Celebration starts planning Holiday Home tour

The annual Celebration Holiday Home Tour returns Dec. 3-4. Submitted Photo

The annual Celebration Holiday Home Tour returns Dec. 3-4. Submitted Photo

One of Central Florida’s most loved home tours returns Dec. 3 and 4 with 10 decorated homes in Celebration.

For 18 years, this Holiday Home Tour has attracted thousands of visitors to the community.

“It is joyful to see so many people enjoy our town and the creative spirit of our residents.” said Debi Jackson, tour chair. “Our residents are so gracious to open their homes as a benefit to our community. This year the tour is being presented by the Celebration Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides programs that impact the lives of many neighbors in Celebration and Greater Osceola County.”

The homes showcase Celebration’s roots as a Disney designed New Urbanist community featuring unique architectural detail, custom interior design and creative holiday décor in estate homes, lovely cottages and enchanting condos.  The self-guided tour begins in downtown Celebration and winds its way through many of its neighborhoods.

In a new feature this year, the tour will include a hospitality stop at Celebration’s Town Hall located at 851 Celebration Ave. The tour also will include admission to a Winter Wonderland of delightfully decorated Holiday trees and exquisite “tablescapes” which will be available for sale. Also available for purchase will be a specially designed 2016 Winter Wonderland ornament as a memento of the event.

“The Holiday Home Tour and Winter Wonderland are sure to ignite the spirt of the season.” said Gloria Niec, executive Director of the Celebration Foundation. “It’s the perfect way to launch the holidays while benefitting the many programs we are proud to offer.”

The Celebration Foundation is the charitable arm of the community. It was established as a nonprofit organization in March of 1996 to promote a sense of community – one of the original cornerstones of the town of Celebration’s development. Today, the Celebration Foundation offers a variety of impactful programs and initiatives to promote three primary areas of interest: the arts, education and social services.

Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance online or at the Celebration Foundation office located at 610 Sycamore St., Celebration.  Tickets will be exchanged during the Holiday Home Tour weekend for a guide, which will serve as admittance to each house and the Winter Wonderland any time during the home tour weekend.

The tour will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1 to  5 p.m. Tickets can be redeemed for the guidebook at two locations, one at the corner of Celebration Avenue and Market Street and the other at Celebration Town Hall located at 851 Celebration Ave. one hour before the tour begins each day. Doors to the homes or Winter Wonderland open on time, not earlier.

For more information, visit www.thecelebrationfoundation.org or call 407-566-1234.