Tour of Homes offers holiday pizazz, benefits local charities


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The sparkle and glow of Christmas comes to life in three of Viera’s most elegant homes this month, and everyone is invited.

The annual Christmas Home Tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15. It will feature three breathtaking Viera homes decked out with Christmas trees and holiday decorations amid stunning design themes. Proceeds from the event will be donated to three local charities: Candlelighters of Brevard, Walk on Water and Gabrielle’s Place.

“We have hundreds of people show up every year for our home tours,” said Martha Chambers of Spade and Trowel Garden Club. “This is a big money maker for these charities. People love attending this tour.”

Candlelighters of Brevard and Walk on Water receive much-needed donations from the Christmas Home Tour proceeds. Candlelighters of Brevard is an organization that provides support to the families of children with cancer.

Walk on Water, an equine non-profit ministry, is committed to helping special needs children and adults through equine therapy. Gabrielle’s Place is a center for women and children.

“Walk on Water recently bought property on north Merritt Island,” Chambers said. “They have a pavilion for the kids to do crafts, (enabling them to increase their fine motor skills). And the Candlelighters, they are supporting 70 families right now. They do so much for these families and they need our support.”

Christmas Home Tour tickets, which are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event, can be purchased from Merle Norman, Bloomers, Viera Cupcake, Fishers Realty, all in Viera, or at Candlelighters in Indialantic. Rockledge Gardens and Sir Walter Uniforms on Merritt Island also will have tickets for sale.

Fairway Lakes, Summer Lakes, and Colfax Landing are the three destinations for viewing these magnificent Viera gems. While on the tour, visitors can enjoy delicious baked goods, refreshments and chat with homeowners and garden club members. An assortment of raffle tickets for giveaway baskets will be displayed in the homes. VV

Call 321-253-6144 or 321-223-7803 for more ticket locations for the 45th annual Christmas Home Tour.