Resurrecting Mansfield’s 34-year-old Holiday Home Tour didn’t take much effort, organizers say.
“People kept asking about the tour of homes,” said Marilyn Gerloff of the Mansfield Women’s Club. “It was so easy to start up again.”
After a three-year absence, the Women’s Club breathed new life into the popular tradition, and organizers are expecting a crowd for Sunday’s event, up to 700 people, Gerloff said.
“It’s kind of like a girl Sunday holiday outing,” she said. “The guys are all wathcing football.”
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The last Mansfield Tour of Homes was in 2009, but was discontinued by its former sponsor, the Women’s Division of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The Women’s Chamber got burned out on doing it,” Gerloff said. “The Women’s Clubbers were always the ones that offered up their homes.”
So it wasn’t much of a stretch for the Women’s Club to take over the annual event. These year’s tour is set as part of a three-day city celebration that includes the Hometown Holidays tree lighting, visits with Santa, fireworks and sledding hill on Friday, plus the Saturday parade through downtown.
Six homes will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public from 2-7 p.m. Sunday: 2217 Cain’s Lane, 1410 Fairhaven Drive, 3209 Penny Lane, 720 Glen Abbey Drive, 3313 Abbey Road, 914 McCampbell Road and the Christmas Market Lodge, which will be set up in a guest house on the McCampbell Road property.
Each house will have a raffle item worth at least $250, Gerloff said. Raffle tickets are $5 each of five for $20. Beverages, snacks and a “lot of good Christmas gifts” will also be available at the marketplace at 914 McCampbell Road, she said.
Tour tickets are $25 in advance at Frost Bank, Mansfield Chiropractic, Mansfield Community Bank and Creekside Collections. Advance tickets can also be purchased at the Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria St., on Friday and at the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 N. Main St., during Saturday’s parade. Tickets at the door will be $30 and can be purchased at any of the tour homes; credit cards will only be accepted at the marketplace at 914 McCampbell Road.