71th Annual IPC Holiday House Tour
For 71 years, a Moveable Feast with a Mission.
Virtual Tour | Friday, Dec. 11- Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
Christmas greetings! Please join Independent Presbyterian Church as we celebrate the season's message of hope.
Through our virtual Holiday House Tour, you are invited inside four homes uniquely decorated for the holidays from the comfort of your home, as you help us raise money for ministries supporting families in the Birmingham area.
Tickets ($20) include a link to our virtual tour to be sent to ticket purchasers on Friday, Dec. 11. Your ticket provides you with a link that you can view as many times as you would like Dec. 11-31.
New! You can bring home a taste of the traditional Holiday House Tea. A limited number of Holiday House Tea in a Bag kits ($50) are available for purchase to host your own Holiday House tea while viewing the link. The kits will be available for pick up at IPC on Friday, Dec. 11. Purchase link is listed below.
Homes featured on the 2020 Virtual Tour:
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Albright III
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Cantley
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Lynton
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sylvester
2020 Holiday House Ticket Options
Holiday House Virtual Tour Tickets | $20
NEW! Tea-in-a-Bag + 1 Virtual Tour Ticket | $50, limited quantities, pick-up only
Enjoy a taste of the traditional Holiday House Tea
Invite friends to watch the tour and serve the favorites from the annual event in the Great Hall. And remember, your Tea-in-a-Bag purchase includes a ticket to the virtual Holiday House Home Tour.
Each bag feeds 5-6 people and includes:
- 12-count tin of Kim’s popular ham biscuits
- A tin filled with Kim’s famous cheese straws
- 2 ½ dozen homemade Christmas cookies
- Ingredients and recipe to make 2 ½ quarts of Holiday House Spiced Tea. (You will need to have 2 cups orange juice and ¾ cup sugar on hand to complete the recipe.)
Net proceeds of ticket sales support the following local ministries:
Since 1923, Independent Presbyterian Church has operated the Children’s Fresh Air Farm to promote hope and opportunity through partnerships with children, families, and the community by offering quality programming rooted in the love of Christ. Nearly 100 years later, we continue to minister to children from Birmingham through the Christian-focused Summer Learning Program and LIFT OFF to Learning, a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program. The programs continue to expand with second through seventh graders now being served. In 2020, the program went virtual giving students the ability to continue learning during COVID-19. Each student who completed the program was able to keep their Chromebook.
The downtown shelter works with homeless women and their children to help them find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential. IPC volunteers serve dinners and spend the night at the shelter.
IPC offers financial assistance and food to local families in need. Due to COVID-19, those needs have increased. The IPC Food Pantry went from feeding around 100 families a month to 75 families a week through a new food voucher program with City Meats. The vouchers allow families to pick up boxes of fresh and non-perishable food items. Food assistance is also offered through Farmers to Families, a buy a meal share a meal program with Rojo and Bogue’s, and Blessing Boxes, which allow anyone to stop by to pick up non-perishable food or toiletries from two cabinets outside the church. IPC is also helping to keep families in their homes with running water and electricity through the utility assistance program.
The STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) works with Birmingham City Schools to identify first and second graders who are reading below grade level. Volunteer tutors work with these students one-on-one to improve reading skills and self-esteem.