Marion will celebrate a “good-old-days” Christmas on Dec. 1 with a tour of decorated houses, booths of artists and crafters and makers of sweet and savory foods, 40 specialty shops offering specials and prizes in the 1870s business district, and a Christmas parade down Main Street at 4 p.m. At dusk, a “tunnel of lights” will reflect onto Marion County Lake, and Santa will be there, along with free hot chocolate.
The Marion Christmas Home Tour will be from 1 to 5 p.m. and will feature three decorated houses and the restored Historic Elgin Hotel, whose two floors will be open to visitors. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at any of the homes during the tour or at the Marion City Library, 101 Library St., which will be having a book sale and serving refreshments. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the library.
Stops on the tour:• 111 S. Cedar, a cottage decorated in pastels, including a kitchen with a cupcake motif, a tribute to Paris in a girls’ bedroom, and a real gingerbread house.
• 420 N. Roosevelt, a house featuring many Christmas trees.
• 1418 E. Denver, featuring wreaths, nativity scenes and a collection of Danbury Mint golden Christmas ornaments.
• Historic Elgin Hotel, 115 N. 3rd, with its marble floors and chandeliers, pressed metal ceilings, a series of 3-foot Victorian figures, and the Governor’s Suite and Norma Hannaford Suite on the second floor.