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Get your tickets for some wonderful holiday home tours

By From page B1 | November 08, 2017

There are many ways to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with friends and family. One of the most delightful is to go on an inspirational holiday home tour.

A holiday home tour is many things:

  • A source of design inspiration, as each home is decorated by a professional interior decorator;
  • a way to share a one-of-a-kind experience with friends and family;
  • a source of funding for a charitable cause; and
  • a way to get a peek inside the homes of a neighborhood you’ve always wanted to check out … as welcomed guest.

Your tour ticket includes a map to each home on the tour and other details. Most tours feature a boutique with refreshments for purchase, vendors, homemade crafts and other one-of-a-kind goodies — all to benefit the charity.

So bring some cash, because you may well get some Christmas and Hanukkah shopping done.

Wear comfortable walking shoes; you may do quite a bit of walking, depending on the neighborhood you visit and the distances from home to home.

These tours are memorable and rotate from home to home annually. You may well never see the interior of one of this year’s homes again. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is why tickets quickly sell.

Here are a few of my favorite holiday home tours in our region.

El Dorado Hills
Dec. 9-10: The Homes for the Holiday Tour features expansive estate homes and lovely country cottages. This event benefits the Assistance League Sierra Foothills.

Tour these amazing homes and discover the magic of the holidays. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 10 and younger. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.

There is a boutique, also benefiting the Assistance League, on both days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The boutique is free to the public and features more than 20 vendors and artisans. There will be pictures with Santa on Sunday. The boutique is at Brooks Elementary School, 3610 Park Drive in El Dorado Hills.

Visit sierrafoothills.assistanceleague.org to purchase tickets.

Folsom
Dec. 8-9: The Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour features nine charming historical sites beautifully decorated for the holidays. This event benefits the Murer House Foundation, the Folsom History Museum and the Folsom Historical Society.

Each home will feature the work of local artists, docents in period clothing and an opportunity to enjoy the season as you step back in time. Keep a look out for Frosty the Snowman.

During the tour, a holiday gift boutique will be at the nearby Murer House, 1125 Joe Murer Ct. in Folsom.

The tour recommends parking at the parking structure located at 905 Leidesdorff St. at the corner of Reading and Leidesdorff streets.

Contact the Folsom History Museum at (916) 985-2707 for hours, ticket pricing and availability.

East Sacramento
Dec. 1-3: If you love the architectural detail of Sacramento’s “Fabulous ’40s” neighborhoods, this tour is for you. This tour features five magnificent homes. Each is decorated for the holidays by top Sacramento area interior designers and florists. The tour takes approximately two hours from start to finish.

This tour benefits Sacred Heart Elementary School and is the “Big One.” In continuous operation since 1973, the volunteers for this annual event really make sure you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Tickets are $30 per person through Nov. 30 and $35/person beginning Dec. 1.

A holiday boutique and café will be located at the Sacred Heart Parish School. Shop for traditional and unique holiday gifts and decorations, refuel your tank with a variety of delicious sandwiches and salads or warm up with a hot and flavorful soup. Hot Mulled Cider, coffee, soft drinks, wine and beer are available. No ticket is required to visit the holiday boutique and café.

Visit sacredhearthometour.com for online and Sacramento area ticket purchases.

Spread the cheer
Because these events benefit charity, realize that each ticket is non-refundable. So if you find you can’t go, do give your ticket to a friend as a special gift. They will appreciate it and so will the charities.

Send your event for consideration in Susan’s column to [email protected]

Susan Laird

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