Marion to celebrate Christmas with special event Dec. 1

11/22/2013 2:09 PM

11/22/2013 2:10 PM

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.

Entertainment Videos

Join the Discussion

The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service