The Heritage Trust of Burlington is hoping to add to the festive holiday spirit this season with a Christmas Tour of Homes.
“I've wanted to do a holiday tour for several years, and this year we've got several wonderful homeowners who are willing to open their homes and show off their Christmas decorations to the public,” said Lin Parks, chairwoman of the annual fall Tour of Homes.
Tickets for the Dec. 16 event are available now for $15 in advance at the Iowa Store in the Port of Burlington, Weird Harold's on Jefferson Street, Hy-Vee on Agency Street, True Value on South Ninth Street and Preservation Station on Valley Street. Tickets also will be available for $20 at all of the homes on the day of the tour.
Two of the four homes are in the Heritage Hill Historic District, so the tour will coincide with the annual caroling and luminaria lighting in the North Hill Park area. Luminaria lighting and caroling begins at 5 p.m.
Hours of the home tour are 5 to 8:30 p.m. All of the four homes also will feature luminaria lighting.
The homes on the tour are at 525 S. Garfield Ave., a classic Victorian owned by David and Nancy Roed; 1001 N. Fifth St., a three-story stone house owned by David Vavroch; 520 Court St., the longtime bed-and-breakfast known as the Schramm House now owned by Bryan and Jane Schulte; and 616 Columbia St., a fully restored brick Victorian that was gutted by fire owned by Dustin and Kage Evans.
The homeowners will offer guests snacks and beverages and some will provide musical entertainment, but there may be a few surprises as well, Parks said. The history of the homes also will be featured.
The Heritage Trust for the Preservation and Restoration of Historic Burlington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the historic architecture of the community through grants, education and advocacy. It operates the nonprofit Preservation Station architectural salvage outlet on Valley Street and the Apple Trees commercial building in Perkins Park.