Two historic houses in Marion along with one in the country and one at Marion County Lake will be open the afternoon of Dec. 2 for Marion City Library’s Annual Christmas Home Tour.
Hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m., and tickets are $5. The tour is just part of many holiday-related activities that will take place in Marion on Dec. 2, including 25 stores open on Main Street with musicians and artists sprinkled throughout, puppet shows, a parade and homemade food. A drive around the lake after dark will show off Christmas lights reflected in the water. Each business will have a map of the route and what is featured at each place. The Community Center across from the Historic Elgin Hotel, one block north of Main at 203 N. 3rd St., is another hub of activity. Events begin at 12:30 p.m. The parade is at 3 p.m.
Tickets to the home tour will be available at the library at 101 Library St. (along with refreshments) and also at each of the houses on the tour. The owners and houses:• Garry and Sharlyn Dunnegan, 41 Lakeshore Drive, in what used to be the Kingfisher’s Inn restaurant on the edge of Marion County Lake.
• Scott and Rolana Heidebrecht, 219 N. 3rd, whose house includes an 1898 fireplace, a snowman collection, and the bedrooms of five sons that are all decorated for Christmas.
• Vickie Kraus, 307 Elm, whose house was built in 1904 and includes antique quilts displayed in every room. The large windows in the family room look out on a wooded area.
• Bruce and Belinda Skiles, 1914 Quail Creek Road off Highway 256. The house was built in the late 1800s and added to in 1923. The kitchen walls reveal the original stonework around the sink and cabinets. Belinda has crafted 50 giant red bows that adorn the trees lining their drive, and she constructs horses out of bailing wire.