Halstead home tour
Four turn-of-the-last-century houses in Halstead will be on a home tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, sponsored by the Halstead PEO chapter JH. The houses are all in a one-block radius of one another and will be decorated for Christmas.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased during the tour at the houses, including the one at 420 Main St., or in advance by calling Mary Jo Hall at 316-830-2716 or Jo Roberts at 316-217-5104. Proceeds benefit women’s educational programs. Homemade treats will be for sale for $3.
Marion is having its Christmas Home Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday featuring three decorated houses and the restored Historic Elgin Hotel, 115 N. Third. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the stops on the tour or at the Marion City Library, 101 Library St.
College Hill trolley tour
The annual trolley tour through College Hill’s Christmas lights will be Dec. 8, setting out from East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. Hours will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $6 (children under 3 are free) and will be sold at Traditions Furniture, 3220 E. Douglas, from Monday to Dec. 7. On the day of the tour, tickets will be sold at East Heights from 9 a.m. to noon, and then again there at 5 p.m. if there are any tickets remaining. There will be a coffee bar and display of hand-made toys to be given to the needy inside the church, along with a living nativity outside the church.
Crown Heights just to the east of College Hill will light up its streets with luminarias Dec. 7 and 8.
Illuminations starts Friday
Botanica’s holiday event, Illuminations, will start Thursday and run nightly through Dec. 31 (except for Christmas Eve and Christmas). Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $7, $6 for Botanica members, and $5 for ages 3 to 12. They will be available at the door, or in advance at QuikTrip stores and at botanica.org.