November 17 & 18 local decorators and homeowners showed people what’s possible when decorating for Christmas at the United Way House Tour.“Springridge Farm was excited to sponsor the United Way Christmas House Tour and Friday Night Dinner again this year”, said Laura Hughes of Springridge. “The event is a great way to support such an important part of our growing community. It also gives so many people an opportunity to get together have fun and be inspired by lots of beautiful new Christmas decorating ideas.”

So true. After catching her breath from a busy few weeks getting ready, Lena White of Muse Studio & Market said “What a whirlwind of a tour. Lots of prep and sparkles! I hope you are feeling excited and inspired to decorate. I recommend recreating a hot chocolate station, visiting us some time to make your own custom sign or planting a 12ft tree in the middle of your home.” “Two out of those three recommendations might work out better than the other!” she laughed, “What unique homes we were able to experience and I am grateful John and Audrey shared theirs with us all. On behalf of all the decorators, thank you so much to everyone that supported and took the 20th Christmas House Tour with us.”

Springridge Farm staff

Need to replay those ideas? Check out the picture albums on the Facebook page to view, download and repeat at home. And even better, while on the page, share your crazy memory of the house tour!

Still, let’s not forget the event raises much needed funds for Miltonians. “This community event is a great way to kick off the holiday season and support the community at the same time. The money raised at this event will stay local and support those in need right here in Milton”, said Kate Holmes Director Resource Development for United Way Halton & Hamilton. Excitement for the 20th Milton Christmas House Tour paid off as the event netted over $30,000 for local charities and has contributed over $600,000 over the 20 years.

There is lots of energy and passion from the community for this event. On Friday and Saturday not only were there dedicated fans, there were first timers in abundance, a younger crowd and the fans of the next 20 years. “As the doors opened Friday night and people entered the decorated dining room at Springridge I heard “wow” and “it’s so pretty!” repeated over and over “said Susan Jones of the committee. “As we hung out together before their dinner seating people shared their fun stories from the past 20 years. It was really special.” There will be years of fun ahead and who knows what next year will have in store. If you are a decorator, retailer or homeowner and would like to be a part of the tour in 2018 please contact United Way through the facebook page or email info@uwhh.ca

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