Niagara-on-the-Lake's “enchanted wonderland” and Rotary Holiday House Tour are back – and tickets are selling quickly.
If you like interior design, architecture and seasonal decorations, on Dec. 3 and 4 you will be able to tour seven “gorgeous, professionally decorated homes, visit local historic and cultural sites, sample complimentary tastings from featured wineries and enjoy specially priced luncheons,” the NOTL Rotary Club says.
Besides the magnificent seven homes on the general tour, the McArthur family is again showcasing their John Street estate for the “McArthur Enchanted Wonderland” evening tour.
The McArthur tour has a separate ticket and includes access to the grounds and the first floor of the home, exquisitely decorated for the holiday season, with seasonal lights, live music, sparkling wine or cider, cookies, Santa and his elves, the Canine Manor, the reindeer stables and more, Rotary organizers said.
In July, the club decided to take a leap of faith and launch the annual Holiday House Tour despite the uncertainty of COVID. For both events, all current COVID protocols will be enforced, including proof of double vaccination.
The daytime house tour usually includes a half-dozen homes, but one more has been added this year. Organizers hope that, with reduced ticket sales and extended hours, this will help to spread out the crowds and keep people safely apart.
The general day tour is 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. Early-bird tickets are $35 ($40 after Nov. 17).
The McArthur Enchanted Wonderland tour is on the evening of the same days, with four 45-minute time slots scheduled from 4:45 to 7:45. Capacity is limited. Adult tickets are $40, children five to 12 are $10.
Eventbrite service fees apply to all tickets.
Tickets are only sold online, at niagaraonthelakerotary.ca/page/holiday-house-tour.
Rotary has secured a number of sponsors for this year's tour, including: Platinum sponsor Peller Estates; gold sponsors: the Shaw Festival, Goettler Family Foundation, Niagara-on-the-Lake Realty, Bosley Real Estate, Gatta Homes and Richardson Wealth; and silver sponsors: Baird MacGregor, Jani-King, Royal LePage, Enns Cabinetry, Travis Cairns – Desjardins Insurance, DF Design Build and Maureen Kaufman.