The 2017 holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate then to take part in the 52nd Annual Longmont Gift of Home Tour, Colorado’s largest and longest running holiday home tour. This year’s tour will take place Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets can be purchased to tour four exquisitely decorated homes in our community with proceeds from the event benefiting Longmont Meals on Wheels.
It all began in 1966 with the First Congregational Church, now United Church of Christ (UCC) Longmont. The church’s Women’s Fellowship was looking for a fundraising idea to help furnish the new church’s kitchen, and the Christmas Home Tour was created. In 2016, the church was looking to move in a different direction with their charitable work, so they offered Longmont Meals on Wheels the opportunity to produce the event, and Meals on Wheels gladly accepted the challenge. In their first year managing the tour, they had over 1,500 attendees and promise to make 2017 bigger and better than ever.
Longmont’s Meals on Wheels has a tradition in Longmont almost as long as the Christmas Home Tour itself. The agency prepares and delivers meals to seniors, people with disabilities and people returning from a hospital stay, having served 107,607 meals last year. But the agency is more than a meal, offering a wellness check and a daily point of contact for some of Longmont’s most isolated individuals. Providing a midday meal and a wellness check allow individuals to remain in their home, experiencing “the gift of home” for as long as they can.
The tour offers a VIP Night Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5-9 p.m. for only $40/person and includes tours of the homes and a special VIP dinner with a specially prepared menu from one of seven of Longmont’s best restaurants: Bin 46 Restaurant + Wine Bar, Cheese Importers, The Dickens Tavern, Martini’s Bistro, Tortugas, Urban Thai or West Side Tavern. Tickets include: dinner on Thursday, Nov. 30 at one of the participating restaurants, a preview of the tour’s homes, luncheon at the Gift of Home Café at the Longmont Senior Center on Friday, Dec. 1 or Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and access to the homes all three days of the tour (one visit per home, please). Please note: RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED. VIP tickets are available for purchase at Longmont’s Ace Hardware, Woodley’s Fine Furniture (Longmont location only), Front Range Mercantile, Snyder’s Jewelers, Niwot Market or online.
Friday and Saturday General Admission tour tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the above ticket sales locations or online. Friday, Dec. 1 homes are open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 2 homes will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The price of your ticket includes tour of the four decorated homes, luncheon at the Gift of Home Café at the Longmont Senior Center (offered 11 a.m.-1 p.m. both Friday and Saturday), and chance to enter this year’s auction (items can be viewed at the Gift of Home Café). For more information on this year’s Longmont Gift of Home Tour, visit thegiftofhome.org.
2017 Longmont Gift of Home Tour Locations
The Dorr Home
954 11th Avenue
Decorated by Amanda Rogowski with Ace Hardware
The Hall Home
3362 Larkspur Drive
Decorated by Laurie Mazzetta/Amazing Spaces with Ace Hardware
The King Home
1020 Confidence Drive
Decorated by Front Range Mercantile and Woodley’s Fine Furniture
The Donaghey Home
204 5th Avenue
Decorated by K/V Estate Advisor