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Holiday homes glisten and glitter

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS participant Christa Dixon decorated her dining room in cool, winter tones. Ticket holders can walk through six beautifully decorated El Dorado Hills homes during this weekend's tour. Villlage Life photo by Shelly Thorene
HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS participant Christa Dixon decorated her dining room in cool, winter tones. Ticket holders can walk through six beautifully decorated El Dorado Hills homes during this weekend's tour. Villlage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS participant Christa Dixon decorated her dining room in cool, winter tones. Ticket holders can walk through six beautifully decorated El Dorado Hills homes during this weekend's tour. Villlage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Thousands of glass ornaments hung with care await visitors who will “wow” and stare at the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills’ Homes for the Holidays tour.

Six El Dorado Hills homeowners who have spent weeks decorating trees, hanging lights and polishing the silver will open their doors Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4.

This is El Dorado Hills’ first holiday home tour and an important fundraiser for the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills. The group participates in Operation School Bell, a program that assists less-fortunate students. Recently the members took 40 middle school students from Markham Middle School shopping for clothes.

“There’s such a need,” said Crista Dixon, president of the local Assistance League chapter. “School officials have identified more than a 1,000 kids.”

Beautiful nativity sets like this one from Provence, France, are on display at homes on the tour. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Assistance League of Sierra Foothills members want students to “dress for success” and to raise more money for Operation School Bell they’ve dressed up their homes. Christmas trees, lights, traditional and nontraditional decor will leave visitors speechless as they roam from one beautiful home to the next.

Bob and Diane Grant spent the last month turning their home into a Christmas wonderland. It will take 40 to 50 hours to decorate the big tree, Diane said.

In addition to the home tour, ticket holders will enjoy complimentary refreshments and a Holiday Boutique that features homemade glass ornaments, cards and treats. Fourteen vendors have signed up, according to Dixon.

A CHRISTMAS TREE with a fruity theme adds fun to the Homes for the Holidays tour. Village Life photo Shelly Thorene

The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills hopes to turn this event into an annual tradition. “We’ve had people offer their homes for next year, already,” Dixon said.

Tickets for the Homes for the Holidays tour, sponsored by SkinStore.com, are $20 per person and available in El Dorado Hills at the California Welcome Center in Town Center, The Flower Shop, Green Valley Nursery, Pottery World, Umpqua Bank, We Olive and Veda Home. Buy tickets at also Periwinkle in Folsom, Flowers on Main in Placerville and Bushnell Gardens Nursery in Granite Bay.

For tickets by mail call PJ Carlson at (916) 933-4196.

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