Point Loma Christmas Home Tour in its 65th year
Have you ever driven by a house and wondered what the place looked like inside? This Saturday, you’ll have a chance to check out four different homes in Point Loma, all decorated in their Christmas best.
All Souls Episcopal Church in Point Loma has put on the Christmas Home Tour since 1952.
“It gives them a chance to come into homes that they might not see otherwise and see them decorated for the holidays, so it’s just a fun way to kick off the holiday season,” said Linda Parker who chairs the church’s Home Tour Committee.
We got a sneak peek inside one of four homes being featured this year. The home of Barbara and Lindy Thomas is a beautiful Cape Cod style home that sits high up on Bangor streets with commanding views of the bay and downtown.
“I was very flattered to be asked for one thing,” said homeowner Barbara Thomas. The church posts volunteers in every room of every house, so Thomas said she’s not worried at all about having a lot of strangers going through her house.
Here’s how it works: you buy a ticket and then you get a guide. “They have a brochure map that shows them where the homes are going to be and there’s a complete description of each home and they can go in any order that they’d like… and there are hosts to greet them in the different rooms and to tell them about the history of the home and to tell them about some of the interesting artifacts they might see in the home,” Parker said.
When tour takers finish with the homes, a tea awaits them at the church on the corner of Chatsworth and Catalina Boulevard. The church’s parish hall is in the process of being transformed into a Christmas Village Marketplace with baked goods, jellies and jams for sale and this year two food trucks featuring Thai and Mexican fare. There are also a variety of gift bags and baskets that will be raffled off.
The church uses all the money raised to support its mission at home and abroad. “It supplies food for the food pantry in Ocean Beach. We have an outreach to MCRD, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and some of the money goes toward that effort,” said Parker.
And for Barbara Thomas, the tour provides some much needed inspiration. “It gave me an opportunity to get Christmas things out a little early and just get into the spirit of it,” she said.
Again, the tour is this Saturday, December 3rd. It goes from 10:00 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $35 at the church but $30 if you buy them online at www.allsoulspointloma.org.