede
Lean and Andrew Sleegers
 

The Tour of Homes Committee & Decorators

Bozena Boadway
Julie Cox
Brigitte Fedorowich
Yvonne Gavey

Jacquie Jeffery
Larry Jeffery
Sandra Nesbitt
Barb Pede

Dan Reid
Kara Stanley
Sue Shackleton
Michele Toth

Amanda VandenWyngaert
Kathi Vandermeer
Tricia Van Gorp
Deb Waite

Merchants, Contributors, & Ticket Sellers

Thank you to the myriads of volunteers who staffed the homes even though not members of the museum. Thank you to the local businesses who placed advertisements in our ticket, donated door prizes, and provided samples. Finally, thank you to the community and tour-goers; without your support and enthusiasm, the tour would not have been such a success!

The 19th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes

The volunteers of the Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives are pleased to announce that the Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be returning in November of 2023 after a three-year hiatus. We’re so excited to show you what we have in store!

The 2023 Christmas Tour of Homes is scheduled for Friday, November 17ᵗʰ, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Saturday, November 18ᵗʰ, from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets will be for sale in advance on this website, at 14 East St., or through participating retailers, and for sale during the tour itself at 14 East St. and at each of the four participating homes. Tickets will be for sale for $20 each.

Online ticket sales will close at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 17th. We are currently collecting tickets from our retail partners to make tickets available during the tour at 14 East St. and each of the homes on the tour.

Tour of Homes Logo

Date and Time
Friday, November 17ᵗʰ
4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 18ᵗʰ
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tickets
$20 each
Kids aged 12 and under free!

About the Tour of Homes

The Aylmer-Malahide Museum Volunteers' annual Christmas Tour of Homes began in 2002. This fundraiser was developed to benefit the museum's operation and raise awareness of local businesses. It is now a Christmas tradition for many locals and visitors from all over Ontario and beyond. Four unique, interesting and/or historical homes are chosen in the Aylmer Area. These homes are decorated for Christmas and then opened for participants to tour. This is a major fundraiser for the museum. Many volunteer hours and support from homeowners and local businesses go into making this an annual success.

Tickets to the 2023 Christmas Tour of Homes will be $20 each, or free for children 12 and under.

Online Sales

Online ticket sales will close at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 17th.

Tickets purchased through this website will be available for pickup at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives at 14 East St., Aylmer. Tour-goers may choose to pick up tickets before the Tour of Homes begins, or may choose to start their tour at the museum to retrieve their tickets.

Advanced Sales

We are currently collecting tickets from our retail partners to make tickets available during the tour at 14 East St. and each of the homes on the tour.

Tickets will be for sale in advance at the Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives (14 East St.) and at the participating vendors below. Many thanks to these businesses for selling tickets on our behalf!

During the Tour

During the tour, tickets will be for sale at the museum or at each of the four participating homes.

456 Talbot St.W. A two-storey-home, ranch-style, with a semicircular driveway. Partially obscured by lush gardens.

456 Talbot Street West

This home was custom-built in the mid-1960s. The current homeowners purchased the house in 2002, and have spent the last 20 years making it their home. Enjoy this home’s lovingly scaped property and serene gardens.

80 South Street West

A craftsman-inspired home, constructed in 2019 with extensive use of local trades and supplies. This property features beautiful timber framing and exhaustive attention to detail. The homeowners recently settled on this property as their retirement home.

80 South St. W. A home composed of grey cobblestone and intricate timberwork.
8394 Caverly Rd. A single-storey red-brown brick home with a double-car garage. partially obscured by and surrounded by pine trees.

170 Caverly Road

This home was constructed in 1955 under the Veterans’ Land Act. The homeowner lived just down the street from this property, and dreamed of one day owning it. She and her husband purchased it in 2003. They enjoy the privacy of their backyard and its towering pines.

8394 Imperial Road

This home was constructed by DeSutter Homes in 2019, in a popular modern farmhouse style. It was built with family in mind, boasting an open concept and four bedrooms. The homeowners enjoy hosting friends and family, especially in the downstairs family space with its giant screen and wet bar.

8394 Imperial Road. A single-storey grey brick farmhouse-style home, with a three-car garage.

Photograph of the Aylmer-Malahide Museum's building at 14 East St. A two-storey red brick building with a gabled roof and a white portico.

The Museum

14 East Street

Visit the museum for the chance to win a free door prize!

Gift Basket Raffle
Six tickets for $5
Tickets for our gift basket raffle will also be available for purchase. Buy six tickets for $5 and put them toward any baskets of your choice! Consider trying your luck and treating yourself or a loved one to a wonderful gift. View the available baskets here!


Featured Exhibit
If the Shoe Fits: The History of Shoes and Shoemaking
Join us to learn more about shoes, shoemaking, and the shoemakers of Aylmer and Malahide. This exhibit features the history of over 90 local shoemakers, shoe stores, and stores with shoe departments.
Photograph of a recreation cobbler's workshop within the featured exhibit. A cobbler's workbench, cobbler's last, and a pair of Welsh clogs.
Refreshments Available
November 17, 6-10 pm:
Ryan’s No Frills
Railway City Brewing Co.
November 18, 1-4 pm:
Spicer’s Bakery
Quai du Vin Estate Winery
November 18, 4-9 pm:
Miller’s Independent Grocer
Quai du Vin Estate Winery

Cookies on display at the 2019 Tour of Homes

Staff called our raffle winners on the afternoon of Monday, November 20th. Congratulations to the winners!

For each annual Tour of Homes, volunteers with the Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives assemble a series of gift baskets to raffle off to tour-goers. Buy six tickets for $5 and put them toward any baskets of your choice! Consider trying your luck and treating yourself or a loved one to a wonderful gift.

Ticket sales begin on Thursday, November 9th!

Basket Theme #1: Christmas Picnic
Winner: Judi F.

Basket includes:

  • Picnic basket
  • Two wine tumblers
  • Water bottle
  • Set of four appetizer plates
  • Napkins
  • Christmas decoration

Dishware contained within a picnic basket

Basket Theme #2: Movie Night
Winner: Brigitte F.

Basket includes:

  • $25 Cineplex gift card
  • Popcorn bucket
  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn seasoning
  • Movie
  • Candy
  • Pringles
  • Two bottles of pop

Snacks, a DVD, and a gift card contained within a popcorn bucket

Basket Theme #3: Scratch Tickets
Winner: Reigner M.

Basket includes:

  • Selection of scratch tickets

Scratch tickets suspended on floral picks from a red and green basket

Basket Theme #4: For the Artist
Winner: Lisa K.

Basket includes:

  • Paintbrush set
  • Acrylic paint set
  • Watercolour paint set
  • Watercolour paper pad
  • Canvas and easel
  • Brush basin with paint saver
  • Sketchbook
  • Sketching pencils
  • Sketching mannequin
  • Set of mugs
  • Putty eraser

Wicker basket containing a variety of art supplies

Basket Theme #5: Spa Day
Winner: Linda P.

Basket includes:

  • Sweet orange and clove hand soap and lotion set
  • Two orange creamsicle bath bombs
  • Eucalyptus bath salt
  • Soap bar
  • Hemp and honey 3-in-1 shampoo bar
  • Pink grapefruit shea butter soap

Soaps and various products from Butter Me Up Soap Company contained within a tin bucket

Basket Theme #6: Gingerbread
Winner: Jacquie J.

Basket includes:

  • Gingerbread cookbook
  • Christmas cookie cutters
  • Holiday spice blend
  • Gingerbread hot chocolate
  • Table runner
  • Christmas adult colouring book
  • Gingerbread house kit
  • Cross stitch kit
  • Tree ornaments
  • Gnome plushies

Wicker basket containing gingerbread-themed items

Basket Theme #7: Gardening
Winner: Carolyn M.

Basket includes:

  • Perennial planting guide
  • 2024 Farmer’s Almanac
  • Set of gardening tools
  • Gardening gloves
  • Glass vase
  • Radish seeds
  • Chocolate
  • Bar of soap
  • Honey

Books and gardening tools within a wicker basket

Basket Theme #8: Purse and Accessories
Winner: Ann D.

Basket includes:

  • Purse
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Hand cream
  • Christmas tissues
  • Christmas notepad
  • Lip gloss

Black purse containing a scarf, gloves, and other products

Basket Theme #9: Hockey, Beer, Wine, and Snacks
Winner: Holleigh B.

Basket includes:

  • Two London Knights hockey tickets (vs. the Windsor Spitfires, Monday, February 19, at 2:00 pm)
  • Four cans of beer
  • One bottle of wine
  • Two wine glasses
  • London Knights merch
  • Snacks

London Knights tickets and merchandise alongside snacks, beer, and wine, in a white plastic basket

Basket Theme #10: Blooming Basket
Winner: Marie H.

Basket includes:

  • Sunflower sprout seeds
  • Wheatgrass sprout seeds
  • Amaryllis bulb kit
  • Narcissus bulb kit
  • Spray bottle
  • Christmas ornaments

Bulbs and seed packages in a decorative tray

Basket Theme #11: Locally Handcrafted Bowl
Winner: Alyssa A.

Basket includes:

  • Locally handcrafted segmented bowl
  • Tin of mineral oil and beeswax finish

Wooden bowl within a white box

The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives relies on our community to support an event of this size. We are more than happy to accept sponsorships in the form of advertisements. Each advertisement will be printed in the Tour of Homes ticket booklet, which reaches approximately 600 tour-goers, and will be featured on this webpage (below) with a link to its respective business. Please note that ticket advertisements will be printed in black and white, and website advertisements will be featured in colour. We are pleased to offer two sizes of advertisements: a quarter-page ad (5"x1.9") and an eighth-page ad (2.5"x 1.9"). Local businesses are welcome to fill out the below form to advertise with us.

The deadline to confirm an advertisement with the 2023 Tour of Homes is September 1ˢᵗ, 2023.

 







    Thank you for your interest in advertising with the Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives'
    Annual Christmas Tour of Homes. Museum staff will review your submission and
    contact your business regarding next steps and billing.

    The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives is proud to showcase local merchants and businesses in each home on the Christmas Tour of Homes. Merchants who participate in the tour will have their merchandise prominently displayed in each home. Museum volunteers work with the merchants to select a series of products to borrow for the duration of the tour and will return those products to their respective merchants as soon as possible after the tour. Volunteers will provide merchants with a detailed loan form, which will indicate the agreed-upon pickup and return dates. The Tour of Homes ticket booklet will include explicit credit and thanks to each merchant, and each merchant is entitled to two complimentary tickets for their participation.

    Merchants of the Aylmer, Malahide, or East Elgin areas are welcome to fill out the below application. Should museum volunteers be interested in using your merchandise for the Tour of Homes, committee representatives will be in contact.






      The Tour of Homes relies on the generosity of local homeowners to operate. We would love to hear from you if you're interested in showcasing your home on the tour!

      Please note that homes on the tour must be located within Aylmer or Malahide.

      Homeowners work closely with the Tour of Homes Committee to ready their homes for the tour, and are entitled to two free tickets to the tour and a gift card to a local restaurant.

      Should the committee be interested in partnering with you to showcase your home, a committee member will be in contact to discuss details and the next steps. Thank you for your time and consideration!


         

        Merchants & Contributors

        Many thanks to our generous contributors for helping us to facilitate the tour and decorate the homes.

         

        Tour of Homes Sponsors & Supporters

        Thank you so much to our generous sponsors and supporters.
        Join the list here!
         

        Oswell Chiropractic Centre
        Keith Hunt Construction
        Goodwill's Used Cars
        McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers

        Advanced Stainless Fabricating
        Johnny's Restaurant
        Graham Scott Enns Chartered Professional Accountants
        Butter Me Up Soap Company
        Doug Tarry homes
        McDonald's of Aylmer
        Pet Valu of Aylmer
        Driver Realty
        Elgin Feeds Ltd. Country Store
        Marscha Huber, Agent with Desjardins Financial Security
        InStyle Salon & Spa
        McTaggart Armstrong Dewar & Owen Insurance Brokers
        Nadia Verhaeghe, agent with Salus Mutual Insurance
        Durkee's Ltd.
        Donald J. Prendergast of Doyle Prendergast, Barristers and Solicitors
        Aylmer Express Graphics Group