Holiday Happenings 2019: Holiday Homes Tour offers something ‘for every taste’

photo by: John Young/Journal-World Photo

A home on the annual Holiday Homes Tour is pictured in this file photo from Dec. 4, 2011.

Organizers of the annual Holiday Homes Tour, which showcases homes decorated for the season, say this year’s show will give attendees a glimpse of all the city has to offer.

Holiday Homes Tour Committee Chair Summer Wedermyer said this year’s tour includes a beautifully renovated historic home in Old West Lawrence, two homes in west Lawrence, as well as a “modern Scandinavian farmhouse” in East Lawrence.

“They are all very beautiful homes,” Wedermyer said. “We kind of have a sampling for every taste.”

Tickets for the tour are $20, and all the proceeds from the event benefit Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds homes and sells them to low-income families or individuals, according to its website. This year’s tour includes a home in North Lawrence built by Habitat for Humanity.

This is the first year that Habitat for Humanity has hosted the event, which is now in its 15th year. The Heartland Community Health Center, a nonprofit health clinic that serves the low-income and uninsured of Douglas County, previously hosted the event. Wedermyer said Habitat for Humanity volunteered to host the event after a regrouping of the event’s committee.

Wedermyer said the tour will include a variety of traditional and modern decorating styles, with some homes decorated very minimally and others “over the top.” The 2019 featured homes are: 1028 Pennsylvania St., 238 Bramble Bend Court, 223 North 8th St., 4906 Hickok Court, 1146 New York St. and 645 Ohio St.

The event also includes a holiday shop, which is open to the public and will offer holiday decorations and baked goods for sale. Wedermyer said this year the shop will feature commissioned art pieces made from recycled materials from the Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Restore, 720 Connecticut St. The holiday shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Maceli’s Banquet Hall & Catering, 1031 New Hampshire St.

The homes tour will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets for the tour can be purchased at the HyVee grocery store, the Lawrence Habitat ReStore, or online at Lawrence Habitat for Humanity website,


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